Ski train between Union Station and Winter Park is returning

DENVER -- Amtrak's "Winter Park Express" will be back on track during the 2016-2017 ski season.

The round-trips will run on Saturdays and Sundays, from Jan. 7 through March 26, 2017,with an additional round-trip on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day, officials announced Thursday.

"Winter Park Express trains will enable customers to skip the congestion and stop-and-go ski traffic on I-70 and U.S. 40 while enjoying a comfortable and scenic two hour ride on the historic route through Moffat Tunnel," officials said in a statement released Thursday.

Adult tickets are as low as $39 each way and go on sale on at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, Aug. 30 exclusively through the website.

The train holds more than 500 passengers and will depart Union Station at 7 a.m. and arrive at the resort at approximately 9 a.m., officials stated. The train will depart the resort at 4:30 p.m. and arrive in Denver at 6:40 p.m.

Reservations must be made and tickets purchased by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time the day before departure.

Two children ages 2-12 can ride for half-fare with each ticketed adult.

A permanent train platform is being built at the ski resort that will be fully ADA-compliant.