That button they push under their thumb is a real throttle. That snow flying up into their face is real snow. That snowbank they just firmly planted the snowmobile into is a real snowbank. Oh the joys of watching teenagers discover real consequences while you sit safely planted on the trail. You contentedly watch the guide help dig them out of the obstacle they overconfidently thought they could handle. What bliss.
As the day goes on you realize something else. The guide is treating your teenager like an adult. They have entrusted them with a large (and rather expensive) machine. Instead of telling them what not to do, they are patiently instructing them on how to have the proper body position and technique to advance. The guide is also there to share a laugh, snap a photo, and help when they make a mistake.
You realize your teenager is listening and learning. What is this magical place? Has your teenager become more of an adult than you realized?
After getting unstuck for the 20th time your teenager rides over to sit next to you. Together you watch the guide take a tree-line and pop off a jump that has you all in awe. Your teenager realizes they have just spent the day with a professional rider who has treated all of you like friends. In fact, the guide hasn’t just treated you like a friend, the guide is your friend.
You all ride back to the parking lot and lodge with sore muscles and cheeks tired from smiling in the cold. Wait a second. When was the last time you spent an entire day smiling with your kid?
After warm showers you head to the bar for dinner and another round of libations for the adults. You catch a glimpse of your teenager firing off messages, posts, and bold claims of the day to friends back home.
To your surprise, you notice they also include the photo with you in it. That hasn’t happened in ages. And what is this hashtag? #coolestvacationever
You spell it out because you’re not that good at reading hashtags.
Are you convinced? Take a look at these prime snowmobiling guides and destinations in Wyoming and start planning your trip.
The Disneylands of Wyoming Snowmobiling
SS Freeride, Star Valley
Sahen Skinner is a professional rider turned guide. He operates out of Star Valley, Wyoming (just south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming) and carries a line of the latest and greatest snowmobiles. He will have your teenagers trying things you never thought possible, while staying safe. He will also have all of you rolling in laughter the entire time, guaranteed.
3c Guiding, Laramie and Dubois
Cameron Chimenti made snowmobile videos back when you made them on DVDs (don’t try to explain this to your teenagers, they won’t understand). He speaks the language of young people who want to push the boundaries, but will ensure they have the right conditions to fail and succeed. Cameron works out of Laramie, Wyoming (closest airport is Denver) and Dubois, Wyoming (closest airport is Jackson, Wyoming).
Brooks Lake Lodge, Dubois
Brooks Lake Lodge
might be the ultimate winter destination as you will have vans with tracks take you in to the secluded winter lodge. Snowmobile Guide Skinner Bell has been doing this for decades and will shock your teenagers with his nonchalant attitude and impressive riding skills. You also won’t mind the five-star accommodations and outdoor hot tub after a day of riding.