DNR Offers Safety Tips for Snowmobilers

Updated: 12/27/2012 10:11 PM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson

Minnesota offers over 22,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. While snowmobiling is a lot of fun it can be deadly. There were six snowmobile deaths in 2012, 13 in 2011 and 19 in 2010.

As we anticipate this new snow fall there are a series of safety tips DNR likes to remind folks getting out to enjoy their snowmobile. First: check the trail and weather conditions before you head out.

"We also like to remind folks to dress appropriately. The weather conditions can vary and by utilizing the layered system that's going to assist them in staying dry and warm," DNR Conservation Officer Adam Block said.  

Always ride with a friend on another snowmobile. This way if one machine breaks down or gets stuck, you have another to get help.

Now once you are out on a trail, the DNR would like you to leave the alcohol at home. 

"We like to remind folks not to mix alcohol while riding. Plus, slow down, excessive speed is a major factor in many accidents," Block said.

When it comes to riding on the ice,

"The ice condition currently across the metro are ranging from 5 to 6 inches which is at the bottom of the standard for the DNR for operating a snowmobile on the lakes," Block said.