At White Lake Snow Tours, ensuring your safety and the safety of other snowmobilers on the trail is our top priority. The following information was adapted from the Missaukee Trail Blazers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the recreational riding of snowmobiles.
We ask that you read through these safety instructions and have a keen understanding of the precautions you must take when on the snowmobile trails.
If you are renting a snowmobile from White Lake Snow Tours, we will make sure your snowmobile is in top-notch mechanical condition. If you experience a problem with your snowmobile, discontinue use as soon as possible and inform a White Lake Snow Tours employee immediately.
If you are unsure of weather, ice, or trail conditions or need a Professional Snowmobile Guide to accompany you on your trip, please be sure to speak with us!
What not to do
» Do not drink and drive!
» Do not ride alone!
» Do not start your sled and take off right away. Let the sled warm up – this could prevent burning down your engine.
» Do not use excessive speed.
» Familiarize yourself with the snowmobile you are driving before going on the trails. If you have any questions, White Lake Snow Tours will be more than happy to help you.
» Wear sensible, protective clothing designed for snowmobiling.
» Wear a full-size helmet, goggles, or face shield to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips, and flying debris. White Lake Snow Tours will provide helmets to you, free of charge.
» Avoid wearing long scarves. They may get caught in moving parts of the snowmobile.
» Know the terrain you are going to ride. If unfamiliar to you, request a White Lake Snow Tours Guide to accompany you.
» Always use the buddy system. Never ride alone or unaccompanied.
» Do not pursue domestic or wild animals. No true sports person would stoop to such conduct. If you see a violation of this rule, report it to the nearest law enforcement officer.
» At all times, be sure you have a properly operating lighting system on the snowmobile.
» Drowning is one cause of snowmobile fatalities. When not familiar with the thickness of the ice or water currents, avoid these areas.
» Out on a snowmobile trail, you could encounter a problem and your snowmobile may stop completely. For this reason, YOU SHOULD NEVER TRAVEL ALONE.
Let’s Get Ready to Ride
» Check the condition of your snowmobile clothing and ensure you have adequate accessories for warmth.
» Stay on marked or familiar snowmobile trails.
» Obey all trail signs, markers and speed limits.
» Learn the language of snowmobile trail signage.
» Obtain a trail map of the area that you are riding in. While Lake Snow Tours will provide a complimentary map to all snowmobile renters.
» Know and use correct hand signals. This will lower your risk of having an accident with other snowmobilers.
» Remember – it’s two-way traffic on all groomed snowmobile trails.