Snowmobiling Safety Tips and Things to Bring

Recently I had the chance to go snowmobiling with my boyfriend in Vail, Colorado. We had a BLAST!!! During the trip we were riding up and down the bumpy slopes and endured some quick turns. I gained so much knowledge and appreciation for the sport. Living in Colorado my whole life, I feel as if I’ve missed out on many years that I could have been enjoying the beautiful scenery, mountain air and powdered show.

free snowmobile picture

Today, I would like to share with you, my First Class Fashionista readers, some of the tips I learned while riding and encourage you to go out there, and slide down the mountain whenever the chance arrives.

Before Leaving Flat Land:

  • Wear layers
  • Avoid cottons and sweatshirts that retain moisture.
  • Your first layer of clothing should be polypropylene and thermal under garments, because they release moisture while retaining heat.
  • Wear nylons instead of leggings, because they stay on your feet and will not get pulled up while you are putting on your other layers.
  • Wear heavy socks that will fit loosely inside your boots.
  • Wear snow/waterproof pants
  • Wear a long under shirt that you can tuck into your pants (because snow can and most likely will get into that gap).
  • Wear a long-sleeve shirt
  • Fleece jacket
  • Heavy/waterproof jacket with reflective trim on the arms and back.
  • One heavy and one light hat (sometimes the helmet is to tight for a heavy hat).
  • I recommend a face covering hat or mask, because snow and cold air flies at your face.
  • Waterproof, insulated snow boots, like the brand SOREL.
  • Insolated, leather mittens because they give one more blood circulation and protection than gloves.
  • Make sure you bring a reflective helmet (with a face guard) and good quality, UV-protected goggles.

Bring a survival backpack containing:

  • Water in a thermos
  • Shovel
  • Extra socks and mittens
  • Compass
  • Thermostat
  • Spare belt
  • Spare spark plugs
  • Manufacturer’s tool kit
  • Extra wrenches nuts & bolts sized for your sled
  • Tow rope
  • Pry bar
  • Duct tape
  • Wire jack-knife
  • And a fully charged cell phone

While Riding:

  • Slow down and use your weight to turn into the quick corners and turns.
  • If you can not see in front of you, slow down.
  • Don’t drink and ride
  • Alcohol causes the body temperature to drop at an accelerated rate, which increases your susceptibility to the cold and hypothermia.
  • Slow down when snowmobiling after dark
  • Ride with individuals familiar with the area
  • Be certain that all lights are operational
  • Avoid riding on frozen lakes and rivers, because ice conditions are never guaranteed. Ice conditions can change in a period of several hours.
  • As a rule of thumb, “If you don’t know, don’t go.”

Watch Out For:

  • Oncoming snowmobiles, other vehicles, grooming equipment (snow trucks), skiers, and hikers.
  • Thin ice and open water
  • Unforeseen obstacles beneath snow
  • Unexpected corners, intersections and stops
  • Road and railway crossings
  • Logging/Forestry operations
  • Snow banks and drifting snow
  • Trees and branches on the trail
  • Wildlife and domestic animals

If you do break through the ice, don’t panic. Follow these self-rescue tips:

  • Kick vigorously into a horizontal position and swim to the nearest ice edge.
  • Place hands/arms on unbroken ice while kicking hard to propel your body onto the ice.
  • Once clear, stay flat and roll away to stronger ice.
  • Stand, keep moving and find shelter fast.

I hope this information helps and inspires our readers to get ready for a day of fun and adventure!!! Ride safe!!!

About MarissaL

I'm Marissa. I'm a graduate from The Art Institute of Colorado with a bachelor's in fashion design. I started my career with FCF during my externship course at AIC, I have continued to stay with the company after graduation. What I love about FCF is how we get to attend event and cover local fashion shows. The team of FCF has grown tremendously and we have a great mentor to help us along the way. I'm very excited because we are currently planning our own fashion show/event!!! Currently I'm writing celebrity articles, covering the newest news and gossip in Hollywood. I would love to hear reviews and comments on the articles I write. Fashion is not just what you wear, but it is within your lifestyle. There is more to fashion than what name you have on. Fashion is in the air we breath and the images we see. If there is anything you would like to hear more about, let me know. Thank you for visiting my profile on First Class Fashionista!!!