The Best Snowmobiling in the US
Winter is not a time to be cooped up in the house. There are way too many things to see and do and that makes it a great time to be outside. What better way than to be on the back of a snowmobile?
Thanks to great feedback from readers, we have a list of great places to hit the trails around America.
Our readers selected three specific areas that really stand out.
- Island Pond, Vermont – Perhaps some of the best trails the state has to offer. The town of Brighton is extremely snowmobile friendly with restaurants and fuel right off the main trail downtown. The elevation surrounding the city leads to excellent early and late season snow conditions, while also providing excellent views. Just watch out for the moose!
- Enosburg Falls, Vermont – The Abbey Pub and Restaurant is a staple lunch spot for anyone riding in the northwest area of the state. With great food and a great atmosphere, it’s very welcoming to snowmobilers. Perhaps the biggest draw, is the restaurant sits right off the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. It’s a former railway bed that now doubles as a snowmobile trail in the winter. What could be better than a long flat straightway with no road crossings or junctions followed by lunch or dinner?
- Jay, Vermont – If elevation and amazing views is what you're looking for, Jay is the place to go. The snow conditions are naturally some of the best around and always freshly groomed. The town of Jay is small so don't expect to run up on a gas station or rest stop at every corner, but for those who truly enjoy being out in the wilderness and want to experience what the northeast kingdom has to offer, you can't beat it.
The North Star State is well-known for snow… snowmobiling. It’s home to Polaris and to a lot of snowmobile trails. Three of the favorites from poweroilcenter.com readers are:
- Gunflint Trail system, North shore, Minnesota – You’ll get to some of the most quiet, beautiful and remote areas in North America. Snow conditions are usually excellent and uncrowded. Plus, don’t be surprised if you see wolves and moose along the trail.
- Brainerd Lakes Area – Located in central Minnesota, the Brainerd Lakes area has 1,200 miles of interconnected trails, enough to keep you riding…and riding. There’s over 500 lakes in the area and when they’re frozen over, you can really pick up the speed through those open spaces.
- Lake Vermilion – These trails take you through absolutely pristine wilderness in northcentral Minnesota. With over 1,000 miles of trails, you can go for days without seeing the same part of the trail twice. These trails are well-marked and maps are available to make sure you get where you want to go.
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a snowmobiler’s dream. One ride that stands out is the trip from Mass City to Copper Harbor, on the shores of Lake Superior. The lake effect usually gives it some of the most consistent and best trail conditions in the Midwest. The local snowmobile clubs take care of the trails and there is a lot of beautiful scenery.
Big Sky Country is home to beautiful scenery, wildlife and amazing snowmobile trails. Among the best are in West Yellowstone, Montana, with rides that take you to the Old Faithful Geyser Basin and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Likewise, Seeley Lake, about 300 miles north of Yellowstone is home to 365 miles of well-groomed trails.
Making Your Next Adventure Great
We hope this gives you a few ideas for where to take your sled on your next adventure. If you have ideas for other rides (and we know there a lot more out there that we didn’t mention.
More importantly, before you go, whether it is for the day or for a week, you want to make sure your sled is running in peak condition. Go no further than the products offered by Power Oil Center to get high-quality fluids and coolants formulated to improve engine performance. We have oil change kits, two cycle oil, engine additives and much more.