Not long ago a Google search for the term “snow limo” would see top results like glossy pictures of stretch limousines and pink hummers in glamorous resort towns like Aspen. But recently a new type of snow limo has taken over Google search results, thanks to its introduction at some B.C. resorts.
This new limo is a different kind of vehicle that looks like a mix between a toboggan, a sit-ski and a dogsled. The rider is strapped into a seat, or bucket, by a seat belt with a soft cover over their legs. The seat’s attached to a frame above skis and the limo is operated by a driver, who stands on the back of the skis.
Snow limos first hit the slopes in the 2007/2008 ski season at Whistler and expanded to Big White and Grouse Mountain soon after.
Snow Limo Tours owner Robert Lueftner explained that after bringing snow limos to Sun Peaks for the 2012 winter season as a joint venture with Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks, he didn’t want to leave.
“When I first came out (to Sun Peaks), I fell in love with the place and decided to be based here for this season.”
According to Lueftner the main advantage of the snow limo is that it has very few restrictions.
“It’s for any age group. The youngest passenger we had was nine months old and the oldest was 105 years old. We basically open up the winter passion to any age group and get everybody out there. It doesn’t matter if you’re unable or disabled (or) whatever skill level skier, it’s basically for everybody.”
The snow limo can bring luxury and relaxation to the slopes of Sun Peaks as well.
“It’s basically a sightseeing limo ride, so you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the slopes,” said Lueftner who added that due to the construction of the snow limo, a ride feels very close to skiing.
“The upper part and lower part move individually. (The snow limo) can actually transmit that feeling of carving down the mountain to the passenger. So it’s really as close to skiing as it can get without actually doing it.”
Snow Limo Tours operate daily based on availability and offer three types of tours, which can be booked at the Adventure Centre.
For info, or to book, call: 250-578-5542