Snowmobiles and the Real Backcountry Experience

The recent changes in snowmobile technology are even more radical than the change in ski shape over the last 15 years. Emissions are incredibly low and the sport of snowmobiling is exploding. But what does that mean from an environmental perspective? How does snowmobiling compare to other winter sports in terms of its impact?

Who is Snowmobiling nowadays?

From young families to serious outdoor enthusiasts, snowmobiling is a fast-growing sport. Many skiers enjoy a quiet day away from the busy slopes and a chance to do something different with their families. Here at Sage, it’s not uncommon for us to see three generations of riders together on a tour.

The number-one reason our customers say they go snowmobiling is to “experience the wilderness.” To us, this isn’t surprising at all. It’s true, that backcountry experience is the primary draw for most snowmobile riders.

Snowmobile Tour

Common Misconceptions about Snowmobiling

Unfortunately, there’s also a great deal of misperception about snowmobiling. Some folks see them as noisy and polluting. In reality, neither is true. Our modern snowmobiles are incredibly quiet. You are more likely to hear the crunch of the tracks on the snow than you are the engine. And with low emissions and no smell, snowmobiles offer a perfect escape from the bustle of the ski slopes into the tranquility of the mountains.

Snowmobiling through Undisturbed Nature

Our 6,000-acre private mountain near Vail and Beaver Creek is home to resident mule deer, elk, and other wildlife. Our riders frequently see wildlife here on the mountain, where they stay undisturbed through the winter. In terms of environmental impact, a snowmobile ride is far more “green” than a day of riding ski lifts. All of our guided trips give our guests the opportunity to stop, look, listen and just enjoy being still in these stunning places.

Snowmobiling environment

In the end, our guests’ favorite part of these trips is also our favorite part. We’re here because we love the experience. We are skiers too. But a snowmobile ride offers the chance to escape from the crowds and experience the still silence of the backcountry and the mountains in winter.

For more information on our guided snowmobile tours, please take a look at our Snowmobiling Page. Or give us a call at 970-476-3700. We hope to see you here for a snowmobiling adventure soon!

Colorado Snowpack Update from the Vail Valley

Snowpack here in the Vail Valley and along the Colorado River watershed has been excellent so far this season! After a dry winter last year, we are happy to experience great early season conditions into the New Year.

Current Snowmobiling Conditions

Snowmobile guests are having a blast here at our Mountain Base. Snowpack in the Colorado River basin is currently over 100% of normal, and better than 150% compared to last year. We’ve enjoyed great snowmobile conditions so far this season, and storms keep bringing new snow.

Vail Snowpack Update

Our Custom-Designed Snow Trails

Our mountain base of operations is home to 2,500 feet of vertical. We have more than 100 miles of trails on a mountain larger than Vail ski area. These trails were custom-designed by the team at Sage, specifically for our guests. And with the best grooming equipment in the business, trails are always in prime condition.

Our snowmobile trails wind through a variety of expansive Colorado backcountry habitats. Our guests enjoy sweeping views of the Vail Valley and the Eagle River Canyon. It’s the perfect place to escape from the crowded ski slopes on a real mountain adventure – especially with snowpack like this!

Snow-packed trails in Vail, Colorado

Sage’s Modern Snowmobiles

With great snow conditions and a fleet of new Ski-Doo snowmobiles, we’re ready for you! By the way, in case you haven’t been on a snowmobile recently, these are not your grandfather’s smelly, noisy machines. New 4-stroke snowmobiles are extremely quiet and fuel-efficient. It is a great way to experience the Colorado backcountry. See our recent blog post about modern snowmobile technology to learn more.

To join us on a snowmobile adventure this winter, please give us a call at 970-476-3700. Or, explore the rest of our website to learn more about what we offer.

After the Lifts Close: Enjoying Spring in Colorado

Many ski lifts across Colorado will make their final rotations of the season in April, and Sage will also close our snowmobiling tours around that time. While the winter season is coming to an end, it won’t be long until summer season picks up and there’s plenty to do to stay busy! But with a few weeks until our summer activities begin, you can be sure the crew here at Sage will be enjoying some well-deserved time off!

Spring Activities in Vail, Colorado

In the meantime, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the lingering snow in the high country, especially after a good year of snowfall. Enjoy the spring sunshine on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis. For the climbing enthusiasts, the hefty snowpack this season will allow for some outstanding routes on some of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. This will be a great season for 14ers, with some perfect ski or glissade descents.

Hiking our National Parks

If you’re looking for things to do that don’t involve snow, there are plenty of options. Most hiking trails at lower elevations have opened up. This is a great time of year to visit Colorado’s red desert country. Colorado National Monument and Dinosaur National Monument provide ideal spring hiking conditions.

Not far away, national parks in Utah and Arizona are also great spring destinations. In fact, the Sage rafting team has made trips to raft the Salt River in Arizona before heading to the National Championships! Check out photos and updates from our practice runs and the racing event here.

Guided fly fishing in Vail Colorado

Fishing the Pre-Runoff Rivers

Finally, anglers often enjoy an excellent spring fishing season when the pre-runoff conditions are good. Many bodies of water around the state fish very well in the late winter season. However, as runoff begins to take hold, these conditions will change rapidly. Luckily, our expert fishing guides know the best spots to fish and hook onto beautiful wild trout, even during peak runoff season.

Summer Activities to Look Forward To

As much as we enjoy our spring break, we can’t wait for summer to get back into full swing! We’re looking forward to some great rafting, horseback riding, ATV tours, and fly fishing adventures. Check our guided activities and book your spot now to get back out into the wildness with Sage. Until then, you can bet our team will be out enjoying the best of spring in Colorado!