Q: How fast does a snowmobile go?
A: Many will easily exceed 60 mph.
Q: How fast will we be going as we tour?
A: Generally, beween 10 and 45 mph.
Q: Can I ride faster than 45 MPH?
A: Yes, there will be opportunities for you to open it up on lakes and on some of the straighter trails. I think that you will find 50 to 60 mph quite exhilarating, yet stable and comfortable.
Q: How many miles will we travel in a day?
A: At least 60, but usually not more than 120. Generally we ride 80 to 100 miles. Unlike renting sleds at a number of other outfitters, you will be able to ride until your heart is content on this trip. However, if some riders want to keep their riding to some shorter hours each day, we have the ability to accomodate that as well.
Q: Will we ride after dark?
You can choose to ride into the evening, either after dinner at our base camp lodge, or after stopping for supper at an inn along the trail. This is an unusual opportunity with rental sleds since most outfitters require that you return their sleds to the home base by 4:30 or 5PM.
Q: What clothing will I need to bring?
A: The same winter clothing that you'd wear daily at home, plus long johns and heavy socks. I will provide everything else you will need: Light-weight (but very warm) insulated boots, insulated bibs, a heavy jacket, gloves, very warm mittens, a balaklava (a fleece hood that functions as both a hat and a scarf) and a helmet with full wrap-around face shield.
Q: Isn't it freezing cold in Maine?
A: In some parts of Maine, during a portion of the winter, yes. However, this location is generally not particularly cold when compared to Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Canada, which are all great places to sled, but they are plagued by below-zero temperatures due to Arctic Cold Fronts. Western States like Colorado, Wyoming and Montana can have great riding too, but they have higher elevations that only accentuate the cold, and frequently have strong wind conditions. The SledHead Ventures destination in western Maine has average daily high temperatures of 22°F in January, 25°F in February and 35°F in March. Our winds are almost always very light.
Q: What makes this rental experience different from the time I rented a snowmobile while on a ski trip?
A: Most rental experiences that I've had, and have heard many stories about, fall into one of two categories:
1) Here are the keys...be back by dark...and off you go to perhaps get lost, stuck, cold...etc.
2) Gather up folks...there are 30 sleds here and we're all going to putze down the trail together in one huge gaggle...and the afternoon drags on...
Q: If your home has been in Texas, Mike, what experience do you have with snowmobiling and with Maine?
A: Although I have lived in Texas for the last 26 years, I was born and raised primarily in New England, including living in Maine during my high school years. I've also lived in, and snowmobiled in, numerous other nothern and western states. Please see my "About Mike" page for details. I now live in Maine nearly half the year.
Q: Do they have cold beer in Maine?
A: Yes. The one that best quenches my thirst at the end of day is Shock Top, on tap, and served with a fresh orange slice. You will also find my biggest favorite- Yuengling, made by America's oldest brewery, and not available out west.
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