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General
Q. When is the best time to snowmobile?
Q. What is the difference between a guided tour and a self-guided tour (rentals)?
Q. What is property damage insurance?
Q. Do you offer transportation from Mammoth or June Lake?

Requirements
Q. What is the youngest age that may ride as a passenger?
Q. Is a drivers license required to drive?
Q. Do I need to sign a Rental Agreement, Release of Liability and Waiver?
Q. Are there age limits to drive?

Safety Policies
Q. How many people may ride on one snowmobile?
Q. When renting a double rider, can we change off drivers in the backcountry?
Q. Can I ride if I am pregnant, have back, neck or other health issues?
Q. Will I get lost if I ride self-guided?

Reservations
Q. Do I need a reservation?
Q. What is your deposit and cancellation policy?
Q. What do you provide with the snowmobile rental?
Q. Do your tours continue when snow is predicted, or it is currently snowing?

What to wear? What to bring?
Q. What should I bring?
Q. What should I wear?

 

General
Q. When is the best time to snowmobile?
A. 9:30 a.m.. First riders out generally have the entire trail system to themselves. Also first to ride freshly groomed trails and fresh powder.

Q. What is the difference between a guided tour and a self-guided tour (rentals)?
A. Guided tours are customized to every level. Guides to rentals is low, 1:6 preferred (one guide to six snowmobiles), but 1:8 is acceptable. Speed varies and you have a much larger area to ride. Guided rides are slightly more per rental to offset the loss of income for that rental for a self-guided ride. Self-guided tours are private, your family, your friends. Routes are limited to 3 trails or about 50 miles. Remember, 20 mph speed limit for self-guided tours.

Q. What is property damage insurance?
A. Property damage or collision damage insurance covers the snowmobile. The cost is $12 per rental with a $600 deductible. This insurance is optional, but highly recommended.

Q. Do you offer transportation from Mammoth or June Lake?
A. No. Taxi service is available. Many lodges offer free transportation to DJ's at Smokey Bear Flat. Be sure to reserve a taxi well in advance. Best time to utilize any taxi service is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

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 Requirements
Q. What is the youngest age that may ride as a passenger?
A. Age 4 in the Smokey Bear Flat Snowmobile Park. On back country rides as a passenger on the snowmobile or in th sleigh is age 6.  A 2-passenger sleigh is available on guided tours. Sleigh weight limit is 300 lbs. Holds 1 adult, 1 child or 2 children.  Maximum height for sleigh is 5'3" tall.

Q. Is a drivers license required to drive?
A. Yes. You must have a valid driver license to drive.

 

Q. Do I need to sign a Rental Agreement, Release of Liability and Waiver?
A. Yes. Check-in 45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure to review the Rental Agreement, Waiver, and Safety Rules. In your confirmation email is a link to an online waiver.  If you complete the online waiver it will reduce the time required for check-ins.

 

Q. Are there age limits to drive?
A. Yes. Age 16 in the Smokey Bear Flat Snowmobile Park only, age 17 in the back country, age 21 to drive with a passenger. Parent or guardian must be present.  Age 18 may participate as single riders without parent or guardian on guided tours only (no property damage insurance sold) and a credit card transaction slip is required for deposit. 

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Safety Policies
Q. How many people may ride on one snowmobile?
A. Two. We have a 350 pound weight limit. No triple riding.

Q. When renting a double rider, can we change off drivers in the back country?
A. No. You may change drivers if you return early to play in the snowmobile park.

Q. Can I ride if I am pregnant, have back or neck or other health issues?
A. No. Please do not make a reservation if you are pregnant. Consult your physician on other issues including respiratory distress, heart, back or neck pain. Regardless of your physician's advice, we do not recommend you participate.

Q. Will I get lost if I ride self-guided?
A. No. But you can if you make an effort to do so. The trails (summer logging roads) are marked with Checkpoints and Photo Stops. Some trails are marked line of sight with orange diamond markers. Trails are groomed. Your permitted destinations (travel plan) is printed on your receipt! Your map is on the snowmobile between your legs. The emergency phone numbers on the map are huge. Most importantly, if you intentionally leave a self-guided route and we have to come and get you, you will lose your $600 deposit. You are also responsible for County Search and Rescue costs. We have GPS (global positioning satellite) on the snowmobiles to denote speed, stops, time, points of departure from your assigned routes, etc. Stay on your assigned trail. 20 mph speed limit and you should have the adventure of a lifetime.

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Reservations
Q. Do I need a reservation?
A. Holidays and Weekends absolutely! Weekdays recommended. Walk-ins welcome based upon availability. Require you arrive 45 minutes prior to your reservation for check-in. Your rental time begins with your chosen reservation departure/start time.

Q. What is your deposit and cancellation policy?
A. A credit card is required and validated to hold the reservation.   Full payment is charged for "no shows".  Fees for cancellations are based upon the total number of snowmobiles. Cancellations for  1-4 snowmobiles is 24 hours.  5-9 is 48 hours and 10+ is 72 hours notice.  A 5% Booking Service Fee plus the cost of each snowmobile reserved will apply to a reduction in the number of snowmobiles if cancellation occurs less than the time frame noted above.  There is no penalty if we cancel.

Upon arrival, a credit card will be required for the deposit of $600 per snowmobile. This transaction slip is returned if there are no damages, no issues, and you return your rental on time.

Q. What do you provide with the snowmobile rental?
A. Helmet (open face), instruction, and map. Helmet face shields are available upon request.

Q. Do your tours continue when snow is predicted, or it is currently snowing?
A. When snow is predicted, we operate as usual. When it begins to snow, depending upon the forecast, we change self-guided tours to guided rides. If it begins to snow heavily, reservations are cancelled as far in advance as possible. Some rides may be pro-rated if a storm moves in too fast. If Highway 395 is closed that day, all reservations are notified as early as possible. Reservations are cancelled without penalty if we close on a snow day.

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What to wear? What to bring?
Q. What should I bring?
A. If age 16 and over, bring your "valid" driver's license. All states and countries accepted. Bring eye protection (sunglasses or goggles), camera (optional), cell phone. For longer trips, snacks and bottled water. No pop top cans. No alcohol. Minimal storage is available in the map bag on each snowmobile. Wear plenty of sunscreen and lip balm. Keep your keys, wallet, and hat in a zippered pocket, or with your personal belongings. Cameras should be protected with padding if taken on the snowmobile. We are not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Q. What should I wear?
A. What you bring to wear for winter outdoor recreation in the mountains is sufficient. Boots, ski pants or bibs, jacket, gloves. Layer your clothing. For adults, balaclava, gator...or something to cover your chin is recommended when the weather is unstable. Boot rentals are available. (Your driver's license will be held as a deposit for boot rental). Sunglasses, fleece face gear, and goggles are available for purchase.


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