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When the first snowflakes start to fall, does the thought of racing through the snow cross your mind? Whether you’re a first-timer or an old hand, there’s no better wintry vacation than a snowmobile trip. 

Be sure you’re prepared for anything the trip can throw at you. When all is said and done, planning a snowmobile vacation can be as fun and exciting as experiencing it! Here are some tips. 

Pick a Date and Place

When winter comes to your hometown, perhaps there’s a local woods or similar spot for soaring through the temporary tundra. That’s nice, but maybe you’re looking for something a little wider and wilder. Well, so are many of your fellow sledders. 

Do the research. Look to the north or west, in states like Wyoming, Montana, Vermont, or Minnesota, for the best trails and pick a time and date to visit at least a year in advance. 

Weekdays are better than weekends if you want the place to yourself. Also, know that the later it gets in the season, the rougher the trails become.

Where To Stay?

When you pick the perfect spot, figure out how you want to handle accommodations. 

Looking forward to a chilly morning and afternoon of snowmobiling, followed by cozy nights in a hotel suite or beside a roaring lodge fire? Or would you rather rough it, heading out into the wilderness on your sled with just a tent, provisions, and whatever you need to build a fire? 

Reservations fill up fast at hotels and lodges near popular areas, and you need to check local rules and regulations before fulfilling any mountain man fantasies. Do your research to avoid disappointment.

Get the Gear!

When planning a snowmobile vacation, be sure to get the proper equipment that keeps you warm and in one piece. Naturally, the most important thing to have when snowmobiling is a snowmobile. 

If you already own or can borrow one, you’re ahead of the game and all you’ll need is a trailer to bring it along. Some sites provide rentals, but inquire about their availability during peak periods. 

Otherwise, the best-dressed (and safest) snowmobiler should pick up a standard jacket, gloves, and boots to offset the potential of frostbite or hypothermia. Pick up a rugged pair of boots and a helmet as well. 

And to keep the blinding snow, ice, and sun out of your eyes, a good set of reflective ski goggles is an absolute necessity.

Where Are You Going When You Get There?

Most resorts and snowmobiling areas have a map or app that gives you the lay of the land. Use these to plot your course, look out for potential hazards, and to find out what else you can do between runs. 

Some places feature popular landmarks, gorgeous views, or places to park and enjoy anything from homecooked meals to hot chocolate to microbrews! 

Just remember, the journey is as much of the story as the destination.

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