This winter, the Vail Valley and the rest of Colorado has experienced some of the best early season snow conditions that we’ve seen in years. With snowpack reaching nearly 150% of normal, our snowmobile tours this season have been incredible! If you haven’t been paying attention, be sure to follow us on Instagram, @sageoutdoors or like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/SageOutdoors.
All this snow came before the middle of February and that means there’s more in store! Another series of storms is predicted over the next week that will provide our snowmobile tours with a nice “reset” for powder conditions. Then consider that March is typically the wettest month in Colorado. We can expect to see great spring break snowmobiling conditions. And with a hefty snowpack, visitors to the Vail and Beaver Creek area could have great spring snowmobiling opportunities all the way through April.
For many of us here at Sage, snowmobiling is only one of the perks of a healthy snowpack. Our rafting guides are already drooling at the prospect of an epic runoff season. With this much snow in the high country, we could be looking at a great summer of whitewater rafting adventures.
Currently, snowpack in the Colorado River basin and statewide is at about 145% of normal. Here’s to hoping that we see a few more big storms before the winter is out!
For more information on our guided snowmobile tours, please check out our Snowmobiling Page. If you’re planning a summer trip to Colorado or interested in the upcoming rafting season, be sure to visit our Rafting Page. Other activities include horseback riding, ATV tours, sporting clays and fly fishing.
Explore the entire site and all these great adventures at SageOutdoorAdventures.com. Or give us a call at 970-476-3700.
Storms have continued to bring more snow to the north-central mountains of Colorado and our 6,000-acre private ranch in the Vail Valley has transformed into an endless winter playground! Our snowmobile riders have powder conditions! We’ve received nearly two feet of snow in the past week and with another winter storm warning in effect, we could easily have a couple more feet before the week is out.
The Colorado snowpack has exceeded 130% of normal and these above-average snow levels mean “WAHOO!” conditions for snowmobiling here on the ranch. Cornices have formed and hill-climbs are in. The land has naturally transformed into an incredible snowmobile playground. Think of it like a giant skate park on steroids, as far as the eye can see.
What’s the best part? Endless powder turns without ever riding a ski lift. With no lift lines and incredible powder conditions, our two-hour snowmobile tours give you as much time on the snow as a day of skiing. Experience the thrill of a snowmobile ride on one of the most beautiful ranches in the Vail Valley with incredible views. The hardest part might be wiping the giant grin off your face.
We are on track to have one of our best winters in the past few years. Snow conditions are perfect and it’s time to experience it! For more information, check out the rest of our website at SageOutdoorAdventures.com or give us a call at 970-476-3700. We would love to host you for an incredible snowmobiling experience.
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!
Winter activities here at Sage Outdoor Adventures don’t end with snowmobiling. In addition to tours on the snow, this 6,000-acre ranch is home to one the finest sporting clays facilities in the Vail Valley and anywhere in Colorado for that matter. Colorado’s sunny winter days are a great time for groups to enjoy our sporting clays with a five-stand lesson.
When the sun is shining like it is this week, groups are having a blast! Winter shooting is open for groups of 10 or more. Our five-stand lesson will cover the fundamentals of sporting clays and of course, gun safety. “Five-Stand” is an exciting type of shotgun shooting that has clay targets coming from multiple directions. It’s a great time for family groups, corporate groups or bachelor/bachelorette parties.
Here are a few photos from earlier this week:
Whether you’re an experienced shooter or a total novice, our excellent instructors will make everyone feel welcome. The five-stand lesson usually ends with a friendly group competition! We use a combination of 12, 20 and 28 gauge shotguns to fit anyone’s experience level and size.
Just like our snowmobile tours, the winter sporting clays here at Sage Outdoor Adventures include complimentary transportation from your hotel. We provide shotguns, ammo, targets, a shooting vest, and ear and eye protection.
To learn more about the experience, please see our Winter Shooting Page. To book your group or to ask any questions, please call us at 970-476-3700. We look forward to seeing you here at the ranch soon for some winter sporting clays!
What better way to celebrate the Holidays than with a snowmobile tour on a spectacular 6,000-acre private ranch near Vail, Colorado? Seriously. Kick your Christmas plans up a notch and join us for a memorable experience on the snow!
Our private mountain is home to more than 100 miles of trails and stunning views that overlook the Vail Valley. Feel the wind in your face as you gain speed through the open flats of sage and mountain mahogany. Soak in the Rocky Mountain backcountry while winding your way through old-growth stands of aspen and spruce. The snowmobiling experience here is unforgettable.
We offer two-hour guided tours with three start times each day. And pickup is free from your hotel. That leaves plenty of time for your other Holiday commitments. It makes a perfect group event and our experienced guides will make sure that everyone has a great time. Don’t forget to ask for our 10% group discount when you book 10 or more snowmobiles.
For details and to book your Colorado snowmobile adventure, check out our Snowmobile Trips Page or call us at 970-476-3700. See you on the mountain!