Advocates urge snowmobile safety following two deaths this week

Jan 18, 2024, 1:00 PM

A snowmobiler rides between two trees as snow falls near the Spruces Campground in Big Cottonwood C...

A snowmobiler rides between two trees as snow falls near the Spruces Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. (Scott G. Winterton/Deseret News)

(Scott G. Winterton/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY— Following two snowmobiler deaths in the last week, advocates are calling on participants to engage in snowmobile safety practices. 

Missy Elardi, the head of the Utah Snowmobile Association said, “there’s always the chance of an accident happening and you definitely want to ensure that you are doing everything in your power and helping protect the people in your group as well.”

Snowmobile safety

According to Elardi, snowmobilers should not go into the backcountry alone. They also should take an avalanche safety course before heading out. 

If you are new to snowmobiling, it is recommended that you go with at least one person who is experienced.

Avalanche danger is high after a snowstorm, according to Elardi. Practicing snowmobiling safety includes adventuring with the proper gear and knowledge, according to the Utah Snowmobile Association. 

Additionally, Elardi said that riders should understand how to operate their vehicle. Those who are between the ages of 8 and 15 are required to possess an off-highway vehicle education certificate. Anyone over the age of 16 needs a driver’s license, per Utah law. 

Snowmobiles should also be properly maintained. Elardi said that riders should know how to check for issues that may need addressing. 

“You have to respect the machine, you have to respect the mountain,” Elardi said. 

The Utah Division of Natural Resources’ Outdoor Recreation Division website provides an OHV safety checklist

Like driving a car or ATV, you should never follow too closely behind another vehicle. Before crossing a roadway, riders should look both ways. Additionally, stay to the right when you are on a trail. 

Finally, regardless of the time of day, your snowmobile’s headlights should remain on, according to Elardi. 





We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Outdoors + Recreation

Skiers compete in the 2022 Biathlon Youth and Junior World Championships at Soldier Hollow Nordic C...

Mariah Maynes

Soldier Hollow Nordic Center adopts renewable energy

Soldier Hollow Nordic Center's Clear Peaks Program is expected to provide 100% of the Nordic Center's energy needs.

6 hours ago

Exercise particularly reduced risk of death for women, according to the data....

Madeline Holcombe, CNN

Women might lower their risk for cardiovascular disease by twice the amount as men with exercise

The benefits of exercise are great for everyone – but may be even better for women, according to a new study.

3 days ago

Catherine Rigby dies in avalanche...

Associated Press

Catherine ‘Kasha’ Rigby, a renowned telemark skier, dies in avalanche in Kosovo

Renowned skier and Utah resident, Catherine 'Kasha' Rigby died in an avalanche in Kosovo. She was 54 years old.

3 days ago

The first thing Sheriden wants you to consider is to only plant what you know you will eat. (Canva)...

Michelle Lee

Tips for gardening efficiently in small spaces

If you live on a small property, it can be challenging to build a nice, substantial garden for yourself. Fortunately, Horticulturist Sheriden Hansen has some tips.

6 days ago

three skiers on lift shown, snow in utah expected today...

Peter Johnston

Skiers rejoice! A foot of snow is coming to the northern Wasatch Mountains

Brighton, Park City and Solitude will see more than a foot of snow drop today, according to Ski Utah.

6 days ago

Difficult terrain signs read "John Paul," "Wildflower Downhill," and "Grizzly Downhill," directing ...

Mariah Maynes

Man dies as a result of injures from skiing off cliff outside Snowbasin

The skier was in the Mt. Ogden Bowl which features access to extreme cliffs, according to local officials.

9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Advocates urge snowmobile safety following two deaths this week