Snowmobiles: Farm use or fun?

I read an article recently about a young man who died in a snowmobile accident. Recreational snowmobile use is common here in Iowa. It got me thinking though. Snowmobiles aren’t typically used for farm work here. But are they used for farm work in other areas?

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In a typical Iowa winter we are still able to use pick-ups, tractors, or ATVs to get around in most cases. But what about areas that see more snow than we do, like the mountains. Are snowmobiles winter time work horses in other places?

Much like ATVs, snowmobiles have the ability to be dual purpose vehicles. Considering ATVs are one of the most common causes of accidents on the farm, I wonder if snowmobiles don’t have similar hazards.

Do you use snowmobiles for working on the farm? Would you like to see some snowmobile safety information?

-Tracy

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2 Responses to Snowmobiles: Farm use or fun?

  1. Nicole says:

    Hi Tracy, Snowmobiles are used quite a bit here in parts of Canada, especially when the snow becomes too deep for the ATV to get through. From past experience, fitting the ATV with tracks is more of a pain (and expensive!) than just using a snowmobile. I think that they definitely do have the same hazards that ATVs have. If anything, It seems that recreational snowmobile riders tend to ride more aggresively and/or in terrain with added hazards (ie avalanche country, hidden gullies, open water, ice heaves). I don’t hear much of ‘high marking’ (or similar activities) in ATV recreational riders… although, that’s not directly farm related.

    • Thanks for the perspective, Nicole. Snowmobiles are used recreationally across the U.S. My little town turns into a snowmobile parking lot on the weekends as we’re positioned on a major trail in the area. However, I’ve not seen them used for farm work around here and wasn’t sure if they were used on the farm elsewhere. Especially the areas that see enough snow to prevent farmers from using ATVs.

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