Early season Snow conditions in the Vail Valley have been incredible. The 2019/2020-winter season is shaping up to be a great one for our snow-loving, winter enthusiasts.
Ski areas have received great early season snowfall, and snowmobiling conditions on our expansive private mountain have been excellent. Currently, the statewide snowpack in Colorado is nearly 120% of normal.
This is going to be a great year to experience a backcountry snowmobile adventure in Colorado. Our 6,000-acre private mountain is nestled close to Vail and Beaver Creek. We have more than 100 miles of custom-designed snowmobile trails. It’s an area larger than Vail ski area, and we have three grooming machines to keep trails in great shape.
With all the snow we’ve had so far this season, our grommers have been busy, and trails are in excellent condition. The ranch here is looking beautiful. Guests are enjoying rides through beautiful snow-covered aspen groves and stands of old-growth timber. The wide-open meadows are perfect for testing the throttle on our lineup of new SkiDoo snowmobiles. And views from the ranch overlooking the Vail Valley and the Eagle River Canyon don’t get any more spectacular.
Our fleet of Snowmobiles from SkiDoo features new 4-stroke technology. These machines are very quiet and incredibly fuel-efficient. We like to brag about providing a much smaller carbon footprint than skiing. An experience here is a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the ski slopes. There may be no better way to experience the peacefulness of the mountains in winter.
This historic private mountain is only open to guests of Sage Outdoor Adventures. There’s never any crowding here. Escape the lift lines and come spend a day in the Colorado backcountry on an unforgettable snowmobile experience!
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Holidays than with a big mountain snowmobile adventure! Seriously. Elevate your holiday plans, and join us for a memorable experience on the snow!
Our private mountain is larger than Vail ski area and home to more than 100 miles of trails. From here, you’ll enjoy towering views that overlook the Eagle River canyon. Feel the wind as you gain speed through open meadows, winding through sage and mountain mahogany. Get a real taste of the Colorado backcountry, riding beneath impressive stands of aspen and spruce. The snowmobiling experience here is unforgettable.
We offer family-friendly, 2-hour guided tours with multiple start times each day. We offer transportation to and from your hotel in Beaver Creek, Vail or Avon. That leaves plenty of time for your other holiday plans. It makes a perfect group event. Our outstanding guides will make sure that beginners and advanced riders alike will have a great time.
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.
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!
We’re having a blast this summer, meeting visitors to the Vail Valley from all over the U.S. and the world! Most of our guides will tell you that the best part of their job is having the opportunity to meet so many awesome folks and to show them this beautiful Colorado mountain country.
We love seeing and sharing all the great photos that our guests share on social media. We count ourselves very fortunate to be a part of your vacation memories. Being able to look back and see some of those photos makes it that much more special.
If you’re visiting the Vail or Beaver Creek area this summer and enjoy an adventure with us, we would encourage you to use the hashtag, #sageoutdoors on Instagram. Whether you are getting ready to hit the river, on a side-by-side ATV tour, a horseback ride, fly fishing or shooting sporting clays, we would love to see it and share it with the rest of the Sage Outdoor Adventures family!
Be sure and follow the #sageoutdoors hashtag to see all of the other fun shenanigans going on around here!
Our summer rafting season is going full-force, and side-by-side ATV riders are enjoying some serious mud-on-the-face fun. And with all that spring snowmelt, horseback riding guests have enjoyed a wonderful year for wildflowers. No matter what you snap a picture of, be sure and hashtag it with #sageoutdoors to share the adventure with the rest of the family here at Sage Outdoor Adventures!
If you have questions about our trips, or if you’d like to learn more about any of the adventures we offer, you can contact us online or call us at 970-476-3700. Please also explore the rest of our website at SageOutdoorAdventures.com.