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).
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.