It's up to you to get to the ski areas this season.
The Winter Park Express won't pull out of the station during the 2020-21 ski season. The popular Amtrak trip from Union Station to Winter Park, and back, won't be taking to the rails this year, according to an announcement made last week by Winter Park and Amtrak.
According to officials, there was no way to run the train successfully and still observe social distancing guidelines.
"Amtrak has been reducing the number of seats sold on each train to enable distancing, a best-practice that will likely continue into the upcoming winter season. Amtrak and Winter Park Resort evaluated seating options on the Winter Park Express and agreed that, with social distancing requirements, it was not possible to operate the train successfully this season," the rail line said in a statement.
Amtrak said that it will be taking the downtime this year to find ways to make the train the best it can be when it relaunches next season.
Hope is not totally lost if you are hoping to avoid getting stuck on I-70 while heading up to or back from the ski area. The year-round California Zephyr Amtrak line stops in nearby Fraser, CO, operating between Chicago and the San Francisco Bay, via Denver and Salt Lake City. A shuttle operates between the Fraser station and Winter Park Resort. So, it likely will add time to your trip, but it might be an option.
In addition the Winter Park Express service suspension, the Colorado Department of Transportation has announced that it will not run its Snowstang bus routes this ski season. The buses usually provide service to A-Basin, Loveland, and Steamboat ski areas. It initially suspended service in March of 2020 due to the pandemic, and officials have said that it is now focused on opening for the 2021-22 season.
What do you think about the suspension news? Will you be skiing this year? Let us know in the comments.