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Guided vs. Unguided
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the deal with Unguided vs. Guided rentals?
A: An Unguided Rental is when you simply rent a snowmobile and take it out on your own. A Guided Rental is when a local guide rides along on his own snowmobile accompanying you while you are snowmobiling.

Q: What do most people prefer, Guided or Unguided?
A: In the Crested Butte area, Guided Rentals are by far the most popular. Over the last 14 years, approximately 92% of all persons renting a snowmobile had a guide accompany them.

Q: Why do most people prefer to have a Guided Rental?
A: Some of the many advantages of Guided Rentals include:

  1. Safety. The number one reason to take a guide with you is safety. The backcountry around Crested Butte is full of potential hazards ranging from avalanche zones, to thin ice, to deep snow and gullies. Your guide can help steer you away from these areas, greatly lessening the chance of you or your loved ones being caught in a dangerous situation. Also, a guide will keep you from becoming lost in the forest. Your guide is also there to assist you in the event of a medical situation or in the event of mechanical problems with your snowmobile.
  2. The Best Riding Locations (and those secret powder stashes) are often located in areas you might not find on your own. A guide can take you there without wasting your valuable vacation time. (Have you ever tried to read a map while riding a snowmobile?).
  3. More Fun. The local guides can give you riding pointers which will improve your riding ability, making it easier for you to handle more challenging terrain, thus making your ride more enjoyable.
  4. Less Work. Your guide can assist digging out your snowmobile if it becomes stuck in deep snow.

Q: Can all snowmobile rental companies offer Guided rentals?
A: No, not every company can legally offer guide services. Only those companies permitted by the U.S. Forest Service may operate guided tours and rentals in the Gunnison National Forest. In the Crested Butte Area there are 3 permitted companies:

Action Adventures Snowmobiling . . . . . . . . . .(970) 349-5909
Burt Rentals Snowmobiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (970) 349-2441
Lost Lake Snowmobiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (970) 349-9709