Though there’s nothing better than skiing in Park City, a place known for some of the best skiing on earth, there are plenty of other outdoor winter adventures that you can experience to mix it up a bit and involve different personalities in your family with numerous outdoor activities. Snowshoeing, snowboarding, tubing and skiing are some of the activities but one of the best winter sports for those looking for a little more of an adrenaline rush might appreciate a snowmobiling adventure.
Guided snowmobile tours are available for individuals, couples and small groups through Thousand Peaks in Park City. This company offers tours in on miles of open land in Utah’s highest and largest private ranch.
Thousand Peaks invests in the very best Ski-Doo’s and snowmobiles which options for beginners, intermediate riders and experts. Elevations reach up to 11,000 feet with an average of 30 feet of fresh new powder every winter season. The private ranch covers 60,000 acres of varying terrain with countless trails ranging from calm and easy to trails for more thrilling rides with more twists and turns. Riders can enjoy looped trails, pure back country, river valleys, large towering peaks, giant bowls and no sight of any people or city developments in sight creating a truly secluded mountain experience.
Several tours are available including a 2 hour snowmobiling trip, the Alpine Adventure, which is the most popular option and costs $149 for the driver and $39 per passenger. A 3 hour custom trip, the Rocky Mountain Escape, is $189 per driver and $59 per passenger. The 4 hour lunch trip known as the Epic Trip/Utah’s Highest, is $230 per driver and is for single drivers only but also includes lunch for $9 each.
Before making reservations with Thousand Peaks for a group snowmobile tour, there are some things to keep in mind. Those who are pregnant aren’t able to ride, anyone with existing or recurring injuries, musculoskeletal disorders or tendencies towards seizures should avoid snowmobiling. Thousand Peaks is about 25 to 30 minutes away from Park City, located up in snow country in the mountains. The roads are all paved on the way to the ranch.
It’s important to dress very warmly with a full winter coat, snow pants, goggles or sunglasses, snow boots, scarves, gloves and a hat. If you don’t own the proper snowmobiling attire you can rent clothing and accessories from Thousand Peaks.
About Jim Bizily
I am an outdoor enthusiast, parent of two awesome boys, and Property Manager in beautiful Park City, Utah. After years in engineering and entrepreneurial projects, I decided to move to Park City Utah to start a business managing lodging and vacation rentals.