Ride safely on snowmobile trails this winter

Submitted by the N.H. Fish and Game Department

CONCORD – For International Snowmobile Safety Week from Jan. 16-24, Maj. John Wimsatt, of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, reminds snowmobilers to think safety first when riding the trails this winter.

Wimsatt coordinates snowmobile and off-highway recreational vehicle safety education, registration and enforcement in New Hampshire.

While most riding opportunities are limited to northern Coos County because of lack of sufficient snowfall, steady snow will likely arrive soon across most of the state.

Key safety guidelines presented by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers’ Association are:

? Smart riders are safe riders – take snowmobile safety training.

? Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix – don’t drink and ride.

? Ride safe, stay on the trail – and always respect private property.

? When night riding, slow down – expect the unexpected.

? Ride smart, ride right – stay in control.

? Know before you go – always check local ice conditions.

? One is the loneliest number – never ride alone.

? Cross with care – don’t become a statistic.

The majority of the state’s snowmobile trails exist because of the generosity of cooperative private landowners. Respect their land and stay on designated trails.

With the growing popularity of off-trail powder snowmobiles, please remember that riders may only operate on designated snowmobile trails or on lands for which they have received written landowner permission.

Find a snowmobile safety education class in New Hampshire or sign up for the online course at www.wildnh.com/ohrv/education.html.

The New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend will take place January 29-31. The event gives snowmobile enthusiasts a chance to explore new trails in northern New England.

For more information, visit www.ride.nh.gov or www.nhtrails.org.

Enjoy the trails, but remember to always be a safe rider.

Ride safely on snowmobile trails this winter

Submitted by the N.H. Fish and Game Department

CONCORD – For International Snowmobile Safety Week from Jan. 16-24, Maj. John Wimsatt, of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, reminds snowmobilers to think safety first when riding the trails this winter.

Wimsatt coordinates snowmobile and off-highway recreational vehicle safety education, registration and enforcement in New Hampshire.

While most riding opportunities are limited to northern Coos County because of lack of sufficient snowfall, steady snow will likely arrive soon across most of the state.

Key safety guidelines presented by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers’ Association are:

? Smart riders are safe riders – take snowmobile safety training.

? Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix – don’t drink and ride.

? Ride safe, stay on the trail – and always respect private property.

? When night riding, slow down – expect the unexpected.

? Ride smart, ride right – stay in control.

? Know before you go – always check local ice conditions.

? One is the loneliest number – never ride alone.

? Cross with care – don’t become a statistic.

The majority of the state’s snowmobile trails exist because of the generosity of cooperative private landowners. Respect their land and stay on designated trails.

With the growing popularity of off-trail powder snowmobiles, please remember that riders may only operate on designated snowmobile trails or on lands for which they have received written landowner permission.

Find a snowmobile safety education class in New Hampshire or sign up for the online course at www.wildnh.com/ohrv/education.html.

The New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend will take place January 29-31. The event gives snowmobile enthusiasts a chance to explore new trails in northern New England.

For more information, visit www.ride.nh.gov or www.nhtrails.org.

Enjoy the trails, but remember to always be a safe rider.