- Know the area, the weather, your route and the condition of your own body and equipment.
- Start with a sensible check list of proper clothing, equipment and safety gear.
- Also know how to repair your machine and carry a repair kit along with extra spark plugs, drive belt, a roll of twine and a knife. The last two items can be life savers if you need to improvise snowshoes or a shelter with branches.
- Take light, high calorie foods and layers of high quality, insulated clothing that can be adapted to all weather changes. Remember your boots and helmet.
- Know the basic principles of map and compass reading and use them. Drive only until you have a half a tank of gas left, then GO BACK. Gas stations dont come by very often.
- Let a friend or relative know you are taking a snowmobile trip, then inform them of your planned route as well as departure and return times. Stick with the plan. If it changes, let them know and also always check in upon return.
- Snowshoes might be added to your equipment list for each individual in case your snowmobile happens to break down and you have to walk out.
- If traveling avalanche prone areas, include a collapsible pole for probing and plastic shovel.
- Stay on the right side of the trail because snowmobile trail rules are similar to highway rules.
- Do not drink alcohol and ride. Please remember the time to have a drink is when you are safely back at the trail-head after a fantastic day of breaking Wyoming powder.
- Do not speed on the trail. Drive responsibly. Let's all do everything we can to keep snowmobiling safe for everyone.
Wear layers of clothing so that you can add or remove a layer or two to match changing conditions. Remember, Wyoming weather can change several times a day! Therefore be prepared. Wear a helmet and eye protection. Because wind, snow and sun can be hard on your eyes without a face shield or sun glasses.
There is little danger of avalanches on the marked trails. However, for off-trail travel, be aware of the topographic features and snow and weather conditions that increase sliding potential. Please visit the Bridger-Teton avalanche hotline on the web or call 307-733-2664 for the latest avalanche report. Also you may visit the Forest Service Avalanche Forecast List for other areas of interest.
Alcohol and Snowmobiling Simply Do Not Mix.
Forget the myth that alcohol warms up a chilled person. It opens up the blood vessels and removes the feeling of chill but it does nothing to increase body heat. Instead, it can increase the risk of hypothermia, a dangerous lowering of the bodys core temperature. Finally alcohol increases fatigue, fogs your ability to make good decisions and slows your reaction time. Therefore its part of the formula for disaster, and drinking and driving is a against the law!
- Cold (not necessarily severe).
- Wetness (rain, snow, water immersion or condensed precipitation).
- Wind (chill factor)
- Exhaustion and/or lack of preparedness.