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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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WE'RE snaking through fresh crisp snow, sitting on reindeer skins in a sleigh pulled by a snow mobile, twinkling lights suspended from trees around us.
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He was a founding member of the Hardwick Rescue Squad and of the Homesteaders Snow Mobile Club.
But if I really had to cover some distance I'd go for a snow mobile.
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The children will be able to post a letter from Santa's post box, ride a snow mobile and have a ride with reindeer.
A CO Antrim mum has told how a trip to Lapland turned to horror when the family fell from a snow mobile after a fantasy trip to Santa's grotto.
She also gets to use various modes of transport such as a motor cycle, snow mobile, and speed boat, which make the game great fun to play.
Trapasso but died in a snow mobile accident, had told him that he had paid Mr.
These include snow mobile and reindeer drawn sleigh rides as well as the traditional ceremony of crossing the arctic circle.There is also an opportunity to participate in other fairytale excursions including husky sleigh rides, tobogganing, ice-fishing and visits to a reindeer farm can be organised at an extra cost.
She was cross country skiing and the snow mobile operator went between her and a stone wall.