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Learning to read and anticipate snow conditions and the terrain ahead is crucial. Each type of terrain offers different challenges.

Snowmobile in loose snow

Deep, Loosely Packed Snow

  • Snowmobiles sink deeper and don’t produce as much traction.
  • If you’re on deep, loose snow, make a wide turn and move to harder-packed snow.
  • Remember, deep snow may hide obstacles or other hazards.
Snowmobile in hard-packed snow

Hard-Packed Snow Drifts

  • After the wind blows snow into drifts and the snow hardens, it may conceal bumps and dips.
  • Back injuries can result from riding over these drifts, especially at high speeds.
  • When you are approaching a drift, reduce your speed and be alert.