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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!



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.



A Few Tips for Staying Warm

Saturday, December 07, 2013

We want you to have the best possible time while you’re snowmobiling, and part of that is making sure you remain warm and comfortable. You probably know all about wearing layers to retain warmth and the fact that you can lose as much as 40 percent of body heat through your exposed head. Here’s a few other tips to make sure you remain primed for fun:

 

1) Eat a calorie-rich meal before you snowmobile. This will make sure your metabolism is digesting food at a time when you most need your internal furnace stoked and burning.

 

2) Drink a cold, caffeinated drink.  The cold and the caffeine will increase your heart rate, which speeds up the flow of warm blood throughout your body – heating you up from the inside out.  


3) Sprinkle absorbent powder on the areas where you sweat – feet, armpits, groin, etc. Wearing layer upon layer often leads to sweat, and using powder to soak up sweat and keep your skin dry will help keep you warm.



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