Winter Adventure FAQ
Winter Adventures Take a Bit of Preparation

The Key to Winter Adventure is Being Prepared

Whether you’re pedaling a fat tire bike down snow covered trails or snowshoeing along Duluth’s prominent ridge line, it’s important to be prepared. Our Winter Adventures offer unique opportunities for experiencing the natural splendor of the snow-covered landscape and our job is to make sure you enjoy the experience to its fullest.

We’ve created this Frequently Asked Questions Page to guide your preparation for your next winter adventure. If you have any questions about the content of these guidelines, send us an email or call to speak to a representative of The Duluth Experience at: (218) 464-6337.

When do you offer winter adventures?
What should I wear for the winter adventure?
What do you recommend I bring for the Fat Tire Bike Adventure?
What does The Duluth Experience provide for the Fat Tire Bike Adventure?
What do you recommend I bring for the Northwoods Snowshoe Adventure?
What does The Duluth Experience provide for the Northwoods Snowshoe Adventure?
Do you have any testimonials from past guests?
Will I get a confirmation email after I purchase my ticket(s)?
Where do we meet The Duluth Experience to start the adventure?
Where should I park?
How long are the Winter Adventures?
Is there food included in the adventure?
Are there group rates for group bookings?
Would The Duluth Experience ever cancel?
What is the policy if I have to cancel my ticket?
Do you accept walk-on customers?
What are your terms and conditions?

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When do you offer the winter adventures?


What should I wear for the winter adventure?

  • Let’s get this first rule settled right away… don’t wear cotton! Cotton will hold moisture and leave you cold and uncomfortable.
  • It’s important to make sure you dress for the weather. Layering your clothing is a tried-and-true means of maximizing your comfort outdoors. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather.
  • Each layer has a function. The base layer (against your skin) manages moisture; the insulating layer protects you from the cold; the shell layer (outer layer) shields you from wind, rain, sleet, and snow. You simply add or subtract layers as needed.
  • Base Layer: The base layer is the garment that underlies all others. It’s purpose is to help you regulate your body temperature by moving perspiration away from your skin. For outdoor comfort, your base layer should be made of merino wool or synthetic fabrics (polyesters such as Polartec Power Dry® or Patagonia Capilene®). Rather than absorbing moisture, these fabrics transport (or “wick”) perspiration away from your skin, dispersing it on the outer surface where it can evaporate. The result: You stay drier even when you sweat, and your shirt dries faster afterwards.
  • Insulating Layer: The insulating layer helps you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Great insulating layers include natural fibers such as wool and goose down (although wet down looses its insulating properties). Fleece is an excellent insulator because it is lightweight, breathable and insulate even when wet. Fleece also dries faster and has a higher warmth-to-weight ratio than wool.
  • Shell Layer: The shell layer protects you from wind, rain, sleet, and snow. Shells range from pricey mountaineering jackets to simple windproof jackets. Most allow at least some perspiration to escape; virtually all are treated with a durable water repellent finish to make water bead up and roll off the fabric. An outer shell is an important piece of gear – especially in bad weather, because if wind and water are allowed to penetrate to your inner layers, you’ll feel cold. Furthermore, without proper ventilation, perspiration can’t evaporate but instead condenses on the inside of your shell.

What do you recommend I bring for the Fat Tire Bike Adventure?

  • Base Layer: non-cotton long underwear (top and bottom), synthetic fiber and/or wool socks.
  • Insulating Layer: Merino wool or fleece shirt and pants.
  • Shell Layer: Light-weight wind resistant jacket and pants (or tights).
  • Footwear: stiff soled boots or (optionally) clip-in bike shoes AND pedals.
  • Eyewear: sunglasses or ski goggles.
  • Other: warm gloves or mittens, scarf or balaclava, stocking hat, water bottle.
  • Optional: small backpack to carry extra layers, camera.
  • Recommended for maximum comfort: pack and extra change of clothes for after the adventure!
  • Tip: Bring an extra layer of warm athletic wear. You can always leave it in the van if you don’t need it.
  • Medications: any personal medications that you might need (e.g., epi-pen, insulin, inhaler, etc.)

What does The Duluth Experience provide for the Fat Tire Bike Adventure?

  • We’ll provide the following: transportation to/from the trail, fat tire bike & helmet, snacks & hot cocoa to keep you fueled.
  • We’ll also have some extra layers (just in case).
  • Last… but not least… we’ll staff your Fat Tire Bike Adventure with a friendly knowledgeable guide who knows the trials and shares your passion for outdoor adventure.

What do you recommend I bring for the Northwoods Snowshoe Adventure?

  • Base Layer: non-cotton long underwear (top and bottom), synthetic fiber and/or wool socks.
  • Insulating Layer: Merino wool or fleece shirt and pants.
  • Shell Layer: Light-weight wind resistant jacket and pants (or tights).
  • Footwear: stiff soled boots.
  • Eyewear: sunglasses or ski goggles.
  • Other: warm gloves or mittens, scarf or balaclava, stocking hat, water bottle.
  • Optional: small backpack to carry extra layers, camera.
  • Recommended for maximum comfort: pack an extra change of clothes for after the adventure!
  • Tip: Bring an extra layer of warm athletic wear. You can always leave it in the van if you don’t need it.
  • Medications: any personal medications that you might need (e.g., epi-pen, insulin, inhaler, etc.)

What does The Duluth Experience provide for the Northwoods Snowshoe Adventure?

  • We’ll provide the following: transportation to/from the trail, snowshoes, snacks & hot cocoa to keep you fueled.
  • We’ll also have some extra layers (just in case).
  • Last… but not least… we’ll staff your Northwooods Snowshoe Adventure with a friendly knowledgeable guide who knows the trials and shares your passion for outdoor adventure.

Do you have any testimonials from past guests?

  • Why yes, we encourage our guests to provide reviews on Facebook, Trip Advisor, and Yelp. Check out our Trip Advisor Page to see what folks are saying about their Duluth Experience.

Will I get a confirmation email after I purchase my ticket(s)?

  • Yes! You should receive a confirmation email. Sometimes, this email gets routed to your spam folder so check there if you don’t see it.
  • The most important thing to bring with you is your driver’s license or some form of ID. We’ve got your name on our roster and we’ll check you in when you arrive.

Where do we meet The Duluth Experience to start the adventure?

  • All of our winter adventures begin and end in front of the Fitger’s Complex on Superior Street. We do our best to pull up right in front of the Fitger’s Inn under the green awning. Look for the silver Duluth Experience van out front or, in case of bad weather, wait inside the complex near the doors and our guides will come and find you.

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  • If you’re having trouble finding us just call! Our number is (218) 464-6337.

Where should I park?

  • We recommend that you use the large parking ramp directly behind the Pickwick Restaurant. Here are the directions if you’re approaching from Interstate 35:
    1. Exit at the Lake Avenue exit (exit 256B)
    2. Go left onto Lake Avenue
    3. Merge into the right lane
    4. At the first set of lights, turn right onto E. Superior Street
    5. Follow E. Superior Street 4 blocks
    6. Just past 4th Avenue E, take the next right (before the Pickwick Restaurant)
    7. Follow road straight into parking ramp
    8. Park the car on the top level of the ramp (if there are open spaces)
  • Now, from the parking ramp to the meeting location in front of the Fitger’s Complex:
    1. Starting at the top level of the ramp
    2. Look for the red bridge by the Pickwick Restaurant
    3. Cross the red bridge
    4. Walk to the corner of the Pickwick Restaurant
    5. Turn right
    6. Follow the sidewalk towards the Fitger’s Building
    7. Hang out outside the Fitger’s Building under the green awning
    8. Watch for our guide to pull up in a silver van with a white trailer
  • Here is a map to use as a reference:

How long are the Winter Adventures?

  • The Winter Adventures are approximately 3 hours of fun! This includes time for pickup and drop-off, transportation to/from the trail, the adventure, and brief stops for snacks and hot cocoa.

 

Is there food included in the adventure?

  • Yes! We’ll provide snacks and hot cocoa on the trail.

 

Are there group rates for group bookings?

  • Yes! If you book 7 or more tickets on a tour you are eligible to receive our group rate. Send us an email or give us a call at: (218) 464-6337 for more details.
  • Would The Duluth Experience ever cancel?

    • Possibly. If unsafe weather conditions arise, The Duluth Experience reserves the right to cancel the adventure to protect your safety and the safety of our crew. Your ticket will be refunded or we can help get you booked on an alternate date – whichever you prefer.
    • We need a minimum of 2 attendees to run the tour. If this threshold is not met, The Duluth Experience may have to cancel the tour and you will be refunded or booked on an alternate tour.

     

    What is the policy if I have to cancel my ticket?

    • You will receive a full refund if your tickets are cancelled more than 72 hours (i.e., 3 days) ahead of time. There is a 50% refund if cancelled between 72 and 24 hours. There is no refund if you cancel with less than 24 hours before a tour.

     

    Do you accept walk-on customers?

    • Most of our winter adventures require pre-tour registration so we can’t accept walkups. Please call us at (218) 464-6337 to to inquire about last-minute bookings.


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