Instructional Riding Workshops


We welcome snowmobilers of ALL ability and experience levels! Whether this is your first time riding a snowmobile in the mountains, you are an advanced and very skilled rider looking for a challenge, or anything in between. We are happy to help. You will only be grouped with riders of similar skill level/interests. General workshops are limited to 6 people. If you have a larger group, we are happy to create a special event for you. We are excited to work with you for 1, 2, 3, or however many custom days you choose! Your instructors are professional riders with years of experience along with certifications in general first aid and cpr as well as level 1 avalanche training. Each workshop consists of three primary areas- avalanche safety, riding instruction, and mountain safety and awareness.
AVALANCHE SAFETY- This is NOT an avalanche class. It is an offering of advice and practice based on our own experience and training. For Avalanche Safety Classes click Here.
  • Check and Understand Daily Avalanche Forecast & Bulletin
  • Overview of Proper Safety Gear and Storage
  • Practice Efficient Gear Assembly
  • Safe Travel Management
  • Evaluate Snow Layers and Stability
  • Terrain Recognition
  • Measure Slope Angle
  • Learn from Visual Observations
  • Mock Rescue


RIDING INSTRUCTION/EXPLORATION– Learn from and ride with an experienced professional in his ‘backyard’! We are here to help you safely advance your riding skills on a personal level and ride your sled to its potential. We will help you in the areas that you want to improve. Our instructors specialize in relating to you on a personal level by evaluating your riding and offering hands on instruction. You will be put in specific situations intended to force you to execute proper technique. You will be challenged and gain confidence as you successfully apply the techniques you acquire. By teaching proper technique and building confidence in your abilities and equipment, you will be on track for a bright future of mountain snowmobiling with your MOUNTAIN SKILLZ! You can expect a full day of adventurous mountain snowmobiling as our instructors work with you to safely become a better rider while having fun. Riding instruction will be catered to your personal ability and goals in the specific disciplines of
  • Safe Travel Management
  • Balance
  • Throttle Application
  • Braking To Enhance Sled Control
  • Deep Snow ‘Breaking Trail”
  • Powder Turns
  • Establishing Position
  • Wrong Foot Forward
  • Sidehilling
  • Controlled Descent
  • Turning Back Uphill
  • Directional Changes Around Obstacles
  • Tree Navigation
  • Visualizing Where You CAN Go
  • Jumping Safety
  • Climbing
  • Turning Out
  • Getting Unstuck
  • Leading a Group
  • Tracking Your Riding Partners

MOUNTAIN SAFETY AND AWARENESS- Whether this is your first trip to ride in the mountains or you only ride in the mountains, we are going to help you be better prepared for a safe day of riding.

  • Check Daily Forecast
  • Recent Weather Activity
  • Preparation
  • Clothing
  • Food & Drink
  • Safety Equipment
  • Tools
  • Understanding Riding Area Terrain
  • Survival Essentials
  • Communication
  • Choosing Riding Partners/Group
  • Safe Travel Management

Mountain Skillz is an equal opportunity service provider operating under a Special Use Permit in the Rio Grande National Forest