Here at Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours, we’re firm believers that there are few things more thrilling than spending a day exploring the Alaskan wilderness from the back of a snowmobile. It’s a great way to traverse the rugged terrain in our area and get a first-hand look at the beautiful native wildlife. It’s important to remember, however, that our good time shouldn’t come at the expense of others. That’s why snowmobilers have established a few simple guidelines for conduct to help us all coexist on the trail.
Never Stop on Curves
If you need to stop to take a break, always pull over on straight sections of the trail so that other approaching riders can see you clearly. Parking on corners where you are less visible can be very dangerous both to yourself and other riders.
Yield to Uphill Riders
Climbing a steep hill on a snowmobile can be challenging enough without having to worry about other riders charging down the hill in your general direction. Take a moment to pause when you reach the crest of a hill. If you see riders coming uphill towards you, go easy on the accelerator and give them plenty of room to pass.
Be Mindful of Property Lines
Don’t ride on private property unless you’ve gained the express permission of the property owner. Fortunately, there are plenty of devoted snowmobile trails in our area so this shouldn’t be an issue in most cases.
Give Pedestrians the Right of Way
On the trail, a pedestrian might be anything from a snowshoer to a cross-country skier. Always give people on foot a wide berth, and pass them slowly and cautiously.
Hold Your Fellow Riders Accountable
If you see other snowmobilers riding illegally or unscrupulously, don’t be afraid to say something to local authorities! We all have a responsibility to one another and to the environment.
Snowmobile season is here again, and we couldn’t be more excited. We hope to see you soon!