First Time Snowmobilers - How to Gear up for an Amazing Time!

If this is your first time hopping on a snowmobile, you're in for a real treat! Imagine whipping through the woods, viewing the breathtaking landscape, dodging trees and deer on the trail - an exhilarating experience for beginners and experts alike!


Snowmobiling can be a great way to spend time with friends and family outside in nature. It is also one of the most popular winter sports in North America, with over 2 million people riding each year, and for good reason. Snowmobiling is an excellent way to enjoy the wintertime in the Northwoods!


a crew of first time snowmobilers on Amber lake in Minocqua

But, before you head out onto the frozen lakes and snowy hillsides, make sure you're properly prepared to ensure maximum fun during your adventure. Review our tips below on how to best gear up for your first ride. Once ready, you may want to find an instructor or ask an experienced friend to take a ride with you, just until you're comfortable.


If you're looking for the perfect spot to retreat to after a day on the sleds, check out Birch Trail Resort - perfectly situated right on the trails in Minocqua, Wisconsin.


What to Wear

The first step to get ready for your first snowmobiling excursion is to purchase your gear. The most important piece (the one you shouldn't skimp on) is your snowsuit. Second, is an ultrawarm, water-proof, pair of boots (and wool socks to go with them). You'll also need waterproof gloves, a hat (preferably one that covers some of your face), thermal underwear, scarf, and helmet. Staying warm and staying safe are essential for making sure you have a great time all day long in the cold.


happy couple outside of cabins about to ride snowmobiles

What to Bring

A camera! The beauty of the trails around Birch Trail Resort is unmatched and highly photogenic! Capture a bald eagle flying high above the trees or a deer grazing her nose along the forest floor. You might also consider a thermos full of something hot - coffee, hot chocolate or locally-made, hot apple cider. If you plan to be out after dark, a headlamp is also useful.


Getting to the Fun

As a newbie myself once, I can admit that snowmobiling seemed a bit intimidating. It looked like so much fun, but also seemed dangerous. But rest assured that snowmobiling is no more dangerous than riding in a car or biking down the street. Make sure to obey the trail rules and always wear your helmet and you'll be just fine! Invite your buddies to rent a cabin with you, hop on your sled and have a great time!


A set of snowmobiles outside the cabins at Birch Trail Resort

Book a Cabin Today

Snowmobiling through the Northwoods is an unforgettable experience that draws you back year after year. If you're ready to experience the wonderful world of snowmobiling, give Birch Trail Resort a call. With tons of amenities, in an excellent location, it's the perfect place for a weekend up North with friends!


Check Out Our Guests on Their Sleds


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