Since I am athletically challenged and do not know how to ski or snowboard but still want to participate in Hokkaido’s winter activities, I decided to try snowmobiling. On arrival to the snowmobile company at the edge of town at the base of the mountains, I was greeted by numerous staff members just for lil’ ol’ me, which of course, made me feel a bit awkward.
Anyways, 2 options were available: 60 minutes or 90 minutes; I decided to go with the shorter version. The company provided all the clothing, gloves, helmet, and boots. Prior to our going up into the mountains, the guide and I practiced for a bit so that I could get used to operating the snowmobile. I must say, it was a bit harder than it looked to accelerate smoothly.
Afterwards, we made our way up the mountain, slowly in my case, which did offer gorgeous views that I would not have otherwise seen if I were just walking. Unfortunately, when we arrived on the top, we could not see the cityline given the weather conditions; still, the surrounding mountains’ scenery was worth it.
Overall, a very fun experience for all, even for the typical winter sports challenged!