Snowmobile Trail Conditions: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

snowmobiling on great trail conditions

Be Aware of Unsafe Snowmobile Trail Conditions So You Can Ride Safe

 

You probably don’t need a doctor to tell you that snowmobiling isn’t the safest sport. Just about everyone who’s been riding for a few years could tell you a story or two about getting hurt or getting close to it. Other people aren’t lucky enough to tell the tale. Snowmobiling is all about having fun, but part of having fun is staying safe. And part of staying safe is knowing how much of a risk is too much when it comes to determining whether or not your snowmobile trail conditions are safe or unsafe.

So what makes a trail unsafe? And how can you be sure that a trail is safe? It’s not just being a snow-covered trail system. There are all sorts of hidden aspects that can make your ride more dangerous than it needs to be. And being a responsible rider is knowing when to turn around. So let’s talk about some of those things that make snowmobile trail conditions unsafe.

 

snowmobiling on ungroomed trail conditions can be fun but possibly unsafe

 

The Rider and Snowmobiling Trail Conditions

 

First and foremost, we need to talk about the person on top of the snowmobile. Whether it’s you or someone you love, being safe means being prepared. The two biggest contributing factors to snowmobiling accidents are speed and alcohol consumption. You might be thinking “that sounds like the ingredients for fun”. Sure, until you end up wrapped around a tree.

Remember to never drink and ride. Don’t even drink beforehand. The alcohol is fine once you’re safely back home, but drinking during or before is going to cause your senses to be dulled, making you an unsafe rider. It’s no different than driving a car while intoxicated… and it’s equally as illegal and unsafe.

Also, think about how fast you’re going. I know, I’m starting to sound like that uncool teacher in high school now. But at the end of the day, you can never know the true conditions under the snow. Never barrel down a straightaway or take a corner at speed you know you couldn’t pull out of if things get hairy.

 

a beautiful scene of a gorgeous snowmobile trail in great condition

 

The Culprits Involved with Possibly Unsafe Snowmobiling Trail Conditions

 

There are a few things that are going to generally be what make your trails unsafe. Ice, water and ungroomed trails. But remember what G.I. Joe said, “knowing is half the battle”. Do your research before you head out and check your local trail reports. Your local trail report will have all of the information you need to determine where you need to go to ride safely.

 

ice can cause a snowmobile trail's conditions to be potentially very dangerous and unsafe

 

How Ice Affects Snowmobiling Trail Conditions

 

Snowmobilers fall through the ice every year. For some, it is fatal. This is why New Hampshire’s Fish and Game always advises that all ice-covered bodies of water should be considered potentially dangerous. We all know that you should check to see how thick ice is before you even consider riding on it. Follow NH’s lead; save yourself AND your snowmobile from the potential of falling through the ice.

But the problem with ice is that it is not completely uniform. Ice forms unevenly over the surface of the water. The thickness determined in one area of a lake or other body of water should not be taken to be completely indicative of the entire body of water. It could become paper thin at some points, and it’s going to spell disaster if you ride over it.

 

snowmobilers should be careful when riding near or on bodies of water, as they could be unsafe snowmobiling trail conditions

 

Water and Snowmobiling Trail Conditions

 

Water and ice seem to go hand in hand, and they do. But they can also be two completely different monsters. Water generally does not completely freeze in the winter as long as the body is large enough. When it’s covered in fresh snow and invisible to the naked eye, it can be extremely dangerous.

It is important to generally stick to snowmobile trails you know for this reason. Perhaps more importantly, its key to use trails that you know without snow, so take more hikes or rides on your favorite trails during the warmer season as well. It’s fun to go out into the wilderness and brace the elements. But that’s how you end up with your snowmobile in a ditch filled with water up to your waist that you didn’t know about.

Hypothermia is a very real danger that exists for snowmobile riders, so keep yourself safe, and know the signs. If you think you or someone else in your party might be suffering from hypothermia, it’s very important that you get that person to medical attention as quickly as possible.

 

ungroomed snowmobile trails can be fun, but if you are unfamiliar with an area, the trail condition could be bad

 

Ungroomed Snowmobile Trails

 

This is one that can apply even to trails that you know like the back of your hand. Trails of any kind, and especially snowmobiling trails, require grooming to keep them passable. If you’re from a region of extreme weather, you know how much this can affect the conditions of your favorite snowmobile trail.

Grooming can be as simple as flattening down a trail that people can easily identify. However, after rough weather, you might be dealing with a downed tree, dead animals, or anything else obstructing your path. This is why your speed is something you should always consider. We want to feel that rush when we’re going fast, but you can never know exactly what the condition coming down the trail and around the next turn will be.

When you keep your speed reasonable, you’re going to give yourself that extra time you need to react to the unexpected. So again, go ahead and check out those local trail reports before you get out there, but always keep your wits about you!

 

this rider is having a blast while snowmobiling on great trail conditions

 

The Risks and the Rewards of Various Snowmobile Trail Conditions

 

So there are some of the things that can make your snowmobile trail conditions dangerous, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. We don’t want to scare you away from your snowmobile forever (as if we could)… but keep these tips in mind to stay safe when you’re out on the trails.

The best ride is always going to be the one that gets you back home safely at the end of the day. If you want to discover some new snowmobile trails, check out our blog that features 25 of our favorites in the USA!

 

snowmobilers love the great outdoors and safe snowmobiling trail conditions


Snowmobile Repair Work You Can Do Yourself

snowmobile repair work that you can DIY makes you feel like this guy

Snowmobile Repair: Keep Your Sled in Good Condition Without the Mechanic Bills

 

Not every tiny setback with your snowmobile should have you running for the phone to call your local repair shop. In fact, in the middle of winter, you have to expect that your local shop is going to have a sizable backlog of snowmobile repair work on deck. So don’t let those long wait times deter you from taking care of your sled. In the long run, maintaining your snowmobile is going to take much less time, money and effort than repairing it will.

So before you let your sled break down, take a look at this list of snowmobile repair work that you can do for yourself at home.

 

Snowmobile repair work shouldn't keep you off the trails

 

Be Prepared to Take on Snowmobile Repair Work at Home

 

Before you get the toolbox out and have to deal with a pool of oil seeping across the garage, make sure you have the right knowledge for the job! Don’t start the work without your snowmobile’s correct repair manual. It’s going to tell you everything you need to know about making adjustments and handling regular maintenance or full-on repairs.

Also, when in doubt, check out YouTube! It’s a guarantee that you’re not the first person to experience whatever problem your sled has. It’s also a pretty safe bet that someone has taken the time to record themselves making that same snowmobile repair, or adjustment, and has uploaded their tutorial to YouTube. No matter how handy a person you are, it’s always good to have some reassurance that you’re making the right moves.

 

Before embarking on snowmobile repair work, so you can hit the trails like this guy, read through your manual.

 

Fluid Levels are Important

 

One of the most obvious things to do at home is the same thing you do with your car. Maintain those fluid levels. Regularly change your snowmobile’s oil according to the manufacturer guidelines. This is going to keep your sled happy and running healthy all season long. It will also minimize any snowmobile repair work you will need to tackle down the line.

You need to think about your chaincase oil, too. This also needs to be changed in with certain frequency and is every bit as important as your engine oil. Keep your drive train happy and healthy for a long time by following those helpful manufacturer guidelines.

Again, don’t go in blind if you don’t know what you’re doing! Check out trusted resources like this great tutorial on oil changes from snowmobile.com.

 

Keep on the trails like this guy and make sure your snowmobile repair work is minimized through regular maintenance

 

Adjust the Chain Tension

 

If you’re thinking about your chaincase oil, it’s probably a good idea to think about your chain tension as well. A loose chain is going to skip and possibly even grind on your sprockets. This can cause damage which is going to leave you in need of those professional snowmobile repairs.

Get Greasy!

 

Grease is the lifeblood of your snowmobile. Get some fresh grease in all the spots that need it: rear and front suspension, the steering components, and the drivetrain are all going to need it at certain intervals. Make sure to take a look around to see what it needs.

 

Snowmobile repair work can be done with basic tools like these wrenches.

 

Perform Regular Snowmobile Maintenance

 

Certain parts of your sled are going to wear down over time, like your bolts and fasteners. You also need to think about your clutches. Make sure to take regular looks at all of these components. Your clutches need to be cleaned periodically, and sometimes even rebuilt, but you’ll never know if you’re not keeping with a schedule. This might sound like a lot of work, but you’ll be breathing a sigh of relief when you don’t have to face those bills from the snowmobile repair shop.

 

Keep it Clean!

 

This might sound like a no-brainer, but we’ve all got that friend. The person with a sled that’s always covered in salt and mud and whatever else they’re picking up. While they might be going for that “battle-scarred” look, it’s not going to look as cool when their sled turns into a pile of corroded rust. You wouldn’t let your car go all winter without a trip to the car wash, so don’t submit your sled to that kind of torture!

 

Make an Inspection Schedule for Your Snowmobile

 

Some things don’t have specific end dates. Your hyfax and carbides are vital to the performance of your sled, but you can’t just say they need to be replaced every X amount of miles. Make a schedule for yourself to routinely check out the health of your hyfax and carbides.

Inspect your lights as well. Headlights and tail lights might not be something we typically think of as needing repairs, but it’s something your snowmobile needs in order to be safe. You don’t want to be riding home at sunset and find out that one or both of your headlights are out.

 

Is your snowmobile in need of repairs or are you taking care of things at home so you can ride like this guy?

 

Lots of Snowmobile Repair Work Can Be Done By You

 

With the right knowledge, there’s no need to take your snowmobile into the shop for professional hands (and professional bills) for every little thing. Not to mention the season is only so long, and you want your sled to spend as much time on the trails, and at as many snowmobiling events, as possible.

Some repairs and maintenance are easy enough to do at home. Save yourself some cash this season and take matters into your own hands!

How Does Snowmobile Drag Racing on Asphalt Work?

icy highway where snowmobile drag racing might take place in the warmer months

Snowmobile Drag Racing on Asphalt Ensures that Sleds Don’t Have to Get Locked Away During the Summer 

 

Allow me to do my best Jay Leno impression… *AHEM* “So, uh… snowmobile drag racing… Have you seen this, have you heard about this? Snowmobile drag racing. Makes me think, maybe these people just need to buy a motorcycle.”

Taking your sled onto the asphalt for snowmobile drag racing is a trend that is gaining a lot of popularity across the country. So much so that you can find modified parts specifically for getting your snowmobile onto the drag strip. And when you hear that drag racing sleds can get up to 200 mph it’s easy to see why people like it so much.

We all know snowmobile riders have a need for speed. So it’s no wonder that people have been modifying their sleds so they can keep them running all year long, including snowmobile drag racing when snow isn’t required.

No more waiting for winter, it’s time to get to the strip!

 

these snowmobilers are racing on a winter track, but they also enjoy snowmobile drag racing on the asphalt

 

How Does Snowmobile Drag Racing Work?

 

You can just take your unmodified snowmobile and put it on the track and rip the throttle. You can also take your car and drive it into a lake. Neither one is particularly advisable. And I think we can all see how that might go a little haywire.

So what do you need to do to get your sled ready for the switch from snow to blacktop?

Well, it all starts with a little modification.

 

Snowmobile Drag Racing Mods

 

Tracks

 

The first thing you need to think about is your tracks. Asphalt tracks come in 15” tracks and 10 ⅝”, and while the smaller tracks are going to give you more speed, they require more extensive modification of your snowmobile if you’re planning on drag racing.

If this is a project you’re willing to put the time and money into, and if you are thinking about dedicating a specific sled to the asphalt, you can go with the smaller tracks.

On the other hand, if this is something you’re trying for the first time, the inexpensive route is always the best one. See how you like snowmobile drag racing as a sport in general, then think about making those bigger upgrades in the future.

The biggest difference between asphalt and snow tracks is how tight you’re going to make it. The asphalt track needs to be TIGHT. Honestly, there’s no such thing as “too tight” when you’re talking about asphalt tracks.

At high speeds, your track is going to balloon out, and if it is too loose, it’s going to start smacking the tunnel’s underside. This can happen when braking as well.

 

Rear Suspension

 

Your modifications to the rear suspension are going to be three-fold. The first step is to remove the sliders because they aren’t used in asphalt racing. Easy-peasy.

The next part is adding some wheels to prevent your rails from touching the track. There can be a lot of variability in how many wheels you need to add. It can depend on the model and track. Ultimately, you just don’t want your track touching anything when turning around the skid.

The last step is to limit your suspension by strapping it down. This is going to do a couple of important things for your snowmobile drag racing. It’s going to prevent your front end from coming up on acceleration.  It’s also going to make all of your accelerating momentum push you forward rather than up, thus increasing your ability to get moving.

 

this strip of asphalt would be excellent for snowmobile drag racing

 

Front Suspension and Skis

 

Are you ready for a little break from all the hard work? After-market skis are generally bolt-in for your snowmobile. No problems there.

Your front suspension is going to be modified just like your rear suspension. Just get that track to sit as flat as you can get it on the ground. Also, take some time to check your ski alignment. You want it pretty straight, and to be aligned parallel with the track. This is going to keep you moving straight as you’re taking off the line.

The NHRA, which actually governs snowmobile drag racing as well, requires snowmobile dragsters to have one inch of suspension travel.

 

Clutch and Gearing

 

Here’s where modifying your snowmobile takes a little more thinking. There is no real guideline for how you should adjust your clutch and gearing – it’s all pretty much based on what you’re comfortable with and how you feel your sled will run best.

One thing we can tell you is this: it’s not top performance that wins the race, it’s consistency.

 

Safety

 

This is always going to be your most important factor in racing, or just riding your snowmobile. If you don’t have a safety tether on your snowmobile, you’re definitely going to want to install one.

Always check on your brakes and brake pads. We’ve spent all this time thinking about going fast, so now we also need to think about what happens when the race is over.

If your sled is modified, be sure that you are in compliance with NHRA regulations. If your machine is going to be able to do a run in under 10 seconds, you’re also going to need a professional license. Beating 10 seconds might sound laughable, but it’s completely possible with the right sled and mods.

 

snowmobile drag racing on asphalt versus a motorcyclist

 

Time to Get your Snowmobile Drag Racing on the Asphalt

 

Once you’ve made the necessary mods, you can find tracks all over the country. Prepping your snowmobile for asphalt tracks can be a really fun project, and even more fun once you’re racing.

No longer are the snowmobilers quarantined to only having fun in the winter time! Get your Ski-Doo or Polaris into the garage and start modifying it this spring.

That way you can be out there in the summer heat making your opponent sweat extra hard!

Funny Snowmobile Memes That You Have to Check Out

funny snowmobile memes you have to check out

Funny Snowmobile Memes Are The Best!

No one is funnier than a snowmobiler. Come on, it’s safe, you can admit it!

But if you don’t believe us, check out these super funny snowmobile memes and let us prove that nothing makes you more hilarious than riding a snowmobile until you turn into a popsicle.

Summer Sucks

Save this one to send to your buddy this summer when he starts saying he can’t wait for it to be winter. We get it. We feel the same way, bud.

 

funny snowmobile memes - summer sucks

 

Complain About Winter

I don’t get how anyone could hate winter. If you don’t like the cold, maybe you should consider a change of scenery. Because while you’re complaining about the cold, I’m thinking about carving through the fresh powder until my face turns red.

 

funny snowmobile memes - complain about winter

 

Follow Your Heart, Bring Your Brain

Here’s another good one to send your sledding buddy. Maybe not anybody, but that one special friend you’ve got. You know, the one who likes to leave the house with his brain still sitting in the jar on the mantle.

 

funny snowmobile memes - follow your heart, take your brain

 

Hokey Pokey

Bet you didn’t think you’d be practicing your dance moves when you left the house this morning, did ya?

Well, it’s time to show the kids how you got mom to say yes, by showing her your funky dance moves. Who could deny this?

 

funny snowmobile memes - hokey pokey

 

Memories Aren’t Made Playing Video Games

Speaking of the kids, here’s a snowmobile meme about them!

They might have access to every sled and fancy rider in the world on their video game, but it’s never going to beat getting on your Arctic Cat or Ski-Doo and making some real-life memories with mom or dad.

When you get out there this year, don’t forget to bring the kids along with you!

 

funny snowmobile memes - memories are made

 

Love is a Snowmobile

Matt Groening, the creator of everybody’s favorite yellow family, The Simpson’s, has some… er… unique ideas about love and snowmobiles.

Maybe I don’t understand this one because I’m not married. By the way, if you ask your wife if this is true and she says yes, I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

 

funny snowmobile memes - love is a snowmobile

 

Let’s Have Some Snow

Those October and February feelings… Almost time to get out there, but not quite. But you’re done waiting! We understand. When we’re talking about a lack of snow, that’s a serious problem.

 

funny snowmobile memes - let's have some snow

 

I Fear Nothing… Except for Hidden Fences

Even a person with nothing to fear has an Achille’s Heal. Remember to stay on the marked trails and stay out of trouble!

There, now we can officially say that we tried to warn you. What you do from here is on you.

 

funny snowmobile memes - hidden fences

 

Addictive

Clearly, a person on drugs doesn’t have a snowmobile. No, because if they had a snowmobile they wouldn’t need drugs. And if they had a snowmobile, they wouldn’t have money for drugs. Either way, Just Say No to drugs.

Anyway, have you seen the new models this year? I feel like the one I got last year isn’t good enough anymore. Maaaaaybe it’s time to get another.

 

funny snowmobile memes - addictive like drugs but much healthier

 

Rather Be Lost In the Woods

Your house is your home base, but where’s the fun in life without a little exploration? Besides, worst case scenario, that’s what they have search parties for, right?

 

funny snowmobile memes - lost in the woods

 

My Horsey

You probably know someone on social media who is always talking about how much they love their dogs or their horse, or their kids. Who says snowmobile riders aren’t caring, empathic, individuals?

We’ve got plenty of love and affection to give. Our animal just makes a slightly different noise than yours does.

 

funny snowmobile memes - my horsey

 

Just Proof of What We Already Know About Snowmobilers

See, I don’t need to tell you that snowmobilers are the funniest people out there. You already knew that.

But if you’ve got a motocross or motorcycle rider in your life who can’t stop complaining about not being able to ride, show them these funny snowmobile memes. Maybe you can finally get out for a ride with you.

And maybe they’ll find a sense of humor in the whole experience. But listen, we can’t guarantee anything. It’s just a phenomenal idea.

10 Fun Snowmobiling Events Coming Up!

this woman on her snowmobile, looking out at the mountains and trails, is ready for an excellent snowmobiling events season

Mark Your Calendars for an Amazing Snowmobiling Events Season

 

There is no shortage in America of people who love speed, sleds, and winter sports. At TMS Parts we want you to enjoy the best winter riding experience by attending awesome snowmobile events across the country. Having an excellent riding season isn’t only about what you’re riding. It’s also about where you’re riding.

 

when the snow covers the evergreens like it is here, you know lots of awesome snowmobile events are happening

 

But maybe you don’t have time to research and plan which snowmobile events you want to attend. Check out this list of 10 snowmobile events that are on our calendars this year!

Where Do You Want to Start Your Snowmobiling Adventures?

 

guy snowmobiling at one of the many winter snowmobiling events across the country

 

Iron Dog

December-February, Big Lakes, Alaska

While the registration period for “The World’s longest, toughest snowmobile race” is over, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch some of the excitement.

Riders put their skills and endurance to the test on over 2,000 miles of rugged Alaskan terrain during these events. Snowmobilers face the elements as well as each other for a shot at the glory of beating the world’s toughest snowmobile race.

Come see riders who live and breathe snowmobiles, and enter their raffle for a chance to win a new sled or even a tiny house!

 

East Coast Snocross

January-March, All along the East Coast

East Coast Snocross puts on some of the most exciting snowmobiling events and races all over the East Coast. Each race takes advantage of its state’s own geography and beautiful sights.

This year ECS will host their first event in Southern New Hampshire. If you’ve never visited this beautiful state, this might be the perfect opportunity to see some majestic mountains and get your adrenaline pumping!

Take a look at their event schedule to see where and when you can join the fun.

 

USSA Prostar Cup

January-March, Midwest, and Canada

The United States Snowmobile Association is the longest running sanctioning body since organized snowmobile racing began. They have a long-standing history of excellent and exciting snowmobiling events. They have sanctioned races in over 25 states across the country and even Canada.

Think you have what it takes to win? Sign up today to test your skills against some great riders in a competition that has stood the test of time.

 

amazing scenery with snow covered tress and evergreens is what you might see at many snowmobiling events

 

Take a Friend Snowmobiling!

January 19th, Hudson Crossing, NY

Are you a newcomer to the sled scene? The snowmobile clubs from Saratoga and Washington County are hosting a  Take a Friend snowmobiling event. Beginners can get tips from more experienced riders and test them out on the trails.

If this isn’t your first rodeo, it’s a great chance to give advice to new riders who are just starting to explore snowmobiling events. Just think of all the things you wish you knew when you started sledding.

Bring a friend along and spread your love for this great sport.

Best of all, it’s FREE! There are no entry or admission fees, just show up and get ready to have fun!

 

Annual Moose Jaw Safari

January 19th, Harbor Springs, Michigan

On the third Saturday of January, the Harbor Springs club hosts their annual Moose Jaw Safari. No registration or trail permit is required for vintage sleds at this event. You just need to show up at the right time and get ready for an expedition!

The ride is about 30 miles through wintery terrain to beautiful Lars Lake (about a 2-hour ride out). Witness some of the finest trials you’ll ever come across in Michigan and make sure to try the famous Bean soup waiting for you at the finish line.

What more could you ask for from a snowmobiling event?

 

Lake George Winter Carnival

February, Lake George, New York

Every weekend in February, come to Lake George for fun with the whole family at their annual Winter Carnival! There are ATV races and a polar plunge for the daredevils in your family. Kids can enjoy pony rides and marshmallow toasting on the beach, and plenty of great food and fireworks for everyone to enjoy.

There’s no reason you need to choose between having fun in the snow and having fun with your family. Check their event calendar to see everything there is to enjoy.

 

man snowmobiling down a mountain

 

A Snowmobile Parade For the History Books

February 1st, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Have you ever wanted to be part of snowmobiling history? Join this once in a lifetime experience at Sault Ste. Marie as the city attempts to break the world record for the longest snowmobile parade in history! They need at least 1,048 snowmobiles (you read that right) to partake in this event and get their name in the Guinness Book of World Records.

It’s a snowmobiling event for the ages!

If you’re interested in going down in the history books check out their facebook page. Make sure you give them a like and stay updated on their progress.

 

51st Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race

February 2nd Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

So what do you do the day after you get in the   Book of World Records? Well, how about going to see “Nascar on Ice”? February 2nd is the 51st Annual International 500 Snowmobile race, and it is one of the biggest snowmobile events for racers in the world!

Watch some of the fastest sleds in the world break speeds up to 100 mph and prepare to be awed when you learn that they put this together every year with 100% volunteer effort. These volunteers do it all with their passion for sleds and speed, and it’s sure to be a great time. But don’t just take our word for it, go see why Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan says, “if you enjoy NASCAR you will love the I-500 Snowmobile race!”

 

Snowmobile Expo and Powersports Show

March 15-17, West Yellowstone, Montanna

Santa comes in December, but there’s no reason you can’t start next year’s wishlist early, right?

Visit the Snowmobile Expo and Powersports show to see all of the newest innovations in snowmobiles and motorsports from the biggest names in the industry.

If you’re not interested in the new stuff, it’s also a great chance to come and show off your vintage sled! Enjoy the vintage snowmobile races at one of the classic snowmobiling events, and see how fast those beasts can still fly through the snow.

 

beautiful snowmobile trail in the winter

 

10th Annual NYSSA Vintage Sled Show

April 27th, Niagra Falls Convention Center, NY

Got love for the old school? Head to the Niagra Falls Convention Center to check out some incredible vintage snowmobiles! Held in conjunction with the SLEDNY education forum  this event is the place to be for any and all lovers of snowmobiles.

This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded riders who have a passion for the sleds of yesteryear.

 

Which Snowmobiling Events are You Heading to This Year?

 

No matter what kind of rider or spectator you are, there are all sorts of great snowmobiling events taking place this year. Get prepared, get your family and friends, and get planning now to make the most out of your winter season.

 

snowmobile rider speeding down hill

 

Can’t make these awesome snowmobiling events? Check out the 25 Best Snowmobile Trails in the USA for Every Level of Rider.

The 25 Best Snowmobile Trails in the USA for Every Level of Rider

snowmobile trails like this one are perfect for scenic riding

The Top Snowmobile Trails to Plan Your Adventures Around

Winter is about to come in full swing. Fresh powder is about to fall to the ground and change the world into a winter wonderland. Don’t you want to explore this new world?  Join in on the fun riding your snowmobile on the best trails in the US!

Maybe you’re looking for something different. Do you want a new adventure? How about new terrain and breathtaking scenery? Well look no further, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got the top snowmobile trails that are going to make the adventurer in you go crazy.  

So… Where Do You Want to Go?

We want to go one step further and offer you more than just a handful of names and maps. We want to give you 25 of the top snowmobile spots to visit and explore this winter all over the United States. 

 

Jackson Hole has amazing snowmobile trails
Image Courtesy of Jackson Hole Traveler Guide

 

Togwotee, Wyoming

Want to adventure in a land with a “never-ending supply of snow”? Then try out the snowy wild-west terrain of Wyoming. Located just 50 miles northwest of the famous Jackson Hole, the beautiful backcountry scenery will leave you in awe. Navigate these trails over large expanses that throw you in the heart of nature. Don’t take our word for it, see it with your own two eyes! 

 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Speaking of Wyoming… adventure a little further North West and take a peek into the National treasures of Yellowstone International Park. Take a guided tour through this park. Experience and witness everything in this park while being lead through by an expert!

 

Alpine, Wyoming

You have the land of never-ending snow and the land of nature’s national treasures. Why not explore it’s Winter Wonderland while you at it? It has a breathtaking view of majestic mountains that reach high into the sky. Explore this lunar-like landscape during the day and at night take a break with food, drink, and amazing lodging. What are you waiting for?

 

the Upper Peninsula in Michigan has excellent snowmobile trails
Image of the Upper Peninsula, Michigan – Courtesy of The Consumer Energy Alliance

 

Upper Peninsula, Michigan

The average snowfall in this state reaches up to 200 inches annually. There are over 2,500 miles of untouched trails through forests, fields, and over frozen lakes. Come and take a gander at the scenic views and nature’s wildlife down in the midwest!

 

two snowmobile riders hitting the trails in Maine
Image Courtesy of The County, Maine

 

Maine

No typo here, we mean it. The whole state of Maine is a paradise for snowmobilers. Why? Maine has an interconnected trail system (ITS) over 3,500 miles long and takes you all over the state. Many of these marked snowmobile trails connect to another additional 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails. Enjoy the wildlife, the friendly towns, and scenic routes. Never have the same adventure twice!

 

The County, Maine

When we said Maine, we meant the whole state. But that doesn’t mean we can’t drop hints at some more favorable snowmobile trails. Aroostook County is a mammoth region (the size of CT and RI combined) with over 6,829 square miles of wilderness and 4,000 miles of wide trails. Come adventure from mid-November to early April. Enjoy the County’s heavily Acadian influence and what it has to offer in terms of daring feats, hospitality, and amazing food.

 

snowmobile trails are awesome throughout the USA

 

Bartlett, New Hampshire

The months of December through April is prime time for snowmobilers. The White Mountain trail club diligently keeps the trail system “safe, enjoyable, and scenic”. There is nothing as majestic as the mountains up in New Hampshire. Keep an eye out for the wildlife and enjoy a guided tour through the scenic terrain. But don’t just take our word for it. Seeing is believing right?

 

Great North Woods Region, New Hampshire

It’s time to take an expedition to the top of Mt. Forest and take in the stunning views. New Hampshire loves snowmobilers and happily caters to all their wishes. Including keeping it’s 7,000 plus miles of snowmobile trails maintained and in pristine condition. This state has so many great accommodating activities perfect for individuals, groups, families, and couples.

 

there are lots of snowmobile trails in the Berkshires
Image of Berkshire, Massachusetts – Courtesy of MassVacation

 

Berkshire Mountain, Massachusetts

This mountain range offers an abundance of snow and scenic vistas. Adventure into the unique trail network.How about signing up and joining the Snow Seekers snowmobile club? They offer both new and experienced riders once in a lifetime experiences. Take the chance and explore.

 

The Northeast Kingdom, Vermont

Adventure through this magical kingdom and see the wonder! Adventure through the majesty of this countryside. This kingdom encompasses one-fifth of the state and borders Canada. Enjoy everything this land has to offer with its exquisite tasting center, mouth-watering food, and adventures through the wintery terrain.

 

there are excellent snowmobile trails in Old Forge, NY for riders like these two guys
Image of Old Forge, NY – Courtesy of Old Forge Camping Resort

 

Old Forge, New York

Located right smack dab in the middle of the Adirondacks, Old Forge has become such a popular snowmobile destination. This area boasts about having over 177in of snow per year. Now that’s a lot of powder! It has great trails, a mass selection of lodging, and a unique fun-filled experience you won’t get anywhere else.

 

Tug Hill, New York

Right on the western border of Lewis County, this is a place you’ll want to make note of on your GPS. It has an annual snowfall of 200-300in and over 780 miles of snowmobile trails across an amazing expanse of land. Because it’s right near Lake Ontario and north of Oneida Lake, Tug Hill gets a unique lake-snow effect. This means Tug Hill gets more snow than any other region east of the Rockies and heavier snow as well. This County offers streams, cliffs, and forests to challenge you mile after mile. Are you ready to take on the challenge?  

 

beautiful image of a winter paradise for snowmobile riders

 

Vail, Colorado

Try out a guided tour on trails that run alongside the continental divide. Explore the living museum of the American West which runs alongside the beautiful 14,000 ft peaks in the distance.  No words can describe the beauty that Colorado offers, it’s something you need to experience. Don’t wait too long. So get out and go see it! Get the engine roaring and start your western expedition on these awesome snowmobile trails!

 

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The locals of this area refer to the snow as “Champagne Powder”. Most snow is made up of about 15% water while Steamboat Springs snow has only 6%. This difference gives snow a light, fluffy, and dry texture. It’s ideal for skiing, snowboarding, and, of course, snowmobile riding. Take a break and stay up at the resort for a little R&R after the expedition of a lifetime!

 

Grand Mesa, Colorado

This is home to one of the world’s biggest flat-top mountains. Witness several mountain ranges over hundreds of miles such as the San Juan, the Sawatch Range, and the Park Range. Along with this breathtaking view, enjoy all the fresh powder. These areas get an average snowfall of 35 ft. Not much can beat the beauty of Mother Nature… these mountain ranges are no exception.

 

snowmobile trails in grand mesa colorado

 

West Yellowstone, Montana

Wanna venture into a land known for their Tree Goblins? Unfortunately, these aren’t real mythical creatures… the “goblins” really just trees completely buried in the snow. The snow gives them strange and bizarre shapes that could be mistaken for ghoulish goblins. Take a guided tour through the endless trails to visit KOA Mountain, Old Faithful, and those goblins. Do you dare?

 

snowmobile rider on trails in Montana

 

Priest Lake, Idaho

Sun Valley may be the “place to be” but Priest Lake is its hidden gem. And what a gem it is! This 2,400 ft lake sits right at the base of a 7,00 ft. mountain integrated with dozens of trail systems. It had over 520,000 acres of public land ready for the aspiring adventurer. Make it a camping trip or merely a day trip to explore all these epic trails. Whichever you decide, this is truly a place you need to mark on your map!

 

Island Park, Idaho

With over 500 miles of endless, unique snowmobile trails, this is the perfect place to explore the unknown. It has over 18ft of snow annually that continues well into the month of April. Wintertime may last longer here than most other places, but don’t wait too long to start exploring! Check out one of the world’s best-groomed snowmobile trials in the world quickly before the snow starts melting!

 

happy snowmobile riders on trails in the USA

 

St. Germain, Wisconsin

Here is a remote area that’s famous for the Bo-Boen trail. Navigate your way through a network of beautiful and rugged terrain, through a well-marked snowmobile trail system courtesy of the Bo-Boen snowmobile club. Check out this club to get a one of a kind access to this incredible snowy terrain.

 

Marinette County, Wisconsin

This is 400 miles of funded snowmobile trails in the heart of northeastern Wisconsin. These trails can bring hours upon hours of exploring the terrain, making memories, and taking in the sights of winter’s paradise. Hop on Dun-Good trail, The Iron Snowshoe, or any of the other numerous trails this county has to offer. Marinette county takes pride in their trails and it’s riders. That’s why they offer continuous updates on outdoor conditions. Not even the weather can stand in the way of your fun!

 

snowmobile rider having a blast on trails in the USA

 

Black Hills, South Dakota

These snowmobile trails are as astounding as they are impressive. These are well groomed, well maintained, and marked. This is a snowmobiler’s dream. Enjoy a landscape with a clear valley and 6,000ft peaks as far as the eye can see. It’s a winter wonderland home to Mount Rushmore. Time to take in the sights.

 

Gunflint Trail, Minnesota

Gunflint trail is a great vacation spot all year round. Yet there is something especially spectacular about the wintertime here. Most of the trails overlap with the wilderness trails or adjacent to them. If you come through at the right time, you might be able to spot a moose along the way!

 

Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota

It’s the upper Midwest’s premier vacation destination and long revered as such. There’s an elaborate trail system that gives 1.200 miles to explore, weaving in and around the state’s forests and parks. Come hit up the Paul Bunyan Trail! It’s 112 miles of Brainerd’s byway lakes area.

 

scenic evening with stars on a snowmobile trail

 

Park City, Utah

“Park City is a no-brainer when it comes to balancing wild adventure with luxurious accommodations.” Explore the land that offers A Thousand Peaks with over 60,00 acres to explore. There is more private terrain available to you here than all snowmobile companies and ski resorts combined! Hey, when you go…can you take us with you?

 

Denali National Park, Alaska

Travel farther up and into the north than you’ve ever dared to try before! Adventure into the tundra of Alaska. Explore the boundless snow, the stunning views of Mount Denali, and it’s rich history, all while witnessing the breathtaking sight of the northern lights. There never has been and never will be another expedition quite like it.

 

aurora borealis over the mountains

 

Start that Snowmobile Fund NOW!

We’ve given you 25 of some of the best and most amazing destinations you could possibly visit on a snowmobile. It’s going to be hard narrowing down which places to head to first. Tack up the map of the US and start marking off all the places you’ll go.

 

snowmobile rider heading off into the sunset on a snowmobile trail in the USA

 

And don’t forget to tune up your snowmobile before heading out. Stay safe on your adventures with an ounce of prevention. Ride on!