Snowmobile Safety Week: 12 Tips to Keep You on the Trails

Do You Love Safe Snowmobiling? Then This Is Your Week.

January 16-24 is International Snowmobile Safety Week. Across the world, snowmobile organizations and riders will be promoting events that help keep everyone safe on the trails.

Snowmobiling is a popular sport in New Hampshire. There are more than 41,000 registered snowmobilers in the state. The state has more than 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails for those riders to enjoy all winter long. Only four states have more miles of trail. And it is easy to become “an official” rider in New Hampshire. The only thing you need is a state registration decal, which is sold throughout the state.

The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA) maintains the state’s trail system. It works with local clubs to groom trails. The registration fees are a key funding source for trail maintenance, grooming, signage and bridge construction. About 200 groomers work on the trails during the winter months.

A Growing Recreational Sport

Snowmobiling continues to grow throughout the world, and the sport is estimated to generate more than $26 billion annually for the economy in the United States and another $9 billion in Canada.

In 2020, more than 51,000 snowmobiles were sold in the U.S., and more than 43,000 in Canada. There are at least 1 million registered riders in the United States and another 543,000 in Canada, according to the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association.

With so many riders, safety is paramount for snowmobilers. International Snowmobile Safety Week was created to help people learn about safe snowmobiling practices and how safe riding helps prevent accidents.

The first safety week was held in 1993. Many different groups participate, including snowmobile organizations, clubs, and entire communities. The week typically includes classes, events and more.

Snowmobile Safety Tips

At the heart of International Snowmobile Safety Week are the safety tips that make snowmobiling safe for all riders. Those tips include:

  • Performing a safety check before and after every ride on your snowmobile.
  • Never snowmobile without a helmet.
  • Always wear proper clothing when riding.
  • Have emergency supplies with you when you are riding.
  • Reduce speeds at night.
  • Always ride with someone else.
  • Let people know when and where you plan to arrive and when you will return.
  • Know the terrain, including where frozen bodies of water are located.
  • Always know your weather forecast and be prepared for the worst type of weather.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit when operating on trails.
  • You should never consume alcohol when using snowmobiles.
  • Always snowmobile on trails where you are permitted.

New Hampshire is a great state to be a snowmobiler. But it is important to always follow the safety tips when snowmobiling here or anywhere else. So celebrate the sport of snowmobiling from January 16-24 during International Snowmobile Safety Week, but remember how important the message behind it is all season long.