The machines are four-strokers, which means they are surprisingly quiet and fume-free compared to the old two-cycle versions. In addition, snowmobiles must travel in groups of 10 or less at 35 mph maximum, and be led by a guide. No more private machines screaming along the roads at breakneck speeds, as I was told by a snowcoach driver. No more park employees at the entrances wearing gasmasks. And everyone, even the snowmobilers, slows way down for bison on the roads. Yes, one can hear them for a moment, if you are on a roadway as a group goes by. But while on the ski trails one can seldom hear them.
So let’s let bygones be bygones on this one and simply enjoy the park: It is there for all of us.