December Wildlife Adventures in the Vail Valley

If you’re visiting or soon to visit the Vail Valley this holiday season, you may already be aware that the weather here has provided some unusual circumstances. Rather than snowmobiling this time of year, we are still enjoying some awesome side-by-side ATV tours and December wildlife adventures.

We finally received a little snow on the ranch this week. But it’s not enough yet for snowmobiling. But there is one neat benefit to this shallow snow cover through the woods and on our trails…it’s perfect conditions for studying wildlife tracks.

The mild weather this month means that deer and other wildlife have not yet migrated further down the valley floor. Wildlife is still on the ranch in abundance. And the light snowpack has proven to be a fun discovery for our guests.

Wildlife near Beaver Creek“To us, it is an open book of what’s going on, 24 hours a day,” said Sage founder Darryl Bangert. “We’ve been able to clearly see deer, does and their fawns meandering as they feed then bed down for day or night. We’ve followed the tracks of big bull elk traveling through the area. And we’ve even found mountain lion tracks as they stalk, chase, and capture deer.

“We’ve had a great time stopping to study the tracks and to teach our guests what they are, and how to read these stories in the snow,” Darryl continued. “We’ve found tracks from wild turkeys, coyotes, ermine, rabbits and squirrels. We’ve seen big golden eagles almost daily, many times sitting on their prey.”

At first glance, December in a ski town without much snow might seem like a drag. But these last few weeks have provided a rare opportunity to enjoy the mountains in a different way. While we’re looking forward to getting on those snowmobiles, these unusual wildlife adventures have certainly been a pleasure.

And as is typically the case, when one month is more dry than normal, another month will usually make up for it. Last winter also began with little snowfall, but ended with the highest snowpack in several years. The snow will come. In the meantime, we’ll be enjoying the mountains on four wheels!

For more information on side-by-side ATV tours or (upcoming) snowmobile tours with Sage Outdoor Adventures, please contact us or give us a call at 970-478-3700. We look forward to helping you plan your next Colorado backcountry adventure.

3 Things You Need For Every Colorado Summer Adventure

The Sage crew is busy preparing for the summer season here in Vail, Colorado. We’ve got all-new rafting equipment coming in for our guests, we’re getting ATVs ready to ride, making improvements to our sporting clays course, and prepping our ranch facilities for horseback riding. There’s a lot to do, but summer can’t come soon enough!

As you prepare for your own summer adventures, here are three easy-to-overlook items that you’ll need for any Colorado summer adventure. Whether you’re on the water or on the trail, don’t forget to pack these critical items.

  1. Sunblock

In the Colorado high country, the sun comes full-strength. If you appreciate your skin, don’t leave home, or your hotel room without it. We’ve seen plenty of folks put a damper on their trip by getting burned on the first day. Whether you’re out for a couple hours of horseback riding or a full day of rafting, take the time to apply some sunblock, even if you don’t burn easily.

  1. Sunglasses

Again, the sun here in the Rockies runs hot. And it can be hard on your eyes if you’re not wearing UV protection. Glare from water and snow can be particularly harmful. Be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses when you set out for a day of adventuring. If you’re headed for the river, don’t forget sunglass straps!

  1. Water Bottle

The arid Rocky Mountain climate and the high altitude combine to cause quick dehydration. Headaches are the most common reaction to altitude. Fortunately, drinking plenty of water is usually the best prevention. And in an effort to limit the large amount of waste generated by plastic bottles, remember to bring your own reusable water bottle on each day’s adventure.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun! A smile and a sense of adventure will go a long way in the mountains. If you have questions about summer trips with Sage Outdoor Adventures, give us a call at 970-476-3700 or contact us online. You can also explore the rest of our website at SageOutdoorAdventures.com for more info.

The New Era of Snowmobiles and the Mountain Experience

mountain experience

Today’s snowmobiles offer an experience that surprises many of our guests. Gone are the days of loud engines and the smell of exhaust. Ever since the pressure on snowmobile manufacturers to clean up emissions in places like Yellowstone National Park, the industry has responded with some incredible new technology. In addition to being cleaner, the new era of snowmobiles create the opportunity for wilderness experiences like never before.

Here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, we use all Ski-Doo snowmobiles. Most of our sleds are the Ski-Doo Grand Touring Sport, an incredibly fuel-efficient four-stroke machine. They are so quiet that you’re more likely to hear the tracks turning on the snow than the engine itself. With extremely low emissions and no odor, there’s little else to distract from the beautiful mountain experience. In fact, the number one reason among guests to go snowmobiling is the wilderness experience.

Today’s snowmobiles are much lighter with more horsepower than ever before. Improvements in clutching, throttle control and suspensions offer an effortless riding experience, even in deep powder. What all that technology really means is that it’s an incredibly fun ride while maintaining a wonderful outdoor experience.

We’re proud to be a Ski-Doo direct dealer, which means we receive sleds and parts directly from the factory and we have factory-trained mechanics. Our snowmobiles are on a two-year rotation, keeping our guests on the best snowmobiles available. In addition to the two-person sleds, we also have some single-rider Ski-Doo Renegades. And for advanced rides, we use the Summit SP, an extremely advanced two-stroke engine that offers incredible horsepower and a chasse with unmatched agility on the snow.

We have certainly benefitted from the improvements in snowmobile technology over the past 15 years. These radical changes are shaping the sport in exciting new ways and we enjoy being a part of the sport as it explodes in popularity.

For more information on our tours, check out the Snowmobiling Page on our website or give us a call at 970-476-3700.

Sage Raft Race Team Preparing for National Championships

Sage Raft Race Team Preparing for National Championships

It’s the dead of winter and it might seem like a long time until rafting season here in Colorado, but the Sage race team is hard at work, preparing for the Rafting National Championships in May!

The 2017 championship will be held in Oklahoma City from May 18-20 as part of the Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival, an event that will also include canoe and kayaking competitions.

Throughout the winter months, the Sage raft race team is training hard in the pool. With a bungee strap anchored to the side of the pool, the team is able to paddle in place, which provides great resistance training.

Our team is serious, and we are fired up for National Championships in May!

No matter the time of year, we’re always working hard to plan our next rafting season here at Sage Outdoor Adventures. And 2017 looks like it could be an outstanding year in Colorado. It’s still early in the season, but snowpack levels are already well above average. Statewide, current snowpack levels are 116% of normal. If that trend continues, we’ll be on pace for a memorable summer of rafting!

But no matter what the weather brings in 2017, we look forward to having a great time with many of you out on the water. For more information on whitewater rafting and our other summer activities here in the Vail Valley and surrounding areas, please visit our Summer Home Page.

In the meantime, we’ll be enjoying the snowmobiling here in this winter paradise!