Riding positions will vary with the type of terrain you are riding on and also with your own style. Each position has its own advantages. It is important for you to be familiar with each position so that you can safely and confidently navigate the different terrain and snow conditions.
This is the safest and most common riding position. Position yourself on the snowmachine with your feet flat on the running boards. This will help cushion the effects of bumps on the trail and also keep your feet safe from the tracks. When sitting, keep your body weight low so it will be easier to shift from side to side. One down-side of sitting while riding is that you are less able to maneuver on bumpy, irregular snow. On the other hand, one up-side is that many snowmachines have the heat from the engine “piped” to the standard foot positions so you have help keeping your feet warm.
This position can be used when you have visibility problems in the sitting position. Keep your knees slightly bent to absorb the bumps on the trail and keep your speed slow. Do not use this position for regular riding, as it can be hard to react to situations requiring quick reactions.
A semi-kneeling position, where one knee is up under you on the seat and the other foot is on the snowmachine’s running board, can be useful when riding in deep powder snow while riding at slower speeds. This can help with visibility and also help to control the snowmachine. This is probably the position the majority of riders find themselves using most often. You can sit on your foot when you’re tired and raise up again for more control.
This is a semi-sitting/semi standing position that is best suited for traveling over uneven terrain. Keep your feet flat on the snowmachine running boards and deeply bend your knees. This will help with visibility too. The down-side of this position is that it can be uncomfortable over long periods of time and can put a lot of strain on the arms and lower back.
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