Winter Park  is a mere 67 miles from Denver , but the best way to go is by Ski Train (555 17th St., Denver, 303/296-4754, www.skitrain.com ), which departs from Union Station  and arrives at the Ski Resort two and a half hours later. It’s a pretty scenic trip, with fares about $39–74 (round-trip), and food and drinks for sale on board.
There is weekend service in winter (Dec. 27–Mar. 29) and in summer (mid-June–mid-Aug.) there is service on Saturdays. Friday and Thursday service will be added in February 2009.
If going to Devil’s Thumb Ranch , make advance reservations for shuttle service from the train stop. Activity tickets for the resort are on sale aboard the train.