Snowmobiling Ability Chart

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Beginner

  • Has never ridden a snowmobile
  • Has little to no experience in the backcountry during the winter
  • Likely has no other power sports experience.
    • Not a problem we will teach you from the basics!

Novice

  • Has some experience riding a snowmobile on a groomed trail
  • Has limited experience in changing snow conditions
  • Has spent some time on a backcountry snowmobile
  • Has limited experience in the backcountry during the winter and assessing avalanche terrain
  • Could have other power sports experience such as a quad or dirt bike (this is very helpful)

Intermediate

  • Has driven a snowmobile more than a few times
  • Can drive down a trail at a good pace while feeling comfortable
  • Starting to understand the basics of off trail riding in soft snow.
  • Understands about counter steering to turn the sled in powder
  • Can get self unstuck without too much trouble
  • Has some understanding of assessing hazards and avalanche terrain but could use some coaching
  • Has extensive power sports experience (outside of snowmobiles)

Advanced

  • Has significant experience riding snowmobiles
  • Can carve and control the snowmobile in deep snow without issue.
  • Can break trail and has some experience route finding
  • Capable of riding more technical terrain, climb and descend open hills with no problem
  • Capable of putting the sled on edge
  • Counter steering is natural, strong throttle and brake control skills
  • Has the ability to self-extract if stuck in deep powder
  • Comfortable assessing hazards and avalanche terrain

Expert

  • Ride sleds for 15+ days per year and typically own their own snowmobile
  • Can ride all day in steep, technical and treed terrain in all conditions
  • Able to hold a side hill indefinitely even when the terrain or snow conditions get more challenging
  • Has complete control over the snowmobile.
  • Can self-extract their sled if they are stuck
  • Strong ability to understand and assess terrain and avalanche hazards