The Importance of Established Snow Trails

Each snowfall brings fresh powder to play in. While the world might look like a winter wonderland, deviating from established trails can harm you, others and the outdoors. If you’re traveling by foot or snowshoeing, be careful not to damage existing ski tracks, groomers and skier’s have worked hard to establish them.

When traveling in backcountry snow areas, regardless of your activity, make sure to have a map ready and dress warmly to avoid hypothermia. It is also a good idea to check on avalanche conditions before heading out, it could help you avoid a life threatening situation.

When traveling by snowmobile, l. Look out for areas that have inadequate snow coverage.

Always comply with signs and respect barriers in the area. Motorized vehicles are prohibited from designated Wilderness Areas, even though signs can end up snow covered and hard to see.  Using the buddy system is a good idea in case of injury but, remember, only one person at a time on slopes.

The snow shouldn’t limit anyone from having a great time, so be safe, have fun and Tread Lightly!

For tips on backcountry snow safety go to tips-for-responsible-backcounty-snowsports/. For more tips on sharing the snow go to

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About treadlightlyoutdoors

Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. The organization was launched in 1985 by the US Forest Service and became a nonprofit organization in 1990. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly!’s core focus is on supporting and encouraging stewardship from those engaged in outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waterways. The organization offers unique programs and services to help remedy growing recreation issues. The federal government officially recognizes the organization as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles.
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