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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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Snow scooters are like a two-piece snowboard with a waist-high handlebar attached to the turnable front section.
The prize, for two people, includes: return flights from London to Reykjavik; four nights' hotel accommodation; return airport-to-hotel transfers; full- day four-wheel-drive excursion to the Highlands and the Blue Lagoon and one-hour snow scooter ride; evening tour to view the Northern lights from a ski lodge, including dinner; pounds 200 spending money.
Other attractions, many of which are making their debut in such an environment, will include snow bumper cars, snow mobiles, snow carousel, snow diggers, snow slides, snow scooters, ice climbing wall, snowball challenge, snowball arena, Alpine theatre and ice skating rink.
There are 310km of pistes and it's a great resort for beginners - nearly half the runs are graded easy and there's plenty for the non-skier to do, including night walks and sledging, while adrenaline types can hire snow scooters. Catering mostly for French skiers, the cost of weekly lift passes are reason-ably priced at pounds 112 for adults and pounds 105 for children.
The park also opens as a spectacular "Winter Park" from December 30-February 6, with such attractions as an ice hotel, ice bar, horse sledge, ice cathedral, snow rafting, snow scooters, fairy tale cave and fireworks.
Nowadays they watch the box in centrally heated wood cabins, smoke, go shopping on snow scooters, eat McDonalds and suffer heart attacks.
Last year, McEwan, Gormley and Whiteread travelled 60km across Svalbard on snow scooters over mountains and glacial valleys to reach the schooner Noorderlicht, locked in ice at minus 35 degrees Celsius.
The adventures really begin the next day with guests using a combination of motorised snow scooters, reindeer and husky dogs to comb the fells for the elusive Santa.
Especially when to impress the big new feature of this recently revamped model, its W8 cylinder engine, is to write W8 in huge letters in the snow plateau up there using snow scooters and to plonk a couple of cars on the snow into the bargain.
There's squash, tennis and bowling; cinemas and nightclubs; snow scooters, cross-country skiing and snowshoe walks; and ice skating.
He was also famous for taking frequent trips to the Siachen glacier to look after the well being of the soldiers deployed there and providing facilities such as snow scooters to them cutting down the bureaucracy of his ministry.