More seating capacity added due to near sell-outs some trips

WINTER PARK, Colo. – With less than a month until the first train pulls out of Denver’s Union Station, CenturyLink has joined Amtrak and Winter Park Resort to become the presenting sponsor of the weekend rail service from Denver to the base of Winter Park Resort, now formally known as the Amtrak Winter Park Express presented by CenturyLink. As part of the sponsorship, three cars and one locomotive will be wrapped in the CenturyLink brand and will be used as part of Amtrak California Zephyr service prior to the Winter Park Express’ inaugural journey on Jan. 7.

When not helping skiers and snowboarders avoid I-70 & U.S. 40 traffic every weekend (and two holiday Mondays) through March 26, the Amtrak train will be on view at Union Station.

“Our growing partnerships will help ensure the Winter Park Express will be a success this season and in those to come,” said Mark Murphy, Amtrak Senior Vice President and General Manager responsible for the service. 

“CenturyLink is excited to be part of the launch of the new Winter Park Express ski train service as it connects Denver ski enthusiasts to the Winter Park Resort,” said Rich Karlis, director of corporate sponsorships for CenturyLink. “Riders will be greeted by railcars wrapped in company branding and know that in addition to being their ‘link to what’s next’, CenturyLink will also be their link to Winter Park Resort.” 

“We’re delighted to have CenturyLink join in the frenzy that has surrounded the Winter Park Express,” said Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort President/COO. “News of the return of passenger rail service from Denver to Winter Park has not only been the talk of Colorado, but it has generated immense excitement throughout the nation and even internationally. We’re thrilled to have

CenturyLink, a partner with such a sterling reputation in the state, help us bring this iconic tradition back to the people of Colorado and beyond.”      

Train tickets are currently on sale at Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress and have been selling steadily since the announcement of the train’s return was made at the end of August. With some weekends approaching sell-out levels, capacity is being added. Amtrak and the resort have also taken steps to make it easier for groups to book travel or even obtain exclusive occupancy of railcars with upgraded service and ski packages, subject to availability.  

In addition to CenturyLink, other corporate partners of the Winter Park Express include Monster Energy, Koelbel and Company, Clif Bar and noosa yoghurt.  For information on Winter Park Express sponsorship opportunities, contact Ryan Blanchard, Intrawest Director of Sales & Business at (303) 749-8299, RBlanchard@intrawest.com

About Amtrak®

Amtrak – America’s Railroad® – is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past six years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a 10-member board of directors, nine of whom are appointed by the President of the United States plus the Amtrak CEO. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman.  Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at blog.Amtrak.com, Like us on Facebook.com and Follow us on Twitter @Amtrak.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

About Winter Park Resort

Located just 67 miles from Denver, Colorado’s longest continually-operated ski area features award-winning terrain spread out over seven territories that include miles of cruising groomers, terrain parks, bumps, steeps, trees, and most definitely deeps. An Intrawest-operated property, Winter Park Resort is also the proud home to the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). For more information, please visit www.winterparkresort.com.

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