There is nothing like spending time with family. With the mild winter we’ve had in Utah, I made my way up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My brother invited me to spend the weekend with his family riding snowbikes and snowmobiles. Let’s just say the scenery, activites, and company did not disappoint!
To say the least, I am not a very good when it comes to riding in the snow. I definitely need more practice. Was it fun? Oh yeah it was awesome! Was I completely worn out at the end of the day, you bet I was. Would I recommend a snowbike or snomobile to anyone, YES! Riding a snowmobile definitely takes some practice and skill but the ease of riding a snowbike was amazing compared to snowmobiles. I loved the snowmobile and had a blast for as long as I had energy. Really, the best part was spending time with family out in the amazing creations that surround us. Here is a short recap of our weekend to remember!
Snowbike vs. Snomobile for a newbie:
Now I know those who have ridden snomobiles for a while will be like, this guy is crazy. I can do all that on a sled and it’s not hard at all! My hat is off to you for being able to master the art of re-training your brain to think backwards when you have to carve through the snow. Keep it up! These are simply a few things I experienced my ‘first’ time out. Again, this is from a newbie’s perspective who has ridden dirtbike’s for many years.
Snowbike (2018 YZ450F equipped with 2018 Timbersled Raw 120 kit)
- Easy to maneuver/turn in deep snow, hard packed is a different story
- Easy to jump
- Not difficult to tip over if you don’t keep moving
- Totally Awesome!
- Year round riding on a dirt bike
- Take up a little less space, they are pretty long
- Carve easy on the hills and through the trees
- Stock seats can get a little rough
- Not as easy to get stuck
- Can ride all day – not worn out
- Not good on the bike to climb strait up most stuff. Works the bike pretty good.
- Controls can be difficult with larger gloves on
Snowmobile (2011 Polaris 800 RMK Pro)
- Longer track to stay on top of the snow
- Easy to get stuck – found out the hard way many times
- Much softer seat for longer rides
- Tons of power to climb whatever you (I) dared throw at it. Better at climbing strait up most hills.
- Hand warmers
- Controls are designed with larger gloves in mind
- Wind shield
If you are experienced with snow bikes or snowmobiles, let me know what you think. I would love to hear some tips and pointers.
Jackson Hole Snow Bike Adventure
Jackson Hole Wyoming