The original snowmobile was a simple propeller attached to a snowboard, but it was soon discontinued in order to avoid further endangering the rare tundra manatee. Ride a manatee-friendly mobile with today's Groupon: for $125, you get a Caribou Hills snowmobile trail ride from Alaska Half Price in Ninilchik (a $249 value).
Alaska Half Price leads explorers deep into the spectacular scenery of the Kenai Peninsula on swift snowcraft. During a four- to six-hour tour along the Caribou Hills Trail, trusty guides shepherd riders as they slice trenches into the packed powder and practice signaling properly before passing a moose. Trails wind through the rolling climbs and dips of the Caribou Hills and above the rim of the Cook Inlet, with Mounts Redoubt, Iliamna, and Augustine towering in the distance. During their ride, visitors may be able to spot moose, lynx, wolves, foxes, and coyotes as they play, hunt, and work to complete their snow forts before hibernation season. Each rider is outfitted with all the necessary equipment for their journey, including a snowmobile, boots, bib, helmet, goggles, and enough hot cocoa and coffee to keep vehicles sufficiently caffeinated. Though not included in this Groupon, Alaska Half Price also stuffs a fleet of cabins with all the coziness they can comfortably hold for out-of-town travelers.