Stay Away from Waterways

Following the latest snowfall, many clubs will be able to officially open their trails in the next few hours. Snowmobilers will take the thousands of kilometers available to them by storm.

As we all know, the beginning of the 2020-2021 season differs from previous years because of the low precipitations but also because of the rather mild temperatures.

We have not yet had the extreme cold that usually characterizes the month of January. The result is that many rivers are more or less free of ice. In addition, the thickness of the ice is much less than what is usually observed at this time of the year.

Stay Away from Waterways - Snowmobile - Snowmobiler
Photo credit: Maximum Adventure Rentals
Stay Away from Waterways - Snowmobile - Snowmobiler
Photo credit: Maximum Adventure Rentals

We must therefore avoid riding on bodies of water at all costs. If a trail, groomed or not, crosses a lake or river, do not venture on it unless a club authorizes you to ride on it after measuring the ice’s thickness and quality.

For those who live near or are used to certain bodies of water, don’t be fooled. The ice is currently much thinner than usual. Snow can also cover thin ice that would not be able to support the weight of a person or a snowmobile.

Be vigilant, and please stay away from waterways.

Stay Away from Waterways - Snowmobile - Snowmobiler
Photo credit: Maximum Adventure Rentals
Stay Away from Waterways - Snowmobile - Snowmobiler
Photo credit: Maximum Adventure Rentals