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.  We also have other items available for rent and/or purchase at our Base Lodge:

Goggles Rent for $10/Person

Items available for PURCHASE include Gloves, Hats, Neck Gators, Balaclavas, Snacks, Drinks, T-Shirts and Souvenirs.

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.

Is gratuity for the guide customary?TX

Gratuity is never expected, but always appreciated!

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.

Payment in full required at the time of booking. If you cancel your reservation 48 hours before your activity it is 100% refundable.  Any Cancellation within the 48 Hours is non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy within 48 Hours – No refund on your original trip and Sage may offer a discount on the re-scheduled trip at our discretion based on availability. Changes outside the 48 hour time-frame are no charge and dependent on availability.

This also includes no shows and not using reserved snowmobiles on the day of the trip. For example, If you reserve 4 snowmobiles and on the day of your trip you end up only using 3 snowmobiles, you will still be charged for 4 snowmobiles.

Add-ons within 48 hours will be dependent on availability.
We never overbook any of our trips. These policies ensure our ability to uphold our end of the reservation commitments. We look forward to playing in the mountains with you!


Any change or cancellation must be made directly with a Sage Reservation Agent. Cancellations or Changes submitted by email, text or voicemail will not be recognized.

If Sage cancels any trip due to weather, mechanical failure, unsafe conditions, or insufficient reservations, a full refund will be provided.


This is considered a cancellation and you will need to make a new reservation for another trip. Sage at our discretion may offer you a discount for your new reservation based on availability and can not guarantee we will have space for your group.


We offer complimentary transportation and will have other people on the vehicle. It is crucial that we adhere to our schedule to ensure excellent customer service. If you are not at the pick up area at your designated time, we will need to depart for other pick ups. Your trip is considered a no show and non-refundable.

Other Age Requirements: Any individual under the age of 25 will need a Parent or Legal Guardian to sign the Rental Agreement Damage Contract for any damages done to the machine.

All Minors under the age of 18 must have a Parent or Legal Guardian with them at all times during the tour.  Older siblings are not considered Legal Guardians.

WEATHER – Sage Outdoor Adventures operates Rain or Shine, Snow or Sun, Hot or Cold. It is extremely rare that we encounter long lasting weather events that effect the quality or safety of a tour and therefore do not offer refunds for weather, nor do we reschedule trips do to weather.

ILLNESS / INJURY – We understand that adults/kids get sick or injured however we do not refund for this reason alone unless the party has some type of evidence of the occurrence from a physician and/or medical facility stating they are unable to participate in the activity. With this we will refund for the injured/sick party and a parent if the party is a minor. Not the entire group.

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 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.