COLORADO SNOWMOBILE TOURS START AT ONLY $200
ABOUT OUR SCENIC & VALLEY SNOWMOBILE TOURS
**MUST HAVE A VALID LEARNER’S PERMIT OR DRIVER’S LICENSE TO DRIVE A SNOWMOBILE**
We are taking snowmobile tour reservations now for dates starting December 15th through April 15th. If we do not have enough snow to operate tours, we will give you a full refund.
Snowmobile enthusiasts of all types will enjoy this professionally guided tour. It departs from our Heeney Outpost near Silverthorne, Colorado OR from our Birdseye Outpost south of Copper Mountain.
We have pickup locations for your party in both Breckenridge and Keystone for your convenience, or we can pick you up from many of the resorts in Summit County.
If you want to add snow tubing please select the Heeney Outpost.
While it’s best suited for those lacking experience with snowmobiling or families with children, anyone can enjoy the breathtaking views and good times tooling around on the trails or playing on our oval track in the meadow. We also offer a 1,000 foot tubing hill as an option at our Heeney Outpost where everyone can let out their inner child! (See our Scenic + Tubing Tour!)
**You must call prior to your tour day to schedule transportation. (Transportation currently NOT available.)**
WHAT TO EXPECT
Depending on weather, some of the nearby sights include: Rocky Mountain National Park, the Continental Divide, and several of the tallest peaks in the Rocky Mountains. Bring a camera and let your guide know if you’re the type who is into taking advantage of all the photo opportunities. They will be happy to show you all the best places to take photos that your friends will envy! Along the way, we’ll stop off at our “cocoa” cabin to warm up with complimentary hot beverages while you’re surrounded by Eagle’s Nest Wilderness.
9:00 AM • 12:00 PM • 3:00 PM
CHRISTMAS SEASON DEPARTURE TIMES:
9:00 AM • 11:00 AM • 1:30 PM • 3:30 PM
Approximately 2 Hours
• All guests must arrive wearing clothing that is appropriate for this cold weather, outdoor activity!
• DOT-approved helmets WILL be provided (required).
• Equipment Rentals: Snowsuits $25, Boots $15 on a first come first served basis.
• We will have goggles for rent AND gloves for sale on a limited basis at each outpost.
BEGINNER TOUR LOCATIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS
The Valley Snowmobile Tour at Birdseye could be the best choice for you if you want a slow paced tour that stays down in the valley.
It starts with instruction on how to operate the snowmobile and takes you directly to a practice track where you can learn how your snowmobile handles.
After the practice track, you head down the trail that goes through the forest and parallels the headwaters of the Arkansas river. On a clear day, you can see the three tallest mountains in the Rockies!
Make sure you ask your guide to stop at the Cocoa Hut to enjoy some free hot chocolate and let the kids ride the kiddie snowmobiles.
You can also request to your guide that you would like to stay on the flattest trails we have so that your guide will know to guide you on trails with very little up and down.
Please know that you control the speed of your snowmobile, if you have any concerns you may stop your snowmobile and your guide will happily come to help you.
The Scenic Snowmobile Tour at Heeney is a slow paced tour that goes up the mountain, rewarding you with expansive views that you only get with an elevated overlook.
On a clear day, you can see over 40 miles and look over the top of the Continental Divide at Rocky Mountain National Park and north to Rabbit Ears Pass. If it’s really clear, you can see mountains over 70 miles away.
First you will receive instruction on how to operate the snowmobile at the beginning of the tour. Next you will head out onto the the trail that gently takes you up the mountain.
During your tour your guide will stop you at great places to take pictures and at the Cocoa Cabin so you can warm up sipping hot chocolate while overlooking the Eagles Nest Wilderness.
Also let your guide know if you want to open up the throttle on the 3/4 mile long track. You can also let your kids ride the kiddie snowmobiles at this stop.
AN OVERVIEW OF YOUR COLORADO GUIDED SNOWMOBILE TOUR
ARRIVALS / CHECK-IN / GEARING UP
High Country Tours requires that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled tour so that you can fill out the appropriate paperwork and get geared up. (Arriving 45 minutes prior to your tour time during Christmas season is great!)
Transportation to the tour site is available from some area resorts. You must call prior to your tour day to schedule a pickup 45 to 90 minutes before your tour time. (Transportation currently NOT available.)
HCT provides complimentary DOT-rated helmets to all of our riders, but you should have your own snowsuits/winter coat & pants and boots! Sorry, we do not provide children’s snowsuits and boots.
You will need to wear our helmets, however, as most ski helmets do not meet the DOT-rated requirement. Child-sized helmets are provided!
We’re glad to help you choose and fit into appropriate riding gear. Heeney Outpost also provides indoor bathrooms.
MEET YOUR GUIDE
Once you’re all geared up, you’ll be assigned a guide. Your experienced guide will demonstrate how to operate the snowmobiles, answer any questions you may have on how to operate the machines, and educate you on proper trail etiquette.
START THE TOUR
Once everyone is ready, you will all leave the parking lot together and your guide will check to make sure that everyone is coming along.
We want everyone to feel comfortable with the pace of the tour and ensure that you are well within your own comfort zone.
If you have a question or concern at any time, you can stop on the trail and your guide will come back to check on you.
It’s your responsibility to operate the vehicle safely and you should never go through terrain, over obstacles, or travel faster than you feel comfortable with.
ALONG THE TRAIL
Talk to your guide and let them know what kind of tour you’d like!
If you want to spend more time at viewpoints, your guide will direct you to spots that will afford dramatic views and photo opportunities of mountain peaks and the surrounding landscape features.
If you’d prefer to spend more time on the trails, our experienced guides know all the best places.
FINISHING YOUR TOUR
When you arrive back at our parking lot, you’ll check in the gear and the snowmobile you were assigned.
Be sure to show your appreciation for the service your guide provided by offering the customary gratuity.
Afterwards, feel free to hang out and share your experience with others or watch as new arrivals begin their own adventure!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DAMAGE A SNOWMOBILE?
You are responsible for repairs of any collision damages that you may have caused. The good news is that High Country Tours offers our “Snowmobile Repair Fund.”
By contributing the snowmobile repair fund fee (per driver) to this fund before your tour, you will be responsible for the first $1500 to repair the damage to the driver’s snowmobile that the driver has caused.
The repair of the driver’s snowmobile over $1500 will come out of the repair fund.
We recommend you talk to your insurance provider prior to your tour to make sure you have adequate coverage for this activity.
Considering that some of our machines cost over $16,000, this could be a very wise choice.
WHAT TO BRING
• Proper winter clothing and gear
• Snow gloves (MUST bring your own)
• Goggles (we have goggle rentals for $10)
• Digital camera or recording device
• Drivers Need Photo ID for check-in
• Minors under 18 must have a waiver filled out by their legal guardian
WHAT NOT TO BRING
• Alcohol or drugs of any kind
• Unhappy faces or bad attitudes-come ready to have a good time!
• If any of our employees suspect or witness you using drugs or alcohol you will not be allowed to participate, but you will still be responsible to pay for you reserved slot. (EG: If you walk in with bloodshot eyes and smell like marijuana you will not be allowed to ride.)
WHO CAN RIDE/DRIVE?
In order to drive a full-sized snowmobile, the driver must have a valid driving learner’s permit or driver’s license.
Only adults 18 or over with a valid driver’s license can carry passengers. We have snowmobiles that can carry a driver plus one or two passengers.
Small children must be able to ride behind the driver and hold on by themselves for the duration of the tour. They cannot sit in front of the driver. (No infants.)
Up to two larger children can ride behind if they are able to hold on for the duration of the tour on our three-seater snowmobiles.
It is highly recommended that pregnant women not participate.
Kids under 70 pounds can ride our kiddie snowmobiles in a specially designated area. No age limit! If they can operate it by themselves, they’re good to go.
**All or part of this operation is conducted under Special Use Permit issued by the Bureau of Land Management**