The maximum speed on OFSC trails is 50km/hour.This is what sledders agree to when they go on the trails, having bought a trail permit:
laws you should know, safety tips , Code of Ethics.
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North American Snowmachine Facts
The average age of a snowmobiler is 41 years old (2012)
The average family income of sledders is $68,000/year.
Many clubs raise money for local causes, $3 million for charities in 2011/12.
There were 1.4 million registered machines in the US, and 593,248 in Canada in 2012.
|The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling: |
* United States - $23 billion annually
* Canada - $7 billion annually
* Europe & Russia - $4 billion annually
Joseph-Armand Bombardier invented the first snow machine in 1922, when he was 15 years old.
|Lined up outside the pub|
|Quite the team sport|
|Sledding on the road, Bala, ON|
|Note the tracks in and out of this open water.|
|In the pub, drinking|
Highmarking accounts for more than 63 percent of the avalanche fatalities involving snowmobilers in North America. Tracks on a slope do not mean that a slope is safe.
Apr 20, 2008 - Uploaded by 440sixpacksigs high mark on polaris 900. at the top of high mark it was almost verticle. no one passed his on thet day it
Death in Quebec Jan. 12, 2013
This is the 7th sledder to die in Quebec this winter.
What the law says in Quebec:
- Wearing a safety helmet is mandatory.
- The minimum age for operating a snowmobile is 16.
- Except as provided in the Act respecting off-highway vehicles, it is illegal to operate a snowmobile on public roads.
- It is illegal to ride within 30 m (100 ft.) of a dwelling, a health establishment, or an area that is reserved for cultural, educational, or sports activities.
- Trail security officers are volunteers who patrol the trails in order to increase awareness of the importance of obeying the law. Their work requires know-how and dedication, and they deserve your respect and your complete cooperation.
- The speed limit for snowmobiles is 70 km/h (43 mph). Within 30 m (100 ft.) of a dwelling, the speed limit is reduced to 30 km/h (19 mph).
- CMAJFatal accidents occurred more often on lakes (in 66% of the cases in which this information was known) than on roads (in 26%) or trails (in 8%). Weekend fatalities predominated, and deaths occurred most often during times of suboptimal lighting (from 4 pm to 8 am). The driver was killed in 84% of the cases in which the person's role was known. Alcohol use before death was implicated in 69% of the cases, the level exceeding the Ontario legal limit in 59%. CONCLUSION: Snowmobile-related deaths result from factors that are generally avoidable. Strategies need to be instituted to reduce the rate of these events.