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Safety Courses


If new to snowmobiling, it’s helpful to enroll in a certified snowmobile safety course. Snowmobile safety courses are available from many states agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources, State Police and Fish and Game. Contact snowmobile clubs in your area for recommendations.

Dress Appropriately For Snowmobiling


With waterproof/wind proof bibs and snowmobile jackets you can ride all day in comfort. With water resistant clothing, you have about 30 minutes after it gets wet before it soaks through. Wear comfortable socks, waterproof boots, gloves and a quality snowmobile helmet. Never wear a scarf or any loose clothing that can get caught in branches hanging over the snowmobile trail.

Check Your Snowmobile Equipment Before Riding


  • Make sure you have enough gas in the tank
  • Check the fuel lines and fittings for leaks or damage
  • Check your drive belt for cracking or fraying (if possible, keep a spare belt with you)
  • Check the ski rods to make sure they aren’t loose
  • Look for any oil leaks
  • Check brakes for wear and test your brake lights to make sure they are working
  • Read your Snowmobiles’ Owners Manual. It contains safety and important maintenance information specific to your snowmobiles make/model. If your snowmobile did not come with a printed manual, many snowmobile manuals are now available free online, directly from the manufacturer

What to Bring Snowmobiling


  • Map of the area / trail map or GPS
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • Compass
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Rope and tow strap
  • Extra socks, long underwear, gloves and hat
  • Flagging tape and zip ties
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Warming blanket made of thin Mylar material
  • Snacks such as granola bars and candy bars for quick energy. Be aware that carbonated drinks may explode; water freezes and glass thermoses can break. Be sure to bring along your money should you need to run into a local restaurant or convenience store for snacks and meals, gasoline, oil, or emergency supplies.
  • First aid kit
  • Hand/feet warmers
  • Extra ignition key
  • If traveling through deep woods or far from civilization, it's good to have emergency camping gear such as: folding stove, sterno or fuel tablets, warming blanket, water proof tarp, headlamp, cooking utensils, water and/or water purification tablets, signal mirror, portable tent, folding saw or hatchet, emergency whistle and plenty of food such as dehydrated camping meals-in-a-bag.

Snowmobiling Rules of the Road


  • Never ride your snowmobile alone
  • Know and use snowmobile hand signals
  • Stay on the trail and respect private property
  • Check local ice conditions and weather forecasts
  • Always drive sober
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