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“Snow” Down the Pace and Snowshoe Copper Mountain

I was a tad overexcited for my first time snowshoeing. I’m not really sure why I was so intrigued by these big contraptions you put on your feet… I guess I figured that since I like hiking, I would also enjoy it’s winter counterpart. I was right! Copper Mountain made snowshoeing especially fun with free tours jam packed with interesting facts and observations shared by the guides along the way.

Summit Country Trail System

When I made plans to visit Copper Mountain, I knew I had to take advantage of their free snowshoeing tours. They offer two tours every day. One in the morning that is more advanced and demanding, and the other in the afternoon that is an easier, family friendly route. I decided the latter was a better choice, since it was the first time I had snowshoed. Snowshoe rentals are only $10 including poles, which is a steal for a two to three hour long tour (depending on which tour you do).

Snowshoeing at Copper MountainAfter our tour group strapped into our snowshoes, we headed off down the trail with three friendly and knowledgable tour guides. These guides are ambassadors who volunteer their time to lead groups on the tours, and you can easily spot them by the bright green jackets they wear. They know all about the wildlife, history, and nature of the mountain, making the tour especially interesting.

Snowshoe Tour Ambassador

Me and Nancy, one of the snowshoe tour ambassadors

I loved every minute of the tour and everything about snowshoeing. It’s certainly not as exhilarating as cruising down the slopes on skis, but I enjoyed the slower pace that allowed me to pay closer attention to the details in the scenery around me. The alpine setting with the majestic Rocky Mountains in the background is the perfect environment for an afternoon of snowshoeing.

Copper Mountain Resort Snowshoe Tour

A few times during the tour, our guides challenged us to see how high we could climb up the snowy hill next to the trail. I accepted the challenge, and although I didn’t make it very high, I felt ready to take on the intermediate morning tour already. It will be at the top of my list for the next time I visit Copper Mountain!

Copper Mountain Snowshoeing Tour

Climbing (running) up the hill in snowshoes

If you’re looking to make some snowy plans before winter comes to an end, make the trip to Copper Mountain for skiing or snowboarding, and be sure to take a few hours out of your day to slow down with a snowshoeing tour! Remember to book your tour at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee your spot on the tour.

34 Comments

  • Steve
    January 31, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I would never have thought of taking a snowshoe tour! Looks fun and a lot easier than skiing.

    Where exactly is Copper Mountain? Is it easy to get to from Denver?

    Steve

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    • Marissa Sutera
      January 31, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Hi Steve,

      It is a lot of fun and is definitely easier than skiing! Copper Mountain is only about an hour and a half southwest of Denver. It’s an easy drive, or you can take the Front Range Ski Bus from downtown Denver on the weekends or the Summit Express Airport Shuttle from DIA.

      Hope you get a chance to make it there!

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      • Steve
        February 1, 2015 at 12:51 pm

        Good to know it’s close to Denver! It would make a nice day trip. Thanks for the info.

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  • Anda
    January 31, 2015 at 11:10 am

    My husband just bought us a couple of pairs of snow shoes. He actually bought them for a trip in Vermont with our son, but I’m planning to take them with us on our ski trip to Lake Tahoe this year. I expect to burn way more calories from snow shoeing than from the skiing, but like you say, it is not the same kind of fun. I’d like to try them in deep snow.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      January 31, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      That sounds like an awesome trip Anda! Enjoy the snow in your new snowshoes!

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  • Esther
    February 1, 2015 at 1:33 am

    That seems like a lot of fun!! Besides ice skating I haven’t done any winter sports in my life, so I think this is pretty cool.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 1, 2015 at 8:46 am

      It sure was Esther! I’ve never been much of a winter sports kind of person, but I’ve been exploring more options this year and there’s a lot of fun activities I was missing out on!

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  • Elaine J. Masters
    February 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I think a snowshoeing tour would be just about my speed. I’m not a skier but love being outdoors in the winter.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 4, 2015 at 6:31 am

      Snowshoeing would be perfect! It’s a great workout at a much slower pace than skiing, and you get to really enjoy the nature!

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  • Hannah
    February 3, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I’ve never tried snowshoeing before.
    Which is sad…because I live in the snowiest capitol of the world.
    Hmm. I think I need to get on that!

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 4, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Time to get on that! 🙂 It’s a lot of fun and a great way to explore new trails in the winter!

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  • Lauren
    February 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    The last time I went snowshoeing I was REALLY young…they used to have them at my elementary school to use during gym class! I haven’t been since. This really makes me want to go snowshoeing again! Beautiful scenery, too.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 4, 2015 at 6:33 am

      That’s awesome! You’ll definitely have to go again, if only for the great views!

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  • Richelle
    February 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    This looks so fun! I’ve always wanted to try snow shoeing but I’ve never had the chance

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      It was a lot of fun Richelle! A great activity to take a break from skiing 🙂

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  • Ben Warner
    February 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Certainly sounds more affordable than a lift ticket. I could see myself splitting days on the mountain, 1 day to ski, another to snowshoe.

    Big question though, how was the ski lodge afterwards??? 🙂

    Ben
    http://www.HugePartyTravel.com

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 4, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      It sure is much cheaper! I did a morning of skiing and spent the afternoon snowshoeing, but it’s a nice break from the skiing! We actually stayed in an apartment-style vacation rental which was fantastic! Be on the lookout for a full review coming next Friday 🙂

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  • Renuka
    February 5, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Snowboarding looks so much fun! I am yet to do it. I am in a totally opposite part of the world (India), where it’s moderately warm and sunny.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      That could present a challenge! Guess you’ll have to come visit one of the colder parts of the world like Colorado 🙂

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  • Corinne
    February 8, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I absolutely love snowshoeing! So peaceful!

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      It really is! If we get enough snow again in Boulder soon I will certainly be going again this season!

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  • Emma
    February 8, 2015 at 2:24 am

    I love snow-shoeing… Living in a house with ski lovers when I am not so keen myself I had to find something I liked too… You get to see some beautiful scenery, and it’s just so quiet and peaceful isn’t it? 🙂

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      It’s the perfect slower-pace alternative! I love being able to pay close attention to the scenery around me. It flies by so fast when I’m skiing!

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  • Vanessa
    February 8, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Though Im not really that adventurous, I tried snowshoeing my self in the Ontario Highlands. It was a great experience though I must admit that I started with some shaky nerves. And I agree, for the not so snow sporty like us, its not us exhilarating as skiing. You’ll get to enjoy the views of the place more without worrying about if you’re gonna make it at the end of the slope.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      So true! While I do enjoy skiing, it was nice being able to pay attention to my surroundings and not having to concentrate so much on staying upright and controlling my speed.

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  • SJ
    February 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Never even knew that this was an option… so that means I need to now give it a a go!

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  • Muriel
    February 8, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    This is awesome! I love snowboarding but I would love to try snowshoeing for a day. It looks way more chill. Maybe for those days when you’re super sore from skiing/snowboarding. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Yes that’s a great time to go! It’s the perfect way to stay active outdoors while also taking a break from snowboarding.

      Reply
  • Jess
    February 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I just ordered a pair of snowshoes! I figured if I’m not going to see the ground for another few months, I might as well make the best of it.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 9, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      That’s the spirit! Way to take advantage of the snowy weather 🙂 Enjoy your snowshoeing journeys!

      Reply
  • Adelina
    February 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Being a skier all my life, I was disappointed the first time I went snowshoeing at how much work it was. Now I just try to avoid it and aim for whizzing down mountains instead.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      A good alternative! I found I liked the slower pace to take a break from skiing, but my boyfriend was not feeling it at all haha he was more than ready to get back on his snowboard!

      Reply
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