You name it, they ride it. If it can handle the task, it’s good to go. Originally the blades were rubber. They’re now made out of a Kevlar deposit. Popular brands include: Ski-Doo, Yamaha, Polaris, and Arctic Cat.
The first snowmobile was invented by Joseph-Armand Bombardier in 1959. Very quickly people realized they were awesome and started racing them. The idea of pushing them across long distances came about in the late 60s.
The first snowmobile boast 5 horsepower. That’s a small stable. A couple cylinders later, today’s sleds can push 150+HP and several models can feature up to 1,000cc engines.