Sage Outdoor Adventures Boasts Major Snowmobile Area Improvements

large group of snowmobiles by mountain

The team at Sage Outdoor Adventures is thrilled to announce broad new improvements to an already highly rated snowmobile program; in fact, it’s the top-rated outdoor activity in Vail, according to TripAdvisor.

How Sage Improved our Snowmobile Trail System

New improvements this year at Sage Outdoor Adventures include a totally redesigned trail system and a new state-of-the-art snowcat for improved trail grooming and maintenance.

Over the past several months, the guides and designers of Sage’s snowmobile trail system have been hard at work. The team recently completed the redesign and building of a new network of trails.

“We considered the area’s geology, vegetation, wind patterns, and snow deposition zones,” said head trail designer Darryl Bangert. “Other major factors that went into this trail redesign included trail flow, view corridors, and some of our guides’ favorite places to discover with guests.”

Sage’s Private Snowmobiling Mountain

Sage operates on a private ranch near Vail, a property that covers more than 6,000 acres. The area has proven to be an ideal base of operations for snowmobile tours, with 2,500 feet of vertical relief on a north-facing mountain. Sage’s base area sits at 8,100 feet above sea level, the same as Vail and Beaver Creek.

snowmobilers on trail

The terrain here lends itself to incredible riding trails, and the area is actually larger than the Vail ski area.

“Imagine being able to design the ski runs on Vail Mountain, and then consider that we get to design snowmobile trails on an even bigger area,” Bangert commented. “We are all passionate about riding and discovering the most fun routes. Our extensive background in hiking and cross country skiing gives us great insight into the intimate feel of the land.”

What to Expect when Snowmobiling with Sage

Sage Outdoor Adventures has over 100 miles of marked trails and 25 different loop routes. Sage also has more open meadow riding than the combined bowl area of Vail Mountain.

Also, new this year, Sage has purchased a 2018 Prinoth Husky Snowcat. This state-of-the-art cat will be added to Sage’s grooming fleet and will allow the team at Sage to maintain the best possible trail quality.

Guests in Vail and Beaver Creek expect a high-level product, and Sage’s grooming efforts are second-to-none.

“We want our guests to learn the machines and to enjoy the views, not fight with poorly groomed terrain,” Bangert concluded.

To experience the trails yourself, check out our Snowmobiling page or contact us directly at 970.476.3700!

About Sage Outdoor Adventures: Headquartered in Vail, Colorado, Sage is a client-focused organization, whose goal is to facilitate creating memories, connecting with family and friends, and most of all, just plain having fun. Offering whitewater rafting, ATV tours, horseback riding, fishing, sporting clays, and snowmobiling, everything is planned and executed with one goal in mind: the guest experience. Learn more on our homepage.

The Vail Valley’s Ultimate Fly Fishing Adventures

Here in the Vail Valley we are very fortunate. Our location gives us quick access to some of the best fly fishing in Colorado. Right out our back door, we’ve got waters like the Eagle River, the Colorado River, Gore Creek, the Arkansas River and an abundance of small stream, wilderness fishing opportunities.

Whether you’re a veteran angler that’s new to the Vail Valley, or you’ve never picked up a fly rod in your life and are on the hunt for fly fishing trips for beginners in Colorado, our experienced guides will do more than just put you on fish. They will help you learn the sport. You’ll walk away with a newfound confidence in fly fishing – and hopefully having put some fish in the net! hands hold up a fish over water

The variety of fishing around the Vail and Beaver Creek area is simply outstanding. You can be on the mighty Colorado River, throwing streamers to brown and rainbow trout from a drift boat. Or you could be sneaking up on wild, native cutthroat trout while wading along a small, peaceful stream. From one end of the spectrum to the other, the angling opportunities here are epic.

Here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, we offer half-day wade trips and half-day float trips. We can talk you through the different options and help you plan a fly fishing trip that’s perfect for you. With so many excellent trout waters surrounding the Vail Valley, this is a great way to begin getting to know them.

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Sage, like all other fly fishing outfitters in the Vail Valley, practices strict catch-and-release fishing. These are high quality trout streams for very good reason and we enjoy playing a part in those conservation efforts. And did you know, that your Colorado fishing license also supports Colorado’s wild fish and river conservation efforts? We all play a part in supporting – and enjoying – these spectacular places.

man in boat holds up fish

If you’d like to learn more about our guided fly fishing trips, please explore our Fly Fishing Page. If you’d like details or to check availability, please contact us online or call us at 970-476-3700.

Featured River Profile: The Eagle River

Rafting in the Vail Valley

It’s time to get to know some of the incredible stretches of whitewater here in Colorado! This state has incredible rafting opportunities, and we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorites. In case you’re not already familiar, here’s a look at the Eagle River.

Why Eagle River’s Rapids are a Must-Try

If you’ve never had the opportunity to raft the Eagle River, you need to make time! You haven’t experienced river rafting in Colorado until you’ve been on the Eagle.

“Right now is prime season for the Eagle River and when it flows, it’s some of the best whitewater in the nation, no joke,” said Sage Outdoor Adventures owner and river guide, Cole Bangert. “All the river enthusiasts in the state flock here during peak season. If the prime season on the Eagle ran longer into the summer, it would rival the Arkansas River in use numbers.”

Arkansas River vs Eagle River

While the Arkansas River’s long rafting season makes it the most famous river in the state by a long stretch, the Eagle is perhaps the most underrated. Because during its peak-rafting season, there is nothing else like it. It’s long, steady gradient drops with awesome class 3 and 4 rapids the entire way, including a continuous, mile-long class 4 rapid!

Enjoy the Eagle River rapids

“The Eagle River is unique in the sense that it has a very steady gradient,” Bangert said. “Specifically, the upper section from Minturn to Avon has a very steady drop. As the water rises with snowmelt, the fun increases. It’s pretty much a 10-mile wave train.”

Brave Eagle River’s Dowd Chute

Perhaps the Eagle River’s most famous stretch is Dowd Chute.

“This is a fire hose of a rapid,” Bangert commented. “It’s class 4-plus and it’s fast and steep with big pushy waves. The last wave is named Tyson’s, as it delivers a very heavy hit. Paddlers in the front of the boat generally end up in the laps of the people in the back of the boat on this hit.”

After Dowd chute, the fun isn’t over. In fact, the rest of the upper Eagle River features 10 miles of outstanding class 4 whitewater, culminating in the “Edwards Mile”, a mile-long class 4 rapid with continuous huge waves.

Eagle River has plenty of rapids to raft through

For more information on rafting the Eagle River or any of our other rafting trips throughout the summer, check out the Rafting Page on our website or give us a call at 970-476-3700. Don’t miss your chance to raft one of the best rivers in Colorado this season!

Sage’s Raft Race Team Takes 2nd in National Rafting Championships

We are very proud to announce that in only their second year of competition, the Sage Raft Race team took 2nd place overall at the USRA National Championships last weekend in Oklahoma City.

2016 marked the first year for the Sage team, who finished 3rd overall in the six-person raft National Championships. In just their second year, the team has moved up the podium one spot, finishing 2nd place this year in the 4-person raft competition.

National Rafting Championship Events

Sage team members at this year’s National Championship races included Wes Zittel, Danny Zittel, Kyle Nix, and team captain, Cole Bangert. The competition included four separate events, including a time trial, slalom, and a head-to-head race. Sage was the only team to cleanly navigate all gates on the first slalom run. But each team is allowed two slalom runs, keeping their best time. And on the second run, the Ark Sharks team from Summit County took the fastest time by only six seconds.

Upcoming Rafting Competitions

With such exciting early success, the Sage team certainly plans to be back as a serious contender next year. But in the meantime, there is more rafting competition to look forward to. Today, the Sage Raft Race Team begins the competition at the CKS Paddlefest in Buena Vista. Then, they’ll make appearances at the Vista GoPro Mountain Games and FIBArk festivals later next month.

If you’re interested in a Colorado rafting adventure with Sage Outdoor Adventures and our world-class guides, give us a call at 970-476-3700 or contact us online. We’ve got a great rafting season to look forward to and we’d love to see you on the water!

Spring Photo Journal From the Yampa River

group rafts in river

Members of the Sage Raft Race Team recently had the opportunity to raft Colorado’s Yampa River canyon in preparation for the U.S. Rafting Association National Championships this weekend in Oklahoma City.

The Yampa River, before its confluence with the Green, is one of the state’s iconic rivers, with sweeping desert landscapes and sheer rock walls for picturesque river rafting in Colorado. Here are a few shots from the recent raft trip.

group rafts in water glass that says sage against sunset
glass that says sage against sunset group rafts in water

Now, the Sage team heads to the National Championships! Stay tuned for updates. When they return, it will be time to kick off the rafting season here in Colorado! The water is getting high, and this season is going to be epic! If you have any questions about rafting trips, call us at 970-476-3700 or send us a message.