Regarding kids and snowmobiles, the Internet is full of safety rules, but there isn't a lot of advice on how to make snowmobiling fun for kids. Whether you are an avid snowmobiler or someone new to the hobby, you can get your kids involved, and you can make this winter sport fun for them. Here are five ideas for kid-friendly snowmobile fun:
1. Invite your kids to ride as a passenger
Most safety experts recommend that kids should not ride full-sized snowmobiles until they are over the age of sixteen. However, your kid can safely ride as a passenger anytime after they turn six.
Put your kid on the front so he or she can enjoy the site of the trail stretching before him or her, or place the little one on the back so he or she can hug you tightly as you ride.
2. Choose exciting paths that you know and understand
If you get into a snowmobile accident, it may crush your kids' desire to ride again. Avoid this by choosing paths that you know and understand.
Ideally, to make the journey fun, pick a path that has a lot of exciting hills and turns, but make sure you know it inside and out before you and your kid disembark. That way, you can give your child the thrill of wild turns without the risks.
3. Tow your child
Ideally, you should not tow tubes behind your snowmobile, but you can tow specially designed sleds. When towing, do not use a rope. Instead, use a rigid bar – that prevents the sled from getting too close to the snowmobile and keeps it constantly at a safe distance.
Your kids will love being towed, and at a safe speed, you can even let younger kids ride on the sled.
4. Invest in a mini snowmobile
Although kids shouldn't ride full-sized snowmobiles, they can ride miniature snowmobiles. You can buy 120cc snowmobiles for kids, or you can take your kid to a track where they can rent 120cc snowmobiles to ride around.
5. Plan alternative activities for really little ones
If you have kids who are simply too young to ride, you have a few options. You can leave them at home with grandma and allow them to look forward to the time when they get old enough to come along – sometimes, having planned rites of passage to look forward to can be fun for kids.
Alternatively, you can bring your kids along and plan some alternative snowy fun for them. While one parent rides, the other parent can supervise some sledding, and then, you can switch. It keeps the kids involved in your winter fun without putting them at risk.
To learn more about snowmobiling, contact Alaska Cycle Center Ltd.