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Basic Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety
<ul><li>Justin Broglio </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong snowmobiler </li></ul><ul><li>National Ski Patroller </li></ul><ul><li>P...
Today’s Classroom 1. Preparing to ride 2. Knowing your sled 3. Basic Trail Riding 4. Off Trail Riding 5. Safety on the Sle...
What not to do...
 
Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>Section 1-2  </li></ul><ul>...
Your Sled Ice Scratchers Chain Breaks
Your Dash and Controls
Getting the Sled Ready
 
Getting Yourself Ready <ul><li>Be in good physical condition </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid riding when ill or fatigued </li></ul...
 
Loading & Trailering <ul><li>Secure trailer to vehicle </li></ul><ul><li>Check lights and safety chains </li></ul><ul><li>...
 
 
Six Safety Rules <ul><li>1 - Understand the mechanics of the snowmobile. </li></ul><ul><li>2 - Respects both its capabilit...
Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>Section 1  </li></ul><ul><l...
 
Starting the sled 1. Check the throttle is loose, not frozen or stuck. 2. Check all switches to proper positions and key i...
Riding Positions <ul><li>Sitting - safest, most common </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- feet flat on rails </li></ul></ul><ul><li>S...
Riding Positions <ul><li>One Knee - one knee on the seat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- used to shift weight </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Group Riding <ul><li>Always ride single file </li></ul><ul><li>Follow with 4-second rule </li></ul><ul><li>Raise your hand...
 
Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>Section 1  </li></ul><ul><l...
Trees (Boondocking) <ul><li>No Trails -  </li></ul><ul><li>Plan a route, start strong </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to adjust...
Throttle Control <ul><li>Ease into it </li></ul><ul><li>Feather it </li></ul><ul><li>Never pin it </li></ul><ul><li>Know y...
Creek/Water Crossing <ul><li>Approach with caution </li></ul><ul><li>Always look for another way </li></ul><ul><li>Scout t...
 
Powder <ul><li>Weight shifting </li></ul><ul><li>Track Floating </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t stop in open zones </li></ul><ul><...
Side hilling Only as needed -  Plan your route Look ahead Weight on the uphill side Steer away from the hill Dig in Don’t ...
Climbing Only as needed -  Plan your route Look ahead Weight on the uphill side Steer straight into the hill Dig in Don’t ...
 
 
 
Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>Section 1  </li></ul><ul><l...
 
Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>Section 6  </li></ul><ul><l...
Sierra Cement Heavy, Wet snow that  sticks to the sled, track and you. Slush causes overheating, burns belts.   Ice that c...
Backcountry - Avalanche Gear <ul><li>Pack </li></ul><ul><li>Shovel </li></ul><ul><li>Probe </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon </li><...
 
 
Today’s Field Work 1. Preparing to ride 2. Checking your sled 3. Basic Trail Riding 4. Off Trail Riding 5. Getting unstuck...
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  1. 1. Basic Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety
  2. 2. <ul><li>Justin Broglio </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong snowmobiler </li></ul><ul><li>National Ski Patroller </li></ul><ul><li>President - Sierra Avalanche Center </li></ul>
  3. 3. Today’s Classroom 1. Preparing to ride 2. Knowing your sled 3. Basic Trail Riding 4. Off Trail Riding 5. Safety on the Sled 6. Tahoe/Truckee Scenarios
  4. 4. What not to do...
  5. 6. Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Section 1-2 </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing to Ride </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing your Sled </li></ul>
  6. 7. Your Sled Ice Scratchers Chain Breaks
  7. 8. Your Dash and Controls
  8. 9. Getting the Sled Ready
  9. 11. Getting Yourself Ready <ul><li>Be in good physical condition </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid riding when ill or fatigued </li></ul><ul><li>Drink water throughout the ride </li></ul><ul><li>Outer Gear - </li></ul><ul><li>Standard winter gear </li></ul><ul><li>DOT 3 Approved Helmet </li></ul><ul><li>Boots </li></ul><ul><li>Gloves </li></ul><ul><li>Goggles or other Eyewear </li></ul><ul><li>Inner Gear - </li></ul><ul><li>Thermals, Socks, Helmet Liners </li></ul>
  10. 13. Loading & Trailering <ul><li>Secure trailer to vehicle </li></ul><ul><li>Check lights and safety chains </li></ul><ul><li>Tilt trailer (apply pressure) </li></ul><ul><li>Approach trailer - Line Up </li></ul><ul><li>Throttle onto the trailer </li></ul><ul><li>Set parking brake </li></ul><ul><li>Step off to the center </li></ul><ul><li>Step off trailer </li></ul><ul><li>Load second sled </li></ul><ul><li>Secure skis </li></ul><ul><li>Release parking brakes </li></ul><ul><li>Cover - Tie Down </li></ul>Routine Trailer Checks - Wheel bearings grease fittings Tire Pressure (proper PSI) Lug nuts tight Lights working correctly
  11. 16. Six Safety Rules <ul><li>1 - Understand the mechanics of the snowmobile. </li></ul><ul><li>2 - Respects both its capabilities and its limitations. </li></ul><ul><li>3 - Maneuver skillfully through a variety of conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>4 - Know and observe the laws governing snowmobiles. </li></ul><ul><li>5 - Use good judgment. </li></ul><ul><li>6 - Respect others and the environment. </li></ul>
  12. 17. Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Section 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Trail Riding </li></ul>
  13. 19. Starting the sled 1. Check the throttle is loose, not frozen or stuck. 2. Check all switches to proper positions and key is on. 3. Choke or prime as needed. 4. Pull the recoil starter with both hands. - Only pull until you feel resistance and pull back, then release without letting the handle snap. 5. If after 6-10 pulls the machine does not start, pump the throttle a few times and try again. 6. If after 12-15 pulls the machine does not start, stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks. stop and perform engine checks.
  14. 20. Riding Positions <ul><li>Sitting - safest, most common </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- feet flat on rails </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standing - only used to see ahead </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- during rough conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- in deep snow, hillsides </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- climbing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 21. Riding Positions <ul><li>One Knee - one knee on the seat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- used to shift weight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- tilt sled, overcorrect </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- in deep snow, hillsides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- climbing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Posting - semi sitting position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- used in rough terrain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- not sustainable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- similar to bmx/motorcross </li></ul></ul>
  16. 22. Group Riding <ul><li>Always ride single file </li></ul><ul><li>Follow with 4-second rule </li></ul><ul><li>Raise your hand for hazards </li></ul><ul><li>In steep terrain, leapfrog. </li></ul>Night Riding Check headlights Slow speed, adjust distance Headlights shine 200 ft Don’t override your lights Wear reflective gear
  17. 24. Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Section 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Off Trail Riding </li></ul>
  18. 25. Trees (Boondocking) <ul><li>No Trails - </li></ul><ul><li>Plan a route, start strong </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to adjust </li></ul><ul><li>Stand up </li></ul><ul><li>Throw your weight around </li></ul><ul><li>Go one at a time </li></ul>Trails there - Follow in the track Look ahead and Slow down Spread out Boondocking
  19. 26. Throttle Control <ul><li>Ease into it </li></ul><ul><li>Feather it </li></ul><ul><li>Never pin it </li></ul><ul><li>Know your power zones </li></ul><ul><li>Use your palm </li></ul>What to do if it gets stuck - Pull the tether, slam the stop button Jump off
  20. 27. Creek/Water Crossing <ul><li>Approach with caution </li></ul><ul><li>Always look for another way </li></ul><ul><li>Scout the in and out </li></ul><ul><li>Stand up - Feet back </li></ul><ul><li>Engage clutch </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let off </li></ul><ul><li>Follow through to the landing </li></ul>
  21. 29. Powder <ul><li>Weight shifting </li></ul><ul><li>Track Floating </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t stop in open zones </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t throttle out </li></ul><ul><li>Over-correcting </li></ul><ul><li>Opposite steering </li></ul>
  22. 30. Side hilling Only as needed - Plan your route Look ahead Weight on the uphill side Steer away from the hill Dig in Don’t let off the throttle
  23. 31. Climbing Only as needed - Plan your route Look ahead Weight on the uphill side Steer straight into the hill Dig in Don’t let off the throttle KNOW WHEN TO TURN OUT!!!
  24. 35. Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Section 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Safety on the sled </li></ul>
  25. 37. Suddenlink Snowmobile Training & Safety Training & Safety <ul><li>Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Section 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Truckee/Tahoe Scenarios </li></ul>
  26. 38. Sierra Cement Heavy, Wet snow that sticks to the sled, track and you. Slush causes overheating, burns belts. Ice that causes steering and track issues. Ice that covers creeks, lakes & meadows. Avalanches Deep Snow Powder Days Getting stuck. Getting lost. Getting tired.
  27. 39. Backcountry - Avalanche Gear <ul><li>Pack </li></ul><ul><li>Shovel </li></ul><ul><li>Probe </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon </li></ul><ul><li>First-aid Kit </li></ul><ul><li>Snow study kit </li></ul><ul><li>Snow saw </li></ul><ul><li>8-feet of thin rope </li></ul>
  28. 42. Today’s Field Work 1. Preparing to ride 2. Checking your sled 3. Basic Trail Riding 4. Off Trail Riding 5. Getting unstuck 6. Navigating terrain
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