There might be a mid-October heat spike going on right now, but don’t let that fool you: winter is very much on its way. And according to the Farmers’ Almanac, it’s going to take a lot more than just your average winter beater to get around. That’s why — to prepare for the impending Snow-pocolypse, or Polar Vortex, or whatever we decide to call it this year — you should peruse some of these incredibly affordable snowmobiles that are up for the punishment.
1991 Polaris Indy Lite GT 340
What we like: Polaris reinvented entry-level sleds with the Indy Lite. As a “fully loaded” machine, at the time, it undercut the more expensive models by a considerable margin, but even today it’s super simple and fun.
From the seller: Nice sled for hauling the fish house to the lake, pulling a wood trailer, or trail riding. At $1,199, this is a great machine.
Location: St. Bonifacius, Minnesota
2003 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440
What we like: An early-aughts sled at just over $1,000, begging to be beaten on for an entire winter season.
From the seller: It starts right up and needs nothing. It comes with a spare belts as well. The carbides & hyfax are new. It has a fox racing shock kit on it. It has a brand new set of heated hand grips as well. This sled has just been serviced and is trail ready.
Location: Minooka, Illinois
1996 Yamaha V-Max 600 XT
What we like: Even a halfway decent sled like this Yamaha V-Max still has a couple hundred more miles under it belt. Perfect for hammering through trails without having to worry about “scuffing it up a bit.”
From the seller: 1996 Yamaha V-Max 600 XT is in average shape and runs out good. The snowmobile is equipped with spare belt, GYT Yamaha exhaust and more.
Location: Madison, South Dakota
2005 Ski-Doo 500 SS
What we like: Such low miles on such a well-kept 11-year-old sled make it a very tempting purchase indeed.
From the seller: I’m the original owner and the sled has always been garage kept. This sled has the new upgraded pilot skis and wear bars that are much better for handling. This is a great sled for all ages.
Location: Ontario, New York
1970 Ski-Doo Olympique 335
What we like: How could you pass up something so incredibly cheerful-looking?
From the seller: This 335 Olympique has been completely restored from the ground up. Including the following: body/frame/hood sandblasted, primed and painted; new track with drivers and bearings; all chrome parts re-chromed. Much time, effort and resources went into this restoration.