The snow was slow to come this year. Fall is my favorite time of year so I didn’t object to the extended season. Plus, it was great weather for training. Although, when you live with snow nearby you must play in it.
This is the first year my family didn’t invest in season passes to a ski resort where we snowboard as a family. It’s a good thing, too, the snow came late and when it did come so did the shut down of resorts due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Resorts and shredders were both in mourning over the forbidden snow piling up to epic levels.
A few years ago, my husband went snowmobiling with a friend and was immediately hooked. He started searching for his own snowmobile and over the last few years has managed to buy a couple older sleds, sell to upgrade, then sell to upgrade once more and now we have an awesome set of reliable sleds for our family.
I don’t join on every trip. I love how my husband and son share the love for the sport and are able to have father/son time without the girls. They already have a great bond, but this sport has strengthened it. They have become so serious about the sport they have attended many avalanche trainings. My son has even been the youngest attendee which really impressed the instructors. I don’t think I have to say it, but I will. As a mom it makes my heart happy how my husband takes the dangers of the sport seriously. Knowing they have the skills to check the snow and weather conditions for avalanche danger helps set my mind at ease.
Each trip they take, they push their skills and come home better snowmobilers. They excitedly share their adventures of side hilling, exploring new places, getting stuck, digging their sleds out, the awesome spots for lunch break, and getting the high marks on the hillside. Listening to their day makes me happy. Snowmobiling isn’t a lazy mans sport. I mean, you can make it that and explore the snow park trails. My guys go boondocking which is off the beaten path and into the powder. As a snowboarder we call it powerderhounds. I wonder if it is the same for snowmobiling, or is it just boondocking. They get a full body workout. Much better than the gym!
When we do go as a family, it’s typically on a nice day. I like to be spoiled with blue skies while snowmobiling. I will endure harsh weather in certain activities, but not this one. I even purchased my first pair of snowshoes this year, and even though I haven’t been out as much as I would like, I will more this spring. To me, snowshoeing is the best companion. Snowmobiles provide a means to get you to further within the mountain scape to fully experience the solitude of complete desolation. The tranquility is invigorating.
When snow blankets the landscape it creates a new play land and you can go in directions your summer travels won’t allow. It is hard to believe you are zooming across the tops of trees, street signs (a lot of snow parks include mountain roads left unplowed and closed to wheeled vehicles) and hills that typically are too steep to explore otherwise. You summit mountain tops, cross frozen lakes, and reach uncharted places in a minuscule amount of time. Snowmobiles surprisingly have a long range with a tank of gas making exploring enjoyable.
Snowmobiling is a great activity to share with friends and family. Whether you have your own sleds, rent them, or join a tour guide I know you will find the same enjoyment I have. I love the mountains. Exploring them during the winter gives you a different perspective of the beauty. I understand it may be hard to get out of your warm house knowing it may be cold. If you follow my lead and go on bluebird days, it warms up rather nicely! You will be greatly rewarded, I guarantee it!