Snowmobiling and Zipling: Winter Adventure Awaits
By Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor
I’m new to Colorado and to Leadville, but it’s remarkable how short of a time it has taken to feel at home here. I recently spent the day out at White Mountain Snowmobile Tours/Top of The Rockies Zipline. When these locals took me out, I felt like the tourist I am again – the tourist we all are, when we look out each morning onto the land that is so much taller, and more independent than us.
The Top of the Rockies Zipline tour consists of six runs at varying speeds and lengths. Flying over gullies and passes, hands-free, I was offered a rare and spectacular view usually reserved for the hawk and eagle. For two hours, the local women tour guides clipped me on, and sent me off down the lines, descending a total of 1,000 feet in elevation at speeds up to twenty-five miles per hour.
After a quick lunch at The Grill in Leadville, I headed out to White Mountain for their “Performance” snowmobile tour. This single-rider, two-hour trip took us first into a clearing near Turquoise Lake to get the hang of the ride. Then, guides split us into small groups of six or seven, and led us onto private trails ascending to 11,000 feet to look over the Continental Divide. White Mountain also offers several “Extreme” and “High Adventure” Tours for experienced riders, from two to three hours in bowls of powder and untouched wilderness. They also offer family tours that take a gentler trip on groomed trails.
Further on we went, skirting round Turquoise Lake, and into open fields, where we gained speeds of up to forty-five miles per hour and sprayed snow on sharp turns. Sunset laid on, and we bucked and scurried back down the mountain, hopped in the bus and rode back to base camp.
White Mountain Snowmobile Tours and Top of the Rockies Zipline is located at 6492 Highway 91, seven miles north of Leadville, and 15 miles from Copper Mountain.
Look for the towering wooden structure: that’s the last run of the zipline, you can’t miss it. Tours are offered daily, year-round.
Call for information and reservations: 970-668-5323, or 800-247-7238, or check out their website for details on pricing, tours, and special events: LINK.
Brennan Ruegg recently moved from the Cuyahoga Valley of Ohio to the Colorado Rockies. When he’s not writing about the great outdoors, he can be found dancing in his car, or serving up some of the best green chili and margaritas at The Grill in Leadville.
Celebrate Your Special Event at Top of The Rockies
White Mountain Snowmobile and Top of the Rockies Zipline offers a variety of services to mark those special occasions.
In this photo, is recently married Leadvillites Lee Trujillo and Chuck Williams, with Char Duran who officiated the ceremony. The couple got married New Year’s Eve at Top of The Rockies Zipline, located several miles north of Leadville on Highway 91.
“It was not only a spectacular setting, but the Top of the Rockies team made it unforgettably special for all who attended,” said Trujillo.
Chuck and Lee own the Scarlet Bar in historic downtown Leadville. They were the first couple to secure a same sex marriage license in Lake County on October 10, 2014. Congratulations!