The large resorts aren’t having all the fun. Many smaller, exclusive resorts and destinations offer snowshoes to guests as a primary winter activity. Lodges, bed and breakfast cottages, and backcountry inns offer some of the most memorable snowshoeing experiences – regardless of being anchored to a gravity sports resort.
These smaller locations can custom fit a snowshoe outing for their guests. Offering more intimate snowshoe adventures doesn’t necessarily mean it’s costlier; it’s all about location, location, location.
For instance, Yellowstone National Park closes its roads during the winter. The primary mode of transportation in and out of the Park is by snowmobile. The visitors that want to participate in a silent sport, such as snowshoeing, often bed down at a nearby hotel in Jackson, Wyo. However, many winter travelers choose local lodges or dude ranches as their primary launching point into Yellowstone.
Similarly, the Glacier Outdoor Center in Montana is one of many places to stay near Glacier National Park. The locally owned and operated Center is known for its summer activities, including fly fishing and rafting.
“This is something we’ve doing for about 35 years,” says Sally Thompson, Co-owner of the Glacier Outdoor Center. “We decided to expand our year-round operations about 10 years ago. A lot of our guests visit in the summer and the winter.”
In addition to the groomed trails on their property, the Center offers guided snowshoe tours into the Park for guests and passers-by.
“This will be our fourth winter offering a snowshoe program,” Thompson explains. “We first started to rent snowshoes to guests who wanted to go snowshoeing in Glacier National Park. Then we extended our cross-country ski trails to include a snowshoe trail, side-by-side. We wanted to utilize our entire property.”
Glacier Outdoor Center guests can rent a pair of snowshoes for $15 for a full day and $12 for half a day. For guided tours into Glacier National Park, the Center charges $155 a person for an exclusive guided tour for half a day. A full day is $200.