Snowmobiling safety

With preparation and information, you can ensure a safe sledding experience

At SnoRiders, we pride ourselves on keeping safety at the forefront—and we believe that snowmobilers across the country are doing their utmost to keep sledding safe and enjoyable. We talk to experienced riders and experts who know how to read terrain, and keep you up to date with events like safety workshops and products to help you stay safe. We all love to do things that get our heart racing and adrenalin pumping, so let's live to do it another day.

An animation of a snowmobiler wearing blue, riding through snow.
Snowmobiling safety, Manitoba

Get ready for riding season with a snowmobile safety course

SNOWMOBILEcourse.com offers official online snowmobile safety education courses for Western Canada in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

by Kyle Born
Mason Kenyon sits on a blue and black snowmobile wearing an orange helmet and orange goggles.
Snowmobiling safety

The youth of the nation are leading the charge in avalanche awareness

Mason Kenyon, Avalanche Canada youth ambassador in Revelstoke, B.C., advocates avalanche awareness

by Kyle Born
Randy Brown gives the thumbs up while wearing a bright orange jacket.
Snowmobiling safety, British Columbia

Life-saving advice from a seasoned Search & Rescue hero

Randy Brown, manager of the Penticton & District Search & Rescue and SPOT brand ambassador, discusses the importance of a reliable GPS device

by Kyle Born
Snowmobiling safety

What you need to drive a snowmobile in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

The rules, regulations and snowmobile licence information for each province in Western Canada.

A red, white and blue truck with Avalanche Canada written on the side, parked in the mountains.
Snowmobiling safety, British Columbia

Special Public Avalanche Warning issued for much of Western Canada until Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020

The snowpack is currently in a precarious state throughout these regions due to the presence of a critical weak layer 60–100 centimetres below the snow surface

A red ATV lies in a crumpled heap next to a railway track.
Snowmobiling safety, Manitoba

Railway-related fatalities involving snowmobilers continue despite warnings

Dean Solowan, police constable and community service officer, Alberta Region, has life-saving safety advice for snowmobilers

by Kyle Born
Brittney Dickson sits on her snowmobile while looking at her laptop in the mountains.
Snowmobiling safety, Golden, BC

Take a COVID-safe avalanche safety course to get set for winter

Brittney Dickson, owner of Stay Wild Backcountry Skills in Golden, B.C., is brining avalanche safety training online

by Kyle Born
Snowmobiling safety, Manitoba

Avalanche Canada shutting down forecasting for the season

Covid-19 pandemic prompts early end to avalanche warning service

Snowmobiling safety

Say what? Clear hand signals for sledders

Hand signals communicate your intentions to other sledders clearly, quickly, silently

by Timothy Fowler
A line of snowmobiles ride through the snow.
Snowmobiling safety, Manitoba

Go Snowmobiling campaign is a success

Clubs, groups and associations across North America have held military rides, political rides, and snowmobile rides with friends and family alike

by Ed Klim, President of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
A yellow-gloved hand holds an orange Garmin inReach.
Snowmobiling safety, Grande Prairie, AB

Avalanche Canada providing forecasts via inReach to Kakwa

The Kakwa forecast contains the avalanche danger rating for treeline and alpine terrain, will indicate if there is a persistent slab problem present in the snow

A group of snowmobiles congregate to take a break and visit.
Snowmobiling safety, Manitoba

International Snowmobile Safety Week: January 18-26, 2020

Snowmobile Clubs are encouraged to invite local representatives from the business community to go snowmobiling with them and show them our known, safe riding st

by Ed Klim, President of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
A snowmobile glides up a mountain as the sun casts shadows in the distance.
Snowmobiling safety, Manitoba

The Safe Riders! You Make Snowmobiling Safe campaign is underway

International Snowmobile Safety Week is January 18-26, 2020

by Ed Klim, President, International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
A snowmobiler enjoys riding in the Kakwa region of the North Rockies.
Snowmobiling safety, Northern British Columbia

Avalanche forecasts for North Rockies available now

The North Rockies forecast region spans the Rocky Mountains from Highway 16 in the south to Hudson’s Hope, B.C., in the north

Avalanche Canada's newest app.
Snowmobiling safety

New tools for avalanche safety

The Dangerator is one of several new tools from Avalanche Canada

by Mary Clayton, Avalanche Canada
The air responder transitions seamlessly between ice and water.
Snowmobiling safety, Regina, SK

Are you up for the 250 Crusade challenge?

John Maczko, operations director and chief pilot for the Canadian Rescue Hovercraft Pilots Association in Regina, Saskatchewan, is calling on crusaders

by Kyle Born
A snowmobile wrapped around a tree. Picture used for Manitoba's Snoman Speed Kills Campaign.
Snowmobiling safety, Manitoba

Speed Kills: The latest campaign from Manitoba’s Snoman

This campaign encourages Manitoba snowmobilers to slow down, in an effort to decrease the number of yearly rider fatalities.

by Zoë Dupley
Brittney Dickson (on left) takes some women out for a ride during one of Stay Wild Backcountry Skills’ Ladies Sled Shred Camps.
Snowmobiling safety, Golden, BC

Stay Wild is the Golden ticket to avalanche safety in B.C.

Brittney Dickson, owner, lead instructor and coach for sled and touring camps at Stay Wild Backcountry Skills in Golden, B.C., teaches courses for women

by Kyle Born
Grahame Go uses a Montana 600 GPS on his Can-Am Outlander 850 Two-Up.
Snowmobiling safety, Thompson Okanagan, BC

Do you really know how to use your GPS?

Grahame Go, Vernon ATV Club member, GPS training course leader and former air deputy for Civil Air Search and Rescue in Vernon, B.C., shares his GPS tips

by Kyle Born
Snowmobiling safety

When avalanche education is not enough

Digging into the human factor, the author investigates why we are losing so many who have the education, the gear and the experience.

by Trish Drinkle