continued On Friday and Sunday, the Snow Train will leave Saratoga Springs at 10 a.m., arriving in North Creek at 12:17 p.m., and leave North Creek at 3:45 a.m., arriving in Saratoga at 5:57 p.m. That gives passengers about 3 hours and 30 minutes in North Creek.
On Saturday — with two round-trips — the Snow Train will leave Saratoga Springs at 7 and 10 a.m., arriving in North Creek at 9:17 a.m. and 12:17 p.m. The train then leaves North Creek at 1 and 5 p.m., arriving in Saratoga at 3:15 and 7:15 p.m. That gives passengers a variety of stay times: 45 minutes, 3 hours and 45 minutes, 4 hours and 45 minutes, 7 hours and 45 minutes in North Creek.
Torrico explained to the North Creek Business Alliance that the later departure time in Saratoga was needed because many families in the Capital Region are simply not getting up to leave at 7 a.m., unless they want to ski all day.
“To solve that, we needed a second train,” Torrico said. “Now we can accommodate both groups of people.”
Torrico also announced Nov. 15 that the railway will be running from Saratoga to North Creek on weekends in March, April and May. Iowa Pacific has invested millions of dollars in the railroad and the community of North Creek — including the $1.5 million purchase of the Sanford Lake Branch for freight service to Tahawus — and the extended spring service is another way the railway is showing its commitment to the region, Torrico said.
With the Snow Train, there will still be shuttle service to Gore Mountain every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through mid-March.
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.