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Mild winter could make issues for snowmobilers

With the weather we have been experiencing this winter, it is important to take extra precautions when heading out on the snowmobile. Alberta Snowmobile Association Executive Director Chris Brooks says riders need to do their homework before heading out.

“and that comes from knowing the trail where you are going, checking the weather and talking to the local clubs about the conditions. In the region, a lot of folks head to Kakwa but there is also Big Mountain just south of town. I am fairly certain there is good snow pack at Big Mountain this year.”

He says when driving over frozen bodies of water, it is important to make sure the ice is thick enough.

“You want to stop and check the ice. Especially in this weather where it is frozen and refrozen. You want to make sure there is a minimum of 12 to 14 centimetres of ice before you head out on your sled. When you’re on a snowmobile, 12 centimetres is the bare minimum.”

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Brooks explain that the melting and freezing of snow can cause icy trails and he recommends snowmobile riders take their time around corners.

He says no matter what the weather is your group should always stick together because snowmobiling is a group activity. They should also leave behind a travel plan with someone.

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