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Last Friday, I returned from my latest Babes That Wander trip. This time we were in Bend, Oregon! Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Bend. I hadn’t either until this trip and I’ll have a full travel guide coming soon. Trust me you’re going to love it!
We had a packed itinerary in Bend, and one of the coolest things we did was snowmobiling with Central Oregon Adventures. We took a two-hour trip on their single-ride snowmobiles through the scenic Cascade Mountain Range around Mt. Bachelor. Initially, you start the ride on an open field. You practice using the snowmobile and navigating turns before heading on the trail. Our guide Adam was the coolest dude and made sure none of the babes got left behind!
But going into this, I had no idea what to wear snowmobiling. So today I’m going to share with you what I wore and the thought behind all the pieces.
How to Stay Warm Snowmobiling in Bend, Oregon
I’m cold-natured, to begin with, so I layered up before going out! My base layer was a sports bra and leggings. Then I added this long sleeve mock neck top with thumb holes. On top of that, added some ski pants and a ski jacket. To top the look off I just put on gloves, ski goggles, and balacava. I also wore some thick socks and my Sorel snow boots.
While riding, it gets cold so I left everything on. Central Outdoor Adventures provided the helmet, I just put my goggles on over it. When we stopped to admire the view or take a break to talk, I’d shed the ski jacket since I was getting warmer. All in all, layering was a great call! I only wish I had something to cover my mouth when riding because my lips were super cold and chapped while riding the snowmobile.
Invest in Handwarmers
I had hand warmers on hand in case I needed them but I never did! My layers kept me warm but if you tend to run on the colder side, keep them in your pockets just in case.
Get a Snowmobile With Heated Handles
The best thing about the snowmobiles with Central Oregon Adventures was that the handles were heated. You could adjust the heat setting and make them as warm as you wanted. The snowmobile also blew out some heat which was nice and warm.
Avoid Getting Wet
As tempting as it was to make a snow angel or engage in a snowball fight, I knew it would be a disaster getting wet. Stay on the snowmobile as much as possible!
This was honestly one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I didn’t even mind the cold that much because I was having a blast! The biggest grin was on my face as I went faster and faster through the snow and the views were incredible. We had such a beautiful day on our ride and it made it that much better! Definitely put snowmobiling on your activities list when you’re in Bend, Oregon.