Robert Frost could have used a local guide when he decided to take the road less traveled by, as he discovered only too late that it was patrolled by feral park rangers. Learn how a tour guide makes all the difference with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a two-hour backcountry snowmobile tour from Good Times Adventures in Breckenridge (up to a $100 value). Tours leave hourly starting at 9 a.m. Children younger than 5 can ride free, and older passengers can join drivers aged 18 and older for a fee.
Good Times Adventures' experienced guides lead cadres of adventurers from a heated lodge just outside Breckenridge up to the Georgia Pass during two-hour backcountry snowmobile tours. Adrenaline enthusiasts are instructed on braking and turning techniques after mounting 2012 Polaris snow guzzlers made cozy by hand warmers and backrests. Guides trained in CPR and first aid lead small groups of guests over snowbound trails, spiraling through clusters of fir trees and open ground toward the Continental Divide's Georgia Pass, propped against the sky at 11,585 feet above sea level. Tour-goers can take pictures at the summit before heading down the mountain to the lodge, whose hot chocolate and onsite boutiques await to defrost travelers. Adventurers should dress warmly, but can slip into the lodge's stock of snowmobile suits, helmets, and boots at no charge.
Good Times Adventures
Good Times Adventures’ first five guides took to the trails surrounding Breckenridge in 1986, leading their first visitors around on a ramshackle collection of 20 mismatched, antiquated snowmobiles. Those first forays weren’t fancy, but they were full of lessons. Through the years, the guides put those early learning experiences to good use, collaborating with the US Forest Service to expand their network of trails and acquiring a powder-smoothing snowcat to groom more than 40 miles of scenic routes through Swan Valley and White River National Forest. Today, more than 30 employees organize excursions for hundreds of guests, drawing their vehicles from a fleet of more than 100 of the latest seasonal models.
The even, glossy swathes of snow suit not only the treads of snowmobiles, but also those of dog sleds. Breckenridge local Orion takes the reins of his father’s business and an Iditarod-style sled, leading passengers along the same trails with dogpower rather than horsepower. Good Times’ staff welcomes guests—whether travelling by animal or machine—back to their lodge after each excursion to enjoy scenic views, complimentary hot chocolate, and snowsuit fashion shows.