Wondering which ski resorts like Vail offer snowmobiling in Colorado? You’re not alone. Plenty of skiers and snowboarders from around the country are adding snowmobiling excursions to the traditional ski vacation. Others are simply looking to Colorado’s plentiful resorts as great resources for getting them on a sled expertly and conveniently.
Most larger ski resorts in Colorado either run their own snowmobile programs or contract with a top local snowmobile outfitter to offer the services that are out of their downhill skiing wheelhouse. Either way, a majority of ski areas offer the convenience of booking a snowmobile trip right through central reservations or an activities desk.
While some snowmobile sprees leave right from the resort, others include door-to-door shuttles to surrounding national forests, where you can access pristine backcountry powder more quickly.
For example, Keystone in centrally located Summit County, Colorado, offers off-site snowmobiling right through the resort. Transportation is included in two- and three-hour day trips to high-country back bowls that sit at a lofty 11,000+ feet.
Telluride, in southwest Colorado, offers adventurous backcountry snowmobile trips via resort concierge as well. Half- and full-day sessions for both families and advanced riders go to groomed and ungroomed alpine terrain, from wild valleys to climbs in the jaw-dropping San Juan Mountains. Some of Telluride’s snowmobile excursions drive through ghost towns; others roll up to another hidden gem, Dunton Hot Springs.
In a very powdery pocket of northwest Colorado, Steamboat will set you up with a snowmobiling tour on Routt National Forest’s famous Rabbit Ears Pass. The resort’s exclusive dinner tour will pick you up right at your hotel and transport you to the trailhead for a moonlit journey over Rocky Mountain snowfields along the Continental Divide. Dinner is served in Steamboat’s own mountain cabin.
An easy and very family friendly snowmobile outing is the perfect combo activity for a weekend of skiing at down-to-earth Sunlight Mountain Resort, near Glenwood Springs, on the way to Aspen. The 2.5-hour snowmobile adventure trips are known for 360-degree views of Mount Sopris, the West Elk Mountains and the Flattops Wilderness, plus a massive meadow where you can really cut loose on the sled.
Leave it to the mighty means and minds at Vail to come up with a totally unique snowmobiling experience for kids only. The world-famous ski area let’s kids cruise around on specially made mini snowmobiles. Children age 6 to12 years who are at least 42 inches tall and under 100 pounds can test out their snowmobile handing skills at the on-mountain “Blizzard Speedway” at Adventure Ridge.
And we haven’t even scratched the surface of resort-organized snowmobile offerings around the state. Our advice? Pick your favorite destination in Colorado, call the closest ski area and see what kind of snowmobile adventure they can help you dream up.