When I was writing my article on snowmobiling, it reminded me of my first time I had ever been out on a snowmobile.
My husband and I had just bought a snowmobile. and we headed up Mount Taylor, just north of Grants, on New Year's Day January 2011.
We were the first ones up the mountain that day, and everything was so white, clean and beautiful. The trees sparkled with a glaze of ice and snow and the ground had no imperfections, just a winter wonderland at its finest. Every corner was a new adventure, and the fact that we were somewhere that a truck or car couldn't get to made it that much more special.
Something I will always take away from snowmobiling is the fact that you can get up to places before anyone else gets there, see views that you can't see any other time of the year and go places that you'd need a lot of equipment to get to during the summer months.
That being said, we didn't have avalanche dangers to worry about there like we do here in the San Juan Mountains. It is pretty scary and something every backcountry adventurer needs to keep in mind when exploring during the winter months! Preparation is key, especially if you are riding in unfamiliar territory.
One big general rule of snowmobiling is never go out alone and always let people know where you are going and when you plan on returning. When going in the backcountry it is also important to bring with you a first aid kit, a small repair kit and some survival essentials like enough food to survive one night.
We did go out snowmobiling near Molas Pass when I went out to write the article and you just can't beat those gorgeous Colorado snowy mountain views! We picked a rough weekend to go because there was about a foot of fresh snow on the trails and we got stuck several times along with everyone else out that day! We need to go try again when the trails are packed!
For the most up to date avalanche information visit http://avalanche.state.co.us.