Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Snowmobiling: a Great Winter Adventure

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Snowmobiling is becoming an increasingly popular winter sport. Snowmobile enthusiasts are booking vacation rentals and bringing their own machines along for exciting week long trips in some of the most beautiful and untouched parts of the United States and Canada. If you're planning a ski or snowboarding trip, consider including snowmobiling in your itinerary. Your sore muscles will likely welcome a break from speeding down the side of a mountain. There are plenty of outfitters who can rent you machines. Some will deliver sleds directly to your vacation rental, or meet you at the trail head of your choice. Just be sure to do your research and work with a reputable outfitter.

Snowmobiling can be as casual as a drive in a snowy national park to an exciting backcountry adventure. Either way, you'll see new scenery and find yourself in areas most people don't venture (aside from other snowmobilers).

Plus, snowmobiling is a great way to spend time with friends. You can ride two to a sled and head off into the wild with multiple machines. This increases the safety factor as well. Similar to skiing, it's always good to have a buddy along with you, and it's certainly advisable to make sure someone outside your party knows your route and expected return time.

All age levels can snowmobile, though children and those in their early teens should be passengers and not drivers. If you head out on a day trip, you can expect to travel 25 to 80 miles, depending on the trails, your skill level and sense of adventure. Touring on snowmobiles is becoming more popular, with groups traveling for several nights from one resort town to the next. They enjoy shopping and dining along the way. These trips are generally for more experienced riders, as you can expect to cover about 100 miles a day.

Yellowstone National Park is a popular destination for snowmobiling. There are guided tours which take you through some of the parks most beautiful areas, where you'll see all the wonders of Yellowstone (including Old Faithful). There are outstanding outfitters throughout the Yellowstone and Jackson Hole area.

Canada is another popular region for snowmobiling. In Quebec, there's the Gaspe Peninsula, which offers four Canadian national parks and six wildlife sanctuaries. There's also the White Trail, which encompasses incredible, unforgettable views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. British Columbia is another area to consider.

Colorado offers great snowmobiling. The state is filled with ski resorts that have plenty of snowmobile outfitters with lots of machines to rent and experienced guides to help you have a great adventure.

Michigan. You'll find plenty of trails in Michigan--there are more than 6,000 miles of well-maintained and interconnected trails in the state. Northern Michigan offers plenty of trails and great vacation rentals friendly to snowmobilers of all skill levels.