One of the best things about toys for adults is getting the chance to ride around in a field on ATVs, a UTVs, a Ski-Doos, or snowmobiles. Whether you prefer riding in snow or not, it’s fun for everyone.

Other than the Ski-Doo or snowmobile, which is obviously needed only when there is snow on the ground, what is the difference between an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) and a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle)? They are seemingly similar toys but actually have a few differences. 

The Differences Between an ATV and a UTV

All-Terrain Vehicle – ATV

The ATV is smaller than a UTV, and it only seats 1 to 2 people. You can use them recreationally and also in racing. They’re fast and nimble and have a small turning radius. You sit on an ATV like you would sit on a horse, and they’re steered using handlebars like a bicycle.

Utility Task Vehicle – UTV

A UTV seats up to four people (although rumor has it that six seaters are coming soon), and their design allows for more work and less fun. You can haul stuff around, so they’re perfect if you have a farm. They do, however, have their moment in the sun when they can be quite fun.  


Going for a ride in a rural area is totally fine, but be advised not to take them onto city or county roads. They’re not road-legal, and you might end up having to arrange for a bail bond. There are several things you can do to make a UTV street legal, so don’t despair. 

Differences Between a Ski-Doo and a Snowmobile

Ski-Doos and snowmobiles are fun winter toys. You can do the same kind of cruising around on these as you can in the summer with ATVs and UTVs. Just like ATVs and UTVs have differences, there are also differences between a Ski-Doo and a snowmobile. 


Ski-Doos are the ATVs of the winter world. They typically use a handlebar system, and you sit on the machine the same way. There is typically one ski on the front of a Ski-Doo powered by an engine, with a track and rubber on the back. They are very similar to a snowmobile. 


Snowmobiles can have one or two skis on the front and tracks on the back, though oftentimes, it’s just the track. These beasts chew up the snow, and you can have a ton of fun cutting through fresh powder.


As you can see, regardless of the season, there are plenty of ways to have fun outside. If you’re going to be playing in the snow, don’t forget to make sure you’re bundled up appropriately. Scarves, gloves, eye protection, and some good boots will make a world of difference between enjoying your time outside and being cold and miserable. 


No matter how you choose to play outside, or what season you decide you prefer, stay safe, stay smart, and above all, have fun.