Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked Questions:

Q:  What city do I fly into?

A:  If flying, you will fly into Denver International Airport where you will grab your rental car and drive 2.5 hours to our location in Buena Vista.  (33551 County Road 361, Buena Vista CO 81211).   We recommend coming in the day before your riding adventure in the early afternoon allowing enough time to make it to our shop/office for check in about 4:00 pm.  On your departure day, don’t book yourself an early flight out – remember the drive is 2.5 hours without inclement weather!


Q:  How old do you have to be to ride with BBA?

A:  You must be age 16 or older to ride at Burandt’s Backcountry Adventure.


Q:  What sleds are available for rent and can I bring my own sled?

A:  Yes, you can rent one of our Polaris Axys RMK 800s (155 or 163) or bring your own long track mountain sled. Don’t forget - if coming from out of state and bringing your own sled, a non-resident permit is required.  These are typically available at the Arctic Cat dealer in town or online at the Colorado State Parks site.


Q:  Is a waiver required?

A: A signed liability agreement is required prior to the tour.


Q.  Do I need a reservation?

A: Reservations are required.  A credit card is required to hold the reservation and we require an advanced $500 deposit, per person, for the reservation.  All deposits are non-refundable and must be used for the current riding season.


Q:  When is payment due?

A: Payment for your adventure will be due in full 4 weeks prior to your arrival date.


Q:  What should I bring?

A:  Bring all of your riding gear including boots, pants, jacket, helmet/goggles, balaclava, gloves, and avalanche beacon/probe.  Protective gear is recommended and you will want to have extra gloves to stay dry on those deep powder days. Please note, rental riding gear (outwerwear) is not available for rent.

If staying overnight at our lodge, bring your own shampoo, hair dryer and toiletries.


Q:  What equipment is available for rent?

A: Rental riding gear (outerwear) is not available for rent.  Beacons and Avalanche safety equipment is available for rent.  Beacons - $10 per person per day.  Avy Packs - $30 per person per day. 


Q. What is available for purchase?

A: A variety of riding gear, backpacks, helmets, goggles, beanies, hats, hoody’s, shirts, sunglasses, avalanche safety equipment, sled accessories etc. are also available for purchase at the BBA Store.


Q:  How are the rental sleds outfitted?

A: Our rental sleds are outfitted with handlebar bags, tunnel bags and a hot dogger to warm your lunch.


Q:  What happens if our schedule changes?

A:  We understand that your schedule may change at the last minute and/or emergencies may occur preventing you from attending.  We will do our best to reschedule your adventure for a date that can better accommodate your situation for this season.


Q:  Where is the mountain lodge located?

A:  Our private accommodations in Buena Vista are equally unmatched. Available as part of your backcountry experience is world-class luxury lodging at our exclusive Colorado mountain lodge, including all-inclusive first class meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our custom built lodge with 9 bedrooms, game room and multiple gathering areas sets just outside of town against a backdrop of the largest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks in the nation. The town of Buena Vista is only minutes away long with the soothing waters of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.

  • Check-in time is 4:00 at the shop where you will sign waivers first then head to the lodge, only a short drive away.  Check-out out time is 10:00 am. 
  • The lodge does not have a hot tub, however the soothing waters of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs are only 20 minutes away. 
  • There is a large heated room dedicated for drying out your riding gear each night.
  • WiFi is available free and cell phone coverage is great.
  • Breakfast is at 8:00 am each morning.  After breakfast, we head to the shop, load up sleds, grab lunch and drive a short distance to one of our trail heads

Q:  Where do we ride?

A: We ride the Cottonwood Pass area or St. Elmo.   


Q:  When do we offer adventures?

A: We offer adventures starting in mid December at Grizzly Lodge in British Columbia Canada.  Our adventures in Colorado begin right after Christmas and run into May (depending on snow conditions).  Lookin for the ultimate summer adventure?  Come ride with us in Chile in August!


Q:  How large are the groups?

A: Group sizes are kept to 6-7 people, with two guides per group. 


Q:  How long do we ride each day?

A: There is no set schedule, we’ll ride all day and until the group says they’ve had enough!  After a great day of riding, everyone has a great home cooked dinner back at the lodge.




Burandt's Backcountry Adventure
33551 County Road 361 
Buena Vista CO 81211
Phone: 719-395-6727



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