Going into the backcountry “prepared” means having an idea of what to expect in your day, who you are riding with, what the worst the conditions might be, and communicating—with people who expect you back home, AS WELL AS with those who are traveling with your group.
We can’t emphasize avalanche preparedness enough, and we encourage you to surf around our website to find the many AVALANCHE RESOURCES you can link to from Backcountry United.
Riding prepared means one thing. What if the worst happens? What if your snowmobile breaks down? Consider that every minute on the throttle could equal a half hour to an hour, or more, of walking or hiking.
Getting the snowmobile unstuck by yourself.
If you read the last section for RIDING PREPARED, you’ll notice how important it is to ride with a friend.
And what is the most frequent reason why?
Because it’s waaay easier to get your snowmobile unstuck in deep snow!
Your buddy should be close by, and always right there with you in the backcountry.
Navigating avalanche terrain.
First you need to understand the dynamics of the snow conditions.
Trends and patterns in temperatures and humidity, wind speeds and direction, accumulated snow, and terrain dynamics all interact and create a set of variables that are always alive and in play whenever you are in the mountains in the winter months.