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    »The Antique and Classic Snowmobile Club of Canada«

  • TorontoSEO 12:00 AM on January 25, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


  • »Basics about operating a snowmobile«

  • TorontoSEO 11:50 PM on January 24, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


  • »Best snowmobile trails«

  • TorontoSEO 11:50 PM on January 24, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


  • »Camping and Snowmobiling Excursions«

  • TorontoSEO 11:50 PM on January 23, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


  • »Choosing the Best Snowmobile for You«

  • TorontoSEO 11:50 PM on January 22, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


  • »Getting a Snowmobile Out of a Rut«

  • TorontoSEO 11:50 PM on January 21, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


  • »Questions Answered about Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park«

  • TorontoSEO 11:50 PM on January 20, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


  • »Snowmobile History and Basics«

  • TorontoSEO 11:50 PM on January 19, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


  • »Snowmobile Renting Tips«

  • TorontoSEO 11:50 PM on January 18, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


  • »Snowmobile Vacationing in Aspen«

  • TorontoSEO 11:44 PM on January 17, 2007 Permalink |
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    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.


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