It’s hard to believe, but summer is fast drawing to a close. Before long, we’ll be putting away our boats for the season and starting to think about winter fun. Snowmobiling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors all winter long and Minnesota has plenty of great locations for snowmobiling from dedicated vacation spots to snowmobile trails.


In fact, there are more than 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails in the state, many of which are maintained by snowmobile club members. In this post from Canvasworks in Cokato, we’ll share our top ten reasons to give snowmobiling a shot this winter.

1.   It’s a blast.

Simply put there isn’t a much better feeling than flying across the glittering snow on a sunny winter’s day. Whether you’re just out for a relaxing cruise or out to put yourself and your machine to the test, it’s the perfect way to spend a winter day.

2.   It’s a great workout.

Snowmobiling is more difficult than it might appear at first glance. Constantly shifting your weight as you go up and over hills, leaning into turns, and changing positions from sitting, kneeling, and standing provide a great whole body workout. Different styles of riding provide different degrees of workouts, but all of them help contribute to a healthy amount of physical activity during the winter. 

3.   Enjoy the outdoors.

Is there anything more magical than snow in winter? Spending time on a snowmobile gives you an excuse to get out and enjoy the snow while getting close to nature. Millions of North Americans suffer from SAD every winter as the days get shorter and they see less and less of the sun. Snowmobiling provides a great way to get outdoors and take in the fresh air and sunshine.

4.   It’s fun for the whole family.

If getting your kids away from their tablets and phones is on your winter to-do list, a snowmobile is a fun way to get them outdoors. With thousands of trails to choose from you can often ride out right from your backyard.

5.   It’s a social activity.

One of the biggest draws of snowmobiling is the social aspect. Snowmobiling clubs and associations offer a great opportunity to meet new people who share your love of snowmobiling. Most clubs offer year round activities, everything from swap meets and dinners to trail maintenance events and winter trail rides ensuring you’ll always have something fun to do with your newfound friends. While many of these activities may be cancelled this year due to social distancing, snowmobiling offers an opportunity to get out and about with your friends while still maintaining a safe distance.

6.   It’s (relatively) affordable fun.

Unlike many powersports and hobbies, you can get into snowmobiling for a pretty reasonable price by purchasing a used snowmobile in good condition. Beyond basic winter gear and a good quality helmet, you don’t necessarily need any special equipment for most riding. They’re affordable to maintain and store as well. Of course, if you like your toys to be fully equipped there are plenty of options on the market, both in aftermarket add-ons and machines.

7.   It’s an adventure.

If you love the idea of exploring woodsy trails, a snowmobile is a perfect activity for you. Destinations throughout the USA and all over the world give you the opportunity to explore corners of the globe that aren’t easily accessible by road. In North America alone there are approximately 230,000 miles of maintained trails. 

8.   It’s a great way to blow off some steam. relaxing.

After a long week of working and possibly distance learning we could all use a bit of an escape. Whether you head out alone or with some friends, snowmobiling is perfect for getting out and away from the ordinary stresses of life.

9.   It’s easy to learn.

Almost anyone can learn to safely operate a snowmobile regardless of age or driving experience. Teenagers and seniors alike can operate a snowmobile carefully by following a few basic safety rules. Many state associations and clubs offer training classes for beginners. Some states require a snowmobile safety certificate to legally operate a snowmobile so be sure to check your state snowmobile association website before heading out this winter.

10.                     They’re easily transported and stored.

Snowmobiles are easily hauled on lightweight trailers, most can be pulled with a light duty truck. When the season is over, snowmobiles can be stored easily in a garage, shed, or even on the trailer. At Canvasworks in Cokato, we can manufacture an enclosure for your open bed trailer to help protect your snowmobile during transit and storage.

Order Your SnoCaps Trailer Enclosure Today

Are you looking forward to snowmobiling this winter, but you don’t have an enclosed trailer and you want to protect your snowmobiles from the road chemicals and debris? Your open bed trailer can be converted to an enclosed trailer with our SnoCaps Trailer Enclosures! Visit our online gallery and then call to connect with us at 320-559-0165. Or you can contact us online to order your SnoCaps Trailer Enclosure today.