2022 Snowmobiling Update from Vail, Colorado

Snowmobiling near Vail, Colorado

Our snowfall this winter at the end of 2021 started out slow. We hadn’t seen much snow in November and through most of December. Then just before Christmas, it finally arrived. Here’s a quick update…

“This was one of the biggest storms I’ve ever seen here in Colorado and it didn’t stop snowing for more than ten days,” said Sage owner and director of operations, Cole Bangert. “By our measurements we had about ten feet of snowfall on the Sage private snowmobile mountain here.”

Guided Snowmobiling Trips

In case you’re not already familiar with our snowmobile operation here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, we get to play on a 6,000-acre private mountain that’s bigger than Vail ski area. Cole pointed out that Sage sits to the west of the Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas, where this mountain catches storms from a number of different directions.

“Of course sometimes they get more snow than we do, but out of this recent storm system when Vail was getting six to ten inches, we were getting 16 to 20 inches,” Cole added. “The snow has arrived and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic rest of the winter. And obviously that will lead into a fantastic summer of rafting on the rivers when all this snow starts to melt.”

Learn more and check out the full video update from Cole here:

To learn more about our snowmobiling program, see this recent blog post for a quick overview. Not sure what to wear on your guided snowmobile trip? We’ve got answers to your questions in this video and blog post.

Whether it’s snowmobiling and enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in the winter, or an unforgettable time on the water while rafting next summer, we can’t wait to see you here soon. If you’re in the Vail Valley, give us a call or explore the rest of our website to book your next adventure.

Vail, Colorado Snowmobiling Conditions

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 trails. Our fleet of grooming equipment keeps the snowmobile trails 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 the snowmobiling experience 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.

See You On the Snow! Preparing For Snowmobile Season

Guided Snowmobiling Trips in Colorado

We are getting ready for an awesome snowmobile season in Colorado’s Vail Valley! The sleds are getting tuned and ready, trail groomers are ready to rock and the snow has already begun to fall at the higher elevations here in Colorado!

Preparing our Snowmobiles for another winter season

Preparing our Custom Snowmobile Playground

Here at Sage, we have the benefit of operating on a massive, 6,000-acre private mountain. If you’re looking for an escape from the lift lines and ski area crowds this winter, it doesn’t get any better than a snowmobile ride on this wild peaceful mountain.

Our mountain headquarters is home to a comfortable base of operations with a heated lodge and indoor restrooms. We’re continuing to take all precautions to clean and sanitize all surfaces and equipment for our guests’ safety.

And with 100 miles of perfectly groomed trails, sweeping views from the edge of the Eagle River Canyon, trails with views of six different mountain ranges, and an unbelievable variety of terrain, there’s plenty of space to roam. There’s no better way to experience winter in the beautiful Colorado high country.

The Sage Snowmobiling Tour Experience

We’ve always operated with a very small guide-to-guest ratio. We customize every tour to each group. No two tours around here are ever the same! We want all of our guests to appreciate the joy and freedom of snowmobiling in through beautiful mountain scenery – no matter your experience level.

Our tours are NOT a “follow me and keep up” experience. We teach our guests how to ride their snowmobiles and have more fun in the snow. In fact, 50 yards from the starting point are some incredible practice meadows. Guests have the opportunity to learn the feel of their sled in a perfect, wide-open setting, preparing them for the twists and turns of trails to come. There are a total of 10 free-ride meadows scattered throughout our 6,000-acre mountain playground.

Learning how to Ride your SnowmobileCustom Snowmobile Trails with Incredible Views

Our High-End Snowmobiles

We are proud to offer guests the very best snowmobile technology. We have a stable of 90 high-end Ski-Doo snowmobiles. They are highly fuel-efficient four-stroke machines. They are incredibly quiet and offer superb handling.

With these industry-leading snowmobiles, we put our focus on our guests’ most-requested tour – and that’s the two-hour guided snowmobile tour. This is a perfect snowmobile experience for beginning riders. Skiing for half a day? Perfect! It’s so close to Vail and Beaver Creek, this is an ideal experience!

In addition to our two-hour guided tour, we also offer trips specifically for advanced riders. But no matter what tour you choose, our guides are there to be teachers. That is a major focus for all of our snowmobiling trips.

A Snowmobiling Tour Tailored to Any Group

For more information about our snowmobile tours and how to prepare, please take a look at our Snowmobiling Page. If you have specific questions or would like to reserve your tour, please give us a call at 970-476-3700 or contact us online.

We look forward to seeing you on a Colorado snowmobile ride this season!

What You Need to Know About Fly Fishing the Piney River

Piney River Fly Fishing

The state of Colorado is often known for its towering mountains and graded river canyons. But there are portions of Colorado that lend to its defining features far more than others. Sitting around 12,000 feet in elevation, the Gore Range is one of those places. One of the rivers born from this textbook Colorado landscape is the Piney River near Vail, Colorado.

Tumbling 28 miles from its headwaters, the Piney River is a long tributary of the Colorado River. The headwaters begin at Piney Lake before stretching through a rugged wilderness canyon until it ultimately feeds into the Colorado River.

Often overshadowed in name by nearby well-known rivers like the Eagle River and Colorado River, the Piney is an absolute gem. And not just for its majestic exposure to the Gore Range’s towering beauty. The Piney River offers some of the best freestone fly-fishing in the state of Colorado.

The Piney River near Vail, Colorado

Fly Fishing the Piney Valley Ranch

Located just above its confluence with the Colorado River, the Piney River flows through the spectacular, Pine Valley Ranch. This stretch is the crème de la crème of the Piney River. And access to this private stretch of water is only available to guests of ​Sage Outdoor Adventures.

Sage is fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with the owners of Piney Valley Ranch and the exclusive lease to guide trips on these waters. When you book a fishing trip with Sage, you’ll have this historic ranch, this beautiful river canyon, and this world-class trout fishery all to yourself.

The Piney Valley Ranch encompasses seven river miles of private water. And the guide service at Sage Outdoor Adventures checks all of the boxes.

Piney River Guided Fly Fishing

Tips for Fly Fishing the Piney River

Peak fishing conditions on the Piney River begin immediately after runoff subsides, usually in late June and will continue through the early fall. These summer and fall months bring consistent water levels and prolific hatches of mayflies and caddis. Mid-summer and early fall is also an excellent time to fish terrestrials like hoppers, beetles and ants. Whether you prefer to throw dry flies, nymphs, or swing streamers through the deeper runs, all of it is available here on the Piney.

Because these fish see very little pressure, they tend to be aggressive and not very selective. But the guides at Sage will help you pick the best patterns for the conditions and the time of year. While these trout can usually be fooled by a variety of fly patterns, the low, clear water conditions later in the summer often require a stealthy approach. Prepare to approach from downstream and make upstream casts to avoid being seen.

No matter the time of year you decide to take on the Piney, it’s important to keep in mind that the higher altitude provides less protection from the sun, so wear and reapply sunscreen throughout the day for the duration of your trip. Anglers will want to bring a hat and long sleeves. And we’d recommend a buff to cover your neck. As far as the weather is concerned, there is a common saying in Colorado that, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” From cold temperatures in the morning to the intense midday sun, to afternoon thunderstorms, be prepared to experience it all. Dress in layers so that you can quickly adjust to the changing conditions.

Guided Fly Fishing Trips give you access to local tips and tricks

Piney River: A Gore Range Freestone Tributary

It would be difficult to overstate the quality of the fishing on the Piney River as it runs through Piney Valley Ranch, or the beauty of this canyon and the surrounding scenery. The only way to truly understand it is to come experience it for yourself.

Learn more about guided fly fishing trips with Sage Outdoor Adventures and reserve dates for your adventure today! Or, give the folks at Sage a call at 970-476-3700. Come experience the Piney River this summer with Sage!

Find tips to fly fishing the Piney River

Written by the Staff at Riversmith

Colorado Fly Fishing Trips Are Now Underway

Colorado Fly Fishing

The spring season has officially begun here in the Vail Valley! We are now running guided fly fishing trips on the Eagle River and Colorado River. Spring conditions are fantastic and it has been an awesome start to the season in Colorado!

Colorado Fly Fishing

Reserve Your Guided Fishing Spot

We have openings through this month on the Eagle and Colorado rivers. Reservations are now open for the rest of the summer on these waters, as well as the Piney River – an epic stretch of private water along one of Colorado’s most spectacular wilderness river canyons. Guides are limited, so please give us a call now to reserve your spot this season – 970-476-3700. Or check out our fishing page to learn more.

What to Expect During Early Season Fishing

Early season fishing on the Colorado River and Eagle River brings excellent water conditions and some memorable dry fly hatches – most notably, blue-winged olives. As we get later in the spring, we will begin to see caddis hatches along both rivers. With runoff in late May and June, we will see higher water flows, as well as hatches of big salmonflies. When runoff subsides, dry fly fishing remains consistent through the warmer months – including hopper fishing. Nymphing and streamer tactics are also effective throughout the season.

Fly Fishing Trips Near Vail and Beaver Creek

Fly Fishing with Sage

If you’re in the Vail or Beaver Creek area this summer, consider joining us on a fishing trip to the Piney River. It’s an experience you’ll never forget! We have exclusive access to 7 miles of this incredible freestone river. The Piney River tumbles out of the rugged Gore Range and into a jaw-dropping wilderness canyon. As it flows through the 30,000-acre Piney Valley Ranch, Sage guests have exclusive access to this wild and scenic river, loaded with trout. It’s truly an angler’s paradise.

To learn more and to reserve your spot, please give us a call at 970-476-3700 or visit the fishing page.

Fly Fishing on the Eagle River