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Snowmobilers in a group ride

Crossing Ice in Groups

  • Avoid crossing frozen bodies of water whenever you can.
  • Never cross ice in single file. If the group leader falls through, single-file riders may not be able to respond quickly enough to keep from following the leader through the ice.
  • Learn the safe techniques of ice riding in Maneuvering on Different Terrains.

Organizing and Leading Groups

  • The most knowledgeable and experienced rider takes the lead. Trail leaders:
    • Guide the direction, pace, and length of the ride.
    • Alert the group to changing conditions and warn of potential hazards.
    • Avoid unnecessary risk by placing safety first.
    • Do not allow reckless behavior such as “horseplay” or passing within the group.
  • The last position of a group, called a “trail sweep,” is critical in maintaining proper spacing and leadership on the trail. This rider should be as experienced and knowledgeable as the trail leader.
  • Groups larger than 10 or 12 should split into smaller groups, each with a group leader and a trail sweep. Group sweeps report to group leaders. Group leaders, in turn, report to the trail leader.
  • Never leave anyone behind. Forcing riders to catch up increases accident risk.