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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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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.
snowmachines were not actually or legally used in this area throughout
My twin sister and partner, Mild, and I usually travel by dog sled instead of snowmachine, but today the dogs are resting.
* snowmachine: snowmobile; an openair vehicle with skilike runners instead of wheels.
(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.
Residents get around on all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, and snowmachines or on foot.
The magical sounds had vanished, drowned out by the incessant whining of the snowmachines riding through the park.
Many of them with good benefits, so you could easily support a family and have the toys that you want, snowmachines, Jet Skis, boats, whatever."
The law allows snowmachines to be used for "traditional activities," and snowmobile advocates say that the machines were historically used in the original park.
In addition to the fuel needed for the city power plant, two commercial vendors truck in fuel the residents use for their vehicles, boats, snowmachines, and Toyo stoves.
Now every winter, tens of thousands of snowmachines roar through the park.
The light doesn't just cater to snowmachines; it also will mount on ATVs and motorcycles, with or without a battery.