Ask the expert: Know before you go

Jennifer Broome
November/December 2018

Improve the chances of a great experience fat biking, dog sledding, and snowmobiling by following Jennifer Broome’s expert advice.

Fat biking

Don’t clip in; it’s better to ride with flat pedals. Wear high-top, waterproof boots. Wear a helmet. Try to keep a consistent pedal stroke, even when the tires slide. Own a fat bike? Take it in for a tune-up beforehand. Adjust the tire pressure to less than 10 PSI. If you break down, get your bike to a maintained road and call AAA Colorado. Just like a car tow, they’ll pick up you and your disabled bike. Check your AAA plan for your towing benefit.

Dog sledding

Make a reservation well in advance. When driving the sled, always keep your hands on the handle-bar. Listen to your guide on how to maneuver turns and hills. If you are the passenger, stay seated, and keep arms and legs inside the sled.

Snowmobiling

You must have a driver’s license. Wear a helmet (provided on a guided tour) and eye protection. Take a safety course. If going unguided, have in-hand a trail map, and pay attention to changing weather. Stay on marked trails.

What to wear

Wear well-insulated, waterproof boots and warm socks (ski or wool socks). Wear tights or base-layer bottoms under waterproof shell pants. On top, wear a base layer, add a mid layer or softshell if it’s really cold, then top off with a lightweight breathable shell. Gloves are better than mittens on a bike. Hand and toe warmers are great extras. For snowmobiling, a helmet is provided; wear it.

Save with AAA 

Check out the online AAA Travel Store for cold-weather gear. Use the code AAA15 for a 15 percent discount on outdoor brands like Outdoor Research, Patagonia, and Storm Creek.  

 

Jennifer Broome is a television meteorologist and host, travel writer and photographer, avid skier and explorer.