3 people killed in snowmobile crashes over weekend, officials say

Wis. snowfall boosts snowmobile registrations
Trails remain closed

MADISON, Wis. — Three people were killed over the weekend in snowmobile crashes around the state, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

So far, 17 people have died in snowmobiling crashes this season. Officials said February is often the deadliest month for snowmobilers; there have been nine snowmobile fatalities so far this month.

“Safe snowmobiling means you must operate within your specific capabilities, operating at safe following distances when riding with others and use the right speeds for the terrain, daylight or night riding,” said DNR Conservation Warden Lt. Martin Stone, administrator for the DNR’s Off-Highway Vehicle program. “Wardens and partner law enforcement recreational patrols are on those trails, working to keep the trails safe and fun for all to enjoy. We always ask that people ride responsibly.”

The DNR is reminding snowmobilers that fluctuating temperatures, snowfalls and snow melts have made for quickly-changing terrain on snowmobile trails around the state.

According to the DNR, alcohol, excess speed, driver inexperience or operator error are the leading causes of snowmobile fatalities.