Common Sense for Snowmobilers

Common sense can sometimes be a subjective phrase.  What some feel should be common sense, clearly alludes others.  Everyone makes mistakes, so here are some common sense suggestions to help us all preserve and protect the sport of snowmobiling in British Columbia creating a safer experience for all.

Trail Preservation:  The volunteers who groom and maintain your trail systems will be ever so thankful if you can help them preserve the integrity of the trails by riding respectfully.  Try to keep a smooth throttle on the trails and avoid goosing your throttle when you go over moguls starting to develop.  Every time one of those budding bumps is hit with an accelerated throttle it creates more of a mogul.  Avoid doing donuts, and carving on the actual trails, and please, if you have found yourself stuck on the trail, repair it as best you can for safety reasons.   This one shouldn’t have to be said, but please do not build a fire in the middle of an active trail system, for it will leave a crater that could be dangerous. 

Warm Up Shelters:  Cabins and warm up shelters are constructed, insured and maintained by our hard-working clubs.  These shelters are for public use, so please be aware that many individuals including families will be sharing these spaces. They provide a vital safety component should a rider become stranded, and they offer respite from the cold giving riders a chance to warm up mid day.  Volunteers man these cabins, so please pack out what you pack in including cans, bottles and garbage.  Please do not smoke or drink in the cabins.  Please respect these shelters and use firewood sparingly or better yet take the time to add some wood to the pile if you can.

Parking Lots:  Step one, park responsibly allowing room for others to access their trailers or utilize their ramps.  Avoid excessive speed and showboating in the parking lots.  It isn’t cool, and you’ll soon be called out for being a “parking lot poser” should you be trying to impress the crowd. Always be respectful of the lot attendants and be patient when purchasing your trail passes if there is a line up. 

Shredded Belts and Yard Sale Shrapnel:  Pack it in, you pack it out right?  This also includes remnants of a blown belt, or if you were unfortunate enough to yard sale your sled, all of the plastics and pieces of your snowmobile must leave off the mountain with you. 

Tap er Cool on the Trail:  Trail access into cabins, and fun zones will see a wide variety of riders with varying skill sets.  There will be seasoned riders determined to travel at Mach Chicken speed while there will be riders that are brand new to the sport traveling at the speed of snail.  The trail belongs to everyone, so please have patience and be courteous.  Watch for traffic behind you if you do have a timid rider, and wave them through to avoid creating frustration and a bottleneck of traffic on the trail.   

Please support your sport with your membership purchase.  To find a BCSF member club please visit www.bcsf.org/clubs and purchase your membership today.