Our Half Day Snowshoe Adventure is just what you’ve been looking for.  Enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the Rocky Mountains while experiencing the wonder of nature on snowshoes.  Estes Park, Colorado offers world-class snowshoeing trails for everyone from first-time hikers to experts.  Because of the spectacular setting and convenient location, this outing is perfect for families and individuals who are excited for an introduction to snowshoeing.

Spend the morning hiking around the special areas of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Participants meet their guide at the Dao House in Estes Park where they are quickly fitted with equipment.  You’ll be outside snowshoeing in minutes.  AMGA trained and certified guides will lead a fun and challenging morning of snowshoeing – an adventure you won’t soon forget.

If you are looking for a place to stay, we recommend staying at the Dao House, since you will be meeting there for your snowshoeing adventure.

Sample Itinerary:

9:00 – Meet at Dao House, complete waivers, get fitted with rental equipment. 

9:15Snowshoe from the Dao House into a winter wonderland. Enjoy the scenery and experience Rocky Mountain National Park with a professional guide.

12:00Return back to the Dao House, warm up by the fire and enjoy Fondue + Hot Apple Cider.

1:00 – Course close.

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517


Your snowshoeing adventure is based out of the Dao House, so why not make Dao House your overnight base camp? Dao House base camp sits at 9,200 ft. on 84 acres of forests just 7 miles from Estes Park and minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park. Dao House is one of the largest log buildings in Colorado where each room has spectacular views of Longs Peak at the front and Twin Sisters to the back.

Dao House is offering special rates for Colorado Mountain School’s programs where large lodge rooms with two queen beds are $50 a person. An added activity is the Saturday night movie shown in the theater room with cozy fireplace. A hearty special dinner is served before the movies begin. On Sunday mornings, there is a hearty breakfast available.

Located 35 miles from Boulder, Dao House is the convenient mountain lodge / base camp for starting any adventure into the mountains.


All of our courses can be run as custom outings.  If you’re interested in a course, but it doesn’t fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.

All Upcoming Dates and Locations:

  • March 7, 2020 - March 7, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • March 14, 2020 - March 14, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • March 21, 2020 - March 21, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • February 8, 2020 - February 8, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • February 15, 2020 - February 15, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • February 22, 2020 - February 22, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • February 29, 2020 - February 29, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • February 1, 2020 - February 1, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • January 4, 2020 - January 4, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • January 11, 2020 - January 11, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • January 18, 2020 - January 18, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • January 25, 2020 - January 25, 2020 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • December 21, 2019 - December 21, 2019 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • December 28, 2019 - December 28, 2019 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado
  • December 14, 2019 - December 14, 2019 - Snowshoe & Fondue - Estes Park, Colorado


Willingness to try something new and have FUN!


No preparation necessary.


8:00am - 12:00pm


4 hours

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Snowshoers between age 6 and 18 are welcome with a parent or guardian. NOTE: The parent or guardian has to be present.


  • Trained and/or certified guide
  • Group hiking gear
    • Snowshoes
    • Mountain Boots
    • Trekking Poles


  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
  • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School
Item Description Quantity Example Purchase At Rent At Equipment Type
Approach Shoes

These are “hiking” shoes specifically made for approaching and descending from a climbing venue where scrambling is necessary, or even for climbing an entire route. They have sticky climbing rubber on the bottom and a formed fit to influence better climbing abilities while scrambling. Consider high-tops for additional ankles support if needed. Regular hiking boots or athletic shoes may be acceptable for many climbs.


Men: La Sportiva TX3 Men
Women: La Sportiva TX3 Wmn

Neptune Mountaineering

Backpack: 18-25 liter

This small pack is carries one’s approach shoes, water, food, extra layers, and toilet kit on the route. This pack should close completely so that no items can fall out.



Neptune Mountaineering

Belay and Rappel Device

Plaquette style devices with auto-block mode are ideal.


CAMP Piu 2

Neptune Mountaineering

Climbing Harness

UIAA or CE approved; With belay loop and gear loops. The waist belt should fit over multiple layers of clothing.



Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Climbing Pants, Shorts or Capris

For all seasons, cotton, loose-fitting (or tight, stretchy) pants are usually acceptable for rock climbing. Shorts are acceptable during the summer - though shorts expose the knees and shins to abrasions. New climbers are encouraged to wear pants or capris. A synthetic material (like in softshell pants) may be required by your guide due to potential rain storms.


Men: Rab Vapour Rise
Women: Rab womens Vapour-rise pants

Rab Stores

Cotton Socks

Cotton Socks are acceptable for most rock climbing days. Synthetic and merino wool socks tend to be too hot and make climber’s feet sweat excessively.


Point 6 Socks

Neptune Mountaineering

Lightweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Worn against the skin and is considered a "wicking" layer that facilitates the movement of moisture away from the skin and through the layers. Hooded base layers add extra versatility.


Men: Rab Forge LS Tee
Women: Rab Force LS Tee

Rab Store

Lip ScreenSPF 15 or higher.

Non-SPF rated lip balms can actually increase your chances of getting burned.


Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm

Neptune Mountaineering

Long and Short Sleeve T-shirt

Cotton or Synthetic and Merino Wool; Bring a variety of short-sleeve or tank tops, and a few long-sleeve. Long sleeve cotton t-shirts can be nice for the crack climbing days. Synthetic shirts are not required for rock climbing, but some may prefer the feel and quick-dry performance.


Rab Stance Tee

Rab Store

Midweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Adds extra warmth and protection from the cold and wind without creating a moisture barrier as a jacket would. Having at least one base layer that is hooded adds versatility, protecting the neck and ears from cold winds.


Men: Rab Nucleus Hoody
Women: Rab Nucleus Hoody

Neptune Mountaineering

Rock Climbing Helmet

UIAA/CE approved; Should be large enough to fit over a beanie. Plastic helmets are more durable, but heavier. Foam helmets are lighter, but more easily damaged when carried in a pack.


CAMP Titan

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Rock Climbing Shoes

Technical rock shoes are required. For beginning climbers, having a looser fit is advisable. In this case, loose means that toes are touching the front of the shoes when standing, but are not forced against the front of the shoe. In colder weather, thin socks inside climbing shoes are a great option. On long routes, rock shoes should be comfortable enough to wear for day.


La Sportiva TC Pro

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering


Great for taking photos and videos. Smartphone batteries tend to shut down in freezing temps - keep your phone in a warm inner layer. A tether is ideal in the mountains to protet against dropping your phone.

1 Optional
Softshell and Fleece Jacket

Water-resistant, windproof, yet it "breaths," which means it allows moisture to move through. Hoods are ideal. There are multiple thicknesses of Softshell jackets. A lightweight or medium-weight jacket is preferred. Fleece jackets are acceptable.


Men: Rab Salvo Jacket
Women: Rab Salvo Jacket

Neptune Mountaineering

Sports Bra

Provides support and allows for full range of motion


North Face Beyond the Wall

Neptune Mountaineering

Sun Hat

A billed hat to keep the sun at bay during the approach and descent.


Neptune Mountaineering


"Wrap-Around" style sunglasses with 100% UV Protection.


Julbo Shield

Neptune Mountaineering

SunscreenSPF 30 or higher.

Travel size.


Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50

Neptune Mountaineering

Water Bottles

1 liter bottles are the standard. Bladders such as Camelbacks and Platypus are acceptable for above freezing temps, but only in conjunction with another bottle. Bladders are not acceptable during sub freezing temps. Sports drinks are also acceptable.


Nalgene, Hydro Flask

Neptune Mountaineering



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