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Rules of the Road for Snowmobilers

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Mar 14 at 10:09pm
Rules of the Road for Snowmobilers

"Rules of the Road" for Snowmobilers

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

o 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.

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

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

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

o 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 over to the right edge of the trail.

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

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

o 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.

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

o 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.

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

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

o 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.

o Always dress appropriately for adverse weather: Helmets are required at all times. With a base temperature of 30 degrees travelling at 30 MPH the wind chill factor is 0 degrees. At 60 MPH the wind chill factor is -20 degrees.

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

o 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.

o 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.

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

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

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