Ice heaving causes concern for sledders

By Roger White
December 23, 2016 - 12:00pm

With local temperatures rising and falling drastically the past few weeks, conditions for snowmobiles are less than ideal.

Members of a local snowmobiling club want to warn sledders to use caution when venturing out this winter, especially in areas such as Jack Fish.

As the weather temperatures fluctuate, the ice on Jack Fish lake heaves and forms hard ridges, which can be dangerous for those enjoying the sport.

“The ice heaves happen every year,” says Dale Woytiuk of the Battleford Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club. “It can be very dangerous if you hit the ridges at high speeds. So if everyone just slows down this winter there should be no problems.”

Those not familiar with the phenomenon can be startled, Woytiuk pointed out, because when the ice heaves the sound can sometimes resemble thunder in the distance.

Another popular snowmobiling area, Lehman Creek can also be cause for concern, according to Woytiuk.

“Just watch for running water and thin ice when you are near Lehman Creek. Just pay attention to your surroundings.”

According to there have been 14 snowmobile fatalities in Saskatchewan since 2012.

Improper use of the vehicle and alcohol consumption are reported as the two major causes of accidents along trails in Canada.


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