Hi All, here is a quick clip from grooming trails yesterday. Can’t believe how early the base is getting established at Sage’s private, custom trail system.
Our guess is not many, if any, others are currently establishing trail base at this time of the year. Operating on a private mountain that’s bigger than the Vail ski area allows us to start work whenever the weather delivers. Most other trail systems/outfitters are on public lands and regulated by the government, and grooming is not yet allowed on most public land.
What does a good base do? It’s like comparing driving in sand vs driving on packed dirt. Sand is wallowy and unpredictable. Packed dirt is pleasurable and gives a driver confidence. With snow, the same generalities apply. The more compaction you get on a trail as it snows early season, the better it holds up to use throughout the winter. When the base is driven on, it mechanically disturbs the snowpack, “packing” it down, and that snow sets up hard and will stay that way all winter.
You have all driven on washboard, pothole dirt roads in a car i’m sure. Well snowmobile trails can get the same way, only in the form of “whoops”. When the base is soft, the tracks of snowmobiles dig into the base, and create a hole, and generally also a pile of snow right before or beyond to the hole. The result is a dip into a rise, where the next track of a snowmobile will then land after the dip/rise rhythm, and create another dip/rise…and so on forever…miles and miles of back jarring head throbbing whoops (hole – rise – hole – rise – hole – rise…..).
At Sage, the trails never get that way. We prepare the base very early, and continue the maintenance of the trails very methodically throughout the season. We have heard it many many times from our guests that the trails/grooming on our mountain make the ride fun and enjoyable, instead of feeling beat and tired like on some other rough trail systems.
The first snow of the season fell in mid-October here in the Vail Valley, and we’re getting excited for a new winter season of snowmobiling adventures!
The snowmobiles are ready for guests. Our fleet of snowcats will begin grooming work on trails throughout this 6,000-acre private mountain playground. And our guides are thrilled to start welcoming guests for these 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! Our private mountain is already looking beautiful. Here are a few photos from our first snowfall of the year earlier in October:
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.
Fall is in the air and we are already getting stoked for snowmobiling season here in Colorado! But before we jump straight into winter sports mode, we want to say thank you to everyone for a wonderful summer season!
Thanks to each of our guests to joined us this summer for a whitewater rafting adventure, a side-by-side ATV thrill ride, a memorable day of horseback riding, or some incredible fly fishing. We enjoyed meeting folks from all over the world and it’s truly our greatest pleasure to have the opportunity to share in your adventures. Thank you!
A big shout out also goes to our summer staff. Without these energetic and outgoing folks, your adventures wouldn’t be possible. We’re proud to have some of the best staff in the business here at Sage Outdoor Adventures. And we are thankful for their hard work this summer!
Our 2019 summer season was very memorable. We enjoyed great weather throughout the summer, perfect for enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery here in the Vail Valley and surrounding areas. The high water conditions made for some outstanding rafting trips down Gore Creek and the Eagle River, down to the Colorado River and the Arkansas River. All around, it was a fun rafting season.
Our horseback riders and side-by-side ATV riders had the opportunity to enjoy plenty of wildflowers and wildlife throughout the summer. There’s no bad time to explore our private mountain on horseback or ATV. But when the weather cooperates, it’s very hard to beat.
With the summer season behind us, we can now look forward to snowmobiling and a fun season of winter activities! We plan to open our winter snowmobiling operation in time for Thanksgiving. If you are planning a vacation to Vail or Beaver Creek during the holidays, please give us a call.
These snowmobile rides are a blast. We can easily accommodate families and even large groups. We operate on a private mountain that’s actually larger than Vail ski area! You’ll have this pristine landcape all to yourself, along with its incredible views. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the ski runs, and join us for a backcountry ride through this winter wonderland.
To learn more about our snowmobile trips, please check out our snowmobiling page. For specific availability or details, give us call at 970-476-3700 or send us a message.
Each September, the Colorado high country erupts in color, as mountainsides covered in aspen groves turn a brilliant gold and orange. The change typically begins by mid-September and reaches its peak near the end of the month.
About the Quaking Aspen
Aspens are one of the most widely distributed native trees to North America, but most of the continent’s aspen forests are located in Colorado and Utah. Here along the Vail Valley, we’re fortunate to have some expansive aspen groves. At our private mountain base, our guests enjoy horseback riding and ATV tours through some spectacular stands of old growth aspen trees.
In addition to bearing seeds, aspens primarily regenerate by sending up shoots and suckers from lateral root systems. That means an entire aspen grove could be comprised of just a few plants, or in some cases, even a single plant. This is what allows aspens to take the title for being the largest plant on earth!
Viewing Colorado’s Aspen Trees
The colorful displays of aspen trees in September are beautiful when viewed from a distance, when entire mountains are streaked with highlights. However, the best way to enjoy aspen trees is to stand in their midst. Its full name is the quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), because with even the slightest breeze, the entire canopy will tremble in the faint whisper of leaves.
It’s a very special thing, to stand beneath this shimmering roof with the September sunlight filtering through. If you’ve never experienced it, make it a point to spend some time beneath the aspens on your next trip to Colorado.
Adventures With Sage
Here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, we take pride in offering guided trips on a private mountain that contains more acreage than Vail Ski area. We experience the spirit of the old west on horseback rides across this historic ranch and bordering wilderness area. And we grin from ear to ear while cruising through this wild country with the wind in our face on side-by-side ATV rides.
Come enjoy the aspens, enjoy the mountains and capture quality time with your family or friends this September here in Colorado. For information on our trips, you can explore the rest of our website at SageOutdoorAdventures.com. Or you can call us with questions at 970-476-3700. We’d love to help you plan a memorable Colorado mountain adventure!
It has been a wonderful summer here in the Vail Valley. The rafting conditions have been tremendous. The fishing on the Piney River is excellent. And at our mountain base, we’re having a blast on horseback rides and side-by-side ATV rides with all of our guests.
As we welcome September, we’re thrilled for one of the best months of the year here in Colorado. The temperatures are still warm, and the September weather is idyllic. Cool mornings lead to warm, sunny afternoons. Soon, the aspens will be turning a bright gold. And wildflowers are still growing throughout the mountain meadows. This is where summer meets fall, and it is spectacular!
September Horseback Rides
Horseback riding here at our private mountain base is an awesome experience in September. You’ll ride through old growth aspen stands and witness incredible scenery. And in typical Sage fashion, these are not your average nose-to-tail horseback rides. Being on a 6,000 acre private mountain means that we aren’t restricted to designated Forest Service trails. We can explore the entire place, and ride freely through this historic ranch that’s larger than the Vail ski area!
Side-By-Side ATV Adventures
Side-by-side rides are also a great way to see Colorado in September. These rides also take place on this expansive private mountain, where you’ll have incredible views of the entire Vail valley. In addition to the adjoining public land, we have more than 20,000 acres of wild country to explore!
Scenic September Rafting in Colorado
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible rafting opportunities here in Colorado in September. River conditions are perfect on many of our favorite stretches of river. There are a number of fun and incredibly scenic river trips to experience in September around Vail and Beaver Creek.
September Fly Fishing on the Piney River
And finally, this is one of the best times of year to experience fly fishing in Colorado. In September, big brown trout begin moving in advance of their fall spawn. And rainbow and cutthroat trout take advantage of grasshoppers and big hatches of late summer insects as they prepare for the lean winter.
If you find yourself in Vail or Beaver Creek this September, consider yourself one of the lucky ones! Not only is it one of the most beautiful months of the year in Colorado. But it’s also usually a little bit quieter after the peak summer season. Take advantage of it, and find some adventure!