Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.
$65 for a Two-Hour Snowmobile Tour ($110 Value)
At the beginning of each tour, expert guides introduce small groups of four to five riders to 2013 Polaris LXT snowmobiles, chosen from the dozens in their fleet. After donning provided snowsuits and boots and practicing maneuvers in an open meadow area, groups set off for the trails. The comfort-conscious motorized mounts come equipped with hand warmers, electric starters, and back rests to make plying the 40 miles of groomed trails a leisurely experience.
While navigating the mountains, guides show off the stunning vistas of Swan River Valley, Summit County, and White River National Forest. They even take select groups on two- and three-hour excursions to Georgia Pass, a traversable stretch of mountain at a literally breathtaking 11,585 feet above sea level. Upon return, riders warm chilled bones with complimentary mugs of hot chocolate as they reminisce about sights seen.
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.