October 2016 Around Town

Denver to Winter Park Ski Train 
Returning for 2016–17

After a seven-year hiatus, the ski train will operate from Denver Union Station to a new platform at Winter Park Ski Resort during ski season. The ski train previously ran from 1940 to 2009. It was discontinued in 2009 when it became too costly for a private operator to run. Amtrak is partnering with Winter Park to bring the train back. The Colorado Transportation Commission this week announced a $1.5 million grant to help build an ADA-compliant boarding platform and rail improvements at the ski area a few yards from the West Portal of the Moffat Tunnel. CDOT was also studying the 2015 train ride to see if it would reduce traffic on the mountain corridor. CDOT said last winter that a ski train could take 450 to 500 vehicles off the I-70 corridor during peak traffic times during ski season. WinterParkResort.com

Westin Denver International Airport Hotel Unlocks a New Way to Stay with Starwood Preferred Guest’s Next Generation of SPG Keyless

The Westin Denver International Airport has joined a groundbreaking turning point in the hotel experience with the launch of SPG Keyless. SPG Keyless is the industry’s first truly mobile and keyless entry system that allows guests to use their smartphone as a key to their hotel room doors. All they need is an SPG account and the SPG app. In this updated product being launched by Westin Denver International Airport, SPG is also expanding mobile check-in capabilities on the SPG app.

“We are excited to be among the first of the next generation of Starwood brand hotels to offer the convenience and flexibility of SPG Keyless to our guests,” said Tom Curley, general manager of The Westin Denver International Airport. “It seems only fitting that this world-class hotel also leads the trend among hotels to provide this world-class service and technology to its busy, tech-savvy travelers.” WestinDenverAirport.com

Advocates for Children Toy Drive

For more than 30 years, Advocates for Children CASA has served abused and neglected children in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert counties). CASA volunteers are trained to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Each volunteer strives to ensure that every child dreams, thrives and grows in a safe and permanent environment. Through the strength of these volunteers, Advocates for Children CASA advocates for more than 850 children annually.

Every holiday season, Advocates for Children CASA request the help of our community to ensure that our children are blessed with gifts to open around the holidays. We ask that each donor spend between $25–35 per child and we are also seeking donors who are willing to sponsor a family. When sponsoring families, we ask that donors spend between $100–200. Due to our fantastic donors in 2015, seven Advocates for Children CASA families were sponsored and provided gift cards for gas and food, household items, gift cards for restaurants, family memberships for museums and zoos, etc. Thanks to this type of support, these seven families were able to enjoy the holidays just a little more. If you are interested in sponsoring a child or a family, please contact Benevolent Tate, Arapahoe County Case Coordinator, at (303) 328-3250. Adv4Children.org