It’s Snow Machine, not Snowmobile

img_0542My husband likes all those outside toys that move. Boats, ATVs, and we now have a snow machine (as they call them here in Alaska).

“It isn’t a toy,” he says. “It is a necessity here.”

Okay, I’ll buy that.

People do ride around “town” in their snow machines.

They go to the store, go to Fast Eddy’s for a meal, go pick up the mail (as the hubby did today). There are snow machine trails everywhere.

This is not your city driving, baby!

So, is it snow machine or snowmobile in your parts?

Toy or necessity?

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  1. Snow machine! Well, I grew up in Anchorage.

    I have to admit, that does make it confusing when you have the other snow machine – the one ski hills use. I guess we call that a snow maker?

  2. wes_ben

     /  February 22, 2009

    They’d be snowmobiles here in Wisconsin. Most definitely, toys!

  3. Oh man, People in Washington love their snowmobiles even though they don’t need them. It’s the rec vehicle of choice around these parts.

    Brandon Hansen
    Just South of North

  4. It’s automobile, not automachine, right? The med student from Alaska who told me about the run between Tok & Dawson City laughed when I told him snow machines are what ski mountains use to make snow. Guess ya’ll don’t need those up north. Here in the lower 48, I’m sticking with snowmobile.

    I’m thinking it’s a necessity in Tok. Can you get a side car for the kid? When are you getting yours?

  5. Hetty

     /  February 22, 2009

    It’s snowmobile here in MN. And they’re just toys for those of us that live in the Twin Cities. Those more rural may have a different take on the toy / necessity question.

  6. I think the guys here call them snowmachines to keep from admitting they’re toys. You don’t NEED one in Haines but they are racing around the flats every day and there’s a race up the Canadian side of the border every year. I still call them snowmobiles…don’t have that many in Juneau where I was raised.

  7. Mariah

     /  February 23, 2009

    It’s a snowmachine.

  8. Mike

     /  February 24, 2009

    In Utah and S. Idaho, the country folks seem to say snowmachine and city folks say snowmobile.

  9. Leah

     /  February 24, 2009

    Moved here in 76, grew up in Anchorage, live in Fairbanks (& have been known to roadtrip out to Tok JUST for a Fast Eddie’s burger…) & it is definitely ‘snowmachine’. My cousin’s kids race sno-cross & could likely give a proper explanation but it is easier to just take our word for it! =)

    As to the toy vs. tool argument, it definitely depends on where you live, same with a four wheeler.

  10. minosgal

     /  November 16, 2009

    Places blessed with a variety of winter sports call them sleds or snowmobiles because snow machines are used to groom ski slopes

  11. Steve

     /  March 17, 2012

    IT’S CALLED A SNOWMOBILE, NOT A “SNOW-MACHINE”!!!!! Now go get in your auto “machines” and drive on.

  12. Travis

     /  September 30, 2013

    In Fairbanks we call them Snowmachines or sleds. They’re used for fun and necessity for trapping and some miners use them.

  13. Clint Rules

     /  October 14, 2015

    As a Canadian we call them Snow Mobiles !!! A Snow Machine is what new use at Whistler when we don’t have enough snow,so we use a Snow Machine that makes snow !!!

    Snowmobile,not snow machine….I gots sum smoked salmon en whiskey


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