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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's 101st Winter Carnival Kicks Off Tonight at Howelsen Hill

Wednesday, February 05, 2014
If you're in Steamboat tonight, you'll be around for the opening ceremonies of Steamboat Springs' 101st annual Winter Carnival. Events kick off with the crowning of the Winter Carnival Queen and her court at 5:30 p.m. at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill Lodge, located downtown off of 5th Street. Afterward on Howelsen Hill from 6-8 p.m., you can watch locals ski jump at the Speed and Night Flight Ski Jumping Event. Howelsen Hill, which opened in 1915, is known as the oldest continuously operating ski area in Colorado and has the largest and most complete natural ski-jumping complex in North America. It is also credited with helping produce more than 70 Olympians in both Nordic and Alpine events. As we run up to Sochi, where women will compete in ski jumping for the first time, come get a taste of Steamboat's Olympic heritage. The Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce has additional Winter Carnival details on its website.


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!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
If you're in Steamboat tonight, consider checking out the Torchlight Parade at Steamboat Mountain Village at 5 p.m. You'll see instructors from the Ski & Snowboard School carrying red torches as they parade down the slopes in formation. Following the parade, stick around for a fireworks show over Mt. Werner. Meet at the ski area base for these free and family-friendly events that you can only find in Steamboat.

However you choose to celebrate tonight, we wish you a wonderful New Year's!

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.



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