It's an inevitable truth: winter is coming. But while some view this time of year as an opportunity to hunker down inside, ATV and UTV enthusiasts in Wisconsin know it’s the best time to get out and explore - on the trails and off-road. With a properly outfitted ATV, you can enjoy a range of outdoor activities during the cold and snowy months.
Now is the time to make sure you have the necessary winter-ready upgrades for your ATV (traction for deep snow and snow-clearing attachments, among others) so you can be ready to spend the season in the great outdoors. Here are 5 winter outdoor activities that are made better when you use your winter-ready all-terrain vehicle.
1. Exploring All of Wisconsin’s 20 ATV Trail Systems
Go big this winter by off-roading across all of Wisconsin’s 20 ATV trail systems. Ok, you might need two or three winters to get through this monster list of rides, but why not get a start on it now? With so many trail systems to choose from, Wisconsin weekend adventurers have some of the country’s easiest access to ATV-ready routes, even in the winter.
Of course, you’ll need the right equipment for winter trail riding, of course, including traction tires, a winch and tow strap, and handlebar mitts. Start with the right ATV/UTV for trail riding, and upgrade it from there for maximum winter off-roading compatibility. Also, be sure to stick to the trails marked specifically for ATVs - ATVs/UTVs are not allowed on Wisconsin’s snowmobile trails.
2. Clearing Snow in the Neighborhood
There's no better way to be the neighborhood hero than to help clear sidewalks and driveways after a big storm. Make this task easier and cooler when you outfit your ATV/UTV for snow removal. It’s true: as long as you follow the Wisconsin state guidelines for ATV snow removal, it is legal to use your ATV for residential snow cleanup.
Traction upgrades for deep snow are a must here, as your clearing efforts won’t last long if you get stuck. You’ll also need a plow attachment that fits your ATV brand (Polaris, Honda, etc) along with the extra equipment and gear that will make the job easier and more comfortable, especially on those frigid days when the work still needs to get done. Helping out the neighbors with snow removal with a shovel is doable, but with an ATV, it’s better.
3. Cruising Over Frozen Lakes
The whole family enjoys lake time during the summer, but have you ever tried taking the ATV/UTV for a spin once that water freezes over? Gain a new perspective on your nearby lake when you use it as a wide-open adventure spot. Be sure to practice smart ice safety, and watch out for others enjoying the deep freeze, like ice fishers and skaters.
For the optimal over-ice ATV experience, you’ll want the right equipment. A winter track kit, windshield for protection against frigid air, and windproof clothing are good places to start. The gear that works best for you will depend on which ATV/UTV you’re operating.
4. Winter Hunting and Ice Fishing Trips
Getting to your favorite hunting or ice fishing spot just got more exciting. ATVs/UTVs take you (and all your hunting/fishing equipment) closer to the action than your full-sized vehicle might be able to. And riding an all-terrain vehicle is part of the adventure as well - just make sure you have the right one for the job.
Outfit yours with winter tires as well as racks for holding your equipment and your catch and you’ll be set to enjoy the full winter hunting season and/or ice fishing season.
5. Getting to and from Your Favorite Winter Sports Spots
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, pond hockey … whatever winter sports you enjoy, an ATV/UTV can help you get there. Carry your equipment and find the best skiing starting point using your all-terrain vehicle. Or head over to the pond hockey site with your skates and some post-game drinks and snacks in tow. Just like in the summer, there’s almost no outdoor sport that can’t be made better when the ATV/UTV gets involved.
Those who seek relaxing, slower-paced winter activities like bird watching and winter camping can also enhance their adventures when they travel by ATV. Depending on how much space you need on board for equipment, or how small or large you need your ATV to be, you’ll be sure to find the right vehicle for the job.
Service Your ATV/UTV Properly for Extended Winter Use
The first step to enjoying winter activities with your ATV/UTV is properly equipping and serving it for winter conditions. Trade out your regular tires for the increased traction of those made for traversing deep snow and ice. Add upgrades like windshields, tow hooks, and snow plows for protection and usability. And go the extra mile with heated seats and other comfort gear.
In addition to adding winter equipment, you’ll need to have your ATV/UTV serviced to keep it operating properly all winter long. Regular, proper servicing will ensure the harsh winter conditions don’t negatively affect your vehicle’s operation. Stay safe and enjoy your investment all winter long by scheduling regular ATV/UTV check-ups.
Maximize Winter Sports and Activities with an ATV/UTV
Make this year’s outdoor winter activities better with an ATV or UTV that’s up to the task. Wisconsin is an ATV-friendly state, with extensive trails, supportive local regulations, and a great community of ATV and other off-road vehicle enthusiasts.
Whether you own or are looking to buy a Honda, Polaris, or Kubota, all can be equipped with winter-ready upgrades that will keep you enjoying the great outdoors all winter long. Now is the time to make sure you have the necessary winter-ready upgrades for your ATV, so you can be ready to spend the season in the great outdoors.
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