My girlfriend and I decided to head up to BC over the wintertime vacation, so this review is way late. A little crazy, perhaps, especially when it was -22 F. Anyway, we happened to be staying in Golden, just down the road from White N Wild, and were looking for a snowmobiling place.
This was both of our first times on a snowmobile. I ride motorcycles, so the shifting around on my butt concept was familiar. You will get instruction on how to operate the snowmobile, and the staff is happy to take as much time with you as necessary to help you get the hang of it. They will provide you with a helmet, jumpsuit (onesie), gloves, goggles, and other basics.
The White n Wild staff made our half-day ride memorable, fun, and gorgeous. After riding through the alpine, we stopped for hot cocoa and some food. The Skidoos were brand new, powerful units by the way. The half-day isn't particularly strenuous--the most work I did was laughing my abs back into shape at Jim's (our guide) jokes.
All throughout our ride, as well as after we got back to the lodge, we had wonderful conversations with Jim and the rest of the staff. We would sit around for hours just talking about the area, life in Golden, life in general, and all things in between. Jim has lived in Golden for most of his life, much like a good portion of the White n Wild crew, which I think is important. They all understand that the area in/around Golden is a treasure which must be protected and we had a great time talking about the way it is in BC.
We had so much fun on our snowmobiling tour and hanging around with Jim and the crew that we decided to do the full day backcountry tour later in the week as well. While the first ride was fun, the backcountry tour is where the real fun is.
As a note, the backcountry tour goes above the treeline up to fresh powder. It's fun, but it can be some physical work (sliding your butt around and learning to get un-stuck).
When we do come back to Golden, we're going straight to White n Wild to say hi!
Bottom line is this: you'll have an amazing time on the snowmobiling tour (if you listen, laugh, and have fun!), but stay for the people. Jim, Brad, Dave, everyone. They're what makes White n Wild and Golden at large so special!!!!
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