When you arrive at Lodge by The Blue you probably can’t wait to hit the slopes with your skis or board. However, if you need a break from the adrenaline-filled activities, or just want to mix it up a little, why not try snowshoeing?
Snowshoeing is much like hiking in wintry conditions, but with special gear that resembles small snowboards. You’ll still get a good workout in, and you will have time to take in your surroundings. This activity will take you on trails that you often can’t access any other way. In addition to these benefits, snowshoeing is fairly easy to learn, and it won’t break the bank.
The Breckenridge area is home to various Nordic Centers where you can start your snowshoe exploration.
Breckenridge Nordic Center
A good place to start your snowshoe adventure is at the Breckenridge Nordic Center. Whether you are experienced and only need to rent your gear, or need to learn about the ins and outs of the sport, you have come to the right place.
The guided adventures are a great way to get you up to speed with this sport, all while you master the necessary skills. The experienced guides will keep you safe and hydrated, and will teach you about Breckenridge’s history and environment. With about 12.5 miles of trails you will have plenty to explore.
Gold Run Nordic Center
With close to eight miles of dedicated trails, Gold Run Nordic Center is another excellent choice to go snowshoeing. Try the “Midas Touch” if you are new to the sport, or the “Dry Gulch” if you are more advanced. From the beginning of December through the end of March you can join Gold Run’s guides on a tour. Areas of interest include the Golden Horseshoe mining district, Ten Mile Range and the historic town of Preston.
Keystone Nordic Center
If you don’t mind venturing out a little farther, you should give Keystone Nordic Center a shot. Rent your snowshoes here, or take an easy 2-hour guided hike along the Snake River. Go on the “Mountain Top Snowshoe Trek” for a slightly more advanced outing. You will hike along the Continental Divide after you have taken a scenic gondola ride to the top of Dercum mountain.
After all that snowshoeing make sure to stop by Myla Rose Saloon inside Lodge by The Blue for some hearty fare or a refreshing beverage.
Which Colorado trails make you want to swap your regular footwear for snowshoes? Let us know!