Snow has already started to fall in some high elevation locations in the Rocky Mountain West, and that means that the snowmobile season will be here before you know it.
With that in mind, snowmobilers from a broad area will gather October 8-9 at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado, to shop, hang out and celebrate at the 31st annual Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo. With nearly 70 vendors inside on the main show floor and dozens of other folks selling their wares at the outdoor swap meet, snowmobilers are bound to find something that appeals to them. There are also informative seminars, opportunities to meet western riding stars, new sleds and much more, along with exciting new vendors this year.
So, let’s break it down: Here are Top 10 reasons to attend the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo on October. 8-9. Show hours, details and discount tickets are available here.
- The Snow Machines – Arctic Cat and Ski-Doo have long exhibited at the show in Denver, but this year Polaris will also have a big corporate booth to show off both its RMKs, SKS and Assault models, along with its Timbersled snow bike conversions. Cat will have M and High Country sleds prominently placed, along with an expected appearance by the brand’s on-coming SVX 450 snow bike, and Ski-Doo has some new 850 Summit models to showcase along with other Summit and Freeride machines. Moto Trax is also planning to show off its snow bike conversions at the show.
- Performance Parts – If you’re looking to make deeper and more interesting journeys into the backcountry, this is a great place to shop because it attracts some top names in mountain snowmobile performance, including IceAge Performance, K Mod, Raze Motorsports, RCR Performance, Silber Turbo, Skinz, Speed Shop Inc., TKI CNC, Vohk Performance and Zbroz Racing, and many of the local dealers that display at the show also are showcasing high performance add-ons.
- Hero Worship – If extreme riding interests you, this is the place to meet the people who are the very best at it. Famous riders like Chris Burandt, Matt Entz, Dan Gardiner, Adam Onasch, Kim (Long) Onasch and Bret Rasmussen will lead specific seminars sharing their riding secrets, and a much broader cross-section of additional famous riders are expected to be involved in the Celebrity Autograph Session at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. Past regulars include Dan Adams, Rob Kincaid, David McClure, Smasher and many more – you never know who will show up this year.
- Big Dealers With Big Deals – Many local dealers have big displays at the show, hoping to blow out gear at good prices and spend a fun weekend talking shop with fellow snowmobilers. Local dealers at the show include Front Range Arctic Cat, G-Force Power Sports, Kurt’s Polaris, Motorado, RockyMountainSnowmobile.com, Rocky Mountain Xtreme LLC, RPM Motorsports, SnowBigDeal.com, Spirit Lake Polaris, Steamboat Powersports, Vickery Motorsports and, new this year, Weekender Sports.
- Get Ready To Haul – Several trailer manufacturers, dealers and trailering accessory companies will be at the show, including Caliber Products, Logan Coach, Maxey Trailers, Trails West and Trail Co./Triton.
- Swap It Out – The big swap meet outside of the National Western Complex is free to attend with the price of admission to the show, and there’s always a lot to see. This year, it’s being organized on behalf of the Colorado Snowmobile Association by Steamboat Powersports.
- Find New Territory – The show is produced in coordination with the Colorado Snowmobile Association and many clubs throughout the region are vendors, so they are all welcoming folks with good ideas on where to ride. Beyond that, there are many lodges and riding destinations at the show, including Albany Lodge, Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, Grand Lake, the Green Bridge Inn, Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse, the Hilton Garden Inn of Laramie, Rocky Mountain Rentals and Saratoga Lodge.
- Learn Something Important – The Expo’s informative workshop seminars, hosted by the Colorado Snowmobile Association, cover everything from sled performance to riding tips, backcountry avalanche awareness to ways to get sponsored and much more. Click here for the full schedule.
- Find Other Stuff To Buy – From booths setup by big clothing brands like FXR, 509 and Tobe Outerwear to sled products like 2CoolAirVents and Rehab Wraps and avalanche safety gear from Backcountry Access, there are all sorts of things to consider. Others in the accessories category include Amsoil dealer DL Auto Service, Full Throttle Inc, Powderjack, Sled Colorado, Snow Girl, TD Outdoor Gear, Thunderstruck Films, Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness, Z Clear and Sno-Skinz.
- Get A Grip – New this year, there will be two track manufacturers at the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo, as Camso (previously known as Camoplast) and relative-newcomer (at least to North American snowmobilers) Composit both have booths displaying their new backcountry shoes.
The show kicks off Saturday morning, October 8, at 9 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m., then it all picks up again Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., wrapping up before the kickoff of the Denver Broncos football game.