Goshen Snowmobile Club makes it easy to go snowmobiling. We set the standard for well-marked trails, readable maps, easy access to fuel stops, food and accommodations. Our many convient trailheads mean snowmobilers can hook up to trails anywhere in the GSC area. And all it takes to snowmobile is a simple trail pass and a valid Provincial registration.
Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in Canada. But each year, many people are seriously injured while snowmobiling. Head injuries are the leading cause of death and serious injury on snowmobiles.
Injury can happen when:
The snowmobile hits a tree, another snowmobile or other motorized vehicle,
a child or teen falls from the snowmobile, or the snowmobile rolls over them,
loading or unloading a snowmobile,
riding conditions are unsafe.
To safely drive a snowmobile, you need to be strong, skilled and mature. For this reason, the Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that:
Children and teens under 16 years of age should not operate snowmobiles.
It also takes strength and stamina to be a passenger on a snowmobile. Passengers need to hold on tight for a long period of time, which can be hard to do, especially when the snowmobile is running over bumpy ground at a high speed. For this reason:
Children under the age of 6 should never ride as passengers on a snowmobile.
How can snowmobiles be used safely?
If you're a parent who operates a snowmobile, you can model safe behaviour by following these guidelines.