Snowmobiling – FAQ

Why Snowmobile with Sage?TX

Not many times in your life will you literally be stammering as you look around, trying to vocally express what your heart is feeling in that moment, on the top of the world, in serene silence, with your family, in the heart of the rugged Colorado backcountry. The number one customer highlight of our snowmobile tours: THE VIEWS. Close second: The trails, the guide, the customer service, the private mountain, the connection with nature, the connection with family and friends. Snowmobiling isn’t all about the machines, in fact, the sled is really just there to facilitate the opportunity to have a drastic experience that you won’t get anywhere else… We believe in the experiences we offer, whole heartedly. If your not 100% satisfied and ecstatic with your trip, your money back.

Why is a private mountain a better experience for me?TX

Customer Service. When we control everything about the trip, with nobody else around to deal with or worry about, we can produce the best trip in the world. Exclusivity is sought out for a reason. Total customer focus is what we are all about. You can compare this to a private country club golf course, only, you don’t need a super expensive membership, just a reservation for adventure.

No permit stipulations/regulations from the Forest Service or BLM on our snowmobile trails. True freedom in playing in the mountains. All other companies in the area are bound by government permit restrictions that restrict their riding to roads and small play areas. Their overall rideable acreage is a fraction of ours.

No public interface. Don’t fight the crowds, go where there are none! Does a two way trail with oncoming traffic going 70mph around blind corners on public roads sound enjoyable to you? It does not to us. We don’t ride in public areas and compete for real estate like the other snowmobile companies. The only machines on our trails are our guides leading our guests.

True loop trails. Out and back on the same trail is long gone. See more terrain and variety. Plain and simple, ride better trails. Check out the extent of the trail system on the trail map below.

No frozen porta-potties and construction trailer base/check in on the side of Forest Service road. Sage’s log cabin is a hangout on its own. It’s perched in a high hidden valley with grand views of the Sawatch Mountain Range, 3 Woodburning stoves, Mens and Womens modern restrooms, TV’s, WiFi, Canvas lunch tent, and a 5000 square foot deck. Begin and end your trip in comfort.

How big is 6000 RIDEABLE Acres?TX

(Rideable is the key word here!) It’s Bigger than the Vail ski area. Imagine skiing Vail and only seeing a handful of other people on the ENTIRE MOUNTAIN…That’s what you get at Sage’s ranch. Don’t be fooled by other companies claiming 100’s of thousands of acres…those are NOT RIDEABLE acres, those are acres in the forest. Their government permits limit their  use to a very small percentage of those acres.

How should I dress? What should I Bring? TX

Like you’re going skiing. Snow pants, snow jacket, gloves, goggles, and boots. Ten years ago if you went snowmobiling in your own clothing you would be smelling the odor of exhaust for days. That era is no longer. Technology has advanced. The Snowmobiles we use leave no trace of odor. In fact, the engines are so quiet and efficient, you hear more noise from the track spinning that the motor itself! Be sure to bring a camera, and cash to tip your guide if you love them!

Does Sage have any gear if I need it?TX

Yes, complimentary suits and boots are at the base lodge. Though you will be more comfy in your own clothes, we do offer these at no extra charge.
Gloves are for sale for $20 at base lodge
Face mask if for sale for $20 at base lodge
Goggles are for rent for $5 at base lodge
Snacks, drinks, and hand warmers are for sale at base lodge

Do I have to wear a helmet?TX

Absolutely. You must wear our motor vehicle rated helmets, you will not be permitted to use a ski or snowboard helmet that you bring.

Are there age restrictions?TX

You must be 14 years of age to drive a snowmobile. Minor snowmobile drivers (ages 14-17) cannot take a passenger under the age of 18.

Can my child sit in front of me on the snowmobile? TX

No, In the event you accidentally run into something solid, your body weight would crush the child. All passengers must ride behind the driver and be strong enough to hold on on their own. We recommend 5 years old minimum age to ride as a passenger.

Is there a weight limit for participants? TX

Yes, The combined cargo weight limit per snowmobile, whether being ridden singly or tandem, is strictly enforced at 400 LBS.

What is your cancellation policy?TX

Reservations cancelled within 48 hours of the date of your trip will be non refundable. For example, if you make a reservation for 4 snowmobiles, and for any reason end up only taking 3 snowmobiles on your tour, you will still be charged for 4 snowmobiles. Any changes to your reservation need to be finalized 48 hours prior to your trip.

Is tipping customary?TX

Yes, just like in a restaurant, around 18%to your guide and shuttle driver is customary.

Can I smoke or drink on the tour? TX

No! Marijuana legalization in Colorado is strictly for use in your privacy. Public use of Marijuana is still illegal. We enforce a zero tolerance policy on this on our property and tours. Drinking alcohol is also strictly prohibited. Cigarette smoking is also prohibited within 20 feet of the base lodge building and snowmobiles.

Will the snowmobile tip over?TX

It can, it all depends on how you drive it. Your guide will give you a great orientation of the snowmobiles and trail rules so that you feel very comfortable. In fact, our tours start in a nice wide open area that is perfect for learning. You won’t find this kind of confidence boosting terrain anywhere else. Your guide will be leading your tour and will be there to continually teach you and encourage you.

Can I go fast and off trail? TX

On some tours, Yes! Our advanced trips are designed for adrenaline seekers. If you want to blaze trails and go off into powder, book an advanced trip. Some of our snowmobiles, however, are not capable of going off trail into unpacked powder, so if that’s what you’re after, make sure to get on the right trip. On all tours, advanced or not, we will hit big play areas and will allow plenty of free ride time!

Will there be other people on the tour?TX

Yes, and how many always depends on the puzzle pieces of the day. We try to keep our guest to guide ratio as small as possible to ensure you get the attention and respect you deserve. Same goes for the shuttle ride to the base lodge, most likely there will be others in the van with you.

Is there a private trip option?TX

Yes. Private trips are quite popular. If you desire it be just your group in the shuttle van and out with your guide, we offer that. The pricing is different, make sure you tell the Sage reservationist this desire when your booking your Colorado backcountry experience.