Virtually all things snowmobile related – and mountain sledding focused most specifically – are being pulled together this coming weekend, October 11-12, in Denver, Colorado, at the 29th annual Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo.
The event, hosted by Snow Goer magazine in coordination with the Colorado Snowmobile Association, will feature more than 70 displayers inside the National Western Complex main building, plus a large snowmobile-related swap meet on Saturday, indoor educational seminars both days, autograph sessions with backcountry stars and more, making it a can’t miss event for snowmobile enthusiasts in Colorado and the surrounding area.
Inside The Hall
“This show really has it all,” said John Prusak, editor and publisher of the Snow Goer, “from big displays of the new sleds to large dealer booths where folks can get the best deals on jackets, bibs, boots, gloves, helmets and other wearables; from performance-oriented aftermarket displayers selling everything from turbo kits or lightweight components, to trailer manufacturers and dealers giving people top options on how to haul their sleds.”
Plus, there are displays featuring various exciting riding destinations from throughout the Rocky Mountains, plus snowmobile clubs, video makers, avalanche safety apparel, dirt bike conversations, clothing manufacturers, machine modifiers and much more, he said.
“If you’re looking for a new or used sled, a way to make it perform better, stuff to use while riding it or new and interesting places to take it, you can find it all this weekend at Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo,” Prusak said.
See the list at the bottom of this post for a rundown of exhibitors. Full information about the event can be found at COsnowmobileexpo.com.
Get Educated, & Meet The Stars
The Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo also hosts a number of seminars on a variety of topics to help sledders ride better, improve their personal safety, tune their snowmobile or better understand technology.
The seminars, arranged by Steven Marlenee of the Colorado Snowmobile Association, include Dale Petefish talking about backcountry survival; Eric Woog of Vohk Performance on machine performance and clutch tuning; Jim Phelan and Brian Tudizzle Cox on action video production; and Matt Entz on jumping and dropping basics. The Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Racing circuit will tell folks how to get started in racing, while representative from Klim will explain clothing technology. One of the famous Zollinger brothers from Zbroz Racing will share suspension tuning secrets, and Entz will return with Kim Long to host a women’s riding clinic.
Plus, there are four other added treats. Brian Lundstedt of Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness will conduct a seminar on proper beacon use, and will also host an indoor beacon park throughout the weekend to allow people to learn to properly use this vital avalanche survival tool. Meanwhile, backcountry riding heroes Chris Burandt and Bret Rasmussen will hold separate backcountry riding clinics, sharing with riders the tips to make them better traverse the backcountry. And on Sunday, renowned trainer Mike Duffy will host a four-hour Avalanche Awareness course.
The exact times and places of the seminars are found at COSnowmobileExpo/workshops.
One big new addition this year is the backcountry riders autograph session, featuring the aforementioned Burandt, Entz, Phalen and Rasmussen, plus a who’s who of other riding stars from all brands of snowmobiling, including Jared Sessions, Brandy Floyd, Mark Mesenbrink, Brandon Chimenti, Sahen Sknner, Jaya Lange, Jonny Buschmann, Rob Kincaid, David McClure and more.
Plus, the Rocky Mountain Extreme Sleds display is back, but this year attendees will be asked to vote for their favorite machine, and they’ll get a chance to win a prize just by voting.
Don’t Forget The Swap
Another key attraction to the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo at the National Western Complex is the huge swap meet, held on Saturday, Oct. 11. The swap allows riders to buy and sell their sleds and related gear in a large outdoor parking lot beside the building. It grows every year and is expected to be packed again in 2014.
Consumer/shopper entry to the swap meet is included in your ticket purchase. Those seeking to sell their goods should contact Dennis Lynton of the Colorado Snowmobile Association at Dennislynton@gmail.com as soon as possible to reserve their space. Rules for the swap and other details are available by clicking here. That link can also lead you to the Swap Meet Registration Form.
The Colorado Snowmobile Association hosts the swap, and it serves as a fundraiser for this important grass roots organization. But it also helps create a fun, festive atmosphere at the Snowmobile Expo overall.
Here’s a list of the indoor exhibitors scheduled to appear at the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo, though more keep getting added daily. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 12.
|Arrowhead Mountain Lodge|
|Blue Ribbon Coalition|
|Buck’s Sports Products|
|Cendant Cellular Therapies|
|Colorado Parks & Wildlife|
|Colorado Snowmobile Association|
|Coulter Lake Guest Ranch|
|Creede/South Fork Visitors Center|
|Electric Mountain Lodge|
|Extreme Sleds display|
|First Place Parts|
|G-Force Power Sports|
|Grand Lake Chamber|
|Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse|
|High Riders Snowmobile Club|
|It Works Body Wraps|
|Mile-Hi Snowmobile Club|
|Mount Princeton Resort|
|Mountain States Electric|
|Peak Powersports, Inc.|
|Rocky Mountain Xtreme|
|Skinz Protective Gear|
|Snow Goer Magazine|
|Spirit Lake Polaris|
|TD Outdoor Gear|
|Timbersled of Colorado|
|Trails West Mfg|
|True Adventure Gear|
|Tyler’s Back Country Awareness|
|Universal Storage Systems|