Sky-Hi News, April 21, 1983 — Winter Park announced a new, soon-to-be built chairlift named the “Zephyr.” Local Martha Hut came up with the name, and won a 1983-1984 season pass for her creative suggestion. A panel of Winter Park judges sifted through more than 500 entries to select the name. Hut was the first to submit the rail-themed suggestion.
The Rio Grande Zephyr last passed through the Winter Park ski area on April 24, and was the last independently run, long-distance passenger train in the country. Amtrak took over the service and changed the name to “California Zephyr,” which still passes through Grand County today, making stops in Fraser and Granby. A mudslide in Utah after an unusually wet spring delayed the new passenger train service for months. Construction of the Zephyr lift started in July 1983, and cost around $1 million.