Utah State Parks and Recreation encourages all snowmobilers to prepare for a safe and enjoyable winter season. Avalanche victims are almost exclusively backcountry recreationists and unfortunately, snowmobilers lead the list with twice the number of fatalities.
Snowmobilers should check avalanche conditions before venturing outdoors at http://www.avalanche.org or by calling 801-538-7433. Riders may get up-to-date avalanche and grooming reports for every region of the state.
All snowmobilers should carry a beacon, shovel, probe, and first aid kit, and take advantage of free avalanche training. In addition to avalanche preparation, all riders need to make sure their machines are functioning properly and have a helmet, goggles, and appropriate winter clothing.
Enroll youth in a Know Before You Go! snowmobile education course which teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible snowmobile riding. State-approved tests are available online at http://stateparks.utah.gov/ohv/education-snowmobile.
Avalanche information, education materials, and snowmobile riding maps, are available from the Utah State Parks and Recreation OHV Office at 801-538-7433.