ORILLIA, ON, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - With the onset of winter throughout much of
the province, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario
Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are advising snowmobilers that
early snow conditions are very risky and dangerous for riding: the
smart choice is not to ride a snowmobile anywhere this weekend.
According to the OFSC, while some locales have received considerable
snowfall, the ground underneath is not yet frozen properly. The snow
itself has little base or substance, thereby providing insufficient
protection from crevices, ruts, rocks, stumps or other hidden
obstacles. At least another full week of sub-zero temperatures and more
snow is needed before a few trails may be available for early season
The present situation means that no snow conditions anywhere in Ontario
are safe for snowmobiling at this time, including:
OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trails - All OFSC snowmobile trails are closed at this time and for the coming
weekend. The OFSC advises snowmobilers that riding on closed OFSC
trails on private property may result in trespass charges.
Lakes, Rivers, Swamps and Bogs - Waterways remain open or with not enough ice to support the weight of
a snowmobile or for travel across any frozen surface.
Off-Trail/Cross Country - Riding on other snow-covered places is not recommended. This no-go
advisory includes public roads, open fields, utility corridors and
The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario's highways, trails and
waterways through the reduction of preventable injury and death.
Initiatives are developed and delivered through the Provincial Traffic
Safety Program. Visit opp.ca for more information.
The OFSC is committed to proactive leadership in promoting safe,
responsible riding, on and off Ontario snowmobile trails, by building
safer snowmobiling knowledge, attitudes and behaviours through rider
education, safety legislation development and enforcement. For more
information, visit ofsc.on.ca.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information: For further information:
|Contact: ||OPP Sgt. Michael Price, Coordinator, Off-Road Safety Program|
| ||Provincial Support Unit|
| ||OPP Highway Safety Division|
|Phone: ||(705) 329-6127|
| ||OFSC: Leta Elsner|
| ||Phone: (705) 739-7669|