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January 5, 2022

Top 10 Places to Snowmobile this Winter

Winter is the time for thick coats, building snowmen, and warming up in front of a happy fire sipping a peppermint hot cocoa. It’s also the time for outdoor fun and adventure, adrenaline, and thrill-seeking experiences with your high-powered snow machines. Snowmobiling is a fantastic way to explore the outdoors, which is why we put together a list of some of the top snowmobiling locations for you to check out this winter. With hundreds to thousands of miles between them, you get your pick of open snowy terrains, mountain trails, and lush snow-fallen forests.

Whatever your preferred style or skill level of sledding is, out of these top 10 locations across the US, there’s surely a perfect place for you.

West Yellowstone, Montana
Montana has some of the best snowmobiling trails in the world. Seeley Lake, Flathead, and Skalkaho Pass are all solid choices. Each one offers great trails but we’d like to start the list with a favorite: West Yellowstone, Montana. Here, this impressive system offers hundreds of miles of trails that cater to those who are hungry for a genuine feeling of the wilderness. This is a great choice for those who want to go fast, as the open country is vast, giving you all of the space you need to explore.

Pittsburg, New Hampshire
Dubbed as the snowmobiling capital of New England, Pittsburg is found at the tip-top of the state of New Hampshire. With about 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails in the state and 700 miles of that in the Great North Woods, it’s no wonder that thousands of locals and tourists flock to this destination in search of great trails. From the top of Diamond Ridge, gaze over incredible forests, after taking one of the well-groomed trails all the way to the top, and if you’re lucky to get a bluebird day, the 360-degree view is exhilarating!

Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail, Wyoming
With an elevation of 7,000 feet and higher, the CDST is home to more than 600 miles of groomed trails and a few hundred more ungroomed trails. Split into a northern and southern divide, the CDST is massive so you will want to properly plan your route to make the most of the trip. Some all-time favorite riding spots you can check out are: Wind River Country, Dubois, Togwotee Pass, and not to mention some of the most breathtaking views of the Rockies that you can see along the way.

Priest Lake, Idaho
With an elevation of almost 2,500 feet, Priest Lake’s trail system of over 400 miles of groomed trails is a phenomenal tourist attraction. If you start at Priest lake and head higher to Upper Priest Lake and into the Selkirk Mountains, you can set yourself up for an adventure filled with gorgeous views. An added bonus is the availability of nearby resorts, lodging, and restaurants right at the trailhead if you want to kick back, relax, and warm up after a day of riding.

Mount Snow, Vermont
Vermont might be one of the smaller states, but they take their snowmobiling seriously! The VAST, or Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, is responsible for taking care of an amazing 5,000 miles of winter snowmobile trails across the state. And if we’d have to pick one, Mount Snow might be our top choice. It might not be a huge surprise that a mountain called Snow is a Snowmobiling destination, but the place sure does live up to its name. It’s on the popular side, so expect a crowd, but more importantly an unforgettable experience.

Aroostook County, Maine
Found at the tip of the New England region, Maine gets abundant snowfall allowing for snowmobiling to flourish in the area. Maine’s primary trail known as the Interconnected Trail System (ITS) is an impressive collection of 4,000 miles of groomed trails that you can ride uninterrupted. Cruise your way through the state, experiencing the great views and wilderness along the way. There are many sledding spots in Maine such as Moosehead Lake, or Bingham Wind Farm, but the choice destination is Aroostook County. The northernmost edge of the state might be a bit of a challenge to reach, but it’s well worth it!

North Shore State Trail, Minnesota
Minnesota is another state that has so much wilderness to offer, and with its tag of being the land of 10,000 lakes, the trail possibilities are endless. As you make your way through this snowy paradise, expect to say hello to wildlife such as moose, deer, wolves, lynx, and foxes! You might even want to bring an ice rod and auger and give ice fishing a try! Running from Duluth to Grand Marias, the 140 mile trail is wild and expansive with a gorgeous overlooking view of Lake Superior.

St. Germain, Wisconsin
Wisconsin boasts itself as the birthplace of snowmobiling. But when you learn that the state has 25,000 miles of groomed trails, it’s hard to argue. When the trails number in the thousands, there really isn’t a bad choice. Three Lakes, Eagle River, Bearskin State trails are all solid, but St. Germain deserves a special mention owing to the Radar Run. Choose between a 1,000 foot shaved ice track or a 660 foot groomed snowtrack and test the limits of your machine and your adventurous spirit.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado
When checking out Steamboat Springs, expect to see expansive terrains, stretches of treeless plains, and a wide variety of other trails that are all accessible and rideable for any beginner and advanced rider. But the best surprise is Steamboat’s champagne powder snow! The snow’s 6% water content makes it dry, light, fluffy, and smooth which is excellent for any snow activity!

Cedar Mountains, Utah
Utah’s snowmobiling trails are impressive in scale and quality. Nine unique trails all over the state interconnect to create hundreds of miles of terrain. You can go to the Uinta Mountains, the highest mountain range in the state, and gain access to the national forest with over half a million acres of designated use for snowmobiles. If you don’t want to go too deep and would rather just have a fun afternoon close to amenities, try Park City. However, our go-to choice would be the truly unique views of the Cedar Mountains. Cedar Breaks National Monument rises to 10,000 feet in elevation, and the contrast of white snow against the copper earth is a site to behold. Visitors go through Cedar Breaks via groomed trails, giving the best access and spots for the most picturesque views!

Gather your friends and family and pick a destination. Whether you choose one or make it a bucket list mission to visit all ten, these spots are sure to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience! Whether you are looking to share this experience with others or to experience it yourself, check out DayTrail – the one-stop-shop for recreational vehicle owners and renters to connect over the great outdoors! See you at the trailhead!

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