Rough Sledding

Waiting for Snow

During our ventures in Central Ontario, we stopped along to road to Bala when we spotted some vibrant colours. A few hundred meters into the woods we stumbled upon a “storage” area for, well, everything from Snowmobiles, tractors, spas, freezers, front end loaders. Here the Skidoo and the leaves are the star of the shot!

A snowmobile, also known in some places as a sled, is a land vehicle for winter travel on snow. Designed to be operated on snow and ice, they require no road or trail. Design variations enable some machines to operate in deep snow or forests; most are used on open terrain, including frozen lakes, or driven on paths or trails. Usually designed to accommodate a driver and one passenger, their use is much like a motorcycle and an all terrain vehicle (ATVs) intended for winter use on snow-covered ground and frozen ponds and waterways. They have no enclosure except for a windshield and their engine normally drives a continuous track at the rear; skis at the front provide directional control.

I think these ones need to have a Tune Up and a visit to The Local Garage!


5 responses

  1. Interesting find. Nice shot today. Dig all the colors.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:14 am

  2. They almost look randomly abandoned here, but this is probably someone’s yard. Still, I lik to imageine someone out when the weather suddenly shifts like 40f from winter to spring/summer and just leaving the gear to be picked up next season.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

  3. In Alaska, they are also called “snow machines”. I always thought of snow machines as being something that made the snow for the local ski areas! I’ll stick with “Sled.”

    October 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

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