The focus of this book is on human powered travel, and there will be little to no mention of snowmobile assisted tours. That said, there are many opportunities to use them in Tahoe. They can be great for shaving hours off of flat approaches on snow-covered summer roads, and in some places, can even be used to shuttle skiers to the top of the run. In my opinion, the pitfalls of using and owning one outweigh the benefits. Spend a powder day digging out your machine multiple times, and you’ll see why I prefer to break trail. They are expensive to buy, maintain and operate, often get stuck in deep snow, and limit where you can go in the Tahoe basin. Also, they can break down deep in the backcountry, leaving you miles away from help.