Snowmobile seminar set for Friday in Summit |

Snowmobile seminar set for Friday in Summit

Daily staff report
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” Snowmobile safety will come to the forefront on Friday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

Silverthorne Powersports will be hosting a seminar on snowmobile safety presented by members of the Search and Rescue team, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the U.S. Forest Service and various safety-equipment vendors.

“Snowmobiles are allowing people to go farther into the backcountry and higher up on steeper slopes,” said Mike Stoveken, owner of Silverthorne Powersports. “There is more danger out there, and people (who) may be not as familiar with safety are getting into more dangerous situations. So we are hoping to be able to pass along some of that information.”

The seminar will cover avalanche-safety tips, what to do if a rider gets lost, if a rider’s snowmobile gets caught in a tree well and the new technology available to help riders.

The class will be specifically for snowmobilers, Stoveken said, and riders who may have attended a ski-safety seminar will not be listening to an exact replica of that presentation.

“Snowmobilers are going to get on the machine, go out and have fun, but there are things they can be aware of,” he said. “Like what to do, what not to do in a group if there is a slide and someone gets buried.”

The seminar also will cover the equipment that snowmobilers should have handy should they get caught overnight.

“People do get lost out in the backcountry while snowmobiling, and they need to have certain equipment with them if they do get stuck overnight,” Stoveken said. “It could be a whole bunch of stuff … (like) satellite locator devices … Every year, the technology has gone further and further, so it makes it a little bit safer.”

The seminar will require advance purchase of tickets to attend. Tickets will cost $25, and the majority of the proceeds will go towards the groups putting on the presentation.

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