It’s early October, and in Denver, Colorado, that means it’s snowmobile show season! More specifically, the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo is taking over the National Western Complex Oct. 7-8 on Denver’s north loop.
This year the show will be bigger than ever, with more than 20 percent more total floor space inside featuring a wide variety of snowmobile-related products that are sure to get riding enthusiasts excited for the coming season.
Inside the hall will be more than 70 exhibits, including big factory displays with 2018 snowmobiles from Arctic Cat, Polaris and Ski-Doo; multiple dealers offering great deals on riding gear and accessories; and performance shops showcasing everything from turbo and nitrous kits to big bores, lightweight components and other equipment that will enable you to ride deeper into the backcountry.
There will also be many displays showcasing multiple trailering options, riding destinations, snowmobile clubs, avalanche safety gear, track makers, snow bikes, skis and many other products that can make riding easier, more fun and more successful.
As always, the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo is a partnership between Snow Goer magazine and the Colorado Snowmobile Association (CSA), which organizes two of the additional draws to the show: The educational seminars and the Saturday swap meet.
The seminar list is below, and as you’ll see it features a who’s-who of mountain riding expertise. The huge outdoor swap meet is its own special draw, with hundreds of used items being sold from consumer-to-consumer.
Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information and tickets are available at www.cosnowmobileexpo.com.
9:30 a.m. — Avalanche Awareness with Tyler’s Backcounty Awareness — Brian Lundstedt discusses terrain and group management skills and how it relates to avalanche awareness and incident prevention.
10:45 a.m. — Sled Performance with Erik Woog of VOHK Performance — Mechanical wizard and powersports guru Erik Woog discusses the essentials of sled performance.
12:45 p.m. Riding Clinic with Chris Burandt — Get riding tips, tricks and stories from Polaris Terrain Dominator, Chris Burandt.
2 p.m. — Ride Seminar with Bret Rasmussen — Backcountry ride technique with Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert Bret “The Professor” Rasmussen.
3:15 p.m. — Snow Bike Panel Discussion — A panel discussion and Q&A on Snow Bikes, including purchasing, upgrading, installing and riding. Panel includes Dan Adams, Toby Till, a Timbersled rep and more!
5 p.m. — Spring Fling with Brandon “TuDizzle” Cox — A discussion on Spring Fling ride and fundraiser.
10:45 a.m. — Snowmobile Access for Skiers & Snowboarders by Jon Miller of Backcountry United — Miller discusses the skills, tips and techniques to get the most out of using a sled to access better terrain for snowboarding and skiing.
12:45 p.m. — Women’s Riding Clinic with Matt Entz and Kim Onasch — Onasch and Entz (Boondockers and Mountain Skillz) offer an informative session on women’s riding techniques.
2 p.m. — Better Photography with Steven Marlenee of Marlenee Photography — Learn how to take better photos, what gear to carry, how to carry it and how to edit your photos for social media use.
3:15 p.m. — The Mountain Riding Experience with Matt Entz of Mountain Skillz — Matt Entz (Boondockers and Mountain Skillz) discuss the complete mountain riding experience, including preparation and riding techniques.
4:30 p.m. — Radios/Comms With Mike “Mule” Langhenry — Reviewing proper communication and radio techniques for use in the backcountry.
5:45 p.m. — Suspension Service & Tuning With Z Broz Ryan Zollinger — Z-Broz Suspension, founded by the famous Zollinger Brothers, teaches how get the most out of your suspension and how to properly tune.
ALSO IN THE MAIN ROOM SATURDAY
12 to 12:30 p.m. — Celebrity Autograph Session — Come meet your favorite stars and pick up an autographed poster from a great lineup including Dan Adams, Chris Burandt, David McClure, Matt Entz, Kim Onasch, and more!
9:15 a.m. — Avalanche Rescue Skills with Mike Duffy — A new class this year with an emphasis on avalanche transceivers and rescue techniques. Students should bring their transceiver, shovel, probe and pack. $40 Fee. See www.avalanche1.com or text 970-390-9433 to sign up
9:30 a.m. — CSA Quarterly Meeting — The Colorado Snowmobile Association (CSA) holds its quarterly meeting and covers a variety of topics. This meeting is open to the public, both members and non-members alike.