Culture

5 Places Every Guy Must Snowmobile

Jan 20, 2016

Go off road in these must-visit winter destinations.

From lodge communities, deep wilderness exploring, and casual trail cruising, we’ve marked the road map with trails to your next bucket list adventure. 

01. Wyoming

If you’re headed out to Wyoming, strap on a helmet — you have hundreds of groomed trails to hit. And if neatly combed trails aren’t your style, no sweat — Togwotee Mountain Lodge just up the road from Jackson offers nearly 600 miles of backcountry twists through the thick wilderness of the Grand Tetons. After your powder slashing session is done, grab a brew and find a spot by the fire. You deserve it.

02. Upstate New York

Trade the concrete for the mountains in the Adirondacks. With a network of 750 of miles of untouched trails, you’re able to pick up some serious speed here. The state’s Adirondacks feature over 6.1 million acres of mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests. This area averages 200-300 inches of snowfall annually and connects upstateNew York via a network of 750 miles of sparkling, untouched trails. At its heart is Old Forge — a hub of restaurants and lodges. A 5 minute ride from camp leads to vistas, frozen lakes, and backcountry. And at a little under 5 hours from the Big Apple, city dwellers can be there for snowball shots by Friday night or catch the sunrise from the back of their snowmobile by Saturday morning.

03. Wisconsin

In the birthplace of snowmobiling, people don’t drive cars in the winter. They snowmobile. Welcome to Wisconsin: home to America’s most intense sledhed culture. Eagle River features over 200 lakes within a 30 mile radius and more than 500 miles of groomed trails, making the region a snow-caked playground for CC skiers, ice fishers, dog sledders, and snowmobilers. If you’re looking for the best place to shoot your next no-filter Instagram as well as meet with some die-hard snowmobilers who can talk the talk and ride the ride, Wisconsin’s where you’ll find it.

04. Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Any “Must Visit” snowmobiling list has to mention Michigan’s notorious UP. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is the always reliable, classic snowmobiling destination that caters well to novice riders and never gets old to veterans. The region’s consistently brisk weather from December to late spring guarantees at least 200 inches of deep snow. The UP consists of a network of 2,500 miles of trail fit for riders of any skill level. Whether you enjoy technical routes through the woods, wide-open straightaways, or taking in the scenery on top of a frozen lake — there’s something for everyone.

05. West Yellowstone, Montana

West Yellowstone is to snowmobiling what racing is to Indianapolis — a capital for winter sports and a home for diehard snowmobilers. West Yellowstone offers over 2 million acres of land and up to 300 inches of annual snowfall, but it’s distinguishing quality is the vast array of wildlife present in the park. Bucks, bison, wolves, moose, and eagles are prevalent on windy passages through trees and visible from mountainous vistas. And if you get too cold outside watching all the wildlife — don’t worry. There’s over 10,000 bubbling hot thermal features, including Old Faithful, to stop and visit to warm up.


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