The dawn of winter marks the return of snow-covered vistas and the end of attempts to approximate off-season snowballs out of pancake batter. Explore a wonderland with today's Groupon: for $159, you get two snowmobiles for a Bog Pond or Franconia Notch State Park from SledVentures Snowmobile Rentals in Lincoln, New Hampshire (a $298 value). This Groupon is valid for two people and two snowmobiles and tours depart at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10 a.m. daily. Additional snow-navigators may join tours for a rate of $25 per person. All drivers must have a valid drivers' license, and a credit card with at least $1,000 available credit is required to secure equipment. Choose between the following tour-day options:
Led by frost-kissed members of the Fresolone family, SledVentures' tours send explorers gliding through the vista-laden White Mountains on one of two beginner-friendly sojourns that strike a balance between snowy tranquility and adrenaline-pumping thrills. The Bog Pond trail rises high into the heart of the mountains, crossing the Appalachian Trail and traversing a wide range of weather scenarios, and the Franconia Notch path passes by such icons as the Flume, the Basin, and the cave where all hockey players are born. Most of SledVentures' fleet of Ski-Doos boasts hand warmers and electric starters, and the forward-thinking chaperones provide cold-weather gear on a first-come, first-served basis.
First-timers should arrive at least a half-hour before scheduled departures, leaving time to learn snowmobile maneuvering, standard hand signals, and how to tell which snowmen are sentient. Beginners can travel 5–20 mph, and the tour may run between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on conditions and speed. Riders should dress in layers, as temperatures hover around 20 degrees.
SledVentures Snowmobile Rentals
Tucked away in New Hampshire’s picturesque White Mountains, SledVentures Snowmobile Rentals takes full advantage of its scenic perch. The outdoor adventure emporium beckons visitors to explore the paths at its back door, encouraging them to zoom across the Appalachian Trail, coast through mountainous state parks, and burst through the front door of any log cabin they encounter. The snowmobiles themselves come equipped with useful amenities such as hand warmers and electric starters, and are easily navigable for beginning, intermediate, and advanced riders.