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.
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).
After 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.
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.
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!
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.