Snowmobiles are also popularly known as Snowmachines. They are also known by the name Snowsleds or sometimes by the brand name, Ski-doo. These are specially designed vehicles for travelling through snow surfaces. Sometimes, through advanced design features, these machines can maneuver easily through forests and frozen lakes. Just like motorcycle, they can carry the driver and a passenger at a time. Most of these vehicles have petrol or combustion fuel propelled engines. The popular ones are the ones with four strokes, which are relatively safer for the environment too.
The history of snowmobiles is relatively new and was invented out of people’s need to travel through snow. However, similar vehicles like them were invented much earlier. Instead of working on a fuel-propelled engine, those sledges were pulled by dogs, deer or horses. The discovery of fuel powered snowmobiles changed the scenario drastically during the first half of the twentieth century, even though it was put into practice extensively during the second half. Contemporary snowmobiles have advanced features and are sometimes used for mountain climbing, racing and grass drags.
It is estimated that the first snowmobile was built in Russia. It was invented by a scientist by the name Igor Sikorsky. Soon, these machineries reached America and during the first half of twentieth century it reached here. However, it was during the 1950s that the vehicles became vastly popular. It was also during this period that the Americans started creating their own personal snowmobiles. Edgar, David Johnson and Allen Hetteen created their own personal snowmobiles for the first time in America. They also started a company by the name Polaris Industry. The industry expanded and by the 1970s, it is estimated that there were more than a hundred snowmobile industries in America.
Even though snowmobiles are designed for riding through snow, sometimes, they are also ridden by people when the snow has melted. Riding these machines through grass is a popular means of entertainment in most parts of the world. It is during this period that snowmobile races like grass drags and races through rivers are conducted. However, people find them extremely practical and are often used for personal purposes. Depending upon their individual needs, people can choose any one of the several different types of snowmobiles.
There are mainly five basic kinds of snowmobiles. They are designed according to the terrain and purpose for which they are used. For example, there is the basic model called the Entry Level models. These machines are used for minimal purposes. Larger ones, used for bigger responsibilities are called Performance snowmobiles. They have bigger and powerful engines. In addition to these models, there are other basic snowmobile models like Touring Snowmobiles, Mountain Snowmobiles and Utility Snowmobiles. If you are new to using snowmobiles, then it would be wise, if you take some lessons for riding them since they are difficult to control for amateurs. There are several instances where people were thrown out of snowmobiles and were seriously injured or dead due to improper handling or underestimating the power of the snowmobile.