SAFETY

  • Wilson Family posted an article
    BCSF #sledsafer Safety Kits now available online. see more

    This kit was developed as a fundraiser for the BCSF.  It has some basic survival tools in it to help you survive and unexpected night out.  Below is some basic info that the kit has and some suggested ideas for the items in the kit. 

    You can purchase online here in our store 

    Items in the kit:

    Water bottle- Stainles steel used to melt snow over a fire, Will be hot. Holds your survival kit, (please do not put plastic top on if using over a fire)

     Pencil - Can cut parts of it for lighting fire, and take notes DO NOT EAT THIS

    Fire starter- Start fire with it, burn sled with it if needed

    Tea bag- Alternative to warm water to drink

    Sugar pkg – To drink alone or with bouillon to provide energy with hot water

    Water proof matches- fire starting, ensure you strike these only on the supplied striker

    Bouillon soup pkg- Alternative to warm water to drink provides more energy than tea

    3 twist ties- Clothing repairs, hanging water bottle,

     Razor blade- Used to cut material to inspect injuries, or remove broken plastic on sled

     Candle - used for Heat in a snow cave, starting fire with damp wood

     2 nails- Used to help build a shelter tie rope to trees with them,

    2 fish hooks –Fishing,

    5ft fish line-Used for fishing if open water, clothing repairs, machine repairs as well

    Tampon- First aid, can also be dipped in fuel tank and lite with a match to make a fire starter

    2 Safety pins – first aid, clothing repairs clean jets on machine if clogged up

     2 alcohol wipes- Cleaning wounds, cleaning hands,

    3 band aids- For small cuts and scrapes from wrenching on machine can also be used as a small clothing patch

    Included with the whistle is:

    Nylon rope- building shelter, towing firewood, used a clothes hanger; tie a arms in place if broken

    Flint strip- Used to create spark for lighting fire starter or tampon dipped in fuel, located on water proof match container

    Whistle- signaling device to ridding partners or SAR (remember 3 whistle blasts to signal help)

    Compass- Do we have to tell you it points north?

    Mirror- used to signal rescuers and aircraft, and to say “do I look great in this helmet or what?”.

     

     

    To purchase online please go to our Online Store. It is ten dollars flat shipping per order.

    Some of the Items in the kit were donated by: Northern Hardware and Save-on Foods 

  • Donegal Wilson posted an article
    The BC Snowmobile Federation cares about our sledding family.  This season we are planning a safety see more

    The BC Snowmobile Federation cares about our sledding family.  This season we are planning a safety campaign to reach as many sledders as we can and we need your help. 

    The goal

    The goal of the program is to provide safety messaging and tips that all people riding in the backcountry should know.  This is not an easy task.  We all ride different sleds, are different ages, ride different terrain, have different risk tolerances, and have different levels of education and experience.  We feel that no one person, organization or club can possibly reach everyone. 

    This is where we need you!

    We need you to look at the topic of the week and make it yours.  We want you to create your take on the message and push out to your friends and riding groups.  Whether that is a quick tweet, a YouTube video, SnapChat, tailgate meeting, public presentations or Facebook.  Even go back to your archives and share some of your throwbacks or images that you already have. 

    This has to be an initiative launched and supported by our community as a whole.  Understanding that each of us, as part of that community has a role in creating and sharing safety messaging to ensure we all get home safe.  

    The BCSF sees many great messages from many sources throughout the season.  The idea is that people will be getting the same message from several sources at the same time.  That many voices can create change.

    Please print out the attached calendar and be part of the #bcsf #sledsafer campaign

  • Donegal Wilson posted an article
    Request for Proposals for BCSF Safety Program Refresh see more

    The BCSF is the leading organization in providing snowmobile safety training on snow in British Columbia. Our program is used by business, government, RCMP, Search and Rescue, and snowmobile clubs for training their workers on the use of snowmobiles in the workplace. Additionally, our program provides beginner operator training to people that are starting to use snowmobiles for the first time personally for recreation. 

    The BCSF Safe Operator Course is an on-snow course that was developed more than 15 years ago.  We believe the course is still relevant but does require some areas to be updated and improved.  It is our desire to remain the number one source for hands-on Snowmobile Safety Training in the Province of BC and therefore, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of our program with the expected outcomes of:

    1.    A comprehensive course curriculum that exceeds current legislated requirements and includes best practices from other jurisdictions.

    2.    A network of highly qualified BCSF Certified snowmobile instructors across BC.

    3.    Consistent curriculum and program delivery across the Province.

    4.    Increased program participation that results in safer snowmobile operators in the Province.

     

    For full details please see the attached Request for Proposals

    ·      Request for Proposals closes: July 31st, 2019

  • Donegal Wilson posted an article
    Canadian Snowmobile Safety Week is January 21 – 29, 2017 see more

    For immediate Release

    Canadian Snowmobile Safety Week is January 21 – 29, 2017

    Organized Snowmobiling Associations Promote Snowmobile Responsibly Campaign

     

    (Keremeos, BC, January 19, 2017) – Through the Snowmobile Responsibly campaign, the BC Snowmobile Federation and the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) encourage each snowmobiler to take personal responsibility for his or her decisions and actions on the snow this winter. Canadian Snowmobile Safety Week is an timely opportunity to remind riders that you make many important decisions every day of snowmobiling that can impact your personal well-being and that of others. Snowmobile Responsibly promotes obeying applicable laws and rules, using good common sense, riding with care and control, and making smart choices. Here are a few tips to help riders to Snowmobile Responsibly and arrive home safely after each ride on the trails or in the backcountry:

     

    Know the Scenario:  Like other motorized recreational activities, snowmobiling poses certain inherent risks. It occurs off road in an unpredictable, uncontrollable and wild natural setting, so each snowmobiler must always expect the unexpected, be prepared and avoiding unnecessary risks.

     

    Choose Your Time and Place: A traditional use and / or designated area, or a defined organized trail may be available, but it’s your choice whether to ride there or not. In a non-engineered setting, conditions change rapidly due to varying temperature, sudden storms, snow quality, terrain, heavy usage or variables like drifts and fallen trees. So do your homework before riding and make your own choice about if, when and how to ride based on the conditions at the time. If your decision is to go snowmobiling after carefully evaluating all factors and variables, you (operator and/or passenger) willingly assume any risks and all responsibility for what happens if you choose to proceed.

     

    Choose Good Visibility: Just like with driving a car, your eyes provide most of the information your brain processes for good judgments and quick reactions while snowmobiling. But on the snow, many factors can severely limit your ability to see properly, including snow dust, white-outs, heavy snow or freezing rain, sun glare, flat light or fog; fogging or icing of visor and/or eye glasses, and darkness or over-riding your headlights. The fact that everything’s white can also hamper your usual depth perception or ability to identify or distinguish things quickly and easily. When visibility is less than optimal, it’s up to you to decide whether to go or whether to continue.

     

    Spread Out: Too often, a group of snowmobilers ride so close to each other that it looks as if their sleds were linked together like a freight train. Whether you’re trail riding or backcountry riding, keeping a safe distance from other riders is the smart choice. Driving too close n the road is called tailgating and is against the law because of the associated dangers. When tailgating, you are totally at the mercy of the person ahead – how fast that rider can react to whatever’s ahead and how fast you can react to that reaction. Tailgating jeopardizes your own ability to make a quick choice and cuts your reaction time, leaving you vulnerable to the actions of others.

     

    Be Vigilant: While riding, it’s important to practice 360˚ situational awareness. Simply put, you always need to know what’s going on around you to be able to properly assess your position and your next moves. Target fixation occurs when a rider’s eyes become locked on one object ahead, to the exclusion of everything else. This semi hypnotic state happens while tailgating, staring too long at one thing ahead or if everything is white on white. Being tired or impaired can play a role, too. Stay alert by moving your eyes around constantly and always checking around you, but if fixation persists take a break. When trail riding, you’re also responsible for the rider behind you, and the easiest way to keep track is using mirrors.

     

    Use Hand Signals: Snowmobilers developed and adopted a set of hand signals to inform following and oncoming riders of our intentions. Habitual use of the hand signals is both the courteous and responsible choice, so get in the habit of using them. The hand signals can be found at www.ccso-ccom.ca/hand-signals/.

     

    Keep Your Wits: Smart choices, good judgment, constant vigilance and sharp reactions are the four keys to snowmobiling without incident. It’s a proven fact that alcohol and drugs impair each of these key driving functions, so keep your wits about you by making the personal choice not to drink or use while sledding.

     

    Keep Right: By choosing to deliberately and constantly keep your sled on the right side of the trail, you’ll dramatically increase your chances of staying out of harm’s way.

     

    Stay on the Trail: Year after year, the statistics show that staying on the trail is safer than riding anywhere else. Yes, a trail is still a non-engineered, unpredictable place where anything can happen unexpectedly, but where an organized trail is available for riding, it’s generally a smarter choice than venturing off trail on fields or roads.

     

    Know Before You Go: No ice is completely safe. If you choose to cross anyway, you can reduce the personal risk you are accepting. Always cross in good visibility conditions and try to follow a stake line and/or previously beaten track. Spread the sleds in your group out slightly more than usual so that riders behind have additional reaction time if someone ahead gets into difficulty. Don’t stop until you reach the far shore and then regroup to ensure that everyone made it across safely. Never cross alone. If you stray off the hard pack, you run a greater risk of encountering slush, hidden obstacles, ice huts, pressure ridges, thin ice or even open water. Keep a sharp eye out for ice heaves and ice roads. Above all, know before you go!

     

    Avalanche Awareness: Backcountry snowmobilers must always know snow and weather conditions before going. The best tips for riding in avalanche terrain include always checking avalanche status reports, checking the weather, riding with companions that are properly trained, and carrying the right equipment. For more information on avalanche preparedness visit Avalanche Canada at www.avalanche.ca.

     

    Be Prepared: The best plans will have you prepared in the event that an incident occurs. You can help ensure your personal safety with preparations like filing a ride plan before leaving home, carrying a reliable communications device and a personal tracking unit, always riding with an emergency/survival kit and to packing spare parts and a tow rope. Many of the safety tips are all about being prepared to the best of your ability and then to remember to have fun while riding within your capabilities – and not letting peer pressure lure you into poor choices.

     

    Arriving home safely after each and every ride depends primarily on your own decisions and actions, so choose to Snowmobile Responsibly this winter. Remember, you are the one who can keep yourself out of trouble, so there’s no one else to blame if things go wrong.

     

    The CCSO is dedicated to providing leadership and support of safe, organized

    and environmentally responsible snowmobiling in Canada.

     

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    For more information contact:

    BC Snowmobile Federation

    PO Box 277 | Keremeos, BC | V0X 1N0 | (877) 537-8716

  • Donegal Wilson posted an article
    Here are some great pre-season tips to help you prepare for the snowmobile season see more

    Now that the temperatures have dropped, nights are shorter and the leaves are turning, excitement for the upcoming snowmobile season grows.  While it can be an excruciating transition period while we wait for snow, here are some great pre-season tips to not only help you cope, but also prepare for this 2019/2020 season. 

    Transceiver Check: Test your Avalanche Transceivers for functionality.  A range test is incredibly important, for sometimes the internal components such as antennae can become damaged from wear and tear out in the backcountry.  Make sure your batteries are fresh (Alkaline never Lithium), and the internal battery compartment is clean and clear without any signs of corrosion from leaking batteries.  Check with your manufacturer for software updates if applicable. 

    Avalanche Air Bags: Now is the time to test your air bag to ensure it will deploy when you need it most.  We recommend a pre-season blow off of each air bag to ensure it’s integrity, which will also help you familiarize yourself with the muscle memory needed to deploy your airbag should you become involved in an incident

    Shovel:  Many Avalanche shovels have an aggressive blade to help cut through hard dense slabs of avalanche debris.  Inspect your shovel for integrity and deburr any rough spots on your blade to prevent snags and damage to your backpack when you remove it and put the shovel back. Inspect tabs for damage and corrosion.

    Storage Bags: You know that half eaten sandwich you forgot about in your tunnel bag?  It’s getting pretty ripe now.  Inspect the zippers on your bags and repair any damage that could affect your bags integrity during the season.  

    First Aid/Survival Kit:  Now is the time to prepare your backcountry first aid and survival kits, and replace items that need replenishing such as waterproof matches, fire-starters, space blankets, flashlights (replace batteries) 

    Helmet Goggles and Gear:Inspect your outerwear including clothing, Helmet and other vital gear to insure it’s functionality.  A good wash of NixWax tech wash goes a long way when it comes to re-waterproofing outerwear in preparation for the upcoming season. 

    Stay tuned for part 2 of Pre-Season Preparation

  • Article
    Avalanche Canada Launches New Mobile App see more

    New Mobile App Ready to Download

    It’s here! Avalanche Canada’s new mobile app is live and ready to download. If you’ve got the old app on your device, you’ll want to get the new one. We’ve made a lot of improvements.

    • Easier access to the daily regional forecasts and avalanche advisories.
    • Get hourly weather data from over 80 remote weather stations.
    • Instant access to all submissions posted on our Mountain Information Network.
    • Submit your own avalanche, weather and snowpack observations quickly and easily to the Mountain Information Network
    • Receive instant notification of all Special Public Avalanche Warnings

    Full Article at avalanche.ca with links to download the app for iOS and Andriod

  • Wilson Family posted an article
    The Backcountry Ascender Sled 360 partnership is growing in populatrity see more

    Press Release

    Haslett, MI, November 2, 2016:  The Backcountry Ascender Sled 360 partnership with the members of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association is growing in popularity and use.  The Backcountry Ascender program is a free and simple backcountry and avalanche educator.  The platform uses educational gamification and good natured competition to encourage rider awareness and improve their backcountry knowledge, skills and practical experience.
     
    The engaging and competitive platform is comprised of industry and peer reviewed curriculum of self-directed lessons and in-person courses.  Riders earn points for completing lessons and courses to increase their rank as well as their associate clubs, state association, dealer, and snowmobile brand.
     
    The objective of the partnership is to help disseminate knowledge.  The Backcountry Ascender Program is well on its way to improving backcountry and avalanche awareness and education for all snowmobilers.  We are already seeing positive preparedness and proficiency behavior changes, as riders all over North America are practicing using their avalanche equipment and signing up for Avalanche Awareness Classes.  
     
    We have been working with the Backcountry Ascender team for just over a month, and the users have collectively spent 700 hours completing 5500 Backcountry and Avalanche Awareness lessons.  Based on activity and conversations we have had with members at the International Snow Science Workshop, it appears the program will gain in popularity as more and more individuals step forward to promote it and companies participate in contributing prizes and more.
     
    An executive performance review has been conducted and highlights important points.

    The Backcountry Ascender Program was released on September 12, 2016 after the Hay Days Media Announcement.  The following report provides an overview of initiative performance during the first 30 days of the program:

    ·       Number of Page reviews: 50,540

    ·       Number of individual sessions on the web site: 10,547

    ·       Average Session duration: 3:23

    ·       Total Time that individuals have spent on the website during the first 30 days: 595 hours

    ·       Analytics show that we are adding 40 users per day to the website.

    ·       Returning visitors make up 67% of the total usage which means that users are staying engaged and continue to move forward in their education.
     
    Breakdown by Country where the Backcountry Ascender Program is being used:
    • USA – 62%
    • Canada – 36%
    • Sweden – 0.6%
    • Norway – 0.4%
    • Finland – 0.1%
    • Russia, Iceland, Poland, UK - <1%
     
    A breakdown by City of individuals accessing Backcountry Ascender is interesting.  While the United States is the top aggregate country, Calgary, AB is the top accessing city.
    • Calgary
    • Seattle
    • Denver
    • Salt Lake City
    • Edmonton
    • Chicago
    • Saskatoon
    • Vancouver
     
    We are also tracking the usage by age.  The largest demographic visiting the website is between 25-34 years of age.  
     
    67% of the usage is from mobile devices.
     
    Some Google Analytics that we found interesting:  
    • A high percentage of the visitors report they are outdoor enthusiasts and auto enthusiasts.  
    • They are telling us they are news junkies and political news junkies as well.  
    • The vast majority of individuals read auto and vehicle publications.  
    • (A small segment of the users enjoy visiting dating service sites.)
     
    Yes, the Backcountry Ascender program is helping to educate backcountry riders and those interested in riding in the mountains and becoming avalanche aware.
     
    Please take the time to visit the website at https://backcountryascender.com/  .  Sign up and begin taking classes and get trained up before you head out into the mountains.
     
    More information on this great program is forthcoming.

     

    Ed Klim
    President
    International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
    1640 Haslett Road, Suite 170
    Haslett, MI 48840
    517-339-7788 office
    517-881-1498 cell
    www.snowmobile.org
    www.gosnowmobiling.org
    www.snowmobilesafetycertification.org
    EKlim@aol.com