Snowpack Update & Summer Rafting Forecast

Summer Season Rafting

Well, it was an awesome winter season here in the Vail Valley…at least until a certain global pandemic put a halt to everyone’s plans. We’re sharing in the disappointment of so many, who’s vacations were cut short or didn’t happen at all. But much more importantly, we are concerned about the safety of those in our community and around the world. As we all work together to confront it, we will remain optimistic that in a few months, we will again be enjoying the great summer outdoor activities here in Colorado.

Snowmobiling throughout the 2019/2020 season has been a ton of fun. We had excellent snow conditions, from very early on in the season. But now, we’re excited that spring is around the corner. The abundance of snow means that we will have an incredible whitewater rafting season!

Snowmobile Tour

As we look forward to spring and the summer rafting season, we can’t help but get excited. After a snowy start to the season and then a particularly stormy February, the Snowpack in the Colorado high country is in great shape. That means great rafting conditions ahead!

Right here in the Colorado River basin, the current snowpack is nearly 110% of normal with more storms on the way. With the above-average snow level in the high country, we can expect a particularly good season for Gore Creek and the Eagle River, which are some of Colorado’s best early summer rafting.

In fact, when the Eagle River is at its peak, it’s some of the best whitewater in the country. But what makes the Eagle River is unique, is the steady downward gradient. The upper section from Minturn to Avon features a consistent elevation drop, essentially creating a 10-mile long wave train.

If you’ve never experienced Gore Creek or the Eagle River, this will be a great year to do it!

Colorado Rafting trip

Meanwhile, over in the Arkansas River basin, snowpack is right at normal levels. This is the most famous stretch of whitewater in Colorado for good reason. Once the spring thaw begins, we’re in for a memorable summer of whitewater rafting on the Ark.

The world-famous Pine Creek and Numbers sections of the Arkansas boast some of the best class IV and V whitewater rafting in the country. Further downstream, Browns Canyon National Monument offers a trip through an incredibly scenic gorge with 10 miles of class III rapids. Add to this a backdrop of 14,000-foot peaks and rocky desert landscapes, and it’s easy to see why the Ark is a popular rafting destination.

The 2020 rafting season in Colorado is shaping up to be a great one. If you’re planning a trip to Colorado this year, be sure and reserve dates early for your whitewater adventure.

To learn more, visit our Rafting Page. If you have questions or to book a trip, please call us at 970-476-3700 or contact us online.

Current Snowmobile Conditions in the Vail Valley

Snow Conditions near Vail

While the lift lines at Vail ski area have been making national headlines, we’re here playing in the snow on our 6,000-acre private mountain. That’s an area larger than the Vail ski area. And we have it all to ourselves!

Snowmobile Conditions

Snowstorms recently have been measured in feet. Snowmobile conditions in the Vail Valley are simply outstanding. Our fleet of snowcats and grooming equipment are working hard to keep trails in excellent shape. And guests are having a blast, ripping through fresh snow on our private mountain!

At the time of this blog post, snowpack in Colorado is about 114% of normal statewide. Right here in the Colorado River basin, it’s 123% of normal. We’ve been receiving one storm after another, constantly resetting these ideal conditions for our snowmobile guests.

Our private mountain is home to more than 100 miles of custom designed snowmobile trails. And it’s only for Sage guests. Our three snowcats groom 7 days a week. You won’t feel any of those nasty dips that you might have experienced on higher-traffic snowmobile tours.

From our private mountain, guests enjoy views of seven mountain ranges, including the continental divide. From one point, you’ll have a front-row seat at the edge of the Eagle River Canyon in its entire red rock splendor. Our snowmobile trips wind through aspen groves and spruce forests. There are plenty of open meadows where you can really let your snowmobile rip.

Snow Conditions near Vail

With snow conditions the way they are, escape those lift lines and come experience the beauty of Colorado’s wild country on a quiet mountain. On these modern snowmobiles, the quiet, fuel-efficient engines are hardly noticeable. It’s a mountain experience you won’t forget.

To learn more, please visit our snowmobiling page. You’ll find information on trips, pricing and links to book your adventure. For immediate availability, please give us a call now at 970-476-3700. We can’t wait to show you around our private mountain paradise!

Kick Your Holiday Plans Up a Notch with A Snowmobile Adventure

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Holidays than with a big mountain snowmobile adventure! Seriously. Elevate your holiday plans, and join us for a memorable experience on the snow!

Our private mountain is larger than Vail ski area and home to more than 100 miles of trails. From here, you’ll enjoy towering views that overlook the Eagle River canyon. Feel the wind as you gain speed through open meadows, winding through sage and mountain mahogany. Get a real taste of the Colorado backcountry, riding beneath impressive stands of aspen and spruce. The snowmobiling experience here is unforgettable.

We offer family-friendly, 2-hour guided tours with multiple start times each day. We offer transportation to and from your hotel in Beaver Creek, Vail or Avon. That leaves plenty of time for your other holiday plans. It makes a perfect group event. Our outstanding guides will make sure that beginners and advanced riders alike will have a great time.

Not sure what to bring? Check out our helpful video for some tips on what to bring on your snowmobile adventure.

For details and to book your Colorado mountain snowmobile adventure, check out our Snowmobile Trips Page or call us at 970-476-3700. See you on the mountain!

A New Winter Season of Snowmobiling Adventures

Snowmobiling Near Vail Colorado

The first snow of the season fell in mid-October here in the Vail Valley, and we’re getting excited for a new winter season of snowmobiling adventures!

The snowmobiles are ready for guests. Our fleet of snowcats will begin grooming work on trails throughout this 6,000-acre private mountain playground. And our guides are thrilled to start welcoming guests for these incredible trips.

To get a feel for the snowmobiling experience here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, check out this tour of the operation:

This is winter fun at its finest! Our private mountain is already looking beautiful. Here are a few photos from our first snowfall of the year earlier in October:

To learn more bout the winter experience here at Sage, please take a few minutes to scroll through our Snowmobiling Page. You’ll find information on trips, pricing and more. To reserve dates, just follow the “book now” button on the website. Or if you’d like to discuss it with our team, feel free to give us a call at 970-476-3700.

Runoff is Coming, Prepare for Your Rafting Adventure

This year’s runoff is shaping up to be a memorable one! There’s a ton of snow in the high country and recent storms have continued adding to our snowpack. Statewide throughout Colorado, snowpack is currently over 140% of normal. Here in the Colorado River basin, snowpack is currently 138% of normal. And over in the Arkansas River basin, it’s 148% of normal! It’s going to be a long, high water season on our rivers.

As you prepare for your summer rafting adventure, there are a few things to think about. First, is what to bring. The list is pretty simple but you’ll want to make sure you have a few key items. Here’s the rundown.

On every rafting trip we provide a helmet, a wetsuit on cool days, a splash jacket, a PFD and wetsuit booties.

You should bring your swimsuit, and wear it underneath your street clothes for the ride to the river. On hot, sunny days when we’re not wearing wet suits and splash jackets, you might want to wear a cover shirt for sun protection. We also recommend that you wear and bring sunscreen and chapstick. If you plan to wear your sunglasses on the raft, don’t forget Croakies or Chums to keep them in place! Finally, bring cash to tip your guide (18% is normal).

Check out this quick video, as Cole and Kyle explain what to bring and why:

With your bags packed, you are all set for your whitewater rafting adventure. It’s going to be an epic season here in Colorado, and we hope to see many of you on the river. As you prepare for the trip, how about some questions you might want to ask your guide? Here are a few things you might want to ask while you’re on the river:

  • How does this water compare to other times of the year?
  • What animals may we see on the water today?
  • What’s your favorite part of being a rafting guide?
  • What do you do during the off-season?
  • What other stretches of river do you run?
  • Where is the best swimming hole?
  • Ask about the history of the area.
  • Ask for any crazy river guiding stories they have!

If you’d like more information on rafting with Sage Outdoor Adventures, please be sure to check out our Rafting Page. And explore the rest of our website to see all the other fun activities we offer, including horseback riding, ATV tours, fly fishing and sporting clays!

For details, availability and booking call us at 970-476-3700 or contact us online.