Try Something a Little Different This Winter by Snowshoeing Through Summit County
Posted by: admin October 28th, 2015
Your stay at our Frisco hotel this winter will obviously afford you access to some of Colorado’s greatest ski resorts. But if you are not the type to spend tons of money on ski/snowboard gear and lift tickets and don’t want to wait in long lift lines, then snowshoeing might just be the thing for you. As the popular saying goes, “If you can walk, you can go snowshoeing,” there isn’t a long learning curve and it doesn’t require a large investment or special techniques to get started. You can start today, and have fun, immediately!
Fortunately, Frisco and Summit County in its entirety is a winter wonderland and a snowshoeing paradise. There are limitless opportunities to snowshoe if you want to go at it yourself, but if you are a novice, I would recommend trying out one of the three Summit County Nordic Centers to get your feet wet (or just cold and snowy). There is the Frisco Nordic Center, Breckenridge Nordic Center and Gold Run Nordic Center to choose from, or why not make a vacation out of it and choose all three?!
Frisco Nordic Center
Just a hop, skip and a snowshoe from our Frisco bed and breakfast lies the Frisco Nordic Center, situated on the Frisco Peninsula snuggled alongside beautiful Lake Dillon. The Frisco Nordic Center offers guided and self-guided snowshoe adventures for all ability and age levels across its 14km of dedicated snowshoe trails. The self-guided trips are safer than just choosing a random location as the trails are well marked and mapped. In fact, you may choose to go at it alone or with a small group of friends. But, if you want to learn about the mountains, woods, National Forest, wildlife and other historic facts about Summit County, then a guided adventure is what you want. Either way, this is a great way to get into the mountains without waiting in long lift lines and get away from it all for an hour up to half a day. As they say … “These adventures are more than just a snowshoe hike … they are an experience from the beginning to the end.”
Breckenridge Nordic Center
Just about nine miles south of our Frisco hotel is the Breckenridge Nordic Center. Nestled at the base of the Ten Mile Range and a half mile from Main Street Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Nordic Center offers guided snowshoe adventures four times daily for all ability and age levels across its 16km of dedicated snowshoe trails. Your guided adventure will not only get you out on the trails of the Cucumber Gulch Nature Preserve, but includes snacks, drinks, the history of Breckenridge and a unique interpretive experience on the local ecology and geology of Summit County. Just like their Frisco counterparts, however, you may choose to go at it on your own as well with the clearly marked trails and maps. The Breckenridge Nordic Center offers group tours, semi-private tours, private tours and evening tours to suit your needs. Because of its higher elevation than Frisco, the snowshoeing season lasts a bit longer and offers some great views of Breckenridge and its surrounding mountains.
Gold Run Nordic Center
Run by the Town of Breckenridge, the Gold Run Nordic Center has more than 10km of snowshoe trails to explore, equipment rentals and guided tours the whole family can enjoy. Because of its location on the golf course just north of town, the trails are more in the open than the Frisco and Breckenridge Nordic Centers, but one can find some backcountry wooded trails if they choose to. Four guided snowshoe tours are available, including the Moon Snowshoe Tour that lets you experience the great outdoors by moonlight. All tours are run by knowledgeable guides that impart their knowledge of the local mining history, wildlife and other interesting tidbits of information.
Keystone Nordic Center
Check out an entirely different side of Keystone Ski Resort while snowshoeing the more than 16km of groomed trails with the Keystone Nordic Center. With a minimum of two participants, you may choose from one of two guided tours: Snowshoe Eco Hike or Mountain Top Snowshoe Trek. The former is an easy hike along the Snake River for two hours while the latter is a more challenging mountain top trek from the top of Dercum Mountain to Lookout Hill. If you are in for more of a challenge, the groomed trails provide access to more than 35 miles of nearby trails through the White River National Forest.