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Snowmobilers: DNR conservation warden offers safety tips for every ride

Published by Central Office January 16, 2018

Contact(s): DNR Snowmobile Administrator Gary Eddy, 608-245-2315 or gary.eddy@wisconsin.gov

MADISON -- A rollercoaster of seasonal temperatures and changing snow levels have launched Wisconsin's early snowmobile season, prompting Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Administrator/Warden Gary Eddy to urge operators to review important safety tips to prepare for safe and fun rides.

"Snowmobilers really need to be careful because conditions for safe, early season snowmobile riding are just developing," Eddy said. "Riding conditions can become less than perfect at any time of the season, but you can almost always count on them being a bit tricky early in the season. Corners become icy, rough terrain and rocks may be exposed, road routes may be bare and ice conditions can be inconsistent."

Many northern counties have opened some or all of their snowmobile trails and snowmobile enthusiasts have been able to take advantage of some early season riding. However, Eddy adds, many trails are in need of new snow to freshen conditions.

Here are Eddy's top tips for a safe and fun ride:

For more safety tips, information on safety classes or to view a copy of the snowmobile regulations, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "snowmobile."

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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