On a Colorado Ski Trip, Planes, Trains, No Automobiles

The plan was simple: Take the train to the ski slopes.

Why? Trains are romantic. Trains are relatively climate-friendly. And I had recently spent an hour and a half on a perfect powder day sitting in traffic, trying to drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird, near Salt Lake City.

So I decided to swear off car travel for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding via the rails.

Two developments in Denver made the scheme possible: In 2016 the city opened the A line train, which runs from Denver International Airport to Union Station, an exquisitely restored Beaux-Arts terminal and the city’s main transit hub, in 37 minutes.

The following year, Amtrak launched its service on the

The Hotel Indigo Denver Downtown is just across the street from Union Station at 1801 Wewatta Street. A room with two queen beds was $153.95, including taxes, using the Booking.com app.

At Winter Park, a studio in the Founders Pointe condominium at the base area with one queen bed and a pull out couch was $280.12, including taxes.

The Crawford Hotel occupies what used to be office space within Union Station itself. You check in at a nook off the main waiting room. A double queen room recently cost about $278 a night booked through the hotel, $351.95 with taxes and fees. The hotel does not have its own bar or restaurants, but has access to those in the station, including the Cooper Lounge on the mezzanine, which offers a view over the waiting room along with craft cocktails.

Amy Virshup is the editor of the Travel section.

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