Update on Snow Conditions in the Vail Valley

Snow Conditions in the Vail Valley

A warm, dry start to the winter here in Colorado meant that we were offering ATV tours into early December. But the snow has begun falling hard and we are now seeing outstanding snow conditions in the Vail Valley!

We’ve received more than two feet of snow over the past several days and more snow is on the way. After a balmy start to the season, the La Niña effect is finally in full force. The forecast looks like it will bring continuing snowfall for at least the next week.

Just two weeks ago, snowpack here in the Colorado River basin was well below average. Now as of December 27, the snowpack has quickly caught up and we’re currently at 101% of normal.

Vail Valley Snow Conditions

With snow falling and more on the way, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a backcountry snowmobiling experience in the Colorado high country! We operate on a 6,000-acre private mountain (that’s larger than Vail ski area!) where our guests are the only people on the mountain. You’ll enjoy more than 100 miles of private Colorado snowmobile trails, and our fleet of grooming equipment keeps them in prime condition. And there are plenty of un-groomed meadows for that powder-in-your-face experience!

Our guided snowmobile trips are perfect for groups and families. We have the best guides in the business. No matter your group’s age or experience, they will make sure you have a safe and wonderful adventure, exploring this winter wonderland.

Want to know more about what you’ll experience when backcountry snowmobiling in Colorado with Sage? Check out our recent blog post for an overview of these trips. Not sure what to bring or what to wear when snowmobiling? No problem – see our previous blog post on that subject. And of course, please feel free to contact us or call with any questions.

What to Wear on Your Colorado Snowmobile Adventure

four people snowmobiling

We’re looking forward to a great winter of snowmobiling here in the Vail Valley. As we prepare, our staff is busy grooming trails, prepping equipment, and getting ready for a busy season of outdoor adventure. While we’re working to get ready, we want to make sure you’re ready too!

snowmobile on trail

What to Bring on a Snowmobiling Trip

Not sure what to bring? We’re here to help. COVID has forced us to make a few adjustments to the way we handle winter gear rentals. Here’s what you need to know…

Because it’s time-consuming to sanitize gear between trips, we are asking our guests to wear their own winter clothes. This includes boots, face coverings, gloves, and goggles. Some gear will be available for rental. But because we will carefully sanitize all items after use and let them dry overnight, availability will be limited.

We provide guests with DOT-approved snowmobiling helmets on every trip. Do not bring your ski helmet – you won’t be allowed to wear it. Helmets that we provide will only be used once per day. We will sanitize all helmets overnight for the next day’s use.

person snowmobiling in deep snow

What to Wear for Snowmobiling

Want to know more about what clothing, boots, and other items you should bring? No problem! Here’s a quick rundown:

Starting from the toes and moving up, you’ll want a decent pair of winter boots. We recommend an insulated, waterproof snow boot that comes well above the ankle.

Next, you’ll want to bring your own ski apparel. Dress just like you were getting ready to go skiing – layer long underwear and your ski pants on the bottom. On top, bring your ski jacket and appropriate layering underneath. Depending on the current weather conditions, you may want to layer a puffy underneath the ski jacket, or perhaps a lighter fleece along with a long underwear top.

Next, bring a neck gaiter or full-face balaclava to keep your face warm. Additionally, bring your ski goggles. These two items are critical when ripping around the mountain on your snowmobile!

Finally, bring a warm pair of ski gloves. Our new, top-of-the-line of Ski-Doo snowmobiles do have hand warmers on the grips. But you’ll still need gloves for your ride.

Check out the video as Cole explains how to dress for the trip:

If you have any questions about guided snowmobile trips with Sage Outdoor Adventures, please visit our Snowmobiling Page or you can contact us. We hope to see you here on the mountain soon!

Enjoy Winter on A Snowmobiling Adventure

Snowmobiling Near Vail Colorado

When winter hits the Vail Valley, we can’t help but get excited for a new season of snowmobiling adventures!

It’s a magical time when the snow begins to fall. The snowmobiles are ready. The snowcats will soon begin grooming trails throughout our 6,000-acre private mountain playground. And our guides will start welcoming guests for our incredible trips.

To get a feel for the snowmobiling experience here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, check out this tour of the operation:

This is winter fun at its finest, and Sage makes the most of it!

Our Private Winter Snowmobiling Base

Having a base of operations on a beautiful private mountain near Vail, Colorado allows us to offer a snowmobiling experience that’s unrivaled. It’s one of our greatest points of pride here at Sage Outdoor Adventures. It’s a big part of what makes us different.

The Benefits of a Private Mountain Experience

A snowmobile tour with us means having access to 6,000 rideable acres. What does that mean for our guests? To put it in perspective, that’s bigger than the Vail ski area, and it’s entirely yours. The only people you’ll see on the entire mountain are other Sage guests. Most tour companies rely on Forest Service permits: they are forced to deal with public conditions and are restricted to specific trails and small play areas.

man on snowmobile with scenic background

Our riders get to explore the entire mountain. This mountain paradise has 2,500 feet of vertical, more than 100 miles of maintained Colorado snowmobile trails, and expansive meadows for open riding. Our base of operations sits at 8,100 feet elevation, the same as Vail and Beaver Creek Villages. Most of our mountain is north-facing, which preserves snow conditions on our trails.

A Base Cabin with Stunning Views of the Winter Landscape

Finally, the private mountain experience offers an unparalleled level of comfort. Whereas operators on public trails are forced to use temporary check-in trailers and outhouses, our guests enjoy a cozy cabin at our mountain base. Our base is nestled in a scenic valley with incredible views. The cabin is a great place for customers to relax, with wood-burning stoves, fully equipped restrooms, and a 5,000 square-foot deck overlooking the valley.

Private Colorado Snowmobile Trails

Trail quality is another major point of pride. Our crew sets the standard for excellent trails and grooming. We operate three Snowcats for grooming, plus five drag groomers that are pulled by snowmobiles. Trail maintenance takes a lot of effort and our team is the best in the business. On a snowmobile ride with us, you won’t have to worry about hitting washboard sections or nasty dips. You’ll be free to enjoy the incredible scenery and an experience like nowhere else!

a Private Mountain allows for an Exclusive Snowmobiling Experience

The best mountain and the greatest facilities wouldn’t mean what they do without our incredible team. Our people are still what make a Sage experience truly special – but having the opportunity to operate in such an incredible location sure doesn’t hurt!

To learn more bout the winter experience here at Sage, please take a few minutes to scroll through our Snowmobiling Page. You’ll find information on trips, pricing, and more. To reserve dates, just follow the “book now” button on the website. Or if you’d like to discuss it with our team, feel free to give us a call at 970-476-3700.

Experience a Winter Side-By-Side ATV Tour

As we kick off the 2021/2022 winter season, beautiful late fall weather has created an unexpected change of plans. For a limited time only, we’re offering side-by-side ATV tours on our 6,000-acre private mountain near Vail! These adventures will begin on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. We will continue to offer these trips into early December or until the snow makes us stop – at which point we’ll switch right over to snowmobiling adventures!

Wildlife near Beaver CreekWhat to Expect on your Winter ATV Trip

Take advantage of this opportunity to experience a “WHOOHOO” inducing ride on your own side-by-side ATV, on our own private mountain that’s bigger than Vail ski area. Our custom-built ATV trails wind through open meadows, aspen groves, and bring you incredible views of the entire Vail Valley. Our guests often enjoy seeing wintering wildlife here on the mountain, including elk and mule deer.

Even though the weather didn’t cooperate with our plans to open snowmobile tours by Thanksgiving, we’re stoked for this unique opportunity. Our trails are in perfect shape and this is a beautiful time of year to explore the mountain on an ATV ride.

When will Snowmobile Tours be available?

Don’t worry, our grooming snowcats and our fleet of new Ski-Doo Grand Touring snowmobiles aren’t going anywhere. The snow will arrive soon enough. And like most years that begin with unseasonably warm winter weather, it eventually catches up with higher than average snowfall later.

two groups of people ATVing in the winter with their arms up“Until then, we are loving the warm weather, the mountains and the wildlife,” Sage founder, Darryl Bangert recently commented. “Mother Nature always does what she does. We do not put our desires over the reality of the vagaries of Nature, we embrace the world as it is, and it is stunning.”

Come join us on a backcountry side-by-side ATV adventure while they are available! You can learn more about our ATV tours here or give us a call now at 970-476-3700 to book your trip.

Join the Team at Sage Outdoor Adventures this Winter

Join the team at Sage Outdoor Adventures

Apply now to work with the always-friendly, happy and outdoorsy team at Sage Outdoor adventures! We are currently accepting applications for the 2021/22 winter season.

Available positions include reservations staff, guides, shuttle drivers and snowcat groomers. If you’re looking for a fun, outdoorsy career in the Vail Valley of Colorado, this could be it. The team here at Sage Outdoor Adventures is truly world class.

Join the team at Sage Outdoor Adventures

Not some fly-by-night outfit or ordinary seasonal business, Sage is an established guide service that offers year-round adventures near Vail and Beaver Creek. We’re proud to have a core team that works year-round. Their roles include rafting guides, safety kayakers, snowmobile guides, fishing guides, shuttle drivers, ATV guides and horse wranglers.

Our crew members are positive, upbeat and genuinely great people who love being outdoors and sharing those adventures with our guests. Sage is a drug-free workplace and you can bet that our team is made up of folks who are truly a pleasure to work with.

If that sounds like you, we’d encourage you to submit and application! To review the available positions and for more information, please click here.

Some of our 2021/22 Winter Job Openings Include:

  • Snowmobile Guides
  • Snowcat and Trail Crew
  • Reservations Staff
  • EMT Satefy Crew
  • CDL Drivers

Not sure what it takes to be a snowmobile guide? Not sure how to sell trips as a part of our reservations staff? We can train you and give you the opportunity to learn. All we need from you is an excellent attitude and a willingness to work!

To learn more and to apply, please visit SageOutdoorAdventures.com/Careers.

Guided Snowmobiling Trips in Colorado