Getting into snowmobiling may be intimidating, but buying a new one can be both affordable and give you a warranty to keep you on the snow. The manufactures have done a great job building entry-level snowmobiles and this year feature technology that was only available on top of the line machines years ago.
The Blast is back for the 22/23 season! Arctic Cat entered the mid-size market last year with its Blast series, and it's a hit. It features a 397cc engine and 121" track. It's great for people with a smaller build as it is a more nimble sled to handle and will not be overwhelmed by power. This sled is a limited release as it's only available during Arctic Cat preseason order windows.
The Indy Evo is also great for people with a smaller build. It features a 550 fan as low maintenance, reliable engine. It sits on Polaris's pro-ride chassis with a lower height for a more comfortable cornering and effortless ride. It's by far the most reasonable sled of the bunch.
The Indy Sport is a full-size model and great for any adult's first snowmobile. The 550 fan is less maintenance and still plenty of power to keep the fun factor high. This model also sits on a Polaris Pro-Ride chassis, which is well regarded for its maneuverability.
The MXZ Sport was recently rejuvenated and moved up to the G4 chassis in 2021. It's the same one all of the high dollar MXZs were on up until 2023! The MXZ sport features a 600 EFI motor that's easy to start, making for easier starting and less maintenance. This is a tremendous first full-size snowmobile for anyone. It is the highest-priced entry-level sled and packs much more advanced technology and is an excellent bang for the buck!
As Yamaha's partnership continues, they have come out with their version of the Blast ZR. It features the same 397cc motor, 121" track and chassis but equipped with Yamaha plastic. If you are a die-hard Yamaha fan, this is an excellent entry sled for you. Also, with Arctic Cat having no in-season sales, you can get your hands on this snowmobile year-round from your local Yamaha dealer.
New for the 2023 model year, Ski-Doo enters the mid size market to compete with Arctic Cat’s Blast, Polaris’ Evo and Yamaha’s SX Venom. This model is based on the Gun 4 chassis and is equipped with a detuned 600 efi motor. The Neo has 40hp and the Neo+ has 55hp. These models sit lower to the ground, are lightweight so younger, smaller riders can have a machine they can easily control. These models feature a 120” track and reverse as well.
At the end of the 2023 season, it is more common for these machines to be found on the dealer show room floor. Still snow checking one is the best bet to get one of these more rare machines and gives you more options. The used market is also a great option! We have a great article on the best ways to find and get the best deal on one of these used snowmobiles here.
You cannot go wrong with any of these entry-level snowmobiles. The Evo, Blast, Neo and SX Venom are smaller and more manageable for teenagers and young adults. The Indy 121 and MXZ Sport are full-sized and are great picks for your first snowmobile as an adult. They are all lightweight and forgiving for novice riders.
One of the best ways to enhance a snowmobile to make the handling predictable and give new riders confidence in all trail conditions is the addition of snowmobile studs. All these beginner models would call for a lower amount of studs making the kits just as affordable as these snowmobiles. To see what stud kit is right for your new snowmobile, check out our guide here.