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.

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 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.

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.

The Summer Season is a Wrap – Time to Think About Snow

Summer Season

Fall is in the air and we are already getting stoked for snowmobiling season here in Colorado! But before we jump straight into winter sports mode, we want to say thank you to everyone for a wonderful summer season!

Thanks to each of our guests to joined us this summer for a whitewater rafting adventure, a side-by-side ATV thrill ride, a memorable day of horseback riding, or some incredible fly fishing. We enjoyed meeting folks from all over the world and it’s truly our greatest pleasure to have the opportunity to share in your adventures. Thank you!

Summer Season Rafting

A big shout out also goes to our summer staff. Without these energetic and outgoing folks, your adventures wouldn’t be possible. We’re proud to have some of the best staff in the business here at Sage Outdoor Adventures. And we are thankful for their hard work this summer!

Our 2018 summer season was very memorable. We enjoyed great weather throughout the summer, perfect for enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery here in the Vail Valley and surrounding areas. These hot summer days were perfect for rafting trips down Gore Creek and the Eagle River, down to the Colorado River and even the Arkansas. All around, it was a fun rafting season.

Side-by-Side ATV Ride

Our horseback riders and side-by-side ATV riders had the opportunity to enjoy plenty of wildflowers and wildlife throughout the summer. There’s no bad time to explore the ranch on horseback or ATV. But when the weather cooperates, it’s very hard to beat.

With the summer season behind us, we can now look forward to snowmobiling and a fun season of winter activities! We plan to open our winter snowmobiling operation in time for Thanksgiving. If you are planning a vacation to Vail or Beaver Creek during the holidays, please give us a call.

These snowmobile rides are a blast. We can easily accommodate families and even large groups. We operate on a large, historic ranch that’s actually larger than Vail ski area! You’ll have this pristine landcape all to yourself, along with its incredible views. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the ski runs, and join us for a backcountry ride through this winter wonderland.

To learn more about our snowmobile trips, please check out our snowmobiling page. For specific availability or details, give us call at 970-476-3700 or send us a message.

See you when the snow falls!

Horseback Rides Are Back – The Midwinter Mountain Experience

The warm weather and the lack of snow around the Vail Valley isn’t getting us down. In fact, we’ve decided to offer some incredible, winter horseback rides!

Normally a summer activity here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, we are bringing back our horseback rides for some awesome midwinter mountain adventures. We’ve been getting daily requests for winter horseback rides, so we have decided to do it.

Like our summer horseback rides, these trips will be on our beautiful trail system along streams, lakes, sage flats, through snow-covered aspen groves and stands of old-growth timber.

If you enjoy horseback riding in the summer, you will be enthralled with a winter exploration of the Colorado backcountry on horseback. With snow on the ground, the cottonwood creek bottoms and aspen groves are stunning. The low snow level has allowed wildlife like elk, deer and coyotes to remain on the ranch in abundance where they are highly visible to our guests.

Guests should dress warmly in their ski clothing, just like you would be going skiing for the day. We will offer small, intimate groups of six horses or fewer. The rides are 1.5 hours long and we provide transportation to and from Vail and Beaver creek, included in the cost of the trip.

If you love mountains and you love horses, this trip is for you!

To reserve your midwinter mountain horseback ride please call us at 970-476-3700 or send us a message. See you on the mountain soon!

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.

After the Lifts Close: Enjoying Spring in Colorado

Many ski lifts across Colorado will make their final rotations of the season this weekend. But while the ski season is coming to an end, there’s plenty to do to stay busy! We’ve also closed our snowmobile tours for the season. And with a few weeks until our rafting trips begin, you can be sure the Crew here at Sage will be enjoying some time off!

This time of year, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the snow in the high country. Especially with the amount of snow we’ve had this year, backcountry skiing and snowmobiling opportunities will be excellent this spring. There are also plenty of places to get out and 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.

If you’re looking for things to do that don’t involve snow, there are plenty of options. Most hiking trails at lower elevations are 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 is taking a trip to raft the Salt River in Arizona before heading to the National Championships in May! Stay tuned for updates and photos from both of those trips.

guided fly fishingFinally, anglers have been enjoying an excellent spring fishing season. The pre-runoff conditions this year have been great. Many waters around the state have been fishing very well. As runoff begins to take hold, these conditions will change rapidly. But even during peak runoff there are always plenty of places to hook into beautiful, wild trout.

We are very excited for our summer season to begin! We’re looking forward to some great rafting, horseback riding, ATV tours, sporting clays and fly fishing adventures! But until our summer activities pick up next month, you can bet we will be out enjoying the best of spring in Colorado!