by Noel Weaver
The problems that are being encountered with winter ski train operations here as well as many other places bears out what I have said several times on here and elsewhere. As a former skier, skiers prefer their own car for ski trips and their next choice is a group charter by bus. The bus can leave from a good location and takes them right to the ski area, not a distant railroad station. They can arrange for their departure whenever they want. Albany or Saratoga to North Creek is not a big enough market to support a regular ski train operation. Maybe an occasional charter could work. I hope the overall operation in better weather conditions can make a success here. They need to forget about trying to run in the winter time. The idea is great but the success is not. I know the Denver - Winter Park ski train has returned but in this case the distance is farther, the traffic much worwse, the train stops very close to the foot of the lifts and Denver has a huge base of skiers. Big difference between Saratoga Springs and Denver.