(Barrie, ON – November 14, 2018) - With early snow on the ground in some parts of Ontario, winter’s on the way and so is the 2019 snowmobiling season. But it’s not time to start sledding yet, so for safety’s sake and to avoid trespass on farmlands and other private property, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) cautions snowmobilers to keep their sleds parked and stay off OFSC trails because they are not yet available to ride.
Even going for a short snowmobile ride can be very dangerous at this time of year with existing conditions. The ground, waterways and swamps are not frozen yet, nor is there enough snow base to protect yourself or your sled from terrain irregularities or other obstacles. Grooming operations have not started yet, so no OFSC trails are available to ride and all access to trails on private property remain closed. Snowmobilers are also reminded to stay off public roads and avoid trespassing on farmers’ fields.