Snowmobiling 101

Rev your engines; these winterized ATVs are fun for all ages. Designed to travel across deep snow, snowmobiling has become a popular winter sport to race and ride. Here are our FAQs on the sport.

How popular is snowmobiling?

There are over 3000 snowmobile clubs worldwide. The most popular states for snowmobiling are Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan according to number of registered users. February always has an official “Take a Friend Snowmobiling Week.”

What are the major snowmobile brands?

There are four major snowmobile manufacturers: Arctic Cat - Plymouth, MN; BRP - Valcourt, Quebec; Polaris Industries - Medina, MN; and Yamaha Motor Corporation - Cypress, CA.

Are there different kinds?

Much like skis, there are different types for different agility levels. An entry-level Snowmobile, called a trail model is easy to ride and relatively inexpensive. They can be equipped with electric start and reverse for easy starting and maneuvering. There are also performance snowmobiles which are heavier and more responsive, touring snowmobiles which accommodate two riders in more comfort, mountain snowmobiles configured for tougher terrain, and utility snowmobiles designed to tow and work.

How much does a snowmobile typically cost?

Snowmobile prices start at approximately $2,000 for a used snowmobile to $10,000 for new. They can usually be rented in hourly, half day or full day increments, depending on your region and if you want a single or multi-passenger ride, but they will typically run about $100-150 an hour or $300-500 for the day, depending how touristy of an area you’re in.

Is snowmobiling safe?

As with any sport, there are inherent risks, but if you do your best to take precautions and be smart, you can minimize those risks. Some common safety tips- don’t drink and drive, expect the unexpected, don’t ride alone or without telling anyone where you’re going, and check local weather conditions before you go.