How the Ski Train Is Getting Back on the Rails

September 21 2009, 10:29 AM

skitrain_s-1After 69 years of service, earlier this year the Anschutz Company sold the Ski Train, which ran from Denver's Union Station to Winter Park, to a company in Canada. It was sad news for many local skiers, but now the Union Pacific Railroad has approved a request from Amtrak to operate a train this season, reports The Denver Post. The deal involves Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC, which runs seasonal railways and short-line freights in Colorado and elsewhere. The company wants to take over operations of the Ski Train, and its president, Ed Ellis, is pleased Union Pacific approved Amtrak's request. The new Ski Train will run from December 26 through March 28, Ellis says, adding Iowa Pacific still must finalize its deal with Amtrak for the upcoming season. But, he says, the proposed arrangement "would use our cars and locomotives and Amtrak crews."