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snowmobile,

vehicle designed to travel over snow, ice, and similar surfaces that offer limited traction and weight-supporting capability. As the performance of the vehicle depends to a large extent on keeping its weight as low as possible, there is no enclosure for the driver and passenger, who ride exposed, as on a motorcycle. Since the two-cycle internal-combustion engine and the Wankel engine are lighter for a given horsepower than a four-cycle engine, they are preferred for powering snowmobiles. The vehicle is supported and moved by one or two endless treads, similar to those used on military tanks and construction vehicles, except that they are of the lightest practicable weight. The driver steers by manipulating handlebars that control skilike runners on the front of the vehicle and by shifting his body weight.

snowmobile

a. a small open motor vehicle for travelling on snow, steered by two skis at the front and driven by a caterpillar track underneath
b. a larger closed motor vehicle with two skis at the front and a track at each side
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Add in small communities in which children play in the streets or on boardwalks with ATVs and snowmachines whizzing by, and there is a lot of potential for trouble.
ANILCA articulates a clear relationship between snowmobile use and other activities: In the Old Park, snowmachine use must be instrumental; it is a means for pursuing other activities, not an end in itself.
provided that snowmachines could be used if they had traditionally been
My twin sister and partner, Mild, and I usually travel by dog sled instead of snowmachine, but today the dogs are resting.
74) ANILCA allows individuals to use snowmachines to reach sites for traditional activities and for transportation between villages and homesites, (75) even though dogsleds or pack animals more closely fit the popular image of traditional means of transportation.
Snowmachines arrived and dog teams were gone, and education was becoming prevalent, as were office jobs.
The magical sounds had vanished, drowned out by the incessant whining of the snowmachines riding through the park.
Iron Pup, which is an opportunity for children to demonstrate their own skills on 120cc machines, and the Shine and Show parade, a chance to see vintage snowmachines, both take place on Saturday.
The law allows snowmachines to be used for "traditional activities," and snowmobile advocates say that the machines were historically used in the original park.
Kotzebue, a mostly Inupiat Eskimo community of 3,200, is a mixture of old and new: caribou antlers from subsistence hunts are piled next to brand-new satellite dishes; splintered dog sleds sit in yards next to new trucks and snowmachines.
Now every winter, tens of thousands of snowmachines roar through the park.
But still, roads are usually the critical link that distributes commercial goods to their final destination--whether that means a tractor trailer hauling shipping containers in the big cities and regional hubs or four-wheelers and snowmachines hauling cargo sleds in smaller rural communities.