January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

International Snowmobile Safety Week  2019 

Did you know that January 19th to 27th is Snowmobile Safety Week?

Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. is celebrating International Snowmobile Safety Week January 19 to 27 and encourages all riders to ride safe, stay on the trail, and respect private property. 

“Snowmobile safety has always been a high priority for our organization”, said Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director.  “We work closely with our counterparts to bring safety to the forefront and we also offer online safety courses.” To put focus on safety, Snoman and Fresh Air Educators are offering a 25% discount on the online safety course by entering the code SAFETY2018. So visit www.snoman.mb.ca for more information and to access the course.

Please share our Safe snowmobiling tips with your friends this week!

Safe snowmobiling means...

  •     Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling.
  •     Become familiar with the snowmobile you ride.
  •     Operate at safe and reasonable speeds.
  •     Stay on trails and areas where snowmobiling is permitted.
  •     Avoid travel on unfamiliar frozen bodies of water.
  •     Using extra caution at night.
  •     Keep your snowmobile properly maintained.
  •     Become familiar with the terrain you will travel on.
  •     Listen to the weather forecast before you leave.
  •     Always wear a helmet and proper clothing.
  •     Never ride alone, and letting someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  •     Carrying emergency supplies and learn survival skills.

Snowmobilers should be prepared for all possibilities. Take along a spare belt, spark plugs and tools to do basic repairs. You should also carry emergency supplies, such as a basic first aid kit and overnight survival provisions such as food, matches, flashlight and extra batteries, and shelter building materials. Most importantly, always use common sense and keep a clear head. Learn all you can about responsible snowmobiling and keep safety as your top priority.

With approximately 12,000 kilometers of designated trails, it is essential that all riders practice safety,” said Rideout.  “The best policy is to ride with a friend and let someone know where you are going and when you will return”.

Don't drink and ride. Don't let anyone in your group drink and ride. Be a good friend and lift the keys of a fellow snowmobiler who thinks he's OK when he's not. Think of your life as well as the lives of your friends, family, and other snowmobilers on the trails. You are not the only one affected by impaired driving.

Safe Crossing
Be careful when crossing roads of any kind. Come to a complete stop and make absolutely sure no traffic is approaching from any direction. Then cross at a right angle to traffic.

Dress Appropriately
Wear layers of clothing, so that you can add or remove a layer or two to match changing conditions. A windproof outer layer is especially important, as are warm gloves or mitts, boots and a helmet. Make sure your helmet is safety-certified, the right size and in good condition. A visor is essential for clear vision and wind protection and the chin strap should be snug.
Wear glasses or goggles that offer protection from the sun.

File A Plan
Airplane pilots and boaters file flight and float plans, respectively, so that others know where to look if they're overdue.
"Snow plans" describing your machine and your planned route can be time- and life-savers. Leave your plan with your family or friends.
Like those who file travel plans, always let your family and friends know you're back or have arrived at your destination. No one likes needless searches.

Stay Alert
Focusing on the tail light of the snowmobile ahead of you is the cause of many accidents. If your eyes are fixed on the tail light, you are not likely to notice the slight turn the machine ahead makes to avoid collision or the object that was almost hit. After snowmobiling for several hours, your reaction time slows. Be aware that even though you may not feel tired, the motion, wind and vibration of the machine may begin to dull your senses.

Beware Of Water
Besides the danger of plunging through the ice, you have far less traction for starting, turning and stopping on ice than on snow. Collisions on lakes account for a significant number of accidents. Don't hold the attitude that lakes are flat, wide open areas, free of obstructions.
Remember, if you can ride and turn in any direction, without boundaries, so can other riders. The threat of a collision, then, can come from any direction.
However, if you do snowmobile on the ice, make absolutely sure the ice is safely frozen. Don't trust the judgement of other snowmobilers. You are responsible for your own safe snowmobiling. Drowning is a leading cause of snowmobile fatalities. Consider buying a buoyant snowmobile suit.
If you go through the ice, remember that your snowmobile suit (even a non-buoyant one) and helmet may keep you afloat for several minutes. Slide back onto the ice, using anything sharp to dig in for better pull. Kick your feet to propel you onto the ice, like a seal. If the ice keeps breaking, continue moving toward shore or the direction from which you came. Don't remove your gloves or mitts. Once on the ice, roll away from the hole. Don't stand until well away from the hole.
 Please ride safe this season!

Winter Message From The President

I would like to wish everyone a very happy new year and wish you and your families all the best in the coming year.

Clubs are working hard to get trails open, but with the limited snow it is proving difficult and those trails that are open snow coverage is minimal. Use extra caution and please keep speeds down.

The launch of the new interactive map has presented some challenges, there was an issue that it would not load on some apple devises but that problem has been resolved. 

It’s that time of year that everyone is eager to get going and be out on the trails, but please remember, the clubs members are volunteers and are doing their best to ensure the trails are open as soon as possible and are safe. If you see a club member working on the trail, STOP and thank them, they will appreciate it.
Alan Butler
Snoman Inc.   

Annual Sneak Peek

Come out to the Red River Exhibition Park and be one of the first ones to see the new 2020 sleds straight from the manufacturers. See the new Polaris, Yamaha, Ski-Doo and Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

Snoman Snow Scooters

If you or someone you know is between the ages of 14 and 18 and is looking to get out and be part of something great, you should consider joining our newest members of Snoman Inc., the Snoman Snow Scooters Youth Club. For more information contact Snoman at 204-940-7533 or Tonya Kemball at 204-340-5417.

2019 Free Ride Weekend: Sled Without Borders©

Snoman Inc. is pleased to announce that from February 16 to 18, 2019, coinciding with Louis Riel day, will be the Free Ride Weekend Sled without Borders© sponsored by One Insurance, BSI Insurance representing Red River Mutual. Sled without Borders© focuses on visitors from Ontario, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Minnesota, and the Free Ride Weekend focuses on Manitoba riders new to our trail network. 

From now until February 16, you can register for the event by visiting www.snoman.mb.ca. After you register, your pass will be accessible. Once you print your temporary weekend pass it must be affixed to your snowmobile, or downloaded to your mobile device. It is important to note that there are minimum insurance requirements for riders entering Manitoba.