first time snowmobile buyer.
Polaris is a nice choice. I wonder what snowmobile you have bought.
This is exactly the machine that I bought 10 or so years ago. It's a '96 Indy. I have never had a problem with it. It has started every time. It pulls the sled or portable just fine and didn't break the bank.
While I have bought two newer Arctic Cats for trail riding, I would not hesitate to take the old Indy out if we had an extra person up north with us. Just keep it up to date with the maintenance (gear case, carbides, hifax, bearings) and you'll have yourself a nice machine for all of your needs.
My sister had a stroke 4 years ago, prayers sent to your wife.
Vilas County up to the UP as well as the Wolf River from Shiocton to Tustin and Lake Poygan.
Can't think of anything I love more (maybe duck hunting and fishing!)