Having not been outdoors in what seems like forever, I finally made the decision last week to do some snowshoeing, and do something a little different and also knock an item off my Colorado bucket list if you will.
The Colorado bucket list item was to finally take a trip to Winter Park Resort on the ski train, known today as Amtrak’s Winter Park Express. The only train with a direct route to a ski resort in the country, it literally drops passengers off just feet from ski lifts. Pricing on the Winter Park Express range from $29 to $59 ($10 increments) each way. I was able to get my round trip for $68, ($29 going up and $39 on the return leg).
arriving outside Winter Park
heading to the high country
I had looked into other activities and saw that Winter Park had 2 hour snowshoeing tours as well as a number of trails that one could do on their own as well, if so inclined. I opted for one of the tours, which was scheduled to start at 10:30am. The Winter Park express leaves Denver’s Union Station promptly at 7am and pulls into Winter Park in just under 2 hours. This gave me plenty of time to look around the village while looking for the Winter Park Adventure & Supply company where I was to check in for my snowshoe tour, sign the necessary waiver and pick up my snowshoes. Still leaving me about 30 mins to carb up at the nearby Waffle Cabin (literally 2 storefronts over) with a sugar crusted Belgian style waffle, 2 pieces of bacon and a hot chocolate for less than $10, ask for the “village special”.
The snowshoe tours at Winter Park last 2 hours and with the right guide, you will cover a little more than 2 miles and learn about different aspects of the mountain along the way. The tour starts with you riding a lift up on the mountain. After you get off the lift your guide will show you how to put your snowshoes on and then you’ll be on your way. I was fortunate to be a part of a large group (17 people), very diverse and a lot of fun. Some as far away as Germany.
The tours range in price from $54(7 day advance reservation) to $59 (walk in) those are regular season pricing. Add $10 for peak season dates. Pricing includes your snowshoe rentals, the tour and an all day Gondola lift ticket.
Sorry for the delay in posting this. Been busy a little as of late.
It was gorgeous weather here in Colorado on this day so the idea was to head up to the high country to do some snowshoeing. Peaceful Valley was if I remember correctly my first time ever on snowshoes well over 10 years ago. The snow was good, though not great in a couple of spots and it was rather windy a good part of the day. We encountered a number of people on mountain bikes on the trail and a few cross country skiers as well. All and all a good day to not be sitting on the couch, not that there is anything wrong with sitting on the couch(There’s a time and place for everything). Here are a few photos from that day, enjoy!
Which way? So many to choose!
Ahead on the trail
For some reason a Coors commercial comes to mind.
Looking down over the edge
Mountain bikers and their really HUGE tires
I shot pictures with my new camera, new to me anyway. As you know I lost my previous camera, my Olympus and since had bought another, two actually. This one I used this day is a Fuji Finepix S9000, it’s an older camera, an awesome deal I got on Ebay and I wanted something different than what I had previously and something older at the same time. I’m still getting used to all of it’s functions and settings, so be patient with me while I improve my use of it.
It’s been six weeks since my last outing and what better way to get back into in than to do some snowshoeing. I’ve hiked this trail numerous times, but never have done any snowshoeing on it. So today would be that day. No destination in particular just getting outdoors is the main objective.
Over 3 feet right here
Other fellow outdoors enthusiasts
The parking lot first thing this morning
Yea it’s me in my new jacket by Columbia
The temperature was 18 degrees upon arriving in the parking lot and it couldnt have had a better day. Blue skies and lot of sunshine. The wind was a lot worse in the parking lot than it was on the trail, but it’s always windy there at the Moffat Tunnel. And there were a lot of people out today, a few other people snowshoeing and quite a few more people on cross country skis. The conditions were just right, there was plenty of snow to be had up there, 2-3 feet in some areas, maybe even more. It literally was a picture-postcard day up there! It was a fun day and also a tiring one. But definitely a great way to end 2013!
First snowshoeing adventure of the season from a couple of weeks back. Because this was the first of the season, the plan was to go in as far as where the trail first crosses over Scott Gomer Creek, right around 2 miles, have a bite to eat then head back down the trail. This is a great idea if you want to just be outdoors for a bit and enjoy what was a gorgeous day to be outside. Living life, burning tons of calories and not stressing about the work week or any of life’s problems! Here are few photos from the day.
Luckily I was able to get you some photos, as yours truly didnt charge the batteries for his camera, so I instead used my phone for pictures this time around.
If you’re interested in the gear I have and use. Take a look at my gear checklist below.
Snowshoes by Atlas Snowshoe Company.
Poles by Komperdell.
Backpack by Outdoor Products.