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Default Planning a first time trip out west, Where to go? what to do??

Me and my dad are planning a trip out west next year to snowmobile during my xmas break from college. We have no clue whats out there since we live in Ohio and we ride in Michigan, where its all flat. We have been wanting to go out west for a while now, and decided next year is the year. So can you guys tell me of some good rental companies, or places to stay? We would like to tour Yellowstone for a day or so, and then the rest we would like to rent mountain sleds, and go trail riding, and play off trail. Is there any good company that does off trail backcountry tours?? Also where can we fly into??

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first things first, Buy a beacon, shovel, and probe for each of you and learn how to use them, and get some avalanche training


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Ok i will look into those, Thanks
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We've been to West Yellowstone many times. I think the Holiday Inn is the best outfit in town. Everything is right there, your room, food, rental sleds, guides, ect. They rent trail sleds for the park tours and they have various sizes of mountin sleds too (primarily M6's and M8's, but they usulally have Yams and RMKs too). Do yourself a favor and if you really want to expirence western riding, use their guide service. You will never find the good off trail riding on your own. Guides are expensive, but they are worth it!! Ask for Terry Search if he's still working for them as a guide, he'll show you a good time.

Avy gear is important, but I don't think it is a must have for a first trip to yellowstone especially if your with a guide playing in meadows. Guides won't take you to the dangerous hills if you don't have beacons. If you really like western riding and plan to really get into it and persue it on a yearly basis, then avy gear is a must, but the $700 investment is not necessary for a one time trip IMO, especiually if you are touring th park.
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389.00 for everything! how much is your life worth to your family!!!!!!!!!!!!! It should be required equipment to ride in any western state

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They rent avy beacons too. And if you don't have one, you are just another bystander when you come across another group of riders with someone down in the snow. It's not just for you, you can't help unless you have the right equipment! Pack, shovel, probe, beacon. You may save someone else out there.
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Is there any tour company name u guys would recommend? or any other information?

Where is that Holiday Inn located? West Yellowstone?
Any other places to stay??
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[quote=ripahymen;140688].. I Pm'd you... Holiday is the most popular for tours, but if yer an extreme rider I would go with a "privateer" type of licensed guide, such as Jeff Watt. He works out of the Pine Shadows motel. Blaine(owner of Pine shadows), also rents Ski-doos. Holiday is on electric-Faithful streets, on Yellowstone ave. Dewd, the town's only 8 blocks long, you can't get lost..(North & south sts. are in alphabetical order also).Blaine's # is 646-7541. Holiday, 1-800-646-7365. & don't forget the Golden West! 646-7008.. i think.

Ooops,, forgot. Area code is 406

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Me and my dad are planning a trip out west next year to snowmobile during my xmas break from college. We have no clue whats out there since we live in Ohio and we ride in Michigan, where its all flat. We have been wanting to go out west for a while now, and decided next year is the year. So can you guys tell me of some good rental companies, or places to stay? We would like to tour Yellowstone for a day or so, and then the rest we would like to rent mountain sleds, and go trail riding, and play off trail. Is there any good company that does off trail backcountry tours?? Also where can we fly into??

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..Most fly into Bozeman, 90 milea away. some fly into Idaho Falls.110 miles. I think bozo's cheaper though. Better airport too.
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