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Snowmobile Basics—Riding Your Snowmobile
Basic Riding Positions

One of the skills required for snowmobiling is learning to properly position your body as you maneuver through various types of terrain. Mastering the basic riding positions is the key to safe snowmobiling.


Provides the lowest center of gravity for maximum stability and safety. This is the only position recommended for carrying passengers if the snowmobile is designed for that purpose. Keep your feet firmly on the running boards and in the foot wells.

Sitting on Snowmobile
Kneeling on Snowmobile


Lets you lean uphill or shift your body weight easily. It’s also a good position for crossing a road or moving around congested areas. While riding at low speeds, you can avoid fatigue by switching occasionally from sitting to kneeling. Novice riders should practice kneeling.


Gives you maximum visibility. In areas containing obstructions, this position can help you look over an obstacle to see if another is behind it. At road crossings, this position provides the longest line of sight. Standing allows you to shift your weight quickly in any direction and change riding positions rapidly.

Standing on Snowmobile


Rough trails may produce more and harder bumps than you can absorb easily in a sitting position. If so, switch to this crouching position. It’s also useful for climbing steep hills, crossing creeks and streams, and other difficult situations.

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