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Snowmobiling in Colorado FAQs

Why should I choose Ice Pirates?

The short answer is our commitment to providing you with the best snowmobile experience in Southwestern Colorado. We have an unparallelled dedication to your safety and enjoyment. When you call, we talk to you and answer all your questions. Making sure your snowmobile adventure is an awesome experience is as important to us as it is to you.

When do you offer tours?

Ice Pirates operates seven days a week (having our outpost 10,800 ft. has its advantages). We receive over 300 inches of snow a year on average, a great snow pack for snowmobile tours.

Is snowmobiling safe?

Snowmobiling is an outdoor adventure sport with an element of inherent risk, and it is possible to be injured. Is it dangerous? No, but no reputable outfitter should tell you it is absolutely safe. The uncontrolled and sometimes unpredictable elements of the backcountry are part of the thrill. The terrain variability is a factor, but, statistically, you are more likely to be injured playing basketball. An experienced outfitter familiar with the varying conditions likely to be encountered can greatly minimize risks. The use of alcohol or illegal drugs before or during a trip is both illegal and forbidden. Anyone under the influence will be removed from a trip without refund.

What should we bring?

Wear your ski and snowboard clothing or winter weather clothing to keep you warm. We recommend sturdy shoes (boots), gloves, eye protection, and warm layers. If you don't have your own, we have a limited amount of snow pants, jackets, boots and gloves, free on a first come-first serve basis. Ice Pirates provides complimentary helmets and goggles. Ice Pirates encourages you to bring your own water and snacks on the trail. Sun screen is recommended.

Who can go snowmobiling?

Riding with Ice Pirates is easy and it does not require previous experience. The weight limit per snowmobile is 400 lbs. If you arrive at our location with a double sled booked and you exceed the weight limit then you will be automatically switched and charged for two single sleds. To operate your own snowmobile you must be sixteen with a valid drivers license; you must be eighteen to be a driver with a passenger. Ice Pirates requires all riders to be at least 4 years old. Otherwise, those who are young at heart are welcome!

What about medical conditions?

Use your common sense or that of your physician. Snowmobiling is not recommended for persons with serious medical conditions exacerbated by altitude changes. Pregnant women are not allowed to go snowmobiling. We are able to accommodate most differently abled people. If you have specific concerns please let us know and our office staff will be glad to help you determine a suitable trip. Failure to disclose serious conditions on your release waiver and to a staff member can result in injury or death. Bring any required medications with you and your guide will safely store them for you during your trip if you cannot.

How do I make a reservation?

Please call us at (970) 247-3706 to speak with one of our team members for a reservation! Reservations are required. We accept all credit cards.

How do I make a reservation for a DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD package?

Please call 1-888-TRAIN-07 to schedule a train ride and snowmobile tour package with D&SNGR's reservationists.

What if it snows?

We hope it snows!  Ice Pirates will determine the safety of all tours and reserves the right to alter them based on weather and terrain conditions. The Colorado Department of Transportation keeps an updated website for all Colorado road travel and weather conditions, www.cotrip.org. You are responsible for your transportation.

What is your cancellation policy?

A great deal of preparation accompanies your reservation requiring the following cancellation policy: Your 50% deposit is nonrefundable. Reservations canceled less than 3 days before departure are not subject to refund. Reservations cancelled the day of the tour are charged 100%. All trips depart as scheduled unless Ice Pirates notifies you. 

Is tipping expected?

Tips are accepted and appreciated. The difference between a good snowmobiling trip and a great snowmobiling trip frequently is the guide. If you are inclined to tip a good reference is how you would tip in a restaurant.

Do you sell gift certificates?

Yes, you can purchase a gift certificate all year through our office.

Do you hold a permit?

Ice Pirates Backcountry Adventures holds a permit with the Gunnison Field Office of the BLM and with the Town of Silverton, CO.