My recent getaway to Winter Park, Colorado held a lot of “firsts” for me. This was my first trip back to Winter Park since I was really young, my first time going snow tubing, and my first experience snowmobiling. I would definitely consider myself a thrill-seeker. I love adrenaline-pumping experiences and I’m constantly looking for my next adventure. I had never been snowmobiling before, but I knew that a snowmobile tour in Winter Park would be the thrilling adventure I was looking for.
We chose to go with one of Winter Park’s most reputable snowmobile tour companies, Grand Adventures. Grand Adventures offers a couple different snowmobile tour options: the Trailblazer tour (approx. 2 hours), the Continental Divide tour (approx. 2 hours), a 3 hour tour, a one hour tour, and an advanced adventure tour (4 hours) – read more about the snowmobile tours here. Since the Trailblazer tour is only offered on certain days, we opted for the Continental Divide tour. The Continental Divide tour was the perfect introduction to snowmobiling for first-timers, plus it offers some seriously jaw-dropping views. Our snowmobile tour guide, Joe, was phenomenal. He was extremely friendly, gave clear instructions, was always open to questions (no matter how silly), and all-around made our experience top-notch.
The tour departs from the Grand Adventures office across from the Winter Park Resort and starts out riding along wide, groomed trails. We made our way up the mountain, winding through the trees as we got the feel for driving a snowmobile (it was many of our first times). As we continued riding up the mountain, we began to pick up speed and you could just begin to see Fraser Valley and Winter Park through the breaks in the trees. I’d be watching, captivated by the valley just as the view would sneak back behind the trees until it revealed another jaw-dropping glimpse just around the next corner. I felt like I was playing peek-a-boo with the views as we continued to weave up the mountain.
We continued along in this fashion until we neared the top of the Continental Divide. Nearing the top, the trees opened up and revealed a wide open view of Winter Park Resort, Fraser Valley, and all the surrounding mountains. I felt like I was on top of the world as my eyes canvassed the scenery, soaking in the majesty of the mountains. There were sweeping views as far as the eye could see of expansive mountains and tiny towns down in the valley.
It’s hard to even put into words the sheer natural beauty that Colorado is blanketed in. Our snowmobile tour made a pit stop at the top of the Continental Divide for some much needed pictures and downtime to enjoy the view. Standing at the Continental Divide staring at the vast mountains all around helps put into perspective just how grand the world we live in is. The views left me speechless and wanting to live in the moment forever.
After spending some time marveling at the views, we hopped back on our snowmobiles and sped off. After we darted up a steep hill and along the edge of the mountain, we stopped to watch a couple people on snowmobiles racing around in a small valley. In no time, they shot up the steep hill (and I mean steep!) and catapulted out of the valley and past us on the trail. It was energizing to watch them rocket up the side of the hill, but I was really hoping we weren’t going to be doing the same thing (luckily, we weren’t).
The second half of the tour veers off the wide, groomed trails and onto ungroomed, single track trails. This was my favorite part of the tour (besides the views, of course) because it felt more like true snowmobiling and not just riding along wide, groomed trails. As we veered off the wide trails and into the trees, the single track trails were cut into several feet deep of snow and were just barely wide enough for a snowmobile.
It’s hard to describe the pure joy I felt as we zoomed past trees and around corners. We spend a good portion of the tour just riding around through the trees. We zipped through the woods with trees whizzing by as we weaved deeper and deeper into the sea of snow. Exploring the mountain on a snowmobile was such an exhilarating adventure and one I can’t wait to experience again.
If you’re looking for an exciting winter activity for the whole family, you can’t go wrong with a snowmobile tour. Snowmobiling is a fun and unique way to see a different side of the mountain and be able to explore uncharted territory. If you’re planning to try a snowmobile tour in Winter Park, I highly recommend Grand Adventures. You’re sure to have a safe, exciting, and memorable snowmobiling experience.
- Reserve your tour in advance to secure a spot – tours will fill up.
- Dress warmly in layers and bring gloves, goggles, a hat (optional), and a camera.
- Grand Adventures address: 81699 US-40, Winter Park, CO 80482 (Winter Park location)
- If you’re riding with Grand Adventures, they will provide a helmet and boots upon check-in.