LOOK TRAILER’S GUIDE TO THE BEST SNOWMOBILE TRIPS
December 21, 2016
SNOWMOBILE SAFETY TIPS FOR THOSE LOOKING TO EXPLORE
First things first… a few tips to make sure you’re prepared once you reach that optimal snowmobiling powder.
USING THE RIGHT SNOWMOBILE TRAILER FOR THE JOB
Look Trailers has eight different snowmobile trailer models to choose from to make your next outdoor adventure a smooth joyride. The 8.5’ wide Drift snowmobile trailer (also available in an even lighter-weight aluminum version) delivers a rear ramp door with spring-assist to provide owners with an easy way of loading and unloading their extreme toys. Like the Drift, the interior of your trailer should provide plenty of space to maneuver about. This will allow you to safely tie down the snowmobile and keep it firmly in place when tackling winding winter roads.
You’ll also want to make sure your trailer has all the essentials for towing a snowmobile, such as functional tail and clearance lights. These will help prevent issues during night-time travel and snowy situations where vision is limited. Safety chains are a must-have when traveling with your snowmobile trailer. The chains serve as an added means of keeping your trailer connected to the vehicle, should anything happen to the hitch.
Remember, every snowmobile is different so you’ll need to make sure the weight capacity of your trailer can accommodate the sled beforehand. Look Trailer owners can find this information on the website under their particular trailer model or in the printed brochure provided at purchase.
SNOWMOBILE TRIPS: THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A DESTINATION
Are you allowed?
Different areas vary in their requirements for riders, with some places requiring a valid license and/or registration to take your sled off-road. So, it’s important that you check ahead of time regarding the legality of your snowmobile excursion. This information can be readily found online at the destination’s parks and wildlife website.
What’s your skill level?
Are you a first-time rider or simply haven’t ridden in a long time? You don’t have to look hard to find many organizations providing safety courses and certifications upon completion. These courses will cover everything from proper positioning, terrain tactics and much more. Best of all, most certifications can be obtained online for a nominal fee.
Once you’ve been approved to ride the area in question and have familiarized yourself with the area, it’s much easier to avoid dangerous situations, such as frozen lakes, steep drop-offs and locations littered with rocks and debris. Remember, if your snowmobile were to break down, knowing where to get help or find shelter can make all the difference.
SOME SNOWMOBILE TIPS… TO AVOID TIPOVERS.
Even though your enclosed snowmobile trailer may glide across the road behind you, that doesn’t guarantee that your actual snowmobile will perform the same way. Here are a few reminders to always keep in mind:
Be in control:
At first, your snowmobile is bound to have more power and kick than you’re prepared for. Make sure you’re riding with the snowmobile and not against it. This means leaning into the turn with your entire body, not just your arms, which may seem counter-intuitive at first, but will make a big difference as you adjust to the ins-and-outs of your sled.
Mind the incline:
When approaching a hill, you’ll need to adjust your weight into the incline to avoid toppling over. Taking hills at an angle will also make the ascent easier and reduce the chances that you run out of steam halfway there or take an unfortunate tumble.
No matter your skill level, it’s always better to bring a friend along on your ride. This way, if things don’t go according to plan, there’s someone able to find help. And, if the sled were to break down, you’ll have help towing it back to your snowmobile trailer.
Don’t Get Stuck in a Rut:
No matter how well you’ve prepared or how long you’ve been riding… you’re bound to get stuck. It’s only a matter of time. When in deep snow, make sure to keep the snowmobile moving. Just barely use the throttle to keep up momentum and avoid digging yourself into a hole. When possible, stay on level ground and traverse wide open areas with more compacted snow.
When completely immobile, clear the area ahead of your sled and below the tracks. In deep snow, packing the snow heavily underneath the tracks will help you gain some traction. Many snowmobilers take small shovels along with them for just these occasions. The Drift aluminum snowmobile trailer gives owners access to these essential tools quickly and easily, with a front access door and optional 32” side door with flush lock.
BEST SNOWMOBILING TRIP LOCATIONS
Here’s a quick list of the best snowmobile trip locations in the nation. This list is not exhaustive, but should give you a good starting point for planning your next adventure with your LOOK snowmobile trailer in tow:
West Yellowstone, Montana
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Katahdin Region of Maine
North Shore, Minnesota
Eagle River, Wisconsin
For those taking their snowmobile trailers outside the country, here are a few Canadian locales perfect for snowmobiling trips:
Elliot Lake, Ontario
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Now that you’re armed with some of our snowmobile safety tips, suggested trip locations, and best snowmobile trailer recommendations, make sure to bundle up and travel safe as you head toward a new and exciting adventure.