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This time-limited offer is effective August 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

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(Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Proof of membership includes a copy of your 2013/2014 ASA membership card.)

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Alberta Provincial Trail Map Program

The Provincial Trail Map Project is working on developing a series of regional trail maps for Alberta. As these maps are completed, they will be added to their website.

Snow and

Information and discussion forum on ATV’s, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and area’s to ride. Snow and is a popular forum that many ASA clubs and members are active on.
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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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