We went on a snowshoe outing this week to show my neices the outdoors of Winter Park without spending a dime. Ok, I did already have 2 pairs of snowshoes and borrowed the other pair from my friend (and realtor), Shanna, so I guess it wouldn’t be free for the tourist. To rent showshoes, go to The Ski Broker – not too much $ at all.
Shanna recommended this trail and we took her up on it. To get there, we went up Berthoud Pass (from Winter Park) past 2 switchbacks. On the 2nd turn to the left, there is a big orange backcountry avalanche warning sign and parking area. We pulled over, strapped on our snowshoes, grabbed our poles (don’t forget poles!!) and headed up the trail.
Shanna said there would be a flat meadow right away but we never found that – it was still really fun and not too tough. It was an easy uphill climb for awhile and we quickly forgot about life and started singing and laughing.
The path is very easy to follow and we saw two other groups while we climbed. It got a bit steep for awhile so we stopped often and took more photos.
We ran into some backcountry skiers. They were doing “Avy training” they told us. My neice from NC said “huh?!” so we got an education on Avalanche training and how people actually live on the extreme side of the outdoors. We said goodbye and continued to sing and hike in our wimpy little snowshoes. We felt cool, at least.
The photos look a lot more extreme than it was – I think anyone in good enough shape to ski could easily do this. And, it was a fun experience to get out and relax!!
Sarah April 13th, 2009