Winter vacations are all about relaxing with your family. The crowded resorts right around Lake Tahoe don’t offer much privacy for relaxation. For mountain fun with no crowds, look north toward the Plumas National Forest area.

The best way to explore the forest during winter is by snowmobile. Anyone over 16 with a license can operate a snowmobile. Your older teenagers will learn to love the outdoors during their snowmobile adventure.

There are a few key things to learn before going on a snowmobile tour. This short guide lays out what you need to know before starting your first snowmobile.

How to Stay Comfortable on Your Snowmobile Adventure 

The area north of Tahoe stays cold for six months with an average of 20 inches of snow. That’s tons of time for your family to venture out into the forest for an adventure.

To stay warm, you need to pick the right clothes for your snowmobile tour. Look for windproof clothing that traps a pocket of air against your body. Don’t forget a hat, gloves, and waterproof boots to keep the snow off your skin.

Other items you should pack:

  • Water and calorie-heavy snacks
  • A basic first-aid kit
  • Ski goggles
  • Whistle for emergencies
  • Space blanket
  • Duct tape

If you forget anything important, ask your tour guide for help. It’s important that you’re dressed right to avoid frostbite.

Learning How to Operate a Snowmobile

If you don’t know how to use a snowmobile, go on a tour as your first adventure. The tour guides are experts on safely operating snowmobiles. Most tours start in an open area so new drivers can practice without any hazards.

There’s not a steep learning curve to operating a snowmobile. If you know how to drive a car, you can figure out the basics with a little guidance.

Should You Join a Snowmobile Tour?

A downside to traveling with your snowmobiles is finding parking for the towing rig. There’s no guarantee that the hotel or B&B you’re staying at has enough parking. You also need to consider the danger of traveling to new places in the snow with a trailer.

Tour companies maintain fleets of newer generation snowmobiles. You won’t need to worry about gassing up before you hit the trails. 

Local snowmobile tour companies maintain miles of manicured snow trails. Their hard work ensures there are no surprises on the trail like rocks. 

Ready to Book Your Snowmobile Adventure?

Don’t hide from winter weather; embrace it and go on a snowmobile adventure. There’s no better way to explore the lush forests in Northern California.

Explore! Sierra Touring Company offers 2 or 3-hour snowmobile tours. Bring the family or your friends for a weekend getaway in the forest. Children may ride with licensed adults so everyone can enjoy the tour.

If you don’t think you’re prepared for the cold, that’s okay. We offer affordable gear rentals for snowmobile riders of every size.

Contact Explore! today to book your snowmobile adventure. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have about the tours.

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