Snowmobile trail apps can give you the power to easily navigate the winter wonderland around you when you are riding. There are a few great app options to choose from, and every option below comes highly recommended.
I’m Chaz, and I was riding snowmobiles long before any apps were involved in the sport. I grew up learning how to navigate trails with a compass and good memory, and let me tell you, things have certainly improved!
In this post, I’m going to show you some of the top snowmobile trail apps around that make navigating easier while providing you with an added level of safety to prevent getting lost.
Keep reading to learn more!
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At the top of the list is one of the best trail apps in the game, Polaris Ride Command. This option is created by one of the top brands in the snowmobiling industry and is built for snowmobilers by snowmobilers.
The app is packed with many unique and valuable features you can take advantage of on the trail. It functions as an effective GPS unit to show you where you are and the route you need to take, but it does a lot more than just that.
A Group Ride feature lets you connect with any friends you might be riding with to see where they are on the trail in relation to your location. This can come in handy when the weather gets bad or if you get separated from your group.
You can also set waypoints and save any favorite spots or features of the trail to remember the next time you are out riding. These can come in handy in the summer months as well, and the app also lets you store maps offline, so you don’t need cell service to see them.
Polaris Ride Command also has a great weather feature that gives you access to radar and weather predictions for the area you will be riding. This can be used as a planning tool and can keep you updated on any inclement weather headed your way.
All things considered, I think this is the best trail app currently available for snowmobilers. It has everything you’d want, and because it can work with or without cell service, it provides value at all times.
2. BRP GO!
BRP GO! is another app developed by a top snowmobiling brand – Ski-Doo. This is another useful app for snowmobilers of all types and is available for iOS and Android devices. It offers a range of fully-functional features to assist you on the trail.
The app comes packed with over 20,000 trail maps and points of interest across North America. This can help you plan an itinerary ahead of time and keep track of where you and your fellow riders are when on the trail.
You can also download these maps for offline navigation – which is essential for anyone who likes to venture deep into the backcountry. I think that this app has the most expansive trail access of any I’ve used, and the offline capabilities are top-notch.
There is also a group feature that allows you to connect with your friends on the trail quickly. You can invite them to go riding with you, share and save itineraries and keep track of where everyone is when you’re out on the trail.
BRP GO! also has connectivity features to take advantage of in addition to its navigation capabilities. Ski-Doo has partnered with different snowmobiling clubs and associations to offer additional resources such as trail status and fueling locations.
Another bonus, if you use the app on a Ski-Doo sled with an LCD color display, it will support the app’s features right on your dashboard.
This is another recommended option that offers extensive coverage of many popular snowmobile destinations. You don’t get all of the group and social features of the other options, but for reliable navigation, this option by Backcountry Navigator is excellent.
To use this app, you’ll need to have the BackCountry Navigator PRO app on an Android device and buy the Snowmobile Trail Maps separately. That’s a bit of a bummer for anyone with an iPhone, but if you have an Android phone and ride, get this app!
Once downloaded, you’ll have access to over 195,000 miles of trails with in-depth information on many different trails. This can help you plan your trip into uncharted territory or make sure everyone at home knows where you will be riding.
The app covers over 50,000 trails in 27 US states and 5 provinces in Canada. That’s the most of any option I’ve seen, and of these, it has over 3,000 named and numbered trails. If you are looking for the most extensive coverage, this is the way to go.
It also has the ability to download maps and use offline, which again is a standard baseline I think any good trail app should provide. I wish this one came with wider compatibility so everyone could use it, but it is still recommended.
4. Regional and Local Maps
Depending on where you live, you may have access to trail maps through other sources to either download onto a GPS or your smartphone. This can be a good option in addition to any of the apps listed here and provide you with trails that might not be listed.
States where snowmobiling is very popular, such as Michigan, Minnesota, and Vermont, all have resources available for trail maps for snowmobilers and other winter sports enthusiasts to use. Usually, they are free of charge.
These local and regional maps might not offer the same convenience as apps, but they can prove to be just as helpful or give you good supplemental maps and trail coverage. I’d recommend searching for an option in your local area or region where you ride the most.
Unless you really want to keep things old school, I’d recommend using any or all of the trail apps mentioned here. They will give you access to some areas you might not know of and help keep you safe if you ever get lost.
Always remember to download your maps for offline use because chances are, you won’t have a lot of cell service when you are blasting around the backcountry.
Do you use or know of a snowmobile trail app not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments below!About Chaz Wyland