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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.




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