More cities, resorts and parks are moving forward to accommodate the booming snowboarding activity. The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) estimates that 124,786 snowmobiles were sold worldwide in 2018; 53,179 were sold in the United States and 47,024 were sold in Canada. If you're considering a winter snow vacation, here are five great destinations for beginners and pros alike.
West Yellowstone, Montana
Described as an “outdoor adventure paradise,” West Yellowstone boasts hundreds of miles of groomed trails, an extensive network that stretches to Neighboring Idaho and Wyoming. And with more than 150 inches of snow a year, the powder is reliably fresh. There are several package tours available, including one of the Old Faithful Geyser Basin, which takes visitors 65 miles through the teeming wilderness of Madison Canyon to Yellowstone's most famous landmark. For just over $200, you can rent a snowmobile, an insulated wetsuit, and a face shield. View all snowmobile trails available in Montana.
Priest Lake, Idaho
Priest Lake is located only 30 miles south of the Canadian border. A 19-mile body of water surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains. More than 400 miles of trails surround Brest Lake and remote High Priest Lake, where white-tailed deer, black bears, moose, and bald eagles provide endless pictures. With elevations ranging from 2,500 to more than 7,000 feet, the views offered by daring snowmobiles are among the most stunning in the country. Camping is a big selling point for this destination, making it a budget-friendly alternative to expensive ski lodges.
Heber City, Utah
A long, multi-faceted snow adventure, Heber City is ideally located as the official gateway to three of Utah's top snowboarding destinations. : Mirror Lake, Mill Hollow, and Strawberry Reservoir. Just 23 miles from Heber, Strawberry Reservoir has camping rings, day-use areas, group pavilions, and marina shops. Additionally, the nearby Strawberry Bay Recreation area has a full-service inn and restaurant. Accessed via a side road through the Uinta Mountains, Mirror Lake is located at the base of the 11,943-foot Bald Mountain and Bald Mountain Trail, one of the most popular in the area.
St . Germain, Wisconsin
You know your destination is snowmobile-friendly if it hosts the Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum. Not only is Saint-Germain the official home of snowboarding history, but it is a city almost singly focused on nurturing and cultivating the best trails and amenities in the country – and helping beginners develop a love for the sport. Germaine Beau-Bowen Snow Club is spearheading the effort, with a six-figure annual budget for groomed trails, guided tours and safety assistance. They also offer snowmobile safety education classes and can assist beginners in snowboarding with rentals and beginner trail recommendations.
Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada
With thousands of lakes scattered throughout endless stretches of untouched wilderness, Elliot Lake takes a journey Short north of the border well worth your time. 2 hours drive from Sault Ste. Mary, Michigan, and less than five hours from the greater Toronto area, Elliott Lake feels surprisingly remote and connected at the same time. The Elliot Lake Snowbirds Snowmobile Club does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to maintaining the trails and providing guidance and assistance to visitors. The city itself has a population of over 12,000, and offers modern amenities and shopping. Elliot Lake offers a wide range of accommodations ranging from the budget-friendly Hampton Inn to the more luxurious Denison House. In addition, most hostels, inns, and hotels are within walking distance of the city center.
If you are planning a snowmobile vacation this winter, be sure to consider snow insurance. Hitting the lane without it could leave you unprotected in the event of an accident. Learn more about specific coverage for snowmobiles.
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