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Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day! As you plan time with your special Valentine and friends, remember that short adventures - like our Steamboat Snowmobile Tours - can give you a long-lasting boost. University of Alabama researchers found that just the planning involved in setting up a break provides a sustained "mental perk" as you anticipate the fun you'll have. That's in addition to the freedom, adventure and the lifelong memories you enjoy - particularly when you go snowmobiling with us! Give us a call or book your tour online - Steamboat Snowmobile Tours is located only 60 miles from Vail, and when you arrive in Steamboat, we'll pick you up and drive you to our Rabbit Ears Pass base on the Continental Divide. Start getting excited for an adventure of a lifetime!

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!

SST Helps with Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition Commercial

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jeep chose the home base of Steamboat Snowmobile Tours to show off the capabilities of its new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition. When Jeep and its film crew visited SST in December, our staff helped clear out areas of the Routt National Forest for the Wrangler to traverse. We commend Jeep for choosing our home, one of the most consistently snowy areas in North America, to test the Polar Edition. Check out the commercial above for a quick view of SST country.

Steamboat's 40th Annual Cowboy Downhill

Sunday, January 19, 2014


         Photo courtesy of Steamboat.com

Beyond the serene wilderness we enjoy, our Western culture is another unique characteristic of the Steamboat area. If you're in town this evening, check out the Cowboy Up Party and Balloon Glow at Steamboat Mountain Village. At 5 p.m., six hot air balloons will light up the Steamboat sky from the ski base area. You can take a close look at the beautiful, colorful balloons, or hop on one to be transported to mountain dining. At 6 p.m., ProRodeo cowboys will gather at Bear River Bar & Grill at the ski area base for the Cowboy Up Party and music by Georgia-based folk band Banks & Shane. The cowboys will be "cowboying up" for tomorrow's 40th annual Cowboy Downhill at Steamboat's ski area. On Jan. 20 at 1 p.m., more than 100 ProRodeo cowboys will compete in slalom events and a "stampede" while duded up in their cowboy hats, chaps and full regalia. Olympic champion and Steamboat Director of Skiing Billy Kidd and six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy Larry Mahan came up with the competition 40 years ago, and it remains a signature Steamboat event. Following the Cowboy Downhill stampede, Waylon Jennings' son Shooter will play country and Southern rock at the base area. Steamboat's Western roots provide lots of activities to fill your time around snowmobiling - come join us!


Our Guides featured in Steamboat Living

Saturday, January 04, 2014
Photo courtesy of Steamboat Living
Check out the Winter 2014 issue of Steamboat Living for a great profile of our guides Andrew Crockett, John Hernandez, Reese Morter and Glen Hammond. We have the best guides available and are so proud of all of them.

The issue also contains lots of information on dining and other services in Steamboat - along with the latest Best of the Boat winners, which garnered the most votes from community members for providing the best products or services. You can find copies of the magazine at street stands, restaurants and gas stations all over Steamboat, or look at the digital version by clicking on the image below. Happy reading!

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.

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
There is nothing we enjoy more than showing our guests the exquisite beauty of the Steamboat area and helping them create lifelong memories with their dearest friends and family. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of those cherished moments. 
Happy Holidays from Steamboat Snowmobile Tours!

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!



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.



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