Snowmobilers Warned to Stay Off Ontario Snowmobile Trails Throughout the Holidays
(Barrie, ON - December 29, 2015) - The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) welcomes Ontario’s first major winter storm of the season. After almost 50 years of operating snowmobile trails in Ontario and experiencing many different starts to the snowmobiling season, the OFSC remains confident in providing many trail riding opportunities throughout the coming winter.
However today, the OFSC cautions snowmobilers that there are no safe riding opportunities yet in most parts of Ontario, including all OFSC snowmobile trails. OFSC snowmobile clubs and volunteers are working hard to get trails ready, but only with the continuing cooperation of Old Man Winter and Mother Nature can the start of the 2016 provincial trail riding season get officially underway.
So tempting as it may be to go for that first ride with fresh snow on the ground in many areas, snowmobilers are reminded again that no base has yet been formed to protect riders and sleds from hidden obstacles or underlying terrain irregularities. More important, with temperatures not consistently cold enough to date, the pre-requisite freeze up for safe riding anywhere is late and incomplete, so no ice conditions should be considered safe to support any weight at this time or to ride over on a sled.
OFSC Warns Snowmobilers To Keep Sleds Parked
(Barrie, ON - December 17, 2015) - With early snow forecast this weekend in some parts of Ontario, winter’s on the way and so is the 2016 snowmobiling season. But it’s not time to start sledding yet and for safety’s sake, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) cautions snowmobilers to keep their sleds parked and stay off OFSC trails for the time being.
Even going for a short snowmobile ride can be very dangerous at this time of year with the existing poor conditions. The ground, waterways and swamps are not frozen yet, nor is there enough snow base to protect yourself or your sled from terrain irregularities or other obstacles. Grooming operations have not started yet, so no OFSC trails are available to ride and all access to trails on private property remain closed. Snowmobilers are also reminded to stay off public roads and avoid trespassing on farmers’ fields.
For updates on trail status across Ontario, the OFSC recommends that snowmobilers visit the Interactive Trail Guide at www.ofsc.on.ca