For some folks, getting deep into the mountains can be a daunting and discouraging undertaking. Where do we start? How long will it take? What if something goes wrong? These are some of the questions we ask ourselves when planning any sort of mountain adventure. These questions tend to have more complex answers in the winter months, when snow covers the ground. Even as guides, we ask these questions. However, our experience in the mountains and knowledge of the region, allow us to answer these questions and remove many of the unknown factors, making for a safer and more enjoyable experience for our guests.
Many people ask if we go on the same adventures in the winter as we do in the summer. The answer is YES! But, we use different types of equipment to access these areas, equipment that makes it more efficient to move on snow. Our winter hiking tours include the use of snowshoes. Snowshoes are designed to help a hiker stay on top of the snow when there has been recent accumulation or when the sun begins to soften the surface. Snowshoes are also equipped with a “crampon” or spikes beneath the foot which provide traction and stability on slippery or uneven surfaces.
Snowshoes allow our guides to bring guests farther into the mountains, accessing places where a traditional hiker will not be able to venture with simple hiking boots. With the use of snowshoes, we offer everything from simple half-day hikes, full-day hiking adventures near Frisco, Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne, and Keystone. We also offer peak ascents to the summits of Summit County’s 13ers and 14ers, including Quandary Peak, Grays Peak, and Torreys Peak. A guided adventure is more than just a walk in the woods. Hiking with a guide has many benefits. First, it takes out planning time and potential time lost finding the trailhead and/or trail. Second, guides are trained medical professionals with years of experience making decisions in the outdoors, therefore, their first job is doing what it takes to keep you and your group safe. Lastly, you will learn something! Guides love telling stories, especially about the place we call home.
So, book your snowshoe adventure today. Springtime is a great time to go somewhere you’ve never been, in a safe and inclusive environment, and learn something about our amazing mountains. Book here now!