It may be mid-summer, but already plans are coming together to make the 31st annual Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo in Denver the best Colorado snow show ever.
The event, scheduled for Oct. 8-9 at the National Western Complex in Denver, brings together thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts every fall, who come to see the new sleds, shop for new gear, wander through the swap meet, attend interesting seminars and much more.
For the 2016 show, Polaris has signed up as a vendor for the first time in the show’s long history, giving the event corporate displays from three snowmobile manufacturers: Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo and Polaris. All of the new mountain snowmobiles from those brands – including the new Summit 850 models, Pro-RMKs and M sleds – will be on display, as well as the Timbersled snow bike conversion kits at the Polaris booth and maybe – hopefully – the new Arctic Cat SVX 450 snow bike.
In addition, the show will two track manufacturers with corporate displays this year, as both Camso (previously known as Camoplast) and Composit/Talon (the newcomer to the North American track business in recent years) will be showing off new sled shoes. Other new exhibitors this year will be additional performance-based businesses, a couple of new dealers, new riding destinations and resorts and much more.
This, of course, is on top of a long list of returning exhibitors, with riding gear, trailers, accessories, covers, destinations, oils and lubricants, avalanche safety gear, clubs and associations, performance parts, films, big local dealer displays and much more. Plus, attendees will again get to vote in the Rocky Mountain Extreme Sleds competition, helping to decide which is the most extreme mountain sled on the show floor while also entering to win exciting prizes.
Also returning will be the large Saturday swap meet, organized and operated by the Colorado Snowmobile Association. This one day swap, combined with the indoor show, allows riders to gather the equipment they need for the upcoming season, whether it’s the used parts or pre-owned sled that is desired in the swap meet or the new equipment and accessories found inside.
As usual, the swap meet with be Saturday only, and is scheduled to be operated on the north and west sides of the National Western Complex Education building – though construction in the area may shift the swap slightly one direction or the other.
Another big attraction to the annual Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo is the long list of interesting and educational seminars that are held on-site, and all but one is free as a part of your paid admission to the show.
The seminars, organized by the Colorado Snowmobile Association, cover a wide variety of topics and are led by experts in the field, whether that’s backcountry riding heroes sharing riding tips, tuning experts sharing how to get the most out of a sled or survival and safety experts telling attendees how to stay out of harm’s way.
Topics for this year’s seminars include effective GPS use in the backcountry; avalanche safety, preparedness and rescue; improving sled performance; suspension tuning; backcountry snowmobile use for skiing and snowboarding; a celebrity autograph session, plus riding clinics with tips and tricks shared by noted riders like Bret Rasmussen, Chris Burandt, Matt Entz, Kim (Long) Onasch and more.
Mark Your Calendar
Full details on the seminars, schedules, exhibitor lists and more will be posted in coming weeks on CoSnowmobileExpo.com. Online ticket sales will also start in coming weeks. For now, just mark your calendar and block out some time to attend the event on Oct. 8-9. The show is operated by the staff of Snow Goer magazine, and is run in coordination with the Colorado Snowmobile Association.