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Be a safe rider; follow the 10 Commandments of Snowmobiling... they may save your life.

10 Commandments of Snowmobiling

  1. Do not exceed 50 MPH on any trail, lake or public land
  2. Do not drink alcohol and operate a snowmobile
  3. Do not ride on highways or road shoulders (stay in the ditch or outside banks)
  4. Run in the right side ditch after dark
  5. Stay out of the median of a divided highway
  6. Come to a complete stop before crossing a road
  7. Cross roadways at a 90 degree angle
  8. Display license numbers and decals as required
  9. Obtain a safety certificate if you are a youthful operator
  10. Obey local laws for where/when you ride

Youth Operators
As of October 1, 2002, all residents of Minnesota born after December 31, 1976 must have a snowmobile safety certificate to operate a snowmobile anywhere in Minnesota. To obtain a safety certificate, young riders must attend a snowmobile safety course.

Snowmobiling Can Be Safe & Enjoyable For All
The Northwest Trails Association urges all snowmobilers to ride safely and responsibly this winter to ensure an enjoyable season for all.

Founded in 1973, the Northwest Trails Association is an organization of local snowmobiling families dedicated to promoting a safe and enjoyable snowmobiling experience. This group of dedicated volunteers works diligently every year to provide 150 miles of trails in the northwest suburbs. Chances are, you have ridden on one of the trails we maintain.

You can help us keep snowmobiling alive in the northwest suburbs by not catering to negative stereotypes and by following the common sense rules of safe snowmobiling. Please be courteous and respectful of others - especially local property owners who have graciously allowed Northwest Trails to cross their land.

Stay within trails marked by orange diamonds and obey posted and statutory speed limits as well as local hours of operation. The state snowmobiling speed limit is 50 miles per hour, but may be lower in some areas that are posted. Educate yourself about local ordinances by calling your city hall.

Be a safe rider by wearing proper safety equipment at all times and by preparing for harsh weather conditions. Stay off ice that is less than six inches thick and always error on the side of safety. Do not make a ride on thin ice your last ride - there are too many beautiful trails to enjoy. Approach and cross roads with caution and respect for motor vehicles, especially at night, when your stopping distance may very well outpace your headlights.

Most importantly, never drink alcohol and ride a snowmobile. Live to ride again and continue the tradition with your children. Northwest Trails Association invites you to become a member by joining us at 7:30pm the first Tuesday of each month at the Medina Entertainment Center.


Address:P.O. Box 444, Osseo, MN 55369
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