Powder Addiction uses a custom snowcat to take you and 11 other participants to the top of Jones Pass (just 45 minutes from Denver/30 minutes from the Village at Winter Park). From there, guides lead the way as you carve new lines in the fresh powdered snow high above the rest of the world. You can purchase a single seat or get together with 11 like-minded adrenaline seekers to rent a private snowcat at a discounted rate. For more information and to book your trip, contact Powder Addiction or stop by their shop in the Village at Winter Park.
Vagabond Ranch is ideally situated near the Never Summer Mountains range about 45 minutes from downtown Winter Park. If you are looking for a milder experience, there are many backcountry trails near the ranch that you can access by foot. If you want something a little more intense, you can pack up your gear, climb atop a snowmobile, and follow your guide to the nearby back country run, one of which is aptly named the “playground” for its steep jumps and drops. For more information and to set up a reservation, contact Vagabond Ranch.
Searching for something a little more laid back? Winter Park Resort offers scenic snowcat tours throughout the winter ski season. It is a great way to view the mountains from a different perspective, as the tour has many stops for guests to get out and take pictures. Don’t forget to bring your camera! For more information and to set up reservations in advance (which is strongly recommended), contact Winter Park Resort.