Powersports is about tackling tough terrain, seeing this gorgeous planet of ours and getting and adrenaline rush all at the same time.
And the choice you make when it comes to vehicles affects the experience the most. You have ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, personal watercraft and snowmobiles as options for ferrying you across the land.
And while I enjoy each of those powerspots disciplines, snowmobiling has to be the most fun.
Running around on the snow is entirely unlike any other surface with its combination of being slick while also providing traction. Deep snow provides snowmobiles with a floating feeling that is unlike anything I’ve ever felt before on a machine, and it’s this feeling that truly sets this powersport apart.
Snowmobiling is also hard, likely the hardest powersport to truly master thanks to how involved the rider’s body position is. You constantly have to shift your weight to make sure the sled turns the way you want it to. On the trails, leaning deep into a corner allows you to sick the sled to the ground while in the deep powder, pulling the sled from side-to-side using your weight is necessary to turn in the first place. This is one of the most involving rides going, so there’s no such thing as a passive snowmobile rider.
Besides the ride itself, there is something special (to me anyways) about getting out into the wild during winter. It’s not a season you typically associate with being out in the woods, but it probably the most beautiful time of the year to do so. Plus, I enjoy the fact that winter chases many people into their holes, while sledding allows us to not only get outside but thrive during the most destitute season.
Are there downsides? Of course. One of the largest is the cost of entry into snowmobiling, one of the major reasons for the sports decline. You have the cost of the machine, but then you need proper gear, which can also be expensive. And this is not optional; without proper gear, snowmobiling sucks, as being cold is no fun. Plus, if you don’t live where you can ride, you’re looking at a truck and trailer.
Then there’s the time window, which makes the money harder to spend. If you get a sled and live anywhere short of Alaska or the arctic, you’re lucky to get three to four months of use out of it. Whereas an ATV or side-by-side can run year round. That is certainly not the best deal when you look at value for the dollar.
But us snowmobilers know that it’s totally worth it, because sledding is just so special and different from the rest.
What is your favorite powersport? Please let us know in the comments below, and share your thoughts on sledding.