From 1940 to 2009, there was a train that would carry skiers the 62 miles from Denver to Winter Park. With the help of a $1.5 million state grant, we may see the train reopen.

According to the Coloradoan, the grant from the state doesn't mean the train is a certainty, it is just a sign that the state is in support of the proposed project. The added ease of getting skiers from a major metropolitan area to the resort would be a huge boost to their economy.

The original ski train shut down in 2009 due to cost, and the current tracks are owned by Union Pacific Railroad, and the train service would be run by Amtrack. The targeted date to start up service (if this becomes a reality) would be January 2017 and representatives have stated that the state grant is a "key step" to reinstituting regular service.