Who doesn't love putting miles on the sled? We all have a passion for this sport. And there’s no better way to fuel that passion than going the distance riding Ontario’s extensive trail system. Two of us just returned from riding 1,100 km in two days. We rode long days with minimal stops to cover as much ground as possible. A lot of planning went into our route before leaving out of Sudbury, ON with a final destination at the Best Western Swan Castle Inn in Cochrane, ON. Having packed everything that we may need with us made this journey possible without a hitch.
Whether it's an extended day ride or conquering multi-day loops, high mileage that you never thought possible can definitely be accomplished with today's modern day snowmobiles and grooming equipment. Here are a few tips that can make planning your high-mileage days safer and more enjoyable.
1 - Reliable equipment
Having a snowmobile that is in good working order is a must. Doing regular maintenance can avoid breakdowns and mishaps that could ruin your adventure. Following scheduled maintenance recommendations and keeping an eye on wearable parts can make your life a lot easier. Routinely checking belt condition, idler wheels, carbides, sliders, and stud wear are simple things you can do to keep your snowmobile running at peak performance. Always carry a spare belt and a small tool kit whether riding short or long distances.
Keep in mind how far it is to reach your final destination. A great tool that can help is the OFSC interactive trail guide. You can plot your route on their website and it will give you the exact mileage for your journey. Pre-planning fuel stops, accommodations and places to grab a quick meal will keep you on a schedule to accomplish those long days. Knowing the range that your snowmobile is capable of or carrying extra fuel will put your mind at ease between stops. Use Ontario's Go Tour Trip Planner to plan your next trip.
3 - Dress accordingly
Being underdressed for the weather can put a damper on your plans. Make sure to have the proper gear designed for snowmobilers. Having extra clothes in case they are needed could be the difference between having an enjoyable day and having to cut your ride short. Something as simple as packing a spare set of dry socks or warmer gloves may be all you need to keep going.
4 - Physical Fitness
Knowing your own limitations is key. High mileage for one person might mean 600+ km a day, while for others it could be a lot less. Staying within your own means will allow you to make realistic goals when planning. Physical fitness comes even more into play when doing multiple high-mileage days in a row.