Should You Ride Your ATV in the Snow?

All-terrain vehicles make for great adventures, but should you ride your ATV in the snow? The answer is yes, you should! Here, in Utah, we expect snow for several months of the year, so it only makes sense to think about winter sports. Fortunately, ATVs can be driven in different weather conditions as long as they’re driven carefully. How else would we pass the winter months? 

Prepare for Your ATV Activity

Before you hop on your ATV, there are some steps to take that will help ensure a safe and enjoyable riding experience. 

  1. Schedule when and where you want to go ATV-riding. Make sure your destination is open and allows for ATVs on its terrains.
  2. Share your plans with someone who isn’t going with you, and bring your cell phone in case of an emergency.
  3. Examine the trail. See where restrooms are, how far away your destination is, and what wildlife you might encounter. 
  4. Pack more food and water than you think you’ll need, just in case you run out.
  5. Bring a first aid kit and a survival kit with you. 

Stay Safe and Warm

We highly recommend dressing appropriately for the weather should you ride your ATV in the snow. Not being warm enough could easily ruin your experience. For the best riding experience, wear/pack the following:

  • Base layers
  • Warm coat
  • Warm pants
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Beacon
  • Warm socks
  • Boots 

Your base layers should be thin, conform to your body, absorb moisture, and keep you dry. You’ll want your outer layers to be waterproof and to block out as much of the wind as possible. Just be careful not to wear so many layers that you can’t move around easily. 

Avoid Getting Stuck

You should have tires with tread on your snowmobile. Your tread pattern and depth will control how easily you can drive through the snow. But there’s still no guarantee that you won’t get stuck. Always bring a collapsible shovel, portable traction aids, and a winch. These tools will help you free your ATV if it gets stuck in the snow. 

Avoid Dangerous Terrains

As fun as it is to ride your ATV up a steep hill, it’s essential to be cautious of your surroundings. Avalanches are a concern during the winter months. You’ll want to find trails that have a good grooming status. Decide whether you want to ride a shorter loop or take on a longer path that ends with beautiful scenery.

Get Your ATV Ready

If you haven’t ridden your ATV yet this season, you’ll want to make sure you have current registration and the proper licensing to operate an ATV. This could include upgrading parts. 

Should you ride your ATV in the snow, TerraRider UTV Windshields has been equipping the 

greater Salt Lake area residents with the proper equipment and accessories since 2009. We offer every part you might need and all the accessories you could want. Visit us at our store in Salt Lake City, or place an online order with us. Contact us if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!

Stay safe, and enjoy riding your ATV in the snow.

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