If you’re ready to see Snowmass like you never have before–complete with a punch of adrenaline—join up with a backcountry snowmobile tour. This is one of the best ways to visit areas off the beaten path, and it’s a surefire way to add a fun twist to your winter vacation.
T-Lazy-7, 3129 Maroon Creek Road, Aspen. (970)925-4614. T-Lazy-7 is by far the most popular snowmobile tour company in Aspen. T-Lazy-7 has two tours that both visitors and locals happen to love. When you join the Klondike Lunch Tour, you’ll ride your machine on snow-packed trails through White River National forest until you reach your destination: a rustic Klondike cabin with views of the 14,000-foot Pyramid Peak. Lunch is included on this tour, and it’s not your run of the mill meal: you’ll be treated to an all-you-can eat cheeseburger feast, with beef from grass-fed cows. The wide snowmobile paths and the bottomless cheeseburger lunch make this tour perfect for families and large groups.
For those craving even more majestic beauty, the most popular T-Lazy-7 outing is the Maroon Bells Tour. You’ll arrive at T-Lazy-7, take a few practice runs on your machine, and follow your guide out the base of the Maroon Bells mountains. From there, you’ll be free to tour the miles of winter snow machine trails around Maroon Lake, through the aspen groves, and along the meadows.
Blazing Adventures, 48 Upper Village Mall, Snowmass. (970) 923-4544. For a more personalized snowmobile tour, your best bet is to call Blazing Adventures in Snowmass. The company has over 40 years of experience putting together tours and trips for guests, and that includes customized snowmobile tours. When you work with Blazing Adventures, an experienced guide will help arrange your perfect snowmobile adventure, and he’ll accompany your group along for the ride. Even better? Blazing Adventures can arrange for photographers to snap pictures of you at different points throughout your tour. That way, you concentrate on having fun, and they’ll take care of preserving the memories.
Western Adventures, 555 Allen Way, Woody Creek. (970) 923-3337. Just minutes outside of Snowmass in the small town of Woody Creek, you’ll find Western Adventures—the go-to company for snowmobile rentals. Because Western Adventures will rent you the snow machine without a set tour, this is the perfect opportunity for experienced riders who prefer solo sightseeing. Western Adventures also offers customized snowmobile tours and group tours up to Larkspur and the Coby Park. You’ll even be able to go up 12,000 feet on your snowmobile and see the breathtaking views of the Roaring Fork Valley and the ski areas.
Even if you’ve never been on a snowmobile before, all of the Aspen and Snowmass tour operators will help you learn just how easy it is to ride. Just remember to leave your X-Games aspirations at home: snowmobiles are safe so long as they’re ridden slowly. Children under 3 aren’t permitted to ride on snowmobiles, so consider leaving the littlest ones at the Tree House childcare center in Snowmass. They’ll have a blast, and so will you!