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Teaching Newbie Snowmobilers How to Ride

5 tested tips for breaking in rookie sledders
RELATED TOPICS: SAFETY
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ROOKIE WRANGLERS -- Remember, all of us were rookies once.
family snowmobile riding tips training rookies newbies
At one time or another, experienced snowmobilers will face the challenge of teaching someone how to ride. Sometimes that new rider is a child, or a friend that is intrigued with the thought of playing in the snow as an adult. Or, it may be your wife or boyfriend who finally becomes interested in riding after watching the positive effects snowmobiling has had on you.

However, just because you ride doesn’t mean you are up to teaching others. Many riders feel the pressure to make sure a new rider has a good time, but after sledding for many years the prep and skills have become second nature to you and an experienced rider may not be sure what they need to impart to a beginner. We polled our test riders, who not only have vast riding experience, but have taught many people their tips for teaching a greenhorn rider to be safe and proficient.

1. A COLD RIDER IS A SAD RIDER

All the test riders agreed that the first step in making sure a beginner has a good time is to make sure they have proper gear. Setting the novice up with several clothing layers is a must. Removing layers is easy, but adding them after you are on the trail is impossible. Overpacking and overdressing are necessary when taking newbies on the trails or into deep snow. And there is nothing more rewarding than being able to pull out a fresh set of goggles for your rookie, when theirs have iced over to make you feel like a hero. Also, be aware if you are hosting riders from a different region, as there may be differences in gear that are necessary for the area. Test Rider Dan Nedeau says, “I noticed that the guys out west didn’t wear a breath box because of the dry mountain air. However, in the Midwest you can have the best goggles, and they will fog non-stop without a breath box.”
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