A snowmobile is a one- or two-passenger motorized vehicle with one or two skis in front and an engine-driven single or double continuous track to propel it that is used for winter travel and snowbound leisure. Since it is designed for snow, a snowmobile doesn’t require a track to run on but is usually driven in open trails. As a hobby, snowmobile riding has been steadily increased in popularity. The recreational riding of a snowmobile is called snow cross, along with specific variations such as boondocking, ditch banging, freestyle, trail riding, and grass drags. During summertime it is common for snowmobilers to race their vehicles on grass, across shallow-leveled water, and asphalted strips. They are the go-to vehicles to use in artic and winter-heavy lands. Most snowmobiles are sold for recreational ends on places that are covered in snow for a part, if not most of the year. Canada and the United States are the countries that possess most snowmobiles by a wide margin.

The adoption of snowmobiling as a recreational activity encouraged people that shy away from the outdoors during winter to spend leisure time outside their homes.

In the northern United States and Canada, historically isolated communities depended on snowshoeing and dog sledding as their primary task was to move around for hunting in winter months. Snowmobiles allowed trappers to travel greater farther and faster, enabling them to expand their hunting grounds’ reach. The Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police use snowmobiles as vehicles since they are an economical option for small-loaded mobilizations. Mining companies and foresters also favor the vehicle.