Unless you go often, it just makes more sense to rent. I grew up with a few
sleds and a boat, I just rent now. Pick it up, and drop it off- let someone else
deal with the storage and maintenance. A nice sunny powder day with
a sled with a long track is amazing...
Not enough snow, and too short a season for what there is. and it's
getting worse every year. now if we could have a snow-pack like
'82-'83, then we could have some fun (and a flood).
I have beeninthemountains running when those machines have driven by. With no
mufflers you can hear them for miles almost. They are as loud as jet engines it
seems. Good riddance I say. Perhaps if a manufacturer made lighter
machines with electric motors instead.
I guess I am biased having grown up on dirt bike's. The ten times I have
gone snow mobiling were good and bad. On a sunny day and groomed surface it was
fun. The downsides are the heavy unmanagable machines plus the load of clothing
you gotta wear...feels like you are going deep sea diving. The high speeds these
things hit is scary too. Overall I take dirt bike's any day.
Add on the $200 minimum for a snow suit, helmet, boots, gloves, etc. Then theres
the “stuck factor”....if you get stuck you gotta be strong enough to
move the machine. Sometimes when that one buddy of yours cant stay away from
trees... the day is over after 3 or 4 of those digging snow parties. Frankly
every snow machine ive ever been on have been “poorly” built
requiring extensive pre and post use care. Id definitely recommend renting over
It's much harder to find places to go snowmobiling, climate change has made
reliable snow more scarce, and the machines themselves, although feature laden,
are becoming very expensive. Somehow, what was commonplace when I was a kid is
now a bit of a luxury.
On a perfect day when you have a few feet of powder on top of a good base, there
is nothing more fun than snowmobiling. The problem is you'll probably only
get a few days like that in a season, and most people work during those few
random days where the snow is perfect. Definitely not worth the investment to
me. Not to mention, the two-stroke engines of snowmobiles are so temperamental.
Even in brand new snowmobiles, it's not uncommon for the engines to throw
a rod and need to be totally rebuilt.