The Go Snowmobiling campaign has been supported by the snowmobile community over the years. Clubs, Groups, and Associations across North America have taken Military Personnel snowmobiling, coordinated Enlightenment rides with land managers, and often just have fun organizing snowmobile rides with friends and family. The trails and riding areas in many parts of North America are in great shape and offer great opportunities to take friends snowmobiling.
The Go Snowmobiling rides that I have participated in underscores for me the “wow-factor” and the pure enjoyment that people have when they first ride a snowmobile. I have ridden a number of times with first-time snowmobilers and they couldn’t quit talking about how much fun it was and how they couldn’t wait to do it again. Thankfully I was well prepared for the ride and made sure that my guests were well dressed and comfortable. I have been fortunate enough to also snowmobile with many individuals who have much more experience than myself. I have learned that with a little prior planning, we can guarantee our friends’ experience in snowmobiling will be a great one. When you take a friend snowmobiling, remember this may very well be their first time on a snowmobile. Keep the ride slow, short, and simple. Chances are that your normal ride would seem like a marathon to an uninitiated friend. Don’t show off or push the envelope or challenge your friends to ride beyond their capabilities or their comfort zone. Remember, you are the one that snowmobiles and understands your machine. Let your friend enjoy that first day of snowmobiling. Again, go slow, make it short, make it simple, and remember that it is always a good idea to feed them well.
The Go Snowmobiling campaign is also joined with the Safe Riders! Campaign. We have a a new 13 chapter Safe Riders video series that can be found on our website at: http://www.snowmobile.org/snowmobile-videos.html .
The chapters are a great tool when introducing a friend to snowmobiling and will help make the ride more enjoyable for everyone.
You should also visit and “Like” our Facebook page before participating in a Go Snowmobiling campaign. Our Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/GoSnowmobiling . When looking at the page you will notice that many snowmobilers are posting pictures and their experiences on the page. We have thousands of Friends who visit regularly and it is common for snowmobilers to send out informative posts that are forwarded to hundreds and thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts worldwide. If you post photos and a few remarks on our Facebook page, you may win a free Go Snowmobiling Shirt. When posting, please send us a note with your contact information and shirt size. There is also a short general survey on our Facebook page, so when you visit the page, consider answering a few simple survey questions. We are constantly surveying snowmobile customers to see how we can better serve you and how we can help you enjoy your snowmobiling activity.
When you consider putting together a Go Snowmobiling ride, just remember that individuals who don’t own a snowmobile have a high interest in going snowmobiling. People that you know, who don’t snowmobile, want to snowmobile. They also want to go snowmobiling for the same reasons you do:
- To enjoy the scenery
- To get outdoors to have fun with family and friends
- To go to unique places that they can’t reach any other way to see amazing sights
- To have fun in the winter outdoors and be able to go home tired and be ready for a good night’s sleep.
So please, go out and have fun, take a friend snowmobiling, and enjoy this wonderful winter.