Bookings for the Winter Park Express, the I-70-and-Berthoud-Pass-avoiding train from Denver's Union Station to the base of the ski area in Grand County, are up about 70 percent over this time last year.
Amtrak has sold more than 2,000 tickets so far, says company spokesman Marc Magliari. He credits new service on every Friday of the season that runs from January to March. Last year, trains ran on just two Fridays per month.
"We're also getting more group bookings this year than last, probably because of the additional Fridays," he said. "It's easier for business groups to book themselves on a Friday than ask their employees to come in on a Saturday or Sunday."
After its return, the train was been praised for being a cozy -- if expensive -- alternative to driving to the slopes. Prices for one-way tickets have since dropped to $29, if you buy 'em far enough in advance. But they run up to to $59 if you don't.
And there's one more possible reason behind the boost in bookings, Magliari said. A snowy fall means Winter Park and other ski areas in Colorado's central mountains are already open.
"The fact that people are skiing now is leading people to think about skiing in January, February and March too," he said.