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Snowmobile Vermont puts riders on brand-new Polaris sleds.

Green (Mountain) Machines: Okemo/Killiington Area Snowmobiling

Text & Photography By Tom Richardson

If you’ve never driven a snowmobile before, but are curious to learn more about the sport, Snowmobile Vermont offers customized tours and lessons for all ability levels and ages, in the Okemo and Killington areas.

Beginners receive detailed sled-operation instruction and safety education. Boots and helmets are provided at no additional cost; suit rentals are available for a small fee.

Three trail rides are offered:

The One-Hour Mountain Tour is ideal for beginners and those interested in a Killington-area snowmobile tour through the woods on groomed ski trails. This is a great introduction to snowmobiling and an opportunity for novice riders to learn how snowmobiles handle and operate, and what type of terrain they can tackle. Private instruction available; reservations recommended.

The Two-Hour Backcountry Tour is a more adventurous 25-mile ride through the Calvin Coolidge State Forest—part of the Vermont state snowmobile trail (VAST)—system. Ride at your own pace or challenge yourself on the varied terrain, which includes steep hills, woods, open fields, and straightaways.

Kids (4-12 years) can learn the basics of snowmobiling by riding on their own “mini-sled.” Families can enjoy a one-hour guided mountain tour, with the children riding a new Polaris Indy 120 XC.

Riders under 18 must have a parent/guardian signature stating they are over 16 and allowed to drive.




The author and his son Max take a break during a tour with Snowmobile Vermont.
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