Saratoga-North Creek Railway at the North Creek train station
The Saratoga & North Creek Railway Nov. 7 announced that the Snow Train will return this winter with an expanded schedule designed to serve day-trippers and skiers alike for the 2013 season.
Beginning January 11, the full-service passenger rail train will provide round-trip transportation from Saratoga Springs to North Creek with continuing shuttle service to Gore Mountain every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through mid-March.
The expanded schedule features two round-trip trains each Saturday during the 2013 season, providing an additional trip from last year’s schedule. The Saturday schedule will offer both early and mid-morning departures from Saratoga Springs with return trips from North Creek in the early afternoon and evening. Fridays and Sundays will each offer one round-trip train.
“Our new schedule provides a variety of options for both skiers and sightseers alike. By running two trains on Saturdays, we are offering passengers the opportunity to either tackle the slopes early for a full day of skiing or enjoy a leisurely winter afternoon in the scenic Adirondacks,” said Saratoga & North Creek Railway General Manager Steve Torrico. “We hope winter enthusiasts opt to skip the drive and jump aboard the Snow Train for a special travel experience that will offer unparalleled atmosphere, service and convenience.”
The Saratoga & North Creek Railway Snow Train offers a unique winter travel experience for those heading to the slopes or looking for a trip to the Adirondacks. The round-trip from Saratoga Springs to North Creek includes conveniences not typically found in today’s rail service, such as complete ski and snowboard equipment handling and storage from Saratoga Springs to the base of Gore Mountain; tableside breakfast and dinner menus with wine offerings and bar service; and picturesque views of the North Country aboard vintage midcentury dome cars.
Skiers can check their equipment before climbing on board for the relaxing two-hour ride through the heart of the Adirondacks, and transfer from the North Creek Depot to the direct shuttle service to Gore Mountain, where they will find their ski equipment waiting for them.
For non-skiers, the Snow Train welcomes passengers to visit downtown North Creek where a variety of antique shops, country stores, bed and breakfasts and restaurants line Main Street and offer visitors an array of historic, artistic and cultural attractions.
The Saratoga & North Creek Railway Snow Train departs Saratoga Springs on Fridays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and arrives in North Creek at 12:17 p.m. Return service departs North Creek at 3:45 p.m. and arrives in Saratoga Springs at 5:57 p.m.
On Saturdays, the train will offer two travel options for passengers. The first train departs Saratoga Springs at 7 a.m. and arrives in North Creek at 9:17 a.m. A second train will follow with a departure from Saratoga Springs at 10 a.m. arriving in North Creek at 12:15 p.m. Return trips will depart from North Creek beginning at 1 p.m. with arrival in Saratoga Springs at 3:15 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. arriving in Saratoga Springs at 7:15 p.m.
Shuttle transportation is provided to Gore Mountain by the Snow Train on all arrivals and departures. On Saturdays, the 10 a.m. departure from Saratoga Springs and 1 p.m. departure from North Creek will not offer dome cars or full meal service. A snack bar will be available for passengers.
The Snow Train offers a choice of either vintage coach car or dome car seating. The coach cars are roomy and comfortable, ideal for family traveling, while the dome cars offer uninterrupted views of the winter landscape through large dome windows that wrap overhead.
Round-trip adult tickets are $30 for coach cars and $55 for dome seating. Round-trip child tickets are $20 for coach cars and $40 for dome seating. For those headed to the slopes, the Snow Train will offer ski packages which include round-trip train transportation and a lift ticket to Gore Mountain. For more information, please visit SNCSnowTrain.com.
For younger ski fans, the Snow Train is offering a 2013 “Haul Pass,” which includes five round-trip rides on the snow train in coach seating for $99 – a 66 percent discount. Lift ticket must be purchased separately.
For more information about the Saratoga & North Creek Railway Snow Train, including a full schedule, please visit SNCSnowTrain.com.