Snowmobiling: All About Safety
Learn how to ride safely before heading out in the snow.
Safety tips courtesy of MN Department of Natural Resources.
Before heading out, watch the weather and check trail conditions. Never ride in adverse weather conditions. Check the trail conditions and trail maps thoroughly in case of emergency.
Never Ride Alone
Always ride in a group, even if it is a small group of two people. In case one machine malfunctions, you have a way to get help. It is also helpful to ride in groups to avoid getting lost.
Dress For Survival
Wear gear that cuts the wind and repels water. Snowmobile bibs, jackets, gloves, and suits are well ventilated. Always wear a DOT helmet and facemask. These items can keep you from getting wind burnt or frost bite.
Stay To The Right
Most trails are “two way” trails. This means traffic will be coming and going from both directions. Stay to the far right of the trail, especially on hills and corners. Pay close attention to trail signs and take caution when crossing roadways.
Riding On Ice
Avoid riding on ice at all costs. However, if you must cross ice, wear a life jacket over your outer clothing. Stay far away from ice that has moving water near it. The ice may be weak or thin in these areas.
Always be sure to carry safety equipment on your snowmobile. There should be a pocket located on your snowmobile to hold such items or an emergency kit. This should include a map and compass, fire starter, extra ignition key, and a flashlight with spare batteries.
Located in your Klim Krew Pack (or safety pack) is a small shovel, goggle pocket, 3-liter Hydrapak, and an integrated whistle. This is helpful if you become stuck or stranded. Most shovels are small enough to be stored on your sled or attach to your backpack. The shovel is a must when riding in avalanche prone areas. Strobe lights or flares should be carried in your backpack or sled pocket also. Carry flares at all times, especially when riding at dusk or dawn.
The last must have safety item is an emergency first aid kit. This will include a small variety of safety items should you get hurt or find yourself in an emergency situation. You can also build your own emergency kit to be sure you always have what you need.
Additional Safety Items
BCA Stealth 260 Carbon Avalanche Probe
BCA Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon
Snobunje Snowmobile Cobra
Knife Pliers Multi-tool
BCA Float 22 Avalanche Airbag Pack
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