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Steamboat Snowmobile Tours at the Winter Carnival

Saturday, February 08, 2014



If you're watching the Winter Carnival street events today or tomorrow in downtown Steamboat, please visit our booth - it's located at the corner of 8th Street and Lincoln Avenue. We'd love to talk snowmobiling and help plan your upcoming snowmobile tour!

Steamboat Snowmobile Tours is in "Colorado’s Snowfall Capital"

Thursday, December 26, 2013

   One of our guides shoveling in the Park Range mountains on Christmas Eve

In addition to the special nature of the snow Steamboat receives, the volume is another amazing quality. The Park Range mountains, where we conduct our tours, receive the most winter precipitation in all of Colorado. The reason the Park Range receives the most precipitation is due to the way rain or snow is generated by mountains through orographic precipitation. Orographic precipitation is a term for the process by which moist air is forced up the slopes of mountains to produce rain or snow. Snowfall in our area is the result of storms that originate over the Pacific Ocean and travel inland, producing orographic precipitation in the mountains of California, Utah and Wyoming before reaching Colorado. Fortunately for us, there is a gap of relatively low terrain before Pacific storms reach the northern Colorado mountains. This results in moisture-rich clouds running perpendicularly into the Park Range, where they dump the brunt of their precipitation before traveling on. For a more thorough explanation of this phenomena, please take a look at the research paper “Why is the Park Range Colorado’s Snowfall Capital?” in Colorado Climate. Otherwise, you can come see us – we’d love to show you our record-breaking volume of snow firsthand.

Steamboat Snowmobile Tours featured in Afar Magazine

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


                    Photo courtesy of Afar.com

Afar Magazine sent New York-based reporter Ashley Castle to Steamboat Springs earlier this month for the article "A Perfect Week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado." Ashley noted Steamboat Snowmobile Tours as a major highlight of her trip and aptly titled the segment "Live Adventurously." The article has great ideas for places to visit while you're in Steamboat, including cowboy outfitter F.M. Light & Sons, Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Steamboat Mountain. Check out Ashley's Instagram for more cool pictures of her snowmobile adventure. Thanks to Afar for the exciting piece and to Ashley for taking a tour with us. We love helping all our guests "Live Adventurously."

Our Cabin: The First Step in Your Adventure

Monday, December 23, 2013


After arriving at Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, the first step of your adventure is getting situated at our toasty cabin in Routt National Forest. The small building is one of a limited number of buildings allowed on Routt National Forest land, and it exists through a grandfather provision. Because it was built without toilet facilities, portable toilets have been placed shortly outside the cabin for our guests and staff.


Once inside the cabin, you'll check in, fill out a waiver form, meet with your guide and get fitted for a helmet, which is required by the Department of Transportation. You may leave anything that you don't care to take on the tour inside the cabin. There are no lockers, so we discourage you from leaving any valuables. However, the cabin is always manned by members of our staff.


Inside the cabin, you can also take advantage of several complimentary items for use during your tour including:


  1. - Full body suits
  2. - Boots
  3. - Hats
  4. - Goggles
  5. - Handwarmers


You may also help yourself to complimentary hot chocolate, cider and tea before and after your tour.


There are granola bars, candy bars and other snacks available for purchase, in addition to Steamboat Snowmobile Tours baseball caps and kids T-shirts. You may also purchase a face mask. Many of our guests have recommended a face mask to protect from blowing snow and wind while snowmobiling.


If you have any questions about what to wear or how to otherwise prepare for your tour, please take a look at Advice for First-Time Riders or call us at 970-879-6500.


We can't wait to see you!



Holiday Happenings in Steamboat

Sunday, December 22, 2013
One of the many great things about choosing Steamboat for your snowmobiling adventure is the charm of our small town. Particularly around the holidays, Steamboat can't be beat for getting you into the festive spirit. If you're in Steamboat today, consider coming to Steamboat Mountain Village for Season's Greetings, which takes place from 2-5 p.m. There will be a kids' cookie decorating contest, live reindeer and carol singing. On top of that, you can see Santa ride down the mountain on horseback on his way to light the tree in Gondola Square.  If shopping is more your thing, the Steamboat Grand is hosting the Local Products Market, a Community Agriculture Alliance-sponsored gathering of merchants selling locally sourced products - including food, handmade crafts, soap and jewelry. Come to the Grand from 3-6 p.m. for all your last-minute gift shopping needs. Santa and his reindeer will also be there to take pictures with the kids.

We can't wait to share Steamboat's holiday spirit with you!

The Steamboat Powder Experience

Friday, December 20, 2013

Snowmobiling in Northwest Colorado's Routt National Forest gives you a powder experience unique to this part of North America. Powder is defined as freshly fallen, uncompacted snow, and the powder in our area is prized for its low moisture content (about 6 percent, compared with 10 percent for most other mountains). Our powder is so dry due to the way winter storms make their way to the Steamboat Springs area from the Pacific Northwest. Clouds of supercooled water blow in from the ocean and travel about 1,200 miles east through Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. The supercooled water remains a liquid despite being colder than the freezing point. The clouds encounter cold temperatures in the lower troposphere – about 2,000 to 2,500 miles above the Earth. At these elevations, the wet clouds see their moisture attach to dust, creating large snowflakes known as stellar dendrites. When the clouds run into the Park Range encompassing the Steamboat area, they are forced above the mountains and cool. The clouds lose their moisture, sending us dry stellar dendrites that characterize our amazing powder. 


For snowmobilers, the powder will blow around you in a glittering, snowglobe-like wonderland as you and your guide sled through Routt National Forest. Snowmobiling allows us to take you to places you could not otherwise reach during the winter, to see sights that few people get to enjoy, all while having a powder experience available nowhere else. Come join us and see for yourself what makes the Steamboat Snowmobiling Tours adventure so unique.


Rabbit Ears Peak

Friday, December 13, 2013


One of the amazing sights you’ll see on your Steamboat Snowmobile Tours adventure is a one-of-a-kind view of Rabbit Ears Peak. The peak features twin volcanic outcrops that were formed by layers of extruded volcanic rock that rose to the earth's surface between 33 and 23 million years ago, and were eroded to form the two “rabbit ears.” Each rabbit ear is about 100 feet fall, and climbing them is allowed but dangerous due to crumbling volcanic rock. An old rope greets those who attempt to climb the higher, non-split ear, and a metal marker reading “10,654 feet” awaits those who reach the top. Rabbit Ears Peak is visible from the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass when the skies are clear, and the peak was used as a landmark by Native Americans, trappers, mountain men and early frontier settlers. Today, the Rabbit Ears are a welcoming greeting that lets travelers know that they are getting closer to beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado.



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.



Revving Up for the Season

Friday, December 06, 2013


This week Steamboat Snowmobile Tours mingled with other Yampa Valley businesses at the Steamboat Springs Winter Activity Expo. We made new connections and touted our TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, as well as the profiles of our amazing guides in Steamboat Living.


Our team also had the opportunity to gather for dinner and camaraderie. The focus of the evening was customer service and discussing the best ways each of us can serve you and help deliver the adventure of a lifetime. 


If you’re new to Steamboat Snowmobile tours, I encourage you to take a look at our TripAdvisor reviews to get your heart racing. If you’re a friend already, please come see us again. We've been getting dumped on all week, and the snow is waiting for you!



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