Fads: Sit-Down Skiing

The winter wilderness, once the province of a few hardy sportsmen, now opens up to even the flabbiest American with the newest things in snow-gadgetry. The snowmobile is a motor scooter on skis and can go where skiers fear to tread, and without risk of torn ligaments and strained muscles. It is, in fact, ideal for the man who prefers to get his thrills sitting down.

Originally a Canadian innovation (the Mounties use them to track their man), the machine grips all kinds of snow with a tanklike traction belt of metal cleats. Outboard Marine Corp., maker of Evinrude and...

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