Snowmobiling is a high-adventure, high-adrenaline sport that is the most fun in the deep powder, backcountry spaces that Summit County has to offer. On a snowmobile, you can travel far into the backcountry and see views unlike any other in the county. Unfortunately, snowmobiles can be very difficult to travel with. Whether you are a first-timer at this sport, or an experienced snowmobiler, you may want to consider a guided tour. There are many outfitters throughout Summit County that offer tours that are ideal for families, newbies, and experts. Check out some of these outfitters and plan a tour for your vacation.
offers guided tours in Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Vail, and Beaver Creek. They have three levels of guided tours ranging from family oriented, to high adventure for the experienced rider. Children ages four and up can ride with an adult on the tour. Teenagers 15 and up, with a learners permit, can drive their own snowmobile. You can also rent your own snowmobile and head out onto the Vail Pass trail system for a day at your own pace.
operates out of Keystone, Breckenridge, and Vail. They offer a two-hour tour that is ideal for families. Younger riders can accompany adults on this tour. A longer, high-adventure tour is also available for single riders. This tour has the option of a three-hour tour for a half day, or a six-hour tour for a whole day. A hot lunch is included in the full-day tour. There is even a youth lap track, where kids over the age of four and under 80 pounds can try out driving their own kid-sized snowmobile.
Good Times Adventures
Good Times Adventures
offers two-hour tours that will take you to the top of the Continental Divide. First, you will have the opportunity to get comfortable with your snowmobile in an open meadow. Then, the tour continues up Georgia Pass, where the summit offers unbelievable views. After your tour you can enjoy hot cocoa by the fire in a cozy lodge.
Keep in Mind
It can become very cold and wet when you are snowmobiling. Be sure you have the appropriate clothing so that you can have fun on your adventure. Some outfitters have snowsuits and boots available to rent or complimentary with the tour. Ask ahead of time to find out if you will need additional clothing. The sun is also intense. Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, even if your face will be mostly covered with a helmet and goggles.
If you are a family group, in most cases, kids under 14 will have to ride as a passenger, while kids between 15-18 cannot carry riders while driving their snowmobile. Make sure you have the right driver to rider ratio, or inquire about special accommodations. In some cases, a passenger may be able to ride with a guide.
These tours book quickly, so if you want to included snowmobiling in your vacation be sure to plan ahead. Many outfitters offer online booking, but it can also be helpful to call and talk with the outfitter to make sure you have all of the correct information. Snowmobiling will give you an entirely new perspective on Summit County. Don’t miss this exhilarating sport.
Photo by Leisa Gibson courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Renting out your Breckenridge vacation property can be an excellent way to own a vacation home while supplementing some of the costs. However, vacation homes are a huge investment and, if it is done without much forethought, you could encounter some major headaches along the way. Take time to do your research and ask yourself important questions about your goals. Then, you will be able choose the best vacation rental investment property for your needs.
Know The Laws
The local Summit County communities are beginning to enforce strict vacation rental regulations. Take time to research what laws are in place and how many days homes in certain areas can be rented for. While communities may allow vacation rentals, they may have specific guidelines and restrictions. In addition, homes in covenant neighborhoods may have other rules and regulations you will need to follow. Make sure your goals for your vacation home line up with any regulations that may be in place.
Taxes can become very complicated with vacation rentals. To be considered an income property you cannot vacation in your home for more than 14 days, or to be considered a short-term rental you cannot rent your home for more than 14 days. There are different tax advantages to each approach. You should consult a tax professional to discuss your plans and make sure that a rental property is the right investment for you. You should also look into property taxes. Knowing how much you will need to pay in property taxes will help you estimate how much you will need to earn in rent to recover these costs.
Do You Enjoy It?
Would you like to vacation in this home? If you are likely to use the home for yourself, will you enjoy spending time in it, doing repairs, and being part of the community? If you love it, it is likely that renters will too. You may want to consider other factors including available amenities, location, and peak- and off-peak seasons. Peak-season rates can often compensate for slow seasons. Research how long each season is and whether or not you can command high enough rates to bring in enough income to meet your goals.
Maintenance is a big part of owning any home. It becomes even more challenging when you live far away from your home. Local short-term regulations require that someone be able to be onsite within a short period of time, should emergencies arise. It is important to plan for how much you will need to spend on maintenance and upkeep. Will you hire a professional property management company to look after your home? Do you intend to do repairs on your own? What will travel cost you? Do you have connections to local contractors for major repairs? You will need to respond quickly to maintenance needs if you have renters in the home. Otherwise, they will have a bad experience and share that experience with other potential renters. Before you purchase your home make sure you know how you plan to cover maintenance costs and that you have the resources to ensure the maintenance gets done.
A Fun Investment
Owning a vacation rental home can be a very fun investment. Bringing joy to travelers is rewarding, earning extra income is helpful, and having your very own vacation spot is ideal. Before you make your purchase, know the rules and regulations, and the anticipated costs. Then you will be able to determine whether or not a particular vacation rental home will meet your investment and/or your personal needs.