Shopping for New and Used Snowmobiles for Sale Through Classified Ads

One of many advantages to living in the Northeast is tons of groomed, scenic, beautiful snowmobiling trails, all maintained by a wide array of various snowmobiling clubs. If you are looking to buy a snowmobile, you have come to the right place. Here at Want Ad Digest, we not only have a wide variety of used snowmobiles for sale, but we also have contact information available for various snowmobiling clubs in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont; we also provide for you the history of snowmobiling, pointers for beginners, safety tips, and more!


There are over 3,000 snowmobile clubs worldwide, including 25 state associations in our country, and 13 provincial organizations in Canada. Nearly all, if not absolutely all, clubs are nonprofit and run by volunteers. Snowmobile clubs not only maintain and map out trails for snowmobile enthusiasts, but they also utilize training instructors for promoting safety and educational programs, they put together outings and social activities, and clubs also assist police in traffic control and emergencies.

The New York State Snowmobile Association encompasses 260 different clubs and organizations in the state. If you register with the NYSSA, your membership allows you access to 10,500 miles of snowmobiling in NY on beautiful trails. There is also a Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations, and many more. Individual clubs work closely with the larger state associations, and snowmobile clubs also work heavily with landowners who permit the use of snowmobiles on their land.

The history of the snowmobile begins in 1908, when the very first vehicle equipped to travel in the snow was built. Interestingly, this was after the Wright Brothers flew their first plane in 1903. In 1935, a snowmobile was constructed that had skis in the front, a tracked system in the back, and carried 12 people. By 1954, the modern day recreational snowmobile came about, deriving from the development of smaller gas engines. By the 1960s, dozens of companies began producing snowmobiles.

People choose snowmobiling as a fun, recreational activity for several reasons: the scenic views, the chance to socialize with friends, being able to escape the day to day routines of life, to be close to nature, and to take advantage of family time. Studies have shown that the majority of snowmobilers are married and have children, so snowmobiling is a perfect family fun activity to do together. Indeed, snowmobiling appeals to people of all ages.

Furthermore, a recent study conducted by the Recreation Round Table indicates that people who recreate outside are healthier, happier, more productive, and are more active in their communities. All the more reason to look into snowmobiles for sale!

If you are looking for old snowmobiles for sale, or even new snowmobiles for sale, it is probably for recreational purposes. Although snowmobiling is primarily recreational, it does provide several other uses for many people. For instance, in some remote areas snowmobiling is actually the main form of transportation. Also, they are used by law enforcement units for search and rescue situations and other emergencies, environmental and wildlife scientists can take advantage of snowmobiles to get around the area they are studying, and so forth.

In addition to its recreational and other uses, the snowmobiling industry as a whole brings in tremendous revenue into the economy, not only through snowmobiles for sale but also through the additional snow gear that you will inevitably need. Snowmobiling is a paramount factor increasing winter tourism in Canada and the "snow belt" of the US. In fact, snowmobilers in the US and Canada spend over $28 billion annually on snowmobiling.

In 1998, NYSSA and SUNY Potsdam administered an economic impact study on snowmobiling in NY - their efforts indicated that $476.2 million is spent on snowmobiling each year. However, even more impressive than that, is that the study was conducted again in 2003 to determine that that number increased to $875 million annually - that is an increase of 84% in just five years! Moreover, in Vermont, $600 million is spent each year on snowmobiling, according to a 2003 study, and $1.2 billion is spent annually in New Hampshire, according to a 2004 study.

Clearly, safety needs to be a primary focus when enjoying snowmobiling. There are different obstacles to watch out for depending on what kind of snow you are dealing with. Loose blowing snow can cause dangerous conditions, requiring that you frequently clean your tail light lens; this way, riders following can see you and your break light. Loose blowing snow can also significantly reduce visibility and can coat your snowmobile's mechanical parts. Soft, deep snow can hide obstructions like rocks and tree stumps (one way to avoid this is to stay on the designated trail, which we will elaborate on momentarily). Ice-crusted snow forces snowmobilers to ride slower, at a pace where they can have more control over traction balance. Slush should also be watched out for, and that can be hiding under the softer, prettier snow. Also, it should be mentioned that the minimum amount of snow that should be on the ground in order to snowmobile is three inches.

In addition to snow conditions, there are many other safety factors to take into consideration when snowmobiling. The first rule is that it is always best to ride on a groomed and marked trail system. Not only are you safer in doing so, but you will be assured that you are compiling with snowmobile laws, you will know the trails are maintained with appropriate signage in place, and you do not have to worry about accidentally destroying any elements of nature. Furthermore, 85 to 90% of snowmobile accidents happen off designated and groomed trails, further highlighting how much safer you are on the marked trail.

On day trips, snowmobilers typically travel 30 to 75 miles - wow! Day or night riding requires safety precautions, of course. Night riding however, it should go without saying, requires snowmobilers to be even more aware of their surroundings and necessary safety measures. If you choose to ride at night, you need to be able to adjust for that lack of light. It is a good idea to carry a small red light to use when stopping along the trail. This way, other riders will be able to see you and will know to slow down as they are approaching or passing you.

Mountain riding with snowmobiles is becoming more and more popular, and the primary danger with this type of recreation is avalanches. Rain and sun exposure can drastically alter conditions and trigger avalanches. Most avalanches happen in 30 to 60 degree slopes. Mountain snowmobilers should carry avalanche beacons, shovels, and "probe poles" for locating people buried in snow, and also a portable radio to summon help. Please do not assume that your cell phone will be sufficient enough, as you could lose this in the snow, not have service, etc; it is always best to have a portable radio to contact help if you should need it.

It is always not only safer, but much more fun, to ride in groups than to go by yourself - think of that phrase "safety in numbers." When riding in groups, there should be a leader and a tail rider with everyone riding in single file with an adequate distance between riders. Whether you are riding in a group or by yourself do not cross lakes or rivers. Besides the obvious danger of falling through the ice, you additionally have much less traction for starting, turning, and stopping than on snow. Moreover, drowning is the leading cause of snowmobile fatalities.

There are four main positions for riding a snowmobile, each suited for different situations, and you should be aware of the following prior to purchasing a snowmobile for sale: Sitting, kneeling, posting, and standing. Sitting is the most common position and the only one acceptable for carrying a passenger. Kneeling is used to shift weight to one side of the snowmobile; it also allows the rider's head to be up higher for better sight. Posting is a semi-standing position with the knees bent - this is the most tiring position, and is only used for difficult trails or steep hills. Standing on the snowmobile gets the rider's head up as high as possible for the best possible view, and this is recommended when crossing a road and you need the longest line of sight possible.

Now that we are all well aware of the history and uses of snowmobiling, and how to get access to trails in your area, let us now take a look at specific new snowmobiles for sale or used snowmobiles for sale that you may be looking at in our snowmobile classifieds:

Mountain Snowmobiles: As indicated earlier, mountain snowmobiling is becoming increasingly popular, although it not the safest form of snowmobiling, and so it is probably best left to experienced snowmobilers; mountain snowmobiles are designed to travel steep, vertical slopes.

Performance Snowmobiles: A performance snowmobile for sale is used by experienced riders who are looking to ride fast.

Touring Snowmobiles: A touring snowmobile for sale is constructed to carry two people for a long distance comfortably; they are larger and heavier than typical trail snowmobiles.

Trail Snowmobiles: A trail snowmobile for sale is lightweight and easy to ride - it is a good snowmobile to go with if you are beginner.

Working Snowmobiles: A working snowmobile for sale is used for work purposes, such as transporting materials or equipment to people in need.

Youth Snowmobiles: As the name suggests, a youth snowmobile for sale is for kids, aged 8 and up.

When searching our classified ads, remember that you can narrow down your search to a specific model and/or location. For instance, you can search for "Polaris snowmobiles for sale" "120 snowmobile for sale" or "Polaris 120 snowmobile for sale." If you don’t know the model name, you can try looking for one of the above mentioned types of snowmobiles, such as a search for "touring snowmobile for sale." You can search for "snowmobiles for sale Syracuse NY" or "snowmobiles for sale MA." In addition, remember that sellers often have different ways of spelling or phrasing an ad listing, which is something to keep in mind as well. For instance, snowmobile is one word, but someone may have an ad listed as "snow mobiles for sale." Above all, remember that we have new classified ads listed all the time, so do check back soon if you don’t find what you’re looking for right away.

If are you new to snowmobiling, after you get your used snowmobile for sale home, it would be recommended to practice riding it in a large, open area such as a field or a parking lot, preferably with an experienced snowmobiler present. Although, do keep in mind that in large areas like that if you can ride and turn in any direction so can other riders. Furthermore, there are tons of snowmobile clubs in the surrounding area and elseware who would be happy to discuss the awesome activity of snowmobiling with you to get you on the right track.

In addition to snowmobiles for sale, you may also search our classified ads for a sled for sale, or other winter sports equipment. If you do not find what you are looking for here in our Snowmobile section, try looking under Sporting Goods.
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