Stay On Marked trails.
Your local snowmobile club has provided safe trails for you to operate your snowmobile. Accidents involving hidden objects under the snow or problems with private landowners have occurred when snowmobilers fail to stay on marked trails. Be alert for fences, tree stumps and stretched wire that may be concealed by snow. Respect the property of the landowners and stay on marked trails.
Road & Railroad Crossings
. Always come to a complete stop and look both ways before crossing any road or railroad crossing.
. Speed is a contributing factor in nearly all fatal snowmobiling accidents. Drivers should proceed at a pace that will allow ample reaction time for any situation. Drive at moderate speeds, and drive defensively, especially after sunset.
Carry a first-aid kit and dress appropriately
. Your first-aid kit should include a flashlight, knife, compass, map, and waterproof matches. Wear layers of water-repellent clothing and make sure you have no loose ends that might catch in the machine or tangle in equipment.
Bodies of Water
. Avoid traveling across bodies of water when uncertain of ice thickness or water currents. Rapidly changing weather and moving water in streams and lake inlets also affect the thickness and strength of ice on lakes and ponds. Snow cover can act as a blanket and prevents thick strong ice from forming.
Be Safe, Wear a Helmet
. Use a full face helmet, goggles or visor to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips and flying debris.
Never Travel Alone
. Most snowmobile accidents result in personal injury. The most dangerous situations occur when a person is injured and alone. If you must travel alone, tell someone.
Snowmobile At Night
. When snowmobiling at night, do not override your lights.
Who Can Operate a Snowmobile?
Any person who is born on or after January 1, 1985 and who has reached the age of 12, must have completed and received a snowmobile safety certificate in order to operate a snowmobile in Wisconsin. The certificate must be carried while operating the snowmobile and displayed to a law enforcement officer upon demand.
Snowmobile Safety Classes
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has a listing of upcoming snowmobile classes. To view this listing and to enroll in classes, please click on the link below:
Wisconsin DNR Safety Classes
You can enroll in particular classes by clicking on the "Enroll" tab within the class description or contact the instructor directly.
Where Do I Get The New Trail Pass?
Effective July 1, 2015 each sled operating in WI will be required to display a Wisconsin trail pass to be purchased annually.