Rules of the Road

"Rules of the Road" for Snowmobilers

Do not follow closely behind trail groomers:  It takes about one hour after grooming for the snow surface to properly "set up".

Always ride in a straight line on groomed trails:  Spinning and sliding around leaves ruts and soft spots in trails -- play areas are provided for these activities.

Always ride on the right hand side of trails:  Especially on narrow trails and around blind curves.

Use hand signals for slowing, stopping or turning off of trails:  For your own safety and the safety of others on the trail.

Adjust speed to visibility:  You should be able to stop short of any obstuction or emergency within your range of eyesight.

Do not stop in the middle of a trail:   Others may not see you in time to avoid a collision.  If you must stop -- pull to the right edge of the trail.

Always use your headlights:  Your headlight must be on at all times.

Do not use drugs or alcohol:  Drunk driving laws apply the same as they do on the highway.

Do not go out alone:  Always ride in pairs or groups and inform someone where you will be riding and the estimated time of your return.

Ride cautiously in Sno-Parks, near lodges and crossing highways:   5 MPH speed limit in snow park.  Obstacles and pedestrians can emerge very suddenly in congested areas.

Avoid "showing off" near Sno-Parks and lodges:  You are most likely to be observed by opponents to motorized recreation in these areas and the image you project is very important to the future of your sport.

Look out for cross-country skiers, sled dog teams, ATV's and groomers that may be on the trails at any time:  Slow to 10 MPH, pass cautiously and make the effort to be friendly and courteous.

Avoid the use of loud mufflers:  Noise projects a very bad image of motorized recreation.

Reduce the noise to a minimum between 10:00pm and 6:00am in the Sno-parks:   These parks are used by all types of recreationists - not just snowmobilers.

Always dress appropriately for adverse weather:  Helmets are required at all times.  Base emperature at 30o travelling at 30 MPH, the wind chill factor is 0o.  At 60 MPH the wind chill factor is -20o.

Always be prepared:   Carry extra spark plugs, belts and tools.  Carry drinking water, snacks, extra socks, gloves, waterproof matches, space blanket and compass.

Know the area in which you are riding:   Acquire a trail map from the local forest service or snowmobile club.  Even better, join the local snowmobile club and don't hesitate to ask questions.

Observe and comply with posted areas:  Just one set of tracks in the wilderness can last until the next snowfall and leave a telltale sign for opponents to motorized sports to pinpoint for arguments for land closures.

Be aware of snow depth:  Do not ride on muddy trails.  Avoid damaging soil or vegetation, but perserve it for others to enjoy.  Leave no trace.

Avalanche:  There are a few slopes in our area that have potential for sliding.  When in doubt - avoid questionable slopes.

Licensing & Permits:  Anyone operating a snowmobile on public land is required to carry a valid driver's license or snowmobile permit.

 
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