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Snowmobile Safety Tips

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Many snowmobile riders love the thrill of being in back country with the freshest snow possible, but even the most experienced rider can get stuck.

Which is why you should always be prepared in case of getting stranded.

Al Hoesel is the president of the Rough Riders Snowmobile Association.

He says snowmobilers getting stranded is nothing new.

He once broke his leg on top of a mountain and had to lay in the snow for hours before being flown off in a helicopter.

That's why all riders should carry the right equipment.

Hoesel says he carries a backpack full of essentials that he hopefully will never have to use but is prepared to in an extreme case.

It's full of food, extra gloves, and flags, stuff riders could need in an emergency.

He says snowmobile riders usually love going where the deepest snow is, but the sport can be dangerous.

"It's one of those deals, it is a thrill of being there and we get to see and go places that nobody ever gets to see or go to, so it's a lot of fun, but you have to be careful, be prepared." says Al Hoesel,, Rough Riders Snowmobile Association.

He says you can also pack along extra gasoline because it can be hard to find a place to fill up in rugged areas.

If you want more information on the rough rider association, check out their website,

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