What do you wear when backcountry snowmobiling?

The exact type of clothing you wear also depends on the type of riding you will be enjoying. There are three basic categories of Ski-Doo riding apparel: deep snow, active trail and passive trail.


Gauge your exertion

Your activity level plays a large part in your clothing selection. Active riders stay warmer than riders who are going at a more casual pace and not physically exerting themselves.

Those riding off-trail and in deep snow are generally the most active riders and typically wear lighter jackets and pants to prevent overheating. Waterproof clothing is also more important off-trail, as you will be in contact with the snow far more often during the ride.

Know the conditions

Riders should always check the weather forecast, and adjust their clothing and route for the greatest enjoyment. Windy and colder days are best for winding trails because the riding style is more active. Smooth trails are colder than rough, bumpy trails. So learn how to always stay comfortable and warm.

Layer it up

Experienced riders know what to wear when going snowmobiling: layers. The layering technique starts with a thin base layer worn against the skin to wick away perspiration. Then a thicker, insulating layer creates an air pocket that keeps you warm. Finally, an outer shell blocks the wind and provides added insulation.

This three-layer technique is proven to not only keep you dry and comfortable, but also allows you the flexibility of adjusting your comfort through a wide range of riding conditions. It’s the only way to dress warm for snowmobiling.


Base layers

Choose breathable materials like merino wool or polyester—and stay away from cotton!

Mid layers

Insulating mid layers are generally fleece or thicker merino wool. Being denser and slightly looser than the base layer, they lock in warmth but still let your skin breathe.

  • Sno-X Fleece
  • X-Team Fleece
  • Packable Jacket
  • Pro Liner Pants

Outer shells

Outer shells are jackets, pants or one-piece suits typically made of a technical textile with a windproof membrane. They may also feature snow-friendly details like sealed seams and water-resistant zippers.

  • Helium One-Piece Suit

Boots and socks

The adventure ends when your feet get cold and wet, so keep them warm and dry!

  • Thermal Socks
  • Ski-Doo Tec+ Boots

Helmets and goggles

Helmets not only help keep your head warm, they are the safest way to ride. You should also protect your eyes against any snow and ice that can kick up. Ski-Doo has a range of head protection specially designed for backcountry snowmobiling.

  • XC-4 Cross Helmet
  • Full or Open-Face Helmet
  • EDGE Goggles
  • Neck Warmer


Your hands are totally exposed on the handlebars. No matter how long you stay out there, they need extra warmth and protection

  • Mountain Gloves

If you are unsure about what to wear snowmobiling in the mountains or have more questions like if you can wear snowboard boots when snowmobiling, your Ski-Doo dealer can help you select the right gear for your type of riding and location.

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