Newbie Question - Snowmobile and Paved Roads
I am trying to decide between buying an ATV or a snowmobile to get to a winter cabin in the Sierras.
The Forest Service quit plowing the road this winter due to budget cuts - so about 18 miles of paved road in now under 6 inches to 24 inches of snow.
I have tried twice this winter to drive in using a Jeep 4x4 but even with the lift kit - I bottom out at about 15 inches of the white stuff. The cabin sits at 5200 feet and the snow elevation gets around 6 inches starting at 4000 feet.
I am looking into a snowmobile that could haul the wife and myself along with a small sled for supplies.
My question is this - some of the exposed ridges have melted off - so i would hit dry pavement about once every 3 or 4 niles along the 18 mile route. The dry patches are about 300-500 yards in length. Can I drive a snowmobile across dry pavement like this without trashing the thing?
Need to know before I go shopping.