Go back in your mind and think about the time when you were first learning how to ride a bicycle. Remember that feeling of intimidating and maybe even fear, hesitant to try something new and afraid of possible injury. Your first couple of pedals likely started out uneasily, not used to how the bicycle moved on the pavement or the best way to keep your balance throughout your ride. But the more you practiced and the more you swallowed that nervousness, soon, what once started off as a frightening task became easy and one of your favorite pastimes. Now, riding a bicycle is so second nature, you can’t even imagine a time when you didn't know how to ride one!

This is a similar experience snowmobilers feel when they are first learning how to navigate their machine. The prospect of getting on a snowmobile for the first time can be intimidating, to say the least. It’s hard to understand what to expect from the slope ahead of you, and how your body can safely navigate. But the more you understand before you hit the snow for the first time, the safer you will be, and the more enjoyable experience you are sure to have.

Here are a few crucial tips to keep in mind when initially learning to snowmobile. 

Start off Slow An enjoyable and, let’s face it, safe experience on a snowmobile will make you want to go harder and push farther the more trips you take. But the name of the game is baby steps; it is never a good idea to over-exert yourself during your first snowmobile trip. It’s recommended on your first trip to keep the distance manageable, to have good food on hand (or make sure there are good refreshment stops along the way) and comfortable accommodations.

Plan a Shopping Trip Safety and comfort are never something that should be sacrificed during a ride on a snowmobile. No matter how long your snowmobile journey will last, you must always be prepared and have everything on hand to stay warm, dry, and comfortable in the great outdoors. This includes layers of warm clothing, a proper coat, gloves, boots, and a helmet. 

Pay Attention to Your Map When driving in a typical vehicle, it is easy to become used to getting your directions from your mobile device. But being on a snowmobile requires you to always stay alert, so constantly checking your phone for which direction you are supposed to go in is not advisable. When it comes to riding on a snowmobile, having a map in hand will allow you to fully understand distances, town names, orientation, and points of interests to make your journey more enjoyable. This is hands down a safer route than you spontaneously planning a trip. Have the ride and route planned out in advance. 

Dress Properly Dressing properly while snowmobiling is crucial for your safety and enjoyment. Wear thermal base layers on your top and bottom half, followed by a jumper. Make sure you are also wearing a snowmobile suit, a balaclavas, if you are unfamiliar, a balaclava, also known as a balaclava helmet, is a form of cloth headgear designed to expose only part of the face. These can be worn multiple ways and adjusted when the temperature changes. Warm boots and socks are also essential components. These will be windproof and water-resistant to prevent you getting cold and wet on the trails. Gloves, a helmet, and fog-free goggles are also essential during every ride.

Mountain Stream Estates , fellow snowmobiling enthusiasts, prides itself on providing exemplary customer service. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your rental property needs and will do whatever it takes to earn your business and remain lifelong clients.  Mountain Stream Estates has been serving the Black  Hills area; we pride ourselves on being large enough to provide professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. To discover more about how we can serve your needs, please visit our website or call us at 605-380-8951 today. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current events, tips, and specials.  See you on the trails!