Do you love getting out snowmobiling? There is nothing as disappointing as dropping off a snowmobile with more than three feet of powder under the feet. While the risk of getting bulked is higher with newbies, even experienced riders at times suffer from the same problem. After working for more than 10 years in the Rockies, I have come to appreciate the fact that deep powder snowmobiling can get overwhelming and really frustrating. Here are some useful tips on how to ride a snowmobile without getting buckled.
Control the snowmobile speed
When it comes to snowmobiling, it is not about optimizing the throttle and racing fast ahead of others. In fact, you are likely to get off-balance and stuck. In Many cases, the snow condition keeps changing and trying to experiment with speed can easily make your snowmobile spin. It is advisable to keep the throttle only to the point you are conquering the dust but rushing afloat. If you must maintain speed, hit the throttle and then slowdown to ensure you are in full control.
Adjust the sitting position for balance and control
If you thought that snowmobiling thrill can be achieved when sitting comfortably, you are wrong. The snowmobile relies heavily on your body weight for extra firmness and thrust. Here, you have to be active by shifting positions to get full control. At times, a lean on one side to maintain the snowmobile might be your only defense from buckling.
Always stop on the tracks
Snowmobiling is not about leaving a mark! Many are the times when newbies stop on the dust only to find it hard getting started. With the snowmobile over 500 lbs, you need to avoid getting stuck by only stopping on someone else’s the tracks. A lot of dust will be cleared so that you can stop and start over again with little trouble. In the case you get stuck, make sure to take some moment packing the snow from the tracks using your feet before starting to lift the snowmobile. Remember that you should not risk this task for the first time, practice as much as possible before heading to the toughest section.
Understand your routes well
Keeping your head cool when riding a snowmobile is a rule you must always adhere to. This should always start with a clear evaluation of the routes to cover. The route should factor the terrain, latest forecasts, and risk of avalanches. Where possible, try to avoid very steep and deep powder tracks that can easily force you to spend the night out. Always remember that a 30 minutes ride could take 12 hours to walk to safety.
Ensure to prepare adequately
You can only stay on course and snowmobile safely by preparing well. First, you need to have the right clothing to stay warm and safe. As you learn how to ride a sled Ensure to have the right gloves, snow boots, and winter jackets. Besides, you need to be prepared to spend the entire night out if need be. This means carrying an avalanche beacon, probe pole, shovel, food, and water. Remember that just like your car, a snowmobile uses internal combustion.