Prepare your snowmobile for its annual rest
By Mike Stimpson
It’s common knowledge that bears hibernate, and in
autumn they prepare for hibernation by foraging for
the food to build fat for sustenance through the cold
Well, your snowmobile does what you might call a “reverse
hibernation.” It lays dormant in the warmer months, after the
days of traversing snow-covered terrain are over.
Like the bruin, your machine must also be prepared for its
yearly period of inactivity. It must be “summerized.” Just ask
Craig Nicholson, who blogs at intrepidsnowmobiler.com.
“Really, summerizing your snowmobile is getting it ready
for next winter because the number one thing that goes
wrong with snowmobiles is that they aren’t put away properly
at the end of the season,” Nicholson said. “If you summerize
it properly, you’ll have a whole lot less work to do in
“I look at the snowmobile season as fall to spring,” he said.
“Obviously I’m not riding in the fall – I’m preparing for winter
in the fall. In the spring, when the snow’s gone, I’m doing the
inspection and maintenance.”
“Preventative maintenance is important with any
equipment,” said Sask Snow’s Chris Brewer
B. FIDEK COURTESY OF SASK SNOW
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