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​​​​​​​​​​​Be sure to become familiar with the snowmobile safety code and the snowmobiler's code of ethics to ensure a safe and enjoyable excursion.

You might also like to view the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Search and Rescue FAQ.

Basic Snowmobile Safety Includes:

  • Be sure your snowmobile is in top-notch mechanical condition at the beginning of the winter and throughout the season.

  • Read the snowmobile manual to familiarize yourself with the snowmobile you are driving.

  • Wear sensible, protective clothing designed for snowmobiling.

  • Use a full-size helmet, goggles or face shield to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips and flying debris.

  • Do not wear long scarves. They can get caught in the moving parts of the snowmobile.

  • Know the terrain you are going to ride. If it is unfamiliar to you ask someone who has traveled over it before. Don't travel on unfamiliar ground at night.

  • Know the weather forecast and the ice and snow conditions in the area.

  • Always use the buddy system. Never ride alone.

  • Do not pursue domestic or wild animals. If you see a violation of this rule, report it to the nearest law enforcement officer.

  • Have a proper lighting system on the snowmobile.

  • Snowmobile headlights are adequate for reduced speeds only, don't overdrive the machine's headlights and make sure your taillights are free of snow.

  • Drowning is one cause of snowmobile fatalities.

  • Be familiar with the thickness of the ice and water currents. 
    Don't remove the factory-installed air box or muffler to install a noisier one. This will lessen the performance of your vehicle.

  • Carry a flashlight or flare for emergency signaling.

  • Never blaze a new trail at night.

  • Use caution when riding in freezing rain because your goggles may freeze over.