Whether you are conquering the backcountry or taking in the scenery on a trail, Arctic Cat® endorses and encourages the safe use of all vehicles. Wherever you are riding, you should be prepared to ride safely. This includes the use of the below non-negotiable safety equipment that every rider should have:
- Warm and protective base layers
- Wind and waterproof outer layers
- Safety accessories: gloves, chest protector, helmet and goggles
- First Aid Kit
Being prepared to ride safely also includes having a plan, an understanding of the weather and snow conditions, and making sure your equipment is maintained. Remember to leave the fancy riding to the pros; they’ve practiced for years and train very hard to make it look easy. Never attempt to replicate these maneuvers or encourage others to do so. It’s easy to be blinded by the thrill and fun of hitting the snow on an Arctic Cat, but taking the extra time to be prepared to ride can sometimes make all the difference. So, get out, have fun, and enjoy a safe ride!
Riding snowmobiles in the backcountry is like a match made in heaven. Sleds today can take you and your crew into the deepest reaches of the ranges, delivering an experience like none other. With that freedom, comes the responsibility to manage the safe return for everyone in your group.
Avalanches pose a specific risk to mountain riders. Here is a list of required gear that EVERYONE in your group needs to have before entering avalanche terrain:
In many cases, the routes we follow to get to our favorite zones pass through avalanche terrain. The powder fields and tree lines are often surrounded by overhanging avalanche danger, too. Having the proper gear is one thing, but having the training and education to recognize avalanche terrain and manage your routes through the mountains is required to ensure that your adventure does not end in disaster.
On average, 27 people are killed by avalanches in North America each year with 10 or more of those deaths on a snowmobile or snow bike (CAIC stats page). That’s why Arctic Cat has made AIARE, the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, our official avalanche safety partner. Arctic Cat believes that avalanche safety is a top priority and that everyone should be educated before riding in the mountains.
Match your outing/ride/play zone to the abilities and experience of the group.
Figure out where there’s unstable snow.
Make sure you carry the proper gear with you.
Explore the training options available through AIARE to ensure you are riding safe.