Safety Tips

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.

Snowmobile Safety
» 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.

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