Ed Klim, President of the ISMA, says Take a Friend Snowmobiling

"Enjoy the ride, make it relatively short, make it simple, and remember that it is always a good idea to feed your guests." — Ed Klim

by Ed Klim, President of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

A group of snwomobilers gather around a campfire to socialize.
"People that you know, who don’t snowmobile, want to snowmobile." — Ed Klim Photo courtesy ISMA

The Go Snowmobiling/Take a Friend Snowmobiling campaign has been supported by the snowmobile community over the years. Snowmobile Clubs and Associations across North America have taken Military Personnel snowmobiling, coordinated Enlightenment rides with land managers, and often just have fun organizing snowmobile rides with friends and family. The trails and riding areas in many parts of North America are amazing and offer great opportunities to take friends snowmobiling.

The Take a Friend Snowmobiling rides highlight the “wow-factor” and the pure enjoyment that people have when they first ride a snowmobile. First-time snowmobilers can’t quit talking about how much fun the ride was.   When you take a friend snowmobiling, remember this may very well be their first time on a snowmobile. Chances are that your normal ride would seem like a marathon to an uninitiated friend. Let your friend enjoy that first day of snowmobiling. Again, enjoy the ride, make it relatively short, make it simple, and remember that it is always a good idea to feed your guests.

The Go Snowmobiling/Take a Friend Snowmobiling campaign is also joined with the Safe Riders! Campaign. We have a 13 chapter Safe Riders video series that can be found on our website at: http://www.snowmobile.org/snowmobile-videos.html .

The chapters are a great tool when introducing a friend to snowmobiling and will help make the ride more enjoyable for everyone.

You should also visit and “Like” our Facebook page before participating in a Go Snowmobiling campaign. Our Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/GoSnowmobiling . When looking at the page you will notice that many snowmobilers are posting pictures and their experiences on the page.  We have thousands of Friends who visit regularly and it is common for snowmobilers to send out informative posts that are forwarded to hundreds  and thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts worldwide. There is a short general survey on our Facebook page, so when you visit the page, consider answering a few simple survey questions. We are constantly surveying snowmobile customers to see how we can better serve you and how we can help you enjoy your snowmobiling activity.

When you consider putting together a Take a Friend Snowmobiling ride, just remember that individuals who don’t own a snowmobile have a high interest in going snowmobiling. People that you know, who don’t snowmobile, want to snowmobile. They also want to go snowmobiling for the same reasons you do:

  • To enjoy the scenery
  • To get outdoors to have fun with family and friends
  • To go to unique places that they can’t reach any other way to see amazing sights
  • To have fun in the winter outdoors and be able to go home tired and be ready for a good night’s sleep

So please, go out and have fun, take a friend snowmobiling, and enjoy this wonderful winter. The link to the “Take a Friend Snowmobiling Campaign Action Manual” is: http://www.snowmobile.org/docs/2021-take-a-friend-snowmobiling.pdf Please review it and share it with others. 

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