Experience Blue Mountain snowmobiling at its smoothest. Situated on major Interconnecting Trail Systems (ITS), in Tollgate East Oregon our resort and trail side cabins and guest houses are a must-visit destinations for snowmobile enthusiasts.
What is Snowmobiling
Like jet skis and four wheelers, snowmobiles are small automobiles that are designed for a user - usually just one person - to ride in the snow. Popular snow sports such as snowboarding and traditional skiing must be done from the top of a hill or mountain, propelling the person down the hill using a combination of force and gravity.Snowmobiles, on the other hand, rely on a small engine to propel the craft, so it can be ridden on hills, mountains, inclines and flat land. Snowmobiles can actually be ridden on asphalt tracks, on water and in the grass for snowmobile enthusiasts who don''t have access to snow, but traditionally, snowmobiles perform better when used in the snow.
History of Snowmobiling
The first snowmobile, although a crude model, was built in 1908. It was quite large and propelled via steam locomotive, but worked well for its intended purpose - gettingrescue teams out to people stranded in the snow. Virgil White, a Ford dealer, was the first to coin the term "snowmobile" when he built his model in 1913, using blueprints from the Model T Ford and adding useful adaptations such as tracks and skis for steering. From 1922 to 1950, many different snowmobile models were born, including wind driven snowmobiles and motorized toboggans. In 1954, the first recreational snowmobile was built by David Johnson and Edgar Hetteen. This design became known as Polaris and was the first, after which modern day snowmobiles followed suit.
Over 106,000 snowmobiles were sold in the year 2007 alone and the average selling price of a single snowmobile was $8700, making the snowmobile industry a multi-million dollar industry. Three of the four major snowmobile manufacturers reside in the U.S. and are responsible for selling the whopping 1.5 million registered snowmobiles in the United States alone. Snowmobiles are quickly getting a bad rap for being environmentally taxing, but the positive impact on the economy from this profitable industry greatly outweighs any disadvantages of snowmobiling. New studies are showing that snowmobiles do not have an impact on outdoor wildlife such as deer and wolves when users exhibit care when taking their snowmobiles out for a run.
Snowmobiling for Fun
Useful links about snowmobiling
The American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) is a national organization that was formed to unite the snowmobile community. Because snowmobiling is enjoyed by millions of individuals across the United States, it was imperative that a strong national organization be formed. ACSA is that organization.
The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) is an organization representing the four snowmobile manufacturers.