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Advice for First-Time Riders

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
My parents are visiting Steamboat and will be going out for their first-ever snowmobile ride tomorrow. They’re in their late 60s and early 70s, and with a hip replacement and bad knee between them, they are not interested in picking up skiing at this point in life. That’s something that’s so wonderful about snowmobiling – it really caters to a wide range of ages and physical ability levels. I’ll get to show them Steamboat and the Yampa Valley in a way we’ve never been able to share before. I’m so excited! 

To help them get prepared for their ride, I asked our Facebook and Twitter friends for their advice for first-time snowmobilers. Here’s what they had to say: 

      • - PROPER GEAR. If you are cold then you will hate life. If you are comfortable, then you will enjoy the experience to the fullest.

  • - Face gaiter is a must. Make sure you turn on your hand warmer on the snowmobile. I forgot the first time and my hands were freezing after a bit. Enjoy!

    • - Go to Steamboat Snowmobile Tours for your first ride! The boots they lend are the best. Make sure you bring your own face gaiter!

    • - Make sure you have the right gear and ride with a good group of guys that will give u plenty of advice.

    • - Make SURE you have good boots and gloves!!! Oh yeah and cover your neck 

    • - Put those hand warmers in your boots

    • - Rent a snowmobile suit from your guide so that your fancy gore tex ski coat doesn't smell like exhaust for the rest of your vacation.

    • - Get a great guide to take you out!

    • - Watch a bunch of snowmobile videos to get you stoked to ride!

    • - RELAX.....IT'S JUST SNOW

    • - Gun it and yell Wheeeeeeeeee!

    • - Go in hard; come out covered in white

    • - Enjoy the snow every time you go up to the mountain as the first time. You'll never forget it!

To add on to these great pieces of advice, I will tell my parents to think about what they want to get out of their tour and to communicate with our guide about what they’re looking for – be it adrenaline or nature viewing or whatever they have in mind. The guides at Steamboat Snowmobile Tours are looking to help each guest have a wonderful experience and want to hear what will help them have their adventure of a lifetime.




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