ASA Member Discount for ZacsTracs Avalanche Safety Courses!


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Our friends at ZacsTracs Avalanche Safety Training (AST) are offering a discount for ASA members to take this seasons AST courses. We want you to be safe in the mountains this winter so print off your coupon (from the link above) and sign up soon!

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International Snowmobile Safety Week 2013 – January 13-19th…..and all year!


The four snowmobile manufacturers are please to support and encourage participation in the upcoming International Snowmobile Safety Week January 13-19-2012. Snowmobilers have placed safe, responsible snowmobiling at the top of their list for years and have made great strides in safety education and enforcement. Snowmobile safety is a year around project that is supported by safety trainers, clubs, associations, enforcement officials, dealers and the manufacturers throughout the world.

The Safe Riders! campaign focuses on key areas of concern that are the major causes of snowmobile accidents. Those key issues are depicted in our snowmobiling safety posters (also available free of charge from the ISMA Office) and include:

1. Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix, don’t drink and ride 2. Know before you go, always check local … read more

Snowmobile Trailer Tips


An often overlooked aspect of snowmobiling is the condition and legal requirements of snowmobile trailers.

Hitching the Trailer Up

  • Trailers able to carry two sleds usually weigh less than 2,000 pounds (907 kg.) and require as a minimum a SAE Class I hitch and a 1-7/8″ or 2″ ball
  • Trailers capable of carrying four sleds are typically more than 2,000 pounds and require a Class II or III hitch with a 2″ ball

Securing the Trailer

  • All trailers must have safety chains or cables attached to the tow vehicle as a secondary attachment in case the primary ball hitch fails. (Two lengths of safety chains connected from the opposite sides of the trailer tongue to the towing vehicle and, when passing forward to the towing
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Setting a Good Example


I will be a good sportsman and set a positive example for other snowmobilers by:

  • Taking care and caution of the terrain and wildlife in areas I travel through
  • Riding in safe areas and avoiding territory that is designated for the protection and feeding of wildlife
  • Placing litter in trash containers or keeping the material until I find a trash container
  • Respecting the rights and property of others
  • Lending a helping hand when I notice someone in distress
  • Assisting in search and rescue parties if needed
  • Respecting the rights of and not interfering with other winter sports people
  • Knowing and obeying all federal, provincial and local laws regulating the operation of snowmobiles
  • Travelling in areas where sledding is allowed and encouraged
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Snowmobile Safety Check List


Personal Gear

  • Sled registration
  • Insurance documents
  • Back pack
  • Transceiver/probe/shovel
  • Proper clothing & helmet
  • Food & water
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Florescent tape
  • Area map
  • Compass
  • GPS (global positioning system)

Survival Gear

  • Extra key
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Nylon tow rope
  • Map & compass
  • Waterproof matches
  • High energy food/bars
  • Flashlight, flares & strobe
  • Space blanket
  • Mirror / reflective material
  • Shovel, transceiver & probe
  • Radio/ cell phone
  • (Emergency link 1-888-888-4567)

Tool Kit Check List

  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Wrenches
  • Rags
  • Litter bags
  • Electrical/ duct tape
  • Starter cord
  • Spark plugs
  • Spark plug socket
  • Drive belt
  • Wire
  • Scissors & tweezers
  • Latex gloves

First Aid Supply Check List

  • Triangular bandages
  • Micropore tape
  • Gauze pads (small & large)
  • Roll gauze (small/ large)
  • Band aids (small/ large)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Pain reliever
  • Razor
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Planning a Snowmobile Trip


Planning for your ride is always an important factor in making your trip a success. Whether you’re going for the afternoon, the day, or camping overnight, make sure you have everything you need.

Basic snowmobiling equipment and survival gear to bring along would include flashlight, candles, tool kit, pocket knife, first aid kit, strobe, radio or cell, high energy food/drinks, tow rope, waterproof matches, extra batteries, extra key, ax and saw, mirror/reflective material, thermal blanket, spark drive belt and spark plugs.

Ensure you have a map and compass, extra mitts & socks, extra boot liners, flares, metal cup or pot along with extra fuel. Pack smart and check your snowmobile gear and tools each time before you head out.

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Legal Requirements for Snowmobiling


Laws governing the operation of a snowmobile differ for private and public property in Alberta.

In a Public Place

  • The rider must have a properly registered and insured machine.
  • The driver must be 14 years of age to operate a machine independently.
  • A person younger than 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, or supervised closely while receiving instruction.
  • An operator of a snowmobile must produce insurance and registration when requested to do so by an enforcement or peace officer.

On Private Land – Ensure you ask permission before entering

  • You do not need a driver’s licence, registration or insurance if you are riding on land you own or have acquired the right to access.
  • There is no age requirement when riding
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Machine Safety


A comprehensive snowmobile machine safety standards program is sponsored by the Snowmobile Safety and Certification Committee (SSCC), a non-profit organization interested in safe snowmobiling. In 1981, the SSCC received the U.S. National Safety Council’s ‘Distinguished Service to Safety” Award for its effective work in improving the safety of snowmobiling.

Under the SSCC machine safety standards program, snowmobiles are certified by an independent testing company as being in compliance with all SSCC safety standards.

The SSCC independent certification program covers every vital component of the snowmobile; electrical, lighting and brake systems; alternate starting system; emergency control; brake and throttle controls; fuel system; reflectors; handgrips; seat; shields and guards. The SSCC standard sets maximum permission sound levels of no more than 78dB(A) at 50 feet when the … read more

CCSO Approved Hand Signals


Snowmobile Hand_Signals Learn the proper hand signals:

Left Turn

  • left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn

Right Turn

  • left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat


  • left arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat.


  • left arm extended out and down from the side of body with a downward motion of hand to signal warning or caution

Oncoming Sleds

  • Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm left to right over head pointing to right side of trail.

Sleds Following

  • Arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitch-hiking motion
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Enforcing Safe Sledding


Enforcement agencies are integral to ensuring the safety of snowmobilers and other Albertans out enjoying the chilly great outdoors.

  1. Riding with care and caution
    • A rider can be guilty of operating a snowmobile without due care and caution or without reasonable consideration for other persons or property (Section 23 of the Off-Highway Vehicles Act). The sled driver is liable for a fine of as much as $1,000. If you do not pay the fine, you are then subject to imprisonment for as many as six months, with or without the option of another fine.
  2. Alcohol and snowmobiling simply don’t mix
    • In Alberta, a snowmobile driver can be charged with the same impaired driving charges as a driver of a motor vehicle.
    • The majority of snowmobile
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