• Snowmobile Sunset

    Snowmobile Sunset

  • Berry Hill February 2017

    Berry Hill February 2017

  • Berry Hill February 2017

    Berry Hill February 2017

  • Tartan Rapids at Prosperous Lake

    Tartan Rapids at Prosperous Lake

  • Cliffs of Blanchette Island

    Cliffs of Blanchette Island

  • Shore of Great Slave Lake

    Shore of Great Slave Lake

  • 2017 Making Trax

    2017 Making Trax

  • 2017 Making Trax

    2017 Making Trax

February 9th Update

Safety is a Wise Investment

Some light snow has fallen, the days are getting longer and the weather is a bit warmer. Many lodges and cabins are open and ready for business. Before you know it spring will be here so this is a great time to prepare for another trip. Before you head out ask yourself, “Do I have the safety gear needed to survive a breakdown?”

Anything can happen, fuel line freezes, flipped your sled, belt might break, or you could simply run out of fuel. Many people have different thoughts on what safety gear should be carried and how to carry it. Some will carry it in a saddlebag
on their sled, while others on their back.

A backpack is a good call because if you hit the water you might lose all the important gear in the saddlebag. What safety gear do I consider most important? Clothing. Dress in layers so if you start getting warm you can take a layer or two off. Sweat can be deadly when your body starts to cool down Wear clothing with moisture wicking capacity to help keep yourself dry. An extra set of clothing could save your life if you get wet.

I almost always have a backpack with specific safety gear. In it you will find a first aid kit, knife, GPS device, cell
phone, flashlight, spare batteries, signal flares, hand saw, matches, thermal blanket, water bottle and snacks.
In my saddle bag I carry a tow strap, rope, tarp and paper. I may not carry much food with me but I can build a shelter and make a fire while I wait for assistance. Friends have laughed at me for carrying an orange small collapsible shovel
but it has been used to my advantage.

Of course I always have ice picks at the ready. Remember it does not take very long to ride far enough out that walking
back to town is more difficult than building a shelter. My sled has its own safety gear. I always have a spare belt
and the tools needed to change that belt. I also have a fuel canister; never needed it for myself but I’ve found other riders
who sure appreciated the fuel.

Many snowmobile manufacturers provide tool kits but it’s best if you know how to use the tools before its necessary. If you don’t have a kit visit one of our local dealers today, they will help set you up. The best insurance is not to ride alone and to leave detailed plans with someone you trust. If you do not return on time they will be your lifeline and report to the RCMP.
As a member of Yellowknife Search and Rescue I can tell you it’s difficult to search for someone when you don’t know
where to start.

The groomed trails in town are in great shape again this week. The trail from Long Lake to Duckfish is well packed but
the portages could use more snow. The larger lakes are drifted after last weekend’s wind but still quite passable. If you have more trail reports please pass them along to: gssatrailriders@gmail.com.

Arctic Response will be holding a snowmobile safety and operators course on Feb 16.

The Great Slave Snowmobile Association is hosting a ride this Sunday

“Divas on Snow” a Ladies Ride on Feb 25,

A ride to Hearne Lake Lodge March 11 and

The annual Making Traxx rally April 7

Arctic Anglers will host an ice fishing derby on March 10

the FrostBite 50 race March 17

Long John Jamboree March 23 to 25

Check the Calendar on the Website for more information!

Always lots to do in winters so get out there, travel safe and have fun.