What to do if Your Snowmobile is Stuck
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 4:06:38 PM America/Denver
In snowmobiling, you can carve turns as if you were skiing and catch face shots of powder when you have good snowmobile shocks. If the weather has given you a powder snow day, the chance of getting your sled stuck is fairly high, but getting it out can be easy if done correctly.
The first thing you should do is take a few seconds to evaluate the situation. Look at the big picture to see what it will take to get the snowmobile moving again. A few extra minutes to look around in the beginning could save you hours in the long run.
If the sled has stopped while pointing uphill, you'll need to turn it downward a bit. If a packed trail is four feet to the left, then that will be the direction you'll have to turn the snowmobile. You want to get onto the snow that is more stable than where you are.
Walk around the snowmobile to pack the soft snow that it has bogged down in. This gives you a chance to feel the terrain and think about which way to pull the sled out. Pack a trail in front of the snowmobile and dig under its nose to create a clear path.
Lift the rear of sled onto the uphill side of where it currently sits. If at all possible, have another person help you do this, as a snowmobile weighs quite a bit. The more you have packed out the snow, the easier the process will be.
Stand with both feet on the uphill side of the machine. Have whoever is helping you pull the uphill ski in the desired direction while you give the engine some gas - you should be able to drive right out. If you start to bog down again, pack out the area where the track will sit and lift the sled again.
Keep the snowmobile moving once you've gained any motion, and stop only when you are on a path or pointed downhill. Having the proper snowmobile shocks on your vehicle can prevent you from getting into situations like this. Snowmobile shocks serve a great purpose, but you need to be prepared for other things that can happen on the trail as well.