I have said over and over that before we moved to Denver, I thought ski resorts were for skiing. I hadn’t spent much time at ski resorts and didn’t realize how much the offer for the non-skier. For the past couple of years, I have tried to find time to take a snowcat tour but I just couldn’t justify the cost for the whole family and didn’t really want to go by myself.
This Christmas, my mom was in town and we spent some time in Winter Park, CO for the holidays. I decided that this was the perfect excuse to take a snowcat tour and we made a girl’s day out of it. Because we wanted to take the tour on Christmas Eve, we booked a couple of weeks in advance but you can book up until the day of if there is space available. If your time in Winter Park is limited and you don’t want to miss out, book in advance.
The tour begins in the Balcony House where you sign a waiver and then head outside to pile into the snowcat. Tours hold 13 passengers and the seating did not feel cramped. As the snowcat climbs the mountain, the driver will share some facts about the snowcat and history of the mountain.
If you are a beginner skier or if you avoid the slopes, the snowcat tour is a great way to see a part of the mountain that you might never get to see. The snowcat tour takes you up to the Sunspot Lodge and the views are amazing. You will have thirty minutes to walk around, snap some pictures or grab a quick bite to eat. If you choose to stay longer than the thirty minutes, you can take the Zephyr chairlift down.
Things to Know Before You Go:
Cost: $49 per person
Dress: Wear your winter gear. You don’t need your goggles or your ski helmet, but you will want your snow pants and snow boots. You will be at the top of the mountain trudging around in the snow. You will want to layer though because the snowcat gets hot!