Ermengardi Snowmobile June 02nd, 2018 - 11:58:06
With over 20000 groomed snowmobile trails a favorite pastime for thousands of Minnesotans is snowmobiling. Keep in mind however that a snowmobile is only as safe as its driver. Before you jump on your sled and hit the trails give yourself a little refresher in snowmobile safety. Minnesota is a "Zero Alcohol" state. Never use alcohol or drugs before or while riding a snowmobile. Safety perception is altered after only one drink. Since over 70% of all fatal snowmobile accidents involve alcohol* staying sober can help you and others stay alive to enjoy another ride.
The earliest incarnation of snowmobiles date back to 1923 when Carl Eliason of Sayner Wisconsin hand-built the first model. His invention consisted of a modified Model T Ford stripped of its tires and the undercarriage replaced with tracks and skis. His invention proved popular for rural mail delivery. Thankfully snowmobiles have progressed greatly since those heady days of delivering mail and can be found throughout the worlds snowy realms. One such destination where snowmobiles have found a particular home is nestled in the resort community of Whistler BC.
Quality snowmobile wear should also be effectively resistant to wind and water. Your helmet and face shield (generally provided by the tour operator) are essential to protect from cold and hidden hazards. Waterproof insulated boots and leather snowmobile mitts can also add protection and warmth. How to drive Operating a snowmobile is similar to riding a bicycle - the ease of turning the handlebars depends mostly on your speed. (Hint: use a lighter touch when burning up the trail). Keep your feet in the stirrups for stability and lean to the inside on the turns.
Remember you will be driving this machine in an area where your nearest neighbour will not be in line of sight and you should not try and be stingy while picking up a snowmobile. Naturally the manufacturing companies also add a few cosmetic changes in the basic design of the snowmobiles to gain an added advantage and you should not get taken in be seat covers when the machines engine might have a problem. Make sure that you do your research and insist on a trial run in the snowmobile if possible before making the down payment.