Snowmobiling

Snowmobile History and Basics

The snowmobiling industry has enjoyed a rich history that has made it possible
to travel easily through the thick snow that often falls in Canada and the
northern regions of the United States. For decades, snowmobiles have
continually improved to meet the needs of residents who enjoy living in the
colder climates and experiencing the winter months to their full potential. As
with any major invention, however, the snowmobile industry was popularized by
high-performance models and sports enthusiasts who have found ways to race the
machines and compete against other snowmobilers in a variety of events. This
industry has come a long way since the early purpose of the snowmobile as being
merely a means of traveling through the snow with less difficulty.

The first patent for the snowmobile was issued in 1927 to Carl J. Eliason of
Sayner, WI. His idea of a machine that traveled easily through the snow was
simply called a "snow machine." He used parts from a bicycle, a pair of skis,
and some parts from an old Model-T Ford to create his first machine. It was a
functional contraption, but it had its drawbacks and disadvantages. Eliason's
"snow machine" was more or less a great concept that was not perfected in a way
to reach the full potential of the idea.

It was not until 1958 when Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Canada created and
patented the machine that we know today as a snowmobile. Not only did
Bombardier create and manufacture the first modern-day snowmobile, but he was
also the first person to successfully market the machines to people throughout
North America. His most popular model -- the B7 Snowmobile -- began being mass
produced for sale in North America before introducing the more popular Ski-Doo
model. The Ski-Doo was a more popular model of snowmobile because it was
smaller and less expensive. Soon, the Ski-Doo replaced dog teams as a means to
quickly travel across the snowy landscape.

By the 1970s, less than 20 years after Bombardier received his patent for the
first modern-day snowmobile, there were already 250 snowmobile races that were
sanctioned across North America. The United States Snowmobile Association
became the forerunner in snowmobile organizations. It began and continues to
sponsor one of the more popular snowmobile races -- a 650 mile marathon that
begins in Winnipeg, Canada and ends in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was also one
of the organizations that helped to get the Snocross snowmobiling event added
to the Aspen X Games in 1998, which has created the largest increase in
popularity for the snowmobile industry.

One of the reasons that snowmobiles have become so popular in the North
American society is because of their ease of use. Inexperienced users can learn
how to ride a snowmobile in a very short time and begin experiencing the fun of
speeding across the snowy trails. Many of the resorts in the snowy regions of
the United States and Canada, including Utah, Michigan, and Alberta, cater to
the specific needs of vacationing snowmobilers. Winter vacation resorts
commonly keep updated information on snowmobiling trails in the area along with
lessons and clubs that snowmobilers of any experience level can take advantage
of.

Along with enjoying the fun that snowmobiles can provide is the responsibility
of using the machines safely. When snowmobiling along trails or for long
distances, it is a good idea to go with another rider and to let others know
where you plan on riding to in case of emergency. Always bring extra food along
with a first aid kit and the proper safety gear in the event that you get
stranded. Before riding, inspect the equipment to make sure all of the parts
are properly tightened and in proper working condition. Also, check the dangers
of an avalanche occurring before leaving and try to avoid those areas.

The snowmobile industry has made a huge deal of progress in the technology and
popularity of the machines. Beginning as merely a means to travel across the
snowy lands with less difficulty, the industry has enjoyed a surge of
popularity due to the many recent racing events and competitions. Now,
snowmobiles are popular among all age groups and they can be thoroughly enjoyed
as recreational vehicles when proper safety precautions are followed.

Basics about operating a snowmobile

Once a person gets over their distaste for winter weather conditions, operating
a snowmobile can be an addictive winter sport. Being in the wide-open landscape
that is covered by a fresh coating of white, pristine powder can be
breathtaking and even enthralling for first-time snowmobilers. It is also a
great way for families to spend time together while remaining active during the
winter months instead of gathering around the television for a few hours every
night. After learning the basics of operating a snowmobile, conquering the
white blanket of fresh snow will be an exhilarating activity that families and
friends will undoubtedly cherish together.

The first thing to always remember is to wear your safety gear before operating
your snowmobile. Safety equipment consists of a regulation helmet and a pair of
goggles designed for cold weather activities. It is important to make sure this
equipment is fastened correctly or else it could cause problems during the
snowmobiling excursion. It is also a good idea to wear a snowmobile suit that
is specifically designed to protect the body from the frigid elements of winter
-- such as a waterproof inner lining -- so snowmobile riders do not suffer from
a case of hypothermia. A good pair of gloves is also vital because the hands
will be controlling most of the actions of the machinery. Cold hands do not
make for quick reactions, so winter gloves are an absolute essential.

Next, get comfortable with the machinery. Sit on it, move around, and get
familiar with the feel of the snowmobile's intricate details. Find the right
distance on the seat so that the handlebars are within an acceptable reach from
your body. Stretching to reach the handlebars is not an effective method and
neither is sitting too close so that you are scrunched up against them. Keeping
the handlebars at arm's length, as long as it is a comfortable distance, is
ideal. Also, place your feet in the stirrups that sit on the front lower area
of the snowmobile. Get the feel for the stirrups and do not take your feet out
of them when you are snowmobiling. They are designed to help you stay in
control of the machinery when you make sharp turns on the snowy terrain.

On the handlebars, find the throttle. This will typically be a lever that is on
the right side of the snowmobile's handlebar. Use your thumb to control the
throttle, which negotiates the amount of speed desired. Similarly, on the left,
you will generally find the brake lever on the handlebar. It does not take much
pressure to pull the brake lever in order to slow down your snowmobile. For
rides on softer and less compact snow trails, releasing pressure from the
throttle will slow your snowmobile quickly. On more compact and smoother snow
trails, however, you will need to apply pressure to the brake lever to achieve
a stop. On ice, as you would in a vehicle, pumping the brakes by applying and
releasing pressure on the brake lever will result in a smoother and typically
safer stop on a snowmobile.

Now that you have found the throttle and the brake (the two most important
parts of any vehicle), you are ready to begin moving. To do this, apply
pressure to the throttle. Apply ample pressure to slightly rev the snowmobile's
engine until it begins to move. As you move forward, turn the handlebars into
the direction you want to travel. When making a sharper and faster turn, it is
best to lean into the turn. For instance, if you are making a sharp right turn,
lean your body to the right without removing your feet from the stirrups. The
stirrups help to stabilize your body while helping to prevent the rider from
slipping off of the machine. For beginners, ride your snowmobile on the trails
that have been packed and already traveled until you get the feel for
snowmobiling. Veering off into unpacked snow might get your stuck or even cause
an accident with another snowmobiler.

Following these basic steps is essential for first-time and inexperienced
snowmobilers to successfully practice this fun winter sport. As always, safety
is the first issue to be addressed before operating any machinery. But above
the safety precautions, knowing how to turn and lean into a turn is important
for operating any snowmobile safely. Once learned, it will most likely be a
winter pastime that will be enjoyed for many frigid seasons to come.

Choosing the Best Snowmobile for You

People who are just starting out with their love of snowmobiles might not have
any idea what to look for when they are trying to pick out the right snowmobile
to fit their needs. With the high cost of new snowmobiles and the uncertainty of
used ones, buying a snowmobile can be an intimidating venture. With a little bit
of research and some buying tips, a new snowmobiler can be confident in making a
snowmobile purchase.

For first-time snowmobiler owners, buying a used snowmobile might be the best
option. Investing a lot of money into a brand new snowmobile when you are not
sure how long your enthusiasm will last could lead to a waste of money for
something to sit in storage for years. Purchasing a used machine will allow you
to gain experience on a snowmobile that has been broken in already. This will
help you learn the nuances that go along with gliding across the snowy
landscape rather than needing to learn the feel of a snowmobile that has never
been ridden.

But there are some other more specific things to remember when choosing the
best snowmobile for you, too. To choose a machine to fit your needs, first
decide what your needs are going to be. If you want to learn how to compete in
snowmobile competitions, you will want to find a high-performance sled that is
designed for racing and optimum performance. Other snowmobiles are designed
specifically to make it easier to travel through deep snow which would be ideal
if you live in an area that receives a large amount of annual snowfall. Others
are designed for recreation and are not made to travel at high speeds.

The engine size that will best fit your needs is related to what you will be
using your snowmobile for, too. Research information about what engine size is
designed for specific snowmobiling needs. Larger engines typically have more
horsepower which results in higher speed possibilities. One of the
disadvantages, however, is that the larger the engine, the heavier the
snowmobile. If you will be loading and unloading your machine regularly, a
larger engine may not be your best option. Ideally, inexperienced riders will
want to stick with less horsepower to avoid the temptation of testing its
abilities before gaining the necessary riding experience.

When purchasing a snowmobile, you will also want to find out the options for
modifying the equipment. If you find your ideal snowmobile but want to change
certain things (such as the skis, for example), find out how easy it is to do
this or if it is even possible. Decide on the aspects you are willing to deal
with in exchange for aspects that you are not pleased with. For example, would
you rather have a high-performance machine that is more difficult to operate
and load or a machine with less horsepower but is easier to maneuver? This
could prove to be an important decision that will affect your overall enjoyment
of your snowmobile.

Asking yourself a lot of questions before deciding on the best snowmobile to
fit your needs is vital in choosing the right one. Snowmobiles can be a great
investment in your recreational opportunities and they can be costly.
Therefore, doing research on the various models that are available to you along
with the advantages and disadvantages of each will be sure to provide you with
the maximum potential for enjoying the outdoor winter landscape.

Tips on Buying a Snowmobile

After deciding on the right snowmobile to fit your needs, the next step is to
actually buy the snowmobile that you have determined is best for you. Many
snowmobilers prefer to buy a used model rather than investing a larger amount
of money into a new machine that they might not enjoy for more than two or
three months out of the year. Following are some tips to remember when planning
on purchasing your next used snowmobile

The most important thing to remember when buying a used snowmobile is to not
buy the very first one you see. When looking for a snowmobile, look at several
different ones before buying one so you can get a variety of ideas about what
is available and decide which one is the best one to fit your needs. Before
going to a stranger's house to look at the snowmobile that they are selling,
practice inspecting a friend's snowmobile. Pretend that your friend is the
stranger and inspect their machine with as much scrutiny as you would one that
belongs to a stranger. Bring a friend along with you that knows a little bit
about snowmobiles, too. This will keep you from making rash decisions and help
you inspect things you might otherwise miss. Your friend can also help you load
the snowmobile into your trailer if you decide to buy one.

If you are planning on going to a person's house to inspect their snowmobile,
tell them not to warm up or even start the snowmobile before you arrive. You
will want to start it yourself to see how easy or difficult it is to get the
engine going from a cold start. If the engine is already warmed up when you
arrive, it will undoubtedly start easier and you will not get an accurate idea
of how long it takes to start the engine or warm it up. In case you decide to
take one of the snowmobiles for a test ride, bring your gear along, too.

Before deciding on a used snowmobile, check with the local snowmobile
dealerships, too. This will help you get an idea of how much you should expect
to pay for certain models and if the ones you are planning on considering are
overpriced. Inspecting the models at local dealerships will also give you a
better idea on what snowmobiles look like when they are in good condition. A
used snowmobile's appearance can often be a good indicator about how well the
machine has been taken care of. Make sure the snowmobile is symmetrical and
that the skis are straight. The cosmetic appearance also tells a lot about how
well the snowmobile has been kept up.

Ask the seller questions. What was the snowmobile used for? If it was used for
racing, there could be added stress on the engine and its components which will
shorten its lifespan. Ask about its specific model. Certain models have had many
mechanical problems and drawbacks, which might even be why the seller is trying
to get rid of it. Ask the seller if the vehicle has been crashed, too. A
restored snowmobile might encounter serious problems in the very near future so
it might not be a wise investment. Check for scrapes and cracks that can be
tip-offs that the snowmobile has been in a serious accident or, at the least,
poorly maintained and cared for.

Lastly, take the snowmobile for a test ride before making a final decision.
Check the brakes to see if the work properly. They should engage smoothly and
you should not be able to move the tracks back and forth until the brakes are
disengaged. Look at the brake fluid, too. Make sure there is the proper amount
of fluid in the reservoir and the color should be light amber. Any other color
will indicate that the brakes have had problems and you could encounter even
more brake problems shortly after purchasing the snowmobile.

Buying a used snowmobile can be an exciting yet intimidating experience.
Depending on the amount of research that you put into the purchase, you could
be making a wise investment in future recreational opportunities for you and
your family. Remembering these tips and making rational and educated decisions
are important steps in buying the right snowmobile that will fit your specific
needs.

Camping and Snowmobiling Excursions

Adventurous snowmobilers often add an extra measure of excitement to their
snowmobiling vacations -- camping. Sleeping outdoors over night for a few
consecutive nights is not an easy feat to accomplish without experiencing
frostbite or hypothermia or, at the very least, extreme discomfort. It is cold
enough to endure the frigid temperatures that go along with snowmobiling during
the daytime hours, but the evening hours provide another level of frigidity and
cold weather without the warmth of the sun to balance out the cold. There are
some precautions and measures that adventurous lovers of the outdoors can take
to protect themselves during winter camping to fully enjoy their experience,
though.

Camping in the winter wilderness can be an exciting and adrenaline-producing
experience. Planning is the most important aspect of enjoying a winter camping
adventure, though. Doing research about the areas you plan to visit and the
winter seasonal conditions in those regions should be foremost in your planning
so you can bring the appropriate equipment to stay safe. Knowing the average
amount of snow, routes that you plan to take, and the experience of the group
that you are going to travel with are important factors in planning your winter
camping trip. For instance, planning a snowmobile vacation that involves camping
overnight with young children would not be an ideal scenario as they are
generally more susceptible to exposure from the frigid winter elements.

Overnight camping, especially during the winter seasons, can cause your body to
lose heat at exponential rates. This can be a great danger if the proper
precautions are not taken care of during the planning stages. Thermal clothes
are an essential during any winter activity like snowmobiling and they are even
more vital if you are going to sleep outdoors overnight. It is also important to
use the layering method. The idea behind this method is to wear several loose
layers of clothing, each layer providing more insulation for the body. Layering
also makes it easier to remove clothing if the body begins to overheat. A body
that is sweating will likely dehydrate and lose heat much quicker than a body
that is dry, which is why it is important to find a comfortable amount of
layers in order to balance the amount of heat needed to keep the body at an
acceptable temperature. Winter clothing is not meant to warm the body, but
rather to keep the natural heat of the body from escaping.

Campers will also want to take along extra gear to make their winter camping
excursion an enjoyable experience. A sleeping bag is vital, of course. But
choosing the right sleeping bag is just as vital. The sleeping bag that you
choose to take with you should be rated to lower temperatures that the
temperatures you will experience in the area. This will help ensure that you
will stay warm throughout the night. Also, take a foam pad to place between the
sleeping bag and the snow-covered ground to help you further avoid the risk of
hypothermia and frostbite. For cooking and warmth, you will also want to pack a
gas-powered stove (along with the proper fuel, of course) rather than trying to
build a fire. Firewood can be difficult to find and burn in snow-covered
regions. Finally, no overnight camping trip would be complete without an ample
amount of food for everybody in the group. A popular treat among campers is
s'mores, but campers should also include foods that provide a better degree of
nourishment. Since appetites lessen during cold weather, the food you take with
you should be appealing so you are sure to get enough nutrition to keep you
moving throughout the day. Food should ideally be dried rather than fresh
fruits and vegetables. These weigh too much and contain water, which can get
frozen during your trip. Dried and baked goods that are rich in vitamins and
minerals, such as oatmeal, granola, and cheese are ideal components for a
winter camper's diet.

A snowmobile and camping trip can be a fun and exciting excursion for adults to
enjoy as groups or as couples. With some careful planning and packing, it can be
an enjoyable and enlightening experience that can be enjoyed as often as
possible. It is important to realize the dangers associated with poor planning
so the adventure does not turn out to be a negative or even fatal outing.

Getting a Snowmobile Out of a Rut

Any snowmobile ride can be ruined by a snowmobile that gets stuck in the
deepness of the snow. If you are snowmobiling alone, this can cause a great
deal of distress because of the heaviness of the machines. The slipperiness of
the snow and the cold weather do not help in aiding you in getting your sled
out of the rut that it is stuck in. There are some ways to prevent a stuck
snowmobile from ruining your awesome winter excursion, though. Following a few
precautions and tips will help you enjoy more snowmobiling time instead of
spending valuable hours trying to get your machine out of a rut.

The first thing to do when your snowmobile gets stuck in the snow is to assess
the situation. Rather than jumping into the problem and trying to pull the
snowmobile out immediately, step back for a moment and decide what the
snowmobile is stuck in. Taking a few minutes to assess the problem will often
save valuable time when trying to get the snowmobile unstuck.

While assessing the situation, look on either side of the snowmobile for a
packed trail. Snow that is packed down is often easier to get a snowmobile in
motion rather than soft, freshly fallen snow. Point the stuck snowmobile
towards the packed trail. Next, make sure that the snow directly in front of
the snowmobile is packed down. Dig out the snow from underneath the
snowmobile's nose, too. This will help keep the sled from getting bogged down
once it begins moving while trying to get it unstuck. It also creates a smooth
path that will help keep the machine in motion once it begins moving. Pack the
snow down by stepping on it several times or patting it down with your hands.
Doing this will also give you an opportunity to further evaluate the landscape
and terrain that you are dealing with in order to make the situation easier to
solve.

The next step is to try to lift the snowmobile out of the rut in which it is
stuck. In this situation, more people will make the situation much easier.
Snowmobiles are heavy pieces of machinery, especially if the engine has a large
amount of horsepower. The best way to accomplish this is to lift the front of
the snowmobile towards the uphill part of where it sits. Stand uphill of the
machine -- not on the downhill side -- to prevent injury from the snowmobile
running into you. Pull from front rather than pushing from behind. Pushing on
the rear of the snowmobile might result in it getting stuck even deeper into
the rut it is already in. Make sure that the snow around the machine and around
your feet is packed, too. This will help you gain the proper footing and balance
needed to lift the snowmobile out of its rut.

After these steps, the snowmobile should be able to be driven out of the rut.
Give the engine a small amount of gas while lifting the rear of the machine. If
it gets bogged down again, repeat the steps mentioned. Once the snowmobile gets
set into motion, make sure it keeps moving until it is on a better piece of
land to prevent it from getting stuck again. Stop moving only when you are on a
packed or groomed snowmobile trail where the sled will be on smooth ground.

Of course, the best step to take is to look for possible ruts and areas where
you snowmobile has a chance to get stuck. Ruts can often be streambeds or just
a large hole of soft, unpacked snow. Either way, they can put a damper on any
snowmobile adventure if not properly taken care of when getting stuck. As a
basic safety precaution, many experts encourage snowmobilers to always travel
with at least one other person. Having a snowmobile that gets stuck in a rut is
just one of the reasons that having others with you is a good idea.

Snowmobiling Safely With Kids

Winter sports are a great way for families to spend time together while
experiencing one of the most beautiful seasons that nature has to offer.
Snowmobiling is one of the most thrilling ways to enjoy the winter weather as a
family because they can usually rent state-of-the-art snowmobiles along with
safety equipment that is needed rather than investing large amounts of money
into the sport. Winter vacation resorts often give guests this rental option to
relieve the hassle of hauling your equipment with you when you stay with them.
In order to increase you family's chances of having a fun and successful
snowmobiling experience, though, there are some safety tips to follow.

The most important safety guideline is that everybody should wear the proper
equipment needed for operating a snowmobile. Parents are not an exception. In
fact, parents should be the first to put on their protective gear so they can
be a model for safe behavior for their kids. Proper snowmobile attire includes
waterproof snowmobile suits, insulated and waterproof gloves, rubber bottom
boots, and most importantly, snowmobile helmets that meet regulation standards.
Together, all of this equipment helps snowmobile riders to stay dry and warm
while enjoying the cold winter snow.

Parents should also adhere to the age restrictions when it comes to having an
enjoyable snowmobiling experience or vacation. Children under the age of 16
should not operate snowmobiles on their own. These are high-tech machines that
require a certain amount of knowledge and skill in order to operate them safely
and properly. Snowmobiles also require a certain amount of strength and stamina
that children under the age of 16 often lack. Instead, kids between the ages of
6-16 are safer being an adult's passenger on a snowmobile. Unfortunately, kids
under the age of six should not be on a snowmobile at all. Some trails can be
bumpy and unpredictable, making it difficult for kids to hold on properly and
also making it difficult for parents to hold on to their child during a
snowmobile ride.

Adults should take certain precautions before setting out each day on a
snowmobile adventure, whether the plans are for a few hours or a few days. It
is important to check the weather forecast before beginning your snowmobile
trip. This can help you dress accordingly and take the proper equipment to help
you brave the winter weather. Checking the status of the snowmobile trail
conditions is also important. The safest thing to do is to stay on the groomed
and maintained snowmobile trails rather than going on paths that are not
traveled or maintained. Not only are they smoother, but if you get stranded,
chances are greater that help will find you quicker. Always travel in pairs or
groups with your children and first aid kits are also important to have in case
of emergency. This should include a small repair kit for your snowmobile along
with flares, an extra key, and a cell phone.

Finally, it is best to snowmobile during the day. If your family is taking a
multi-day snowmobiling trip, make sure you have time to reach your next
destination while the sun is still lighting your way. You can see better during
the day and, in case of emergency or equipment failure, others can find you
easier during the daylight hours. Snowmobilers are also encouraged to keep
their snowmobile's headlights on at all times and tie a brightly colored flag
to their antenna so others will be able to see them more clearly. Other
important safety tips are to stay away from snowmobiling on ice and to avoid
snowmobiling near roads and other areas where pedestrians often congregate.

Using safety is an important way to fully enjoy the opportunities and thrills
that snowmobiling has to offer. It is a great way to keep families active and a
great form of exercise even during the cold winter months. With the lack outdoor
activities available during the winter season, snowmobiling is a fun and
exciting way to enjoy the outdoors for families who would otherwise stay
indoors and watch television. Although it takes preparation and precaution,
being a safe snowmobiling family will have an immeasurable payoff that
everybody will appreciate.

Tips for Storing Your Snowmobile

Snowmobiles are a piece of equipment that generally gets used for a maximum of
4 months out of the year in many areas. That means that they must be stored for
approximately 8 months out of the year. Taking extra precautions and
preparations when storing your snowmobile for the warmer months will make it
easier to enjoy the winter months with a fresh and maintained machine at the
beginning of the season. Following are some basic rules and tips to follow when
storing your snowmobile in order to ensure the maximum amount of enjoyment when
the first snow falls in your area.

One of the most important things to remember when storing your snowmobile is
that it should be stored in a climate-controlled space. Several storage
companies offer this service if you are willing to pay for an ideal space to
store your sled. If this is not possible, find a place that will have a minimum
of temperature changes so condensation will not build up on or in the parts of
your snowmobile. Before covering it and storing it for the warmer months, spray
it down liberally with WD-40 because this will help keep the parts lubricated
and protected during the months when it is not in use.

As for the gas tank, there are different theories as to the ideal amount of
fuel to keep in your snowmobile during the storage months. Some owners have
argued that a full gas tank will cause condensation and corrosion in your sled.
Fuel also loses its potency after awhile, so if it is left in the tank for too
long, it will no longer be functional. Others have argued that an empty gas
tank during the storage season will prevent the fuel from deteriorating. If
your snowmobile uses an oil mix, the mixture could also separate and cause
other parts to become clogged if the mixture is left in the tank. The best
thing to do is to read the owner's manual to find out what your specific
snowmobile manufacturer recommends.

Snowmobile owners should also check the mechanical aspects and moving parts of
their machine when preparing it for storage. These things are often overlooked
at the beginning of the snowmobile season and the warmer weather of the storage
season is more convenient for this type of preparation. Check each nut and bolt
to make sure they are tight. If there are missing parts or things that need
repairs, make the necessary repairs before storing the snowmobile. Also, remove
the spark plugs and add a very small amount of 2-cycle engine oil in each empty
spark plug cylinder in order to prevent them from rusting. Plug the openings on
the snowmobile, such as the exhaust pipe, with an old rage to prevent
condensation from forming on the inside of the pipe. Also, remove the seat to
prevent rodents from forming a nest inside of it.

When the snowmobile season starts, the first thing you should do is to pull the
start rope a few times in order to properly lubricate cylinder walls that house
the spark plugs. You can then re-insert the spark plugs that you removed prior
to storage or, even better, use new spark plugs. Be sure to check the fluid
levels before operating your snowmobile because low or empty fluids could cause
serious damage to the engine. Look for surfaces that have become scratched or
nicked and touch-up the areas with rust-resistant paint. Letting a small area
go without doing this could turn into a large bare area that is subject to rust
and corrosion. Finally, add a coat of wax for optimum performance and reattach
the seat properly before going on your first snowmobile ride of the new season.

Following these simple steps will help ensure that your snowmobile will ride
properly for years to come. It is important to refer to your owner's manual in
order to get a complete listing of what needs to be done with your specific
model before storing it for a long period. Having an expert look over your sled
at the end of every winter season could be costly and is often unnecessary. Many
storage facilities offer areas and climate-controlled units specifically
designed to fit the needs of snowmobile owners. With the proper equipment and
preparations, however, your garage or storage shed can be the ideal and most
cost-effective way of storing your snowmobile for the winter months.

The Best North American Snowmobile Competitions

Since their inception several decades ago, snowmobiles have improved for better
safety and performance for more adventurous snowmobilers. When first
manufactured, their basic purpose made traveling across snow-covered landscapes
less of a chore that what it was. But as with every produce, snowmobiles have
constantly been updated and improved upon as technology and snowmobile lovers
have changed. Snowmobiles have been made to go faster and other accommodations
have been made to make the sport of snowmobiling more exciting and interesting.
As a result, snowmobile competitions have become one of the more popular
spectator sports across North America.

The most popular snowmobile competition occurs at the X Games in Aspen,
Colorado. In 1998, the Snocross event was added to the roster of the X Games.
At the time, it was similar to the Motocross event in that it was a lengthy
course with holes and jumps. The Snocross differs from Motocross in that it is
held outside and the holes and big jumps are covered in snow. Snowmobilers will
enjoy watching this event as current snowmobiles can gain speeds of 70 MPH in
less than 4 seconds, making the Snocross event one of the most popular events
at the Winter X Games. An added event for 2007 will also be exciting for
enthusiasts. The Snowmobile Freestyle event will consist of 10 riders in the
first-ever snowmobile freestyle course. Riders and spectators will undoubtedly
marvel at the individual runs that include jumps ranging from 45-100 feet,
enabling participants to come up with bigger and more awe-inspiring tricks. As
an added benefit, the X Games have become a breeding ground for events that
often make their way into the Olympics, so Snowmobile Freestyle may soon become
an Olympic event.

In Michigan, spectators and sportsmen alike will enjoy watching any of the
events that make up a full winter schedule of snowmobiling and snow-related
sports. These events often take place at various Michigan county fairgrounds
and other venues. Popular snowmobile locations in Michigan are often in Upper
Peninsula region of the state in cities like Mackinac, St. Ignace, and Sault
Ste. Marie. But there are also places in the Lower Peninsula where the winter
weather is ideal for snowmobile enthusiasts, including Cadillac, Traverse City,
and Gaylord.

Annual snowmobile regional races take place throughout the northern states. In
Minnesota, spectators and enthusiasts will surely enjoy the Minnesota State
Championship Series. In Wisconsin, the Northwoods Challenge is a respectable
and exciting snowmobile racing event as is the Rock Maple Racing Regional in
New Hampshire. Canada is no stranger to snowmobiling, either. The Ski-Doo Grand
Prix de Valcourt in Valcourt, Quebec is one of the more recognized and popular
events in North America, although Canada is the leader in the snowmobiling and
winter sport industry.

Although the X Games provides the most popular venue for snowmobile
competitions, every winter there are events occurring across North America in
which snowmobilers and spectators can participate. The National Snowmobile
Racing Association sponsors and sanctions many of these annual events and they
are often broadcast on television so the less adventurous spectators can enjoy
the events from the warmth and comforts of their own home. Thanks to the
popularity of the X Games, the snowmobiling industry has attracted some of the
world's top athletes and a larger group of spectators. The sport of
snowmobiling is one of the more exciting events to watch and there is no sign
of its popularity fading anytime soon.

Best snowmobile trails

Snowmobile enthusiasts spend many of their vacations looking for the best
places to ride their sleds. Accommodations are not the only that makes a
snowmobile vacation a memorable experience, but for many adventurous people,
the snowmobile trails provide the most memorable aspect for any winter
vacation. Doing research before planning a snowmobile trip to Yellowstone
National Park will often cut down the amount of time needed to find the most
thrilling trails, leaving vacationers to use more of their vacation time
enjoying the snowmobiling activities in the area.

Yellowstone National Park contains one of the most celebrated snowmobile trail
systems in the country. Snowmobilers have made this a favorite winter vacation
spot because of the effort and dedication that the staff and local agencies
provide to keeping the pristine beauty of the park untouched. Visiting
Yellowstone during the winter months gives snowmobilers an amazing view of the
snow-covered trees and landscape that adds to the enjoyment of a the thrilling
snowmobile rides through their groomed and well-maintained trails. Park
officials help to keep Yellowstone beautiful by regulating the types of
snowmobiles allowed and the sizes, too. This keeps the ground underneath the
snow from getting torn up and looking disheveled.

In the western Montana and adjacent eastern Idaho sections of Yellowstone
National Park, snowmobilers will find a variety of thousands of miles of
groomed trails for inexperienced users. On the other hand the more adventurous
snowmobilers will enjoy the ungroomed trails that are available in the park.
This gives more experienced users the thrill of the pioneering spirit by
snowmobiling through the winding trails and forests that have been untouched by
the officials and trail-grooming equipment.

The Two Top Mountain in West Yellowstone is great for inexperienced riders and
snowmobilers who want to enjoy a glorious landscape view atop some of the hills
and mountains within the park. The trails begin at the Island Park Village and
end in a steep and thrilling area of rough and unpredictable snow drifts that
are difficult to navigate through. The wide open space causes the snow to stick
to the trees to form spectacular sculptured landscapes that make the treacherous
snowmobile ride worth every minute.

Yellowstone National Park offers several other wonderful trails to make any
snowmobile riding vacation a pleasurable experience. The Big Springs Trail is
rich in mountain terrain with warming huts along the way for snowmobilers to
rest and appreciate the surrounding scenic views of the mountain landscape.
Riders can also choose to experience a variety of thrills with other
Yellowstone trails like the Bear Gulch and the Mesa Falls Trails. Beginning
snowmobilers will appreciate the Sawtell Loop -- a simple trail that winds over
the Sawtell Peak and through the foothills and meadows of the park while
providing exquisite views along the way. Other trails include the Meadow Creek
Trail, the Chick Creek Loop, and the Lion Head Loop, all specifically designed
to fit the varied needs and skills of park visitors.

The variety of trails and the more thrilling options are what make Yellowstone
National Park one of the most desired vacation spots for snowmobilers. The
measures taken by the officials and park rangers help to ensure that winter
vacationers can always enjoy the pristine beauty of the park. The plethora of
breathtaking views that snowmobilers will undoubtedly appreciate only adds to
the popularity of Yellowstone's miles of trails. If Yellowstone National Park
is included in the planning for your next snowmobile vacation, you will not be
disappointed.

The Antique and Classic Snowmobile Club of Canada

Canada is famous for its consistently snowy weather and frigid temperatures
during the winter months. Visitors and vacationers come from all around North
America to take advantage of the awesome powder that is available for winter
sports and outdoor activities. Snowmobiling is one of the most popular winter
activities that residents and vacationers enjoy in the provinces of Canada. As
a result, an organization has formed that is dedicated to snowmobiling
enthusiasts who want to preserve the nation's rich history in regards to
snowmobiling. The Antique and Classic Snowmobile Club of Canada (ACSCC) is also
interested in keeping the available land and trails intact so they can continue
to be used to fully enjoy the many winter sports that residents and frequent
vacationers are accustomed to. One of the main activities that the ACSCC enjoys
is finding snowmobiles and equipment that were built during the time when the
snowmobiling industry first started. The organization enjoys rebuilding these
machines and, in some instances, putting them on display to showcase the
evolution of the machine's versatility. In addition, members delight in
collecting rare and vintage snowmobiles from previous decades along with those
that have been used for racing. Snowmobile memorabilia is also collected in
order to show the expansion and popularity of the snowmobile subculture whose
members are often referred to as "slednecks."

The ACSCC began in Ontario in 1982 as an offspring of the Antique Snowmobile
Club of America (ASCOA). Canadian members from the ASCOA decided to form their
own club in order to have a forum in which to gather to talk about, collect,
and share their love and enthusiasm for the sport of snowmobiling. The members
of the new ACSCC informally congregated and shared stories and appreciate the
old snowmobiles that other members of the organization bought. The group
acquired an investor shortly after -- the Ontario Snowmobile Dealer's
Association -- which afforded them the opportunity to rent a booth at Toronto's
snowmobile show later that same year.

Although the ASCOA considered themselves to be the ultimate authoritative
snowmobile group in North America and took exception to their Canadian members
breaking away, there was never an intent of ill-will in the actions of the
ACSCC. The ACSCC was formed not out of an intention to break off from the
American model of the ASCOA, but it was rather an organization formed due to
convenience. The Canadian members of the ASCOA simply wanted to form a similar
group that was closer to their hometown so they would not have to travel so far
in order to share their snowmobile enthusiasm with like-minded people. In fact,
the ACSCC holds a great appreciation for the ASCOA because it is the
organizational model to which they try to adhere in their own group.

Since that inaugural show in Toronto, the ACSCC has flourished as one of the
premier snowmobiling clubs in not only Canada, but also in North America.
Currently, members of these two main organizations along with others enjoy the
opportunities to gather at swat meets, races, and snowmobile shows to
appreciate the equipment and memorabilia that other snowmobile enthusiasts have
acquired. The ACSCC also sponsors snowmobiling events that take place year round
rather than being limited to just the winter months. Some have wondered about
their excitement over machinery that has not been around long enough to be
considered antique, but that does not stop the ACSCC from consistently gaining
new members and snowmobile-related equipment and memorabilia. The organization
has come a long way from their beginnings, especially considering that it was
begun on a whim without a focus or vision for what they intended to do.

Snowmobiling in Vermont

The New England states are an ideal place for avid snowmobilers to enjoy their
sport. The consistently snowy conditions and cold weather make this region of
the country one of the best places to appreciate the thrill and excitement of
snowmobiling and other winter sports and activities. For years, vacationers
have made the northeastern region of the country their area of choice when it
comes to planning their winter outings with their families or just with a group
of friends.

Vermont is one of the most popular states where snowmobilers have flocked to
experience the thrill and excitement of the winter season. For over 40 years,
the state has exhibited pride in the spectacular snowmobile trail system with
over 5,000 miles of groomed and well-maintained trails to fit the varied needs
and abilities of the snowmobilers who enjoy their winter vacations in this
state. The winter weather in Vermont is consistently and often predictably
cold, wet, and snowy -- the three ideal conditions for hours of snowmobiling
fun.

The resorts in Vermont have several options and services available to make any
snowmobiling vacation even better. For the more adventurous snowmobiler, there
are day trips that consist of over 200 miles of groomed snowmobile tracks. With
convenient fuel stops and dining facilities along the way, fervent snowmobilers
will enjoy crossing the white-covered New England countryside over a span of
one-day or several days. With lodging and easily readable maps, extended
snowmobile trips are convenient and thrilling for any level of skilled
snowmobiler. For less experienced riders, Vermont has many trails that are
smooth and easy to maneuver. This is ideal for beginners who are not accustomed
to the skills needed for the more difficult trails.

For an even more enjoyable snowmobiling experience, many Vermont resorts offer
daily guided tours to their guests and customers. The guided tours are led by
experienced professionals who are expert snowmobilers and ones who know the
area's terrain very well. The popular Vermont communities of Okemos, Stowe, and
Killington are popular areas for the scenery and trail systems available to
winter sports lovers. With first-rate snowmobiles for rent and the best safety
equipment available, snowmobilers are sure to enjoy their experiences here. The
friendly guides have over 50 years of combined experience in leading tours for
both beginners and expert riders. They are professionally trained and CPR
certified so riders will have peace of mind during their excursion. For added
convenience, riders can travel either alone on their snowmobile or with a
passenger, depending on what makes them the most comfortable.

In order to operate a snowmobile in Vermont, there are a few things that a
visitor must know. Riders in Vermont must have completed a sufficient number of
hours in a snowmobile safety course before they can be approved to ride in
Vermont. Snowmobilers in Vermont are also required to travel at speeds that are
safe according to the current weather and trail conditions. State law prohibits
riders from exceeding 35 miles per hour on with their equipment. However,
riders are allowed to travel up to 50 miles per hour on frozen lakes because
they are considered to be highways in the state of Vermont. Normal vehicle laws
also apply. It is illegal to operate a snowmobile while intoxicated and all
traveling snowmobiles must have functioning headlights, rear lights, and brake
lights along with property functioning brakes and other features.

Even though Vermont requires snowmobilers to abide by several laws and
restrictions, these guidelines are designed so that all snowmobiling visitors
will be able to enjoy the available opportunities. The cold of winter does not
have to cause a decrease in family time. In Vermont and other New England
states, the winter activities can increase the chances you will have to enjoy
quality time with your spouse and kids. It is also a great opportunity for
couples or friends to appreciate together while getting out into the cold
winter weather. Resorts in winter vacation spots provide great ways to unwind
in front of a warm, crackling fire after a long day of thrilling snowmobiling.

Snowmobiling in the Adirondacks

The Adirondack Mountains in northern New York have always been a popular place
for vacationers and New York residents to take advantage of the weather that
winter has to offer them. Visitors here enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and
snowmobiling, among other seasonal activities that are fun for families and
groups of friends. Many newlywed couples have also made the Adirondacks their
honeymoon vacation spot where they can enjoy the daily snow-related activities
and then cuddling in front of a warm, crackling fire burning in the fireplace
of their private lodge-style room. The resorts and facilities available in the
Adirondack area make it an ideal place for the specific needs of any winter
vacationers.

With thousands of miles of snowmobile trails that go around and over the
breathtaking Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks have become the most popular
snowmobiling vacation spots in the eastern region of the United States. But the
beautiful scenery does not end there. Snowmobilers have the opportunity to
travel the trails along the Moose River Plains -- a beautiful scenic area where
riders will awe in the freshly dusted trees of white snowfall. Other trails also
include a ride around the glorious Cranberry Lake and through the beauty of Old
Forge -- the city nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Snowmobilers
will want to take in the spectacular scenery as they blaze across the landscape
of the woodlands and surrounding areas included in the Adirondack Mountains.

The region supplies events and happenings to satisfy the urge of even the most
avid snowmobiler. There is never a lack of activities for the snowmobiler
visiting the Adirondack Mountains. Every weekend, vacationers can take part in
an event to add enjoyment to their stay. In addition, every December there is
an event called the Snodeo. This is when many of the extreme snowmobile
enthusiasts and companies showcase the latest snowmobile models and equipment.
Winter vacationers come from all around the region for this event, making it
one of the more popular snowmobiling events in New York.

The Adirondack Mountain area offers several options for vacationers to enjoy
their snowmobiling and winter experiences. Several lodges, bed and breakfasts,
and inns are available which provide relaxing and friendly atmospheres where
fellow winter vacationers can enjoy the company of each other or they can
seclude themselves in their private rooms with their spouse or significant
other. For the more discerning vacationer, cabins and cottages are available
for rental to provide an extra measure of privacy. Other facilities provide
rooms and amenities specifically designed so that families can enjoy the
experience, too. With unique shopping opportunities and a variety of
restaurants just minutes away, guests of the Adirondack Mountain facilities
will be sure to find something pleasing to do during the time when they are not
snowmobiling.

With over 300 inches of annual snowfall, the breathtaking scenery, and the
plethora of amenities available to snowmobilers and winter sport lovers, it is
no wonder that the Adirondack Mountains are referred to as "The Snowmobile
Capital of the East." It is a place that couples can enjoy as well as families
or just groups of friends. The resorts and other vacation facilities go out of
their way to make sure visitors have access to the best resources to enjoy
their snowmobiling experience, including websites that constantly update the
weather and trail conditions along with maps of the area and guided tours for
the utmost enjoyment of the landscape. Planning a snowmobile vacation in the
Adirondack Mountains will be sure to give the best experience possible to any
admirer of what the winter season has to offer.





Southern Utah Snowmobiling Resorts Utah is one of the best places for vacationing snowmobilers to enjoy their winter vacations. Nestled in the heart of what is commonly referred to as "color country," vacationers at one of the many area resorts have access to glorious views of the surrounding Zion National Park, the Cedar Breaks National Monument, the Dixie National Forest, and the Bryce Canyon National Park. With the constant covering of snow, the trees provide a landscape of spectacular scenery for both snowmobilers and vacationers who prefer to relax in the comfort of their resort. The Pinewoods Lodge Suites is one of the premier resorts in the southern Utah region where winter vacationers can take advantage of the many amenities available for an enjoyable experience. The rooms in this resort include two bedrooms with queen size beds along with a living room. Families and couples will enjoy the opportunity to relax here with a recreation room, fireplace, and a hot tub for unwinding during the evening after a long day of snowmobiling in the frigid winter cold. A fully-furnished kitchen is also included complete with dishes, utensils, toaster, microwave, and coffee maker so guests can relax in the comfort of their suite without needing to travel into town all the time. Families and friends will also appreciate the cable television provided for the guests. The Mountain Home resort in southern Utah is a three-story home with five private bedrooms that can be rented out as single units or a group can rent the entire house. The common area of the house includes a television so guests can congregate to enjoy their favorite program and mingle with each other. For groups who rent out the entire house, there is a fully-equipped kitchen with dishes, utensils, an oven, and other small appliances for the convenience of the guests. Three wood burning stoves also add to the rustic yet comfortable nature of the Mountain Home resort. The Inn and the Family Suite are other southern Utah resorts that provide similar amenities and are ideal for families, couples, or groups who want access to the plethora of snowmobiling opportunities during the day and resort-style living during the evening. The southern Utah resorts offer a variety of options for winter vacationers and guests. To lessen the hassle of transporting or shipping personal equipment and snowmobiles to the resort, guests can rent these for a nominal fee. This also gives vacationers the advantage of riding the newest and latest technology available in the snowmobile market along with safety equipment such as helmets and snowsuits. Patrons can also take advantage of the many guided snowmobiling tours where experienced guides will lead them on customized tours on the circuitous trails through the spectacular trees and scenery of the surrounding Utah national parks. Several resorts offer discount vacation packages if visitors choose to utilize the available resorts along with the snowmobiling activities that are afforded to them. With the popularity of snowmobiling rising, resorts have made provisions to accommodate the growing need. They offer comfortable hideaways from the chaos of the city life while guests can enjoy the thrill and excitement of snowmobiling activities to fit the needs of any skill level. With southern Utah's dedication to maintaining the beauty of their landscape along with the integrity of their hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, the region provides a perfect combination for families and friends to enjoy the wonder of the winter season in a way that might have otherwise been forgotten. Snowmobiling in Northern Utah Utah is one of the premier areas for snow-related activities during the cold and frigid winter months. Because of the large amount of snow that regularly coats the hills and land of the northern Utah region, tourists and vacationers flock to the area to take advantage of the winter sports and opportunities available there. The best way to experience an amazing Utah winter snowmobiling vacation is by enjoying one of the many available lodges. Two of the most popular northern Utah resorts are the Daniel Summit Lodge and the Beaver Creek Lodge. With lavish amenities and relaxing atmospheres, these resorts give snowmobile lovers satisfying vacations and thrilling experiences that keep them coming back. The Daniel Summit Lodge is a northern Utah year-round resort that caters to winter sports lovers. It boasts of over 200 miles of freshly groomed snowmobile tracks within minutes from the facility. When not snowmobiling, vacationers will enjoy the amazing natural scenery that surrounds the resort. With elk, moose, and deer running free around the snowy Uinta National Forest mountaintop area, there is something to do for those who love to snowmobile and those who like to relax in a nice room with a crackling fire in the fireplace. Snowmobile lovers have many options at the Daniel Summit Lodge, too. Guided tours are available to fit the needs of beginners and experts. The more difficult and adventurous groomed snowmobile trails are reserved for the experienced users while beginners can get accustomed to riding a snowmobile on one of the many stretches of smooth snowmobile trails that will offer a sense of excitement to those who have never experienced the thrill of snowmobiling before. At its 7,200 feet elevation, Logan, Utah's lovely Beaver Creek Lodge is another great place for snowmobile lovers to enjoy their winter sports vacation. This is an ideal setting for groups, families, or couples to take advantage of Utah's wonderful snowy season. You can rent one of their many state-of-the-art snowmobiles along with protective equipment and clothing for an amazing snowmobiling experience. It is consistently ranked as one of the top 15 winter resorts in the western region of the country and it offers hundreds of miles of maintained snowmobiling tracks throughout the Caribou National Forest and beyond. Experts and beginners alike can utilize the available guided tours customized to fit their snowmobile riding abilities. At both resorts, snow lovers will also be able to enjoy snowshoeing and a variety of ski activities as other ways to experience Utah's awesome winter weather. Couples can spend relaxing evenings on the private balcony of their suite and overlook the snow-dusted trees and ground below. They can also experience spectacular views from either resort's indoor pool or hot tub while unwinding after a long day of snow sports and snowmobiling. Northern Utah resort-style lodges provide vacationers with luxurious amenities that any guest will enjoy. By staying in one of the many cabins available that are specially designed to meet the needs of those who love to snowmobile and take advantage of Utah's winter weather, guests have quick and easy access to the hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails that wind through the breathtaking forests in the area. Not only do the resorts offer many snow-related activities, but they also offer great restaurants and other ways to enjoy a relaxing winter Utah vacation. Some resorts, such as the Daniel Summit Lodge, offer a full-service day spa with a variety of massages and pampering services that guests can take advantage of after a long day of snowmobiling. Mackinac City Snowmobiling Mackinac City in Michigan has been a popular vacation destination for people who enjoy winter activities in the frigid winter weather. The beautiful landscape with the majestic Mackinac Bridge in the background provides an awesome combination that vacationers will undoubtedly appreciate. The great deal of snowfall in the region and the constant cold weather conditions during the winter months is great for snowmobilers to enjoy the full potential of a thrilling snowmobile adventure in Michigan's historic Upper Peninsula. Mackinac City has thousands of miles of groomed snowmobile trails for a variety of skilled riders. Inexperienced snowmobilers will enjoy the smoother trails that wind through the beautiful landscape of northern Michigan. Experienced snowmobilers will want to take advantage of the rougher and more treacherous trails available for a challenging ride through the snow-covered surroundings. One of the beauties of Mackinac City's maintained trails is that they are groomed in such a way that they do not disrupt the natural pristine appearance of the northern Michigan landscape. City officials have made great strides in introducing legislation that restricts snowmobiling to certain areas and only certain models with more efficient exhaust systems installed. The city contains several resorts, lodges, bed and breakfast inns, and cottages designed to fit the needs of any winter vacationer. The Spayde Cottage is one of the best lodging accommodations available to snowmobilers in Mackinac City. Located on gorgeous Cecil Bay, the resort-style cottage contains three bedrooms so families can enjoy the various amenities together. The Cottage on the Straits is another great place to enjoy your snowmobile vacation. Guests will appreciate the spectacular views of the magnificent Mackinac Bridge amidst the Michigan winter landscape. It can house up to six people with private lake frontage for other enjoyable winter activities. The Cottage on the Straits provides guests with further convenience with the variety of nearby shops and restaurants to enjoy after a long day of snowmobiling in the frigid weather. The Mackinac City area also has plenty of historic inns available for winter vacations. The Colonial House Inn, located in nearby St. Ignace, is just one of these beautiful historic inns that vacationers can choose. Built in 1840, the inn offers awesome views of the Mackinac Straits and the city itself in the winter scenery. The Colonial House Inn is within walking distance of a number of dining options and shopping centers so guests have the convenience of the city while still being nestled in the comfort of a serene and private setting. For more sightseeing opportunities, visitors staying in this historic inn also have easy access to beautiful Saulte Ste. Marie, Whitefish Point, and scenic Tahquamenon Falls. For vacationers who want to avoid the hassle of hauling their snowmobiles and equipment to their vacation destination, visitors to Mackinac City will have a variety of renting facilities and dealers where they can rent the equipment for a small fee. Rental packages include safety gear and some accessories, depending on the particular facility. Vacationers can even rent a snowmobile for several days or several hours, depending on their budget and their vacation plans. Resorts are also dedicated to helping snowmobilers enjoy the experience to the fullest. With websites that constantly update the weather conditions and the amount of snow on the ground, guests can play their daily winter activities accordingly. They also provide guests with updated trail maps so they can experience different landscapes and trails during their stay. The websites also give vacationers the opportunity to share their unique stories and photos with others who are interested in making their next snowmobile vacation spot in Mackinac City. Mackinac City, Michigan is one of the best snowmobile vacation spots south of the Canadian border. The resorts and accommodation facilities work with their guests to provide the best snowmobiling and winter experiences possible in the wintry Michigan landscape. With rental a variety of snowmobile rental facilities and resources that guests can use to plan their daily activities, snowmobile enthusiasts are sure to enjoy their snowmobiling experience in this area of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Snowmobiling at the North Pole For one of the most extreme snowmobiling vacations, adventurous riders will want to plan their next excursion at the North Pole. The frigid weather and added treacherous landscape provides snowmobilers with a thrilling experience that they will talk about for years. Vacationers will want to take several precautions to ensure their safety during this type of extreme adventure. Several tour companies specialize in taking adventurous snowmobilers into the North Pole wilderness for extended stays that will undoubtedly test the strength of those who choose to make this their next vacation destination. The Yellow Airplane Company specializes in taking thrill-seekers to the geographic North Pole for a day long excursion. The North Pole Express is one of the most popular packages chosen among snowmobile enthusiasts. Every April, a group is transported by a helicopter to the destination point where they will enjoy the spectacular sights of the North Pole region. They will also enjoy a ride in a customized Russian Aircraft before embarking on their snowmobile journey. The company offers other tour packages available for their specialized North Pole adventures. The North Pole Comfort Tour is a three-day tour of the region where explorers can learn about the geology and breathtaking landscape of the area. Snowmobilers will turn to sight-seers because they have a possibility of witnessing the famous Aurora Borealis. Another company -- Windows on the Wild -- specializes in taking groups of adventurous snowmobilers to the North Pole region for overnight stays in the hotel Vinterpalaset. Tours that include a one night stay with a morning breakfast are offered to vacationers and adventurers. The tour packages also include warm clothing and safety gear for the daytime snowmobiling adventure along with a basic lesson for inexperienced riders. Guides take the riders along a safe, well-traveled trail until lunchtime where food is prepared at a cabin at midday. The trip continues through the forested region and atop the frozen water areas. The journey second day's journey ends at a different lodging location. The final day returns the snowmobilers to the Vinterpalaset hotel where they will enjoy a relaxing dinner and a performance in the adjoining theater to celebrate their awesome adventure. With only a few resorts or other accommodations, the North Pole adventures are typically explored either on a single day basis or by camping overnight in the tundra. When camping in the North Pole, visitors should definitely bring an abundance of preparations in order to survive the frigid nights in the region. Specialized clothing that can withstand below-zero weather for extended periods of time is important when camping at the North Pole. A portable gas stove will help cook the food along with keeping you warm during the downtime. Also, it is helpful to use the layering method of clothing. While in the frigid weather, too much clothing can lead to sweating and, as a result, a greater chance of dehydration. The body also loses heat at a much faster rate when it is damp, so it is important to have a comfortable amount of clothing so you are kept warm without sweating too much. Snowmobilers have several options that they can take advantage of in the thrilling North Pole region. This is often a place that is reserved for the winter lovers who enjoy only the most extreme and thrilling opportunities that are available. The wide-open landscape and pristine beauty of the region is ideal for those who want a different yet exciting adventure to talk about for many years. Snowmobilers who have conquered the North Pole by braving the elements on nothing but a snowmobile also enjoy the bragging rights that go along with this thrilling adventure. Budget Snowmobile Vacations in Yellowstone National Park One of the most popular vacation spots for snowmobilers is Yellowstone National Park. With its unmatched beauty and the serenity of the wide-open landscape, snowmobilers often spend their winter vacations enjoying snowmobiling and other winter activities in the park. The consistent snowfall and winter conditions in the northwestern region of the United States makes Yellowstone the ideal place for planning your next winter vacation. With several available vacation packages and options in the area, vacationers can enjoy a thrilling experience without blowing out their budget. Yellowstone National Park has a variety of packages designed to accommodate any budget. There are several facilities surrounding the park that offer a complete line of equipment rentals for either vacationers who do not own their own snowmobiles and equipment or those who just want to be free of the hassle of hauling them to their destination. Businesses like Yellowstone Adventure specialize in carrying the latest up-to-date snowmobile models and accessories so guests are assured they are renting the best and safest equipment available. These rental facilities provide an expert and customer-oriented staff and some offer maintenance and repair services for snowmobilers who bring their own equipment. Vacationers on a budget will also appreciate the variety of overnight and extended stay packages available to them. Several facilities provide packages that include one day and two nights' stay in the surrounding vacation rentals starting from $275 per person. For extended stays, guests can choose up to six nights and seven days for a thorough exploration of the activities that wintertime in Yellowstone has to offer. These rates also include snowmobile and safety equipment rental for convenience with upgrades available for an extra cost. If these do not meet the needs of guests, the vacation rental facilities offer customized packages in order to ensure satisfying any winter vacationer. For inexperienced Yellowstone snowmobilers, the surrounding vacation facilities will provide guided snowmobile trips along the thousands of miles of groomed snowmobile trails throughout the park. The tours are specifically designed to meet the varied skills and experiences of the snowmobilers in the group so everybody is assured to have an exciting ride through the park. For families and groups who want to enjoy snowmobiling through the park together, facilities also provide private tours and guides. For snowmobilers who live or visit the area of Yellowstone National Park, rental facilities provide daily rental rates. This can save money for those who are planning a daytrip to the park. Renting a snowmobile for a few hours from a nearby facility is less expensive and undoubtedly less hassle then hauling your snowmobile equipment to the park yourself. With insurance provided and a complete list of snowmobile amenities (such as thumb warmers, a cargo area, etc.) is available so renters can pick the right one for them. Yellowstone rental facilities are also kind enough to include the first tank of fuel with each snowmobile rental. Many inexperienced snowmobilers can be intimidated by the prices and expensive of an enjoyable winter vacation. This might result in some people to avoid planning a snowmobiling vacation altogether as they are afraid of the large expense. However, with a little research, many interested vacationers will often find ways to get the most for their money. The facilities in and around Yellowstone National Park are dedicated to allowing snowmobilers have a thrilling snowmobile vacation without exceeding their budgets. The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers Vermont is one of the most popular snowmobile vacation destinations in the eastern region of the United States. With a large amount of annual snowfall, the weather in Vermont make snowmobiling and other winter sports and activities make for ideal conditions where vacationers and guests will enjoy their winter hobbies. Another important aspect that adds to the enjoyable winter experiences of visitors is the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) organization. This is a group that maintains much of the Vermont landscape to keep it suitable for winter activities, especially snowmobiling. The VAST is a volunteer group of like-minded snow lovers who consistently intend to make Vermont one of the premier winter vacation spots for nature lovers. One of their largest undertakings is to maintain and preserve the thousands of miles of winding snowmobile trails that are available throughout the state of Vermont. Making the trails smoother and safer for first-time and experienced snowmobilers is one of their main goals. They also try to direct the trails through the more scenic areas of the Vermont landscape by clearing trails and cutting down obstructions. The VAST is a non-profit group of workers that survives mainly from contributions and proceeds from the newspaper that they publish seven times annually. The group is also maintained through events including raffles and donations, but the majority of the work is done by thousands of unpaid volunteers who just want to pass on their enthusiasm for the winter weather. The have been grooming and maintaining trails in the Green Mountain State for the last forty years and they intend to do it for many more years. With 40,000 members and growing, the VAST sponsors several charity, educational, and safety programs related to snowmobiling and other winter activities. The group strives to promote responsible snowmobile riding through legislative measures by working with the state and federal agencies. With their headquarters in Berlin, Vermont, the VAST organization has helped to create over 140 local snowmobile clubs where enthusiasts gather to discuss and experience their love of snowmobiling. With an average of between 100 inches to 250 inches of snow annually (depending on the region of the state), snowmobilers have ideal conditions and ample opportunities to enjoy their winter hobby. The season extends from December (when hunting season ends) until mid-April, depending on the snow and weather conditions. Another thing that the VAST organization does to encourage and enable snowmobilers to vacation in Vermont is to negotiate with private land-owners so that their land can also be legally used for snowmobiling. They talk to the property owners and obtain access to their land so snowmobilers will have full access to Vermont's landscape, provided that they do not abuse the privileges that the private land-owners are graciously affording to them. The use of private land is restricted only to snowmobiles and only for winter months so the pristine nature of the landscape is not disturbed or disrupted. Along with all of these opportunities that the VAST volunteer organization establishes for vacationers and Vermont residents, they also provide constantly updated information on their website. Before the day begins, snowmobilers can log on to www.vast.org and find out what the weather conditions are expected to be before they even step out the door. Because of the efforts of the VAST members, Vermont has become one of the most popular places where snowmobilers from all over North America visit to fully experience the thrill and excitement that snowmobiling has to offer. Snowmobile Vacations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula The Upper Peninsula of Michigan has been a long time favorite destination for snowmobilers and vacationers who love the frigid cold of the winter season. With the guaranteed cold weather and large amount of annual snowfall, winter vacationers are sure to find the ideal conditions for their winter activity of choice. Snowmobiling happens to be one of the most popular winter sports in the Upper Peninsula along with many other regions of North America. Planning your next snowmobile trip in the U.P. will most assuredly provide you with an exciting time of snowmobiling followed by a soothing and relaxing time in one of the many winter lodges. In Marquette, Michigan, snowmobilers will delight in the facilities provided for them. The Nordic Bay Lodge is a premier snowmobiling vacation spot where guests can enjoy the amazing views of Lake Superior from any window in the lodge. With the lodge's contemporary European style, it is sure to satisfy even the most discerning vacationer. Some of the amenities include an indoor sauna in each room, wireless internet capabilities, private balconies with astounding views, and a fully equipped kitchen. Courtesy of the lodge, there is also a shuttle service to and from the many skiing and snowmobile facilities in the area, making the Nordic Bay Lodge one of the most hassle-free winter vacation facilities in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In Newberry, Michigan, vacationers who are on a budget will enjoy the more moderately priced Comfort Inn for their stay. This hotel also rents out snowmobiles to give their guests an added measure of convenience. Curtis, Michigan contains the Fish and Hunt Shop of Curtis, Michigan where guests and residents can pick up supplies for winter activities, such as ice fishing and safety gear for snowmobiling. The Munising Snowmobile Rentals and the Superior Motel Snowmobile rental offer their visitors inexpensive packages for snowmobilers. For less than $200 a day, guests can take advantage of overnight accommodations along with snowmobile and equipment rental. Helmets and suits are also available with a trailer to haul the rented snowmobiles to the trails. Along with ideal snowmobiling conditions, Michigan's Upper Peninsula provides other activities that winter vacationers will be sure to enjoy. Every February, there is the Michigan Ice Festival -- a carnival-like event featuring amazing ice sculptures and other attractions that winter guests will enjoy. There is also an annual dog sled race in the Upper Peninsula, which is a favorite local event that attracts visitors from all around. These and other activities make for enjoyable evenings after a long day of snowmobiling across the winter landscape. The cities in Michigan's Upper Peninsula strive to attract snowmobilers from around the region. They encourage the enjoyment of their landscape by winter lovers from all around. Several winter-related organizations provide websites for snowmobilers and winter vacationers of all sorts. The websites are dedicated to providing the latest weather conditions and information about the snowmobile trails along with equipment rental information and a full calendar of winter events. Website visitors can contribute to the site through forums, stories, and photos of their past snowmobile experiences. These sites also offer live webcams that view selected winter trails and interviews with other winter activity lovers to encourage others in their adventures. Each city also has some type of accommodations for snowmobilers, whether it is resorts, cabins, or motels, the facilities constantly strive to meet the specific needs of snowmobilers and winter activity enthusiasts. With an average of over 200 inches of annual snowfall for a winter season, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan makes snowmobiling and other winter activities easy to enjoy. There is never a worry about if there will be enough fresh snow or cold weather because this region of the country is almost guaranteed to have ideal winter conditions every year. Nestled in the serenity of undisturbed nature, Michigan's Upper Peninsula also has a relaxing atmosphere, making it an ideal place for honeymoons, anniversary trips, or just a getaway from the chaos of everyday life. Snowmobile Vacations in British Columbia, Canada Canada has some of the premier resorts and facilities designed to fit the needs of snowmobilers and other winter sport enthusiasts. The vast snowy landscape along with the predictable wintry conditions are ideal for taking a snowmobile through the thousands of miles of trails that are wonderfully maintained throughout the area. Several provinces in Canada also contain organizations and facilities that strive to make the snowmobiling experience even more thrilling and enjoyable. British Columbia is an ideal place for snowmobilers in Canada to enjoy the favorite winter activity. With an astonishing 50-70 feet of annual snowfall, the conditions in this region make for thrilling experiences in the great wide-open landscape. The Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours -- a British Columbian Company in Revelstoke, British Columbia -- is a government licensed tour facility that has also won awards for the their highly-acclaimed snowmobile tours and operations. They offer vacationers great options for renting the latest in snowmobile in technology along with accessories and safety equipment. They are dedicated to providing guests with the best possible options by replacing their equipment often and maintaining the equipment that they have. Most of their snowmobiles are equipped with two-inch tracks, ideal for traveling through deep snow and doubling as flotation skis for gliding over areas of water. In addition to the rental equipment, the Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours Company offers a variety of private and open guided snowmobile tours to fit the skills of any snowmobiler. Most of the tours are package deals that provide all of the essentials needed for a long snowmobile trip, including safety equipment and meals along the way. Most tours involve small groups of five or six snowmobilers, so there is a greater chance of trips customized to fit the needs of each group participant. Upon returning to the destination, snowmobilers are treated to free appetizers. Other packages include a steak and salmon barbecue in a private facility. Other specialized snowmobile tours are available, including a tour for women only and trips that span out over several days. Frequent area snowmobilers will appreciate the guided tours because there is always new terrain to experience along the way and interesting nature and wildlife in the surroundings, including hot springs and caribou. One of the premier winter resorts in the British Columbia area is the Glacier House Resort in Revelstoke. This is an ideal place where many tours begin their trip. The resort offers guests a fireplace in their private lodge-style rooms along with an indoor pool and Jacuzzis in the bathrooms. The resort also provides a variety of specialized spa services and a lodge-style tavern with a large projector screen in the meeting area that plays snowmobiling DVDs throughout the day. It also provides guests with daily trail updates and an avalanche danger rating so snowmobilers will know what the conditions are like before heading out for the day. Surrounded by the Frisby, Turtle, and Boulder Mountains, Glacier House Resort affords guests glorious views from the private balconies. The Canadian province of British Columbia is one of the best places to plan your next snowmobile vacation because of the many services their resorts offer to their guests. With customized tours and expert guides, even inexperienced snowmobilers will feel comfortable learning how to ride at one of the many British Columbia winter resorts, namely the Glacier House Resort. Experienced users will enjoy the more challenging trails available to them. All guests will undoubtedly marvel in the spectacular mountain views from their resort along with the luxurious amenities provided. Snowmobile Vacationing in Aspen Aspen, Colorado is widely famous for their abundance of snowy weather and opportunities to explore winter sports excitement. Skiing has typically been the activity of choice in Aspen, but the recent popularity of snowboarding and snowmobiling has brought many other visitors and regular vacationers to the many resorts and hotels in the city. The mountains provide snowmobilers a thrilling and exciting chance to enjoy the terrain according to their varied riding abilities. From first-time users to expert riders, there are trails and customized options to fit the need of every vacationer so there is no reason to be intimidated by the snowy hills Aspen. The Snowmass Village in Aspen, Colorado is a premier resort for winter vacationers who thoroughly enjoy experiencing the great outdoors during the frigid and snowy winter months. At an elevation of 8,000 feet, winter lovers will be sure to enjoy the many snowmobiling opportunities that are available to them. Guided tours are a great way to experience the wonderful nature that the Aspen landscape has to offer. Guides at the resorts are experienced and friendly so they are dedicated to make your snowmobiling adventure a pleasurable and exciting time. For other exciting experiences, snowmobilers can choose other ways to experience the Aspen area. There are tours through popular ghost towns that snowmobilers might enjoy so they can add a cultural and educational aspect to their snowmobiling vacation. The tours of the Independence town are ideal for even first-time snowmobilers. Just a few miles south of Aspen, vacationers have easy access to this unique opportunity that offers riders transportation and snowmobile equipment at no extra cost combined with a delicious lunch along the way. Special packages are available to fit the needs of families, couples or singles who want to enjoy touring an actual ghost town with their snowmobiles. Other snowmobile tours will take vacationers through the beautiful scenery of the forest and other natural scenery of the Aspen area. The Klondike Lunch Tour, for instance, takes riders through the gorgeous White River National Forest during the winter months when it is blanketed in a white sheet of fresh snow. Vacationers can choose to stay at the popular Klondike lodging facility that provides guests with spectacular views of the snow-covered Pyramid Peak directly outside of their window. Customized packages are available to suit the needs of any guest who wants to travel as a group or individually. Similarly, the Maroon Bells Tour gives snowmobilers amazing views one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in North America -- the Maroon Bells. Even first-time riders can take advantage of these tours that last for a few hours to give vacationers ample opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking Aspen winter landscape. Snowmobilers who wish to fully appreciate the opportunities afforded to them by Aspen winter vacation resorts should be certain to take notes of their particular resort's requirements when planning their vacation. Most places, for instance, require snowmobile riders to be at least 18 years old in order to operate a snowmobile. For rented equipment, it is important to know that some resorts do not offer insurance to users, so great care and precaution is required if your vacation plans involve renting a snowmobile from a resort where this is the case. Packing warm clothing and gear is essential for enjoying the winter weather, too. Some resorts offer equipment rental, such as boots and snowmobile suits, but brining your own guarantees that you will always have these snowmobiling basics at all times. Guidelines and regulations are important so that guests and vacationers can all enjoy the various opportunities that Aspen resorts offer. Wintertime is a great way to bring families together or to experience the thrill and excitement of snowmobiling and other winter sports with friends or a loved one. With a variety of available and unique guided tours along scenic trails and radiant mountains, snowmobilers are sure to have the time of their life by planning their winter vacations at one of the luxurious and friendly Aspen resorts. Snowmobile Renting Tips When going on a snowmobile vacation, one way to lessen your hassles is to leave your snowmobiles at home and rent the equipment from the resort where you are going to stay. Many resorts that specialize in winter seasonal vacations offer snowmobile rentals and even equipment and clothing to make your snowmobile experiences safer and more enjoyable. Other vacationers might choose to ship their own snowmobiles to their destination. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option. In order to fully enjoy your snowmobiling vacation, it is important to consider the options available to you regarding your snowmobile equipment. If you are a beginning snowmobiler, you might enjoy a snowmobiling vacation at a resort where you can rent a snowmobile and the equipment needed. Rather than buying expensive machines that you will not enjoy, many resorts offer the newest equipment available along with top-notch experts to help you learn to use it safely. This gives beginners the chance to test their enthusiasm about snowmobiling while also giving avid snowmobilers the opportunity to test out the newest equipment before buying a new one. Along with the rental of the snowmobile, customers also have the option of renting waterproof suits, boots, and gloves to help protect them from the cold weather and the winter elements while still enjoying the season. Helmets are also available and they are essential to ensure the safety of snowmobilers, whether they are beginners or experts. Another benefit of renting a snowmobile from a resort or dealership is that it saves money. Infrequent snowmobilers will benefit from renting a snowmobile and the equipment needed to enjoy the fun that snowmobiling has to offer. Renting a couple times a year will invariably be less expensive than buying a snowmobile every few years if you are not an avid snowmobiler. Even for avid snowmobilers, renting equipment from a resort that you are vacationing at will be less expensive -- not to mention less of a hassle -- than shipping your snowmobile and equipment to your vacation spot. Rental places will undoubtedly offer insurance for the rented equipment where the user will be responsible for only a deductible in case of an accident. An added advantage to renting a snowmobile from your vacation resort is that they normally have experienced guides who will take families or individuals along the more scenic and exciting parts of the available trails along the forests. The guides are expertly trained so they can customize tours and trails to your specific riding ability. The beginning snowmobilers will be taken on tours along smooth trails with more straight-aways while other more experienced users can choose to go on more thrilling trails that wind through the forests and hills of the winter landscape. This not only provides riders with peace of mind, but it can also give beginners and experts alike the opportunity to experience views and experiences that they otherwise would have missed if they went on the trails alone. Although it is easier and less expensive to rent a snowmobile from a dealer or a vacation resort, experienced users might prefer to have their equipment shipped to their vacation spot. There are several reasons for this, but the most common reason is because it may take some time for a person to get accustomed to a new snowmobile. By the time an experienced user gets accustomed to rental equipment, the vacation could be over. Several companies offer door-to-door snowmobile shipments and plenty of insurance if an owner is willing to pay for it. That option is generally used for experts and competitive riders rather than the occasional rider. Oftentimes, the amount that it takes to ship a snowmobile and the accompanying equipment is just as much, if not more, than the rental price with rental insurance included. It is up to the user to weigh the available options to make a decision based on their personal preference. Questions Answered about Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park is one of the favorite places for avid snowmobilers to go to enjoy a thrilling adventure. However, in recent years, the future of snowmobiling in the park is questionable due to the added pollution and danger to the natural beauty of the area. Snowmobilers who have enjoyed vacations in the park for many years have concerns regarding this winter vacation spot. Others have other questions about snowmobiling in Yellowstone. Following are some answers to many of the concerns that have been discussed in relation to snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park. Vacationers who enjoy snowmobiling in Yellowstone will be able to continue enjoying thrilling rides and exciting opportunities along the thousands of miles of trails available in the park. The park rangers and officials have decided that snowmobiling in Yellowstone can continue, but they have placed several restrictions on this privilege in order to maintain the pristine beauty of the surrounding landscape. Snowmobiles will need to be quieter models with a more efficient exhaust system to minimize the amount of pollution pumped into the park's fresh air. As a result, vacationers will need to make plans and reservations in advance because of the fewer number of snowmobilers allowed in the park each day. Some inexperienced users are intimidated by the opportunities available in Yellowstone. Since it is such a popular place for snowmobilers, first-timers often feel that it is a place for experts and thrill-seekers. This is not the case. Most of the guests that vacation at Yellowstone are inexperienced or first-time snowmobilers. The park facilities offer many services to accommodate these vacationers. Lessons and tour guides are available to ensure that each snowmobiler will find exactly what they are looking for in Yellowstone. Snowmobiles are machines that are easy to operate, so it takes very little time for first-timers to learn how to operate and maneuver one properly. Yellowstone facilities also offer extra protective clothing to go along with snowmobile rentals or as separate items. Accessories that are specially designed to keep out the frigid winter weather, such as boots, gloves, and snowmobile pants, are offered to guests who may have forgotten their equipment or preferred to forego the hassle of packing them for the trip. Helmets and other safety gear are available, too. Many of the newer models of snowmobiles for rent include heated handlebars, seats, and the heat from the motor also blows on you as you blaze across the winter landscape. For added comfort and convenience, along the trails the snowmobiler is never more than 27 miles away from a bathroom or rest facility, either. Tours throughout Yellowstone can be customized to fit your group's needs. Some tours begin early in the morning and last all day with a return to your lodging accommodations by early evening. The more thrilling and strenuous tours can last for days while others may only last for a few hours. Choosing the best tour to fit your needs is totally up to you and your group. With either choice, the tour guide always makes several stops so snowmobilers can enjoy the awe- inspiring Yellowstone scenery and relax in the natural surroundings. Tours through the park are meant to be stress-free and enjoyable, so the guides will not push the group to do anything that will disturb your enjoyment of the experience. For added comfort, inexperienced riders can choose to ride on a snowmobile with an adult in the group if they are intimidated by snowmobiling alone. Yellowstone National Park snowmobiling tour packages include everything needed for an enjoyable tour through the snowy landscape of the park. Snowmobiles, clothing, safety equipment, and even food and lodging are combined into one simple package price which leaves the snowmobiling vacationer worry-free during their stay. With everything provided, avid and first-time snowmobilers can rest easy knowing that their Yellowstone experience will undoubtedly be a thrilling and enjoyable time that they will want to experience during every winter season. Snowmobiling Vacations in Alberta, Canada Snowmobiling is a winter activity that can be enjoyed by friends and families in both the United States and Canada. Alberta, Canada is one of the premier Canadian provinces where snowmobiling is a major pastime of resident and vacationers alike. The country's consistently snowy weather and frigid conditions make for the landscape being almost constantly covered with ideal powder for snowmobiling and other winter activities for those who appreciate the winter season. With thousands of miles of groomed and ungroomed trails combined with amazing scenery along the way, snowmobilers who choose Alberta as their snowmobiling vacation spot will undoubtedly find what they are looking for. For an ideal snowmobiling vacation, Toby Creek Adventuress in Alberta provides vacationers with breathtaking tours to fit the varied skills of any snowmobiler. With over ten years of experience and excellent customer service, the facilities at Toby Creek Adventuress will meet the specific needs of families, groups, or individuals who want to have a thrilling snowmobile vacation in Canada. The guides have researched the best and most scenic landscape of the surrounding areas and they generally plan their tours through the most alluring areas. Near the Panorama Mountain Village and the Kootenay National Park, guided snowmobile tours along the winding groomed trails through the plethora of trees will offer breathtaking scenery and views. A Toby Creek Adventures snowmobiling vacation does not stop with experiencing some of the best scenery that the Alberta landscape has to offer. Vacationers can add to the enjoyment of their experience by renting and riding the best new snowmobiles available on the market. This saves vacationers the time and hassle of bringing along or shipping their snowmobile and equipment to their destination resort. With the rental of a snowmobile, guests also receive essential safety equipment, including boots, a helmet, and quality snowmobile suits that will help ensure the enjoyment of the already exciting experience. In addition, riders can be assured that these snowmobiles are ideal for the environment as they are specially designed with emission-reducing engines and exhaust systems. The Toby Creek Adventures facilities are dedicated to providing the best snowmobiling experiences possible. They strive to achieve these goals in several ways. For instance, they consistently re-invest a large percentage of the revenue that they receive from vacationers and snowmobilers into their business, equipment, and trails. They make certain that their trails are constantly groomed and updated to offer sightseers snowmobile rides with the best views available. The Toby Creek Adventures company also strives to update their rental equipment so guests can be assured that they have access to top-notch snowmobiles and winter gear. The tour guides also claim to be some of the best in the industry. Most of them are employees that have worked for the company long-term and enjoy returning in order to help guests have the best possible snowmobiling experience. The Toby Creek Adventures is also a founding member of the British Columbia Commercial Snowmobile Association (BCCSA) -- an organization whose members actively try to improve the snowmobiling industry. For a snowmobile vacation that can be both relaxing and thrilling, Albert's Toby Creek Adventuress is one of the better facilities available for winter vacationers who want to visit Canada's breathtaking winter landscape. Snowmobilers have a variety of options that they can take advantage of, including snowmobiling Adventuress that last for a few hours or multi-day trips with expert tour guides at affordable prices. They have even added a new "Ladies Only Tour" option to further cater to the various needs of their guests. Evenings can be used for relaxing in one of the rustic and comfortable resorts in the area after a long day of activities and snowmobiling. Couples will appreciate snuggling up in front of the crackling fire while families and friends will enjoy gathering around the television available in the individual rooms of the resorts or the common areas. Whatever the situation, Toby Creek Adventuress will have customized services to fit the specific needs of any winter vacationer in Alberta.






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