First-Time Snowmobilers Snowmobile operation is simple to learn, but takes mastery to become a competent rider. The best way to learn to snowmobile is to ride with an experienced friend. However, in lieu of that, there are other ways to have an excellent first-time experience on a snowmobile. • Take a snowmobile safety course. All snowmobilers born after December 31, 1976, must have a safety training certificate. However, the course is informative and open to all snowmobilers. For more information, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/vehicle/snowmobile/. The website www. saferiderssafetyawareness.org also offers an online snowmobile safety program • Guided rides. Resorts that rent snowmobiles often provide guide services. This is a good way to become oriented to the machine and trail system. Places that rent snowmobiles often rent other snowmobile gear, such as jackets, boots and helmets • Call a club. Members of snowmobile clubs are often willing to take new snowmobilers on a ride in their area, especially during Take a Friend Snowmobiling week (January 21-29, 2017). A good way to thank a club for this kind of help is to join it. Find a list of clubs, organized by county, at www.mnsnowmobiler.org • Veterans Ride. Active-duty military and veterans can register to take part in the annual Veterans Appreciation Ride, typically held in January. There is limited space available. For more information, go to www. mnvetsnowmobileride.org. Snowmobile State Trail Sticker and Registration A state trail sticker is required for all snowmobiles on Minnesota’s groomed trails. The cost of registration, which includes a Minnesota trail sticker, is $113.50 every three years. Register your snowmobile in person at any deputy registrar of motor vehicles or at the DNR License Bureau in St. Paul. Know the make, model, year, serial number, engine size of the machine and have the sales receipt that shows the proof of sales tax payment. Renewals can be made online. Sales between private parties do not require payment of sales tax. Titles are not required to register a snowmobile. Snowmobiles registered in other states must purchase an Annual State Trail Sticker online, through the Minnesota DNR or at a licensing vendor. The cost is $51. For more information on registration and trail passes go to www.mndnr.gov or call 1-888-665-4236. For complete rules and regulations, call 1-888-MINNDNR, go to www.mndnr.gov or pick up a Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules & Regulations booklet at most licensing outlets. Gear Guide If you already participate in winter activities, you likely have much of what you need to stay warm and dry on a snowmobile adventure. The key is to cover as much skin as possible — frostbite is a real risk for any exposed flesh. Keep warm with hearty boots (snowboard boots work well), breathable under-layers, insulated pants and a wind-resistant jacket. Gloves provide better dexterity than mittens, and a balaclava will keep your head warm and reduce any chafing from your helmet. Be prepared for varying conditions and quick changes in weather. If dressed properly, snowmobilers can enjoy the outdoors no matter the temperature. Use a helmet specifically designed for snowmobiling; a lens on a motorcycle helmet is not made for winter temperatures. Carry a small emergency kit that includes a tow rope, first aid materials, a multi-tool, matches/firestarters and a space blanket. (Photo by Northwest Angle Edge Riders, Angle Inlet) Resources For trail information, conditions and trip planning assistance: Explore Minnesota 888-847-4866 (VISITMN) • www.exploreminnesota.com Minnesota DNR 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 • www.dnr.state.mn.us/snowmobiling Minnesota Department of Transportation Road Conditions: 800-542-0220 or dial 511 • www.dot.state.mn.us; www.511mn.org Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) 763-577-0185 • www.mnsnowmobiler.org AD INDEX AmericInn Listing AmericInn Silver Bay AmericInn Two Harbors Anoka Chamber Arctic Cat Arrowwood Lodge Brainerd Arrowwood Resort Alexandria 30 16 19 30 32 28 22 Cascade Lodge City of Proctor Country Inn Two Harbors Crooked Lake Resort Ely Chamber Explore Alexandria Grand Portage Lodge International Falls CVB 16 3 19 19 9 22 19 12 Iron Range Tourism Kabetogama Lake Kecs Kove Resort Kecs Kove Resort Knotted Pine Inn Lake Vermilion Resort Assn McQuoid’s Inn Melgeorges Resort 2 13 11 12 19 14 23 11 MnUSA Nor’Wester Lodge Pine Cone Lodge Ranier Muni Roseau CVB Silver Bay Tourism Superior Shores Lodge Thunderbird Lodge 17 15 22 13 27 16 19 12 Trestle Inn Two Harbors CVB Visit Grand Rapids Voyagaire Lodge Voyagaire Lodge White Oak Inn Willmar CVB 19 18 5 11 13 9 21 Winter 2017-18 7