There have been five deaths due to snowmobile crashes this year and Snoman, the snowmobilers’ club in Manitoba representing some 20,000 members, wants riders to be safe as they enjoy the last of the season.
There’s another few weeks when snowmobilers often get some riding in before spring sets in.
The most recent being the death of a seasoned snowmobiler from the RM of St. Clements in eastern Manitoba has heightened concern for snowmobile safety. However, the cause of the accident is not known at this time.
On Saturday morning, Feb. 29, Powerview RCMP responded to a report of a snowmobile collision on trail 220, northeast of Great Falls. A group of snowmobilers were out riding in the area when they came across a snowmobile and rider that was involved in a collision sometime overnight.
Officers, emergency personnel and Bird River Fire Department responded, and the 44-year-old male snowmobiler from the RM of St. Clements, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
It is believed that the male missed a turn, went into a treed area, and was thrown from his snowmobile, but the RCMP continue to investigate.
Snoman is urging snowmobilers to practice safety, check trail conditions and beware of thinning ice.
Their newsletter this week says:
There are a lot of areas that are experiencing low to no snow conditions and are not conducive to safe riding. If you do go riding, please use extreme caution and reduce your speed.
We recognize that this season has been a very short one and while that is disappointing, we encourage riders to stay safe and ride on trails that are open.
Also, be extremely careful on or near all waterways. Moving currents can cause ice breakup rapidly and changing conditions must be taken into consideration.