You must be 12 years of age to have a valid snowmobile safety certificate. Anyone ages 11 through 15 may take the course (View Courses).
Before you head out:
Before you head there here are a few things to watch out for when you're out in the snow.
- Always be alert of potential danger. Your helmet and engine noise can impair your hearing.
- It is hard to see during snow fall and night driving. Don't assume what someone else will do.
- Make sure you and your riders are safe. Expect the unexpected!
Watch out for:
- Grooming equipment
- Oncoming snowmobiles
- Unforeseen obstacles under the snow
- Blind driveways, corners, intersections and stops
- Road and Railway crossings
- Heavy equipment such as tractors, snowplows, and trucks
- Snow banks, drifts, and ditches
- Trees, branches, power poles on the trails
- Wildlife and domestic animals
- Other trail users (skiers, hikers)
- Thin ice, avoid lakes and rivers if possible
- Night riding, becoming disoriented or lost
- Hypothermia- Wear warm clothing, polypropylene, thermal underwear, wool, wind proof outer garments
- Avoid cotton and sweat shirts. They retain water and won't keep you warm
- Snow blindness, wear proper eye protection
- Frostbite- wear liners in your boots and mitts
View more information on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources snowmobile safety training page.