When riding snowmobiles in the mountains of Crested Butte you will need to prepare for changing weather conditions. This can be more extreme during the winter months at the higher elevations of Crested Butte and Kebler Pass. It may be sunny and mild when you start out, but you could experience snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures before the day is out. The Bureau of Land Management has put together a guide to snowmobiling which includes an extensive list of items to consider before you hit the snowmobile trails. In addition, here is our suggested list of what to bring for your Crested Butte snowmobile ride:

Sunglasses or Googles

Sunglasses and goggles or some sort of eye protection. Goggles and maps are available for purchase at rental locations or you can pre-order when making a reservation.

Warm, Windproof, Waterproof Gear

Warm, windproof and waterproof gear that is also breathable. Be prepared for wind and blowing snow.


Wear layers, including items such as Capilene and fleece, and bring extra clothing. The Weather Channel provides some really great tips on how to dress and layer up for winter weather.


The UV rays are much more intense at higher elevations and the reflection from the snow makes the UV rays even stronger.


Have plenty of water with you and bring some extra food. Be prepared in case you get stuck out there or lose your way.

First Aid

A first aid kit is essential as you may be far from any type of medical care if you were to have an accident.

Driver’s License

We’ll need your driver’s license for our rentals.

Avalanche Gear

Avalanche kits are recommended when riding avalanche terrain. When properly used, these kits can dramatically increase your chances of survival if you are caught in an avalanche. The basic components of an avalanche kit include a beacon, probe and shovel, and are usually carried in a backpack. Visit the Crested Butte Avalanche Center for updates on the most recent conditions and information related to avalanche dangers in our area.

Driver’s License

We’ll need your driver’s license for our rentals.


Bring your helmet if you have one – otherwise, we provide them with all of our rentals.