Setting your deep snow snowmobile up right from the get-go is a major key to getting the most out of every ride. These tips from pro Ski-Doo mountain rider Carl Kuster will get you on your way to finding the best custom sled setup for your size, riding style and terrain.
Many deep snow riders have a more active riding style and being able to move freely from side to side on the sled is important for maintaining control in steep terrain. For that reason, a smaller low profile seat might help make your day on the mountain a little more enjoyable – especially if you’re a shorter rider. Similarly, if you’re taller or just like a little more cushion for riding the trail to your favorite honey holes, you might find the stock seat more than sufficient.
Proper snowmobile handlebar riser position and height is one of the most overlooked aspects of deep snow snowmobile setup. Handlebar risers come in a variety of heights. They also come in adjustable riser options to fit different riders or adapt to changing needs. Always make sure your riser is in line with the sled’s steering post. This gives you the least amount of feedback from the skis through the handlebars and gives you a better leverage point.
Proper snowmobile handlebar height should be set so the center of the handlebar plane is in line with about where your belt buckle would be when in your typical standup riding position.
You can personalize the feel of the handlebars even more to your preference with different handlebar grips. People with smaller hands may find a slightly smaller diameter grip makes a world of difference when it comes to riding comfort.
The snowmobile throttle and brake levers are ultimately what make your sled go and stop. It’s important to have them set at a spot that’s comfortable and gives you the most control. Don’t be afraid to adjust them for your comfort and style. It’s a matter of personal preference, but most riders set their throttle lever parallel to the handlebar. Setting it about an inch from the inside edge of the hand grip gives you full control and range of motion with the throttle.
On the brake side, most snowmobile riders will adjust their brake lever parallel to the handlebar and so their index finger lands towards the middle or slightly towards the end of the lever. This position maximizes control and gives you the most leverage when squeezing.
The handlebars aren’t the only place you contact the sled. Deep snow riders tend to be pretty active and move quite a bit on their sleds. Where your feet and legs touch the sled is equally important.
Adding grip to the tunnel to make it easier to hold onto the sled with your legs in aggressive riding situations with tunnel grip plates. You can also quickly add extra comfort and protection for your knees with a variety of knee pad options.
Whether you’re planning on overnight backcountry expeditions, just want to carry a few essentials and snacks, or anything in between, finding the right storage solution to fit your needs is key.
BRP’s exclusive LinQ storage accessories give you the ultimate flexibility and ease of use for snowmobile storage. With a wide variety of LinQ cargo bags and boxes to mix and match for your adventures, it’s easy to find the perfect fit. The LinQ Deep Snow Pro Bag is a favorite among our deep-snow riders for its versatility, waterproofness and ability to carry a spare shovel.
Following these mountain snowmobile tips is a great way to start your winter adventures off on the right foot. That Ski-Doo Feeling always feels that much better when you know you’re spending every second of the ride in complete comfort and control. We’ll see you out on the snow!