The potential dangers and threats to your life and health, while on a snowmobile outing, have become very real following two incidents in Wyoming in the past week. One ended in tragedy with the death of a Cheyenne, Wyoming woman. The other had a happy ending when two South Dakota men were rescued in good condition after running out of fuel. Before you unload your snowmobile it’s important to know the proper safety procedures for operating a snowmobile in the back country. Common sense applies, but there are crucial steps that you should take to keep yourself safe. First, regardless of ability level, it’s important to take an avalanche class so that you can properly identify the signs of an impending avalanche. Remember, it is not safe to ride a lone, and employing a buddy system, can help to ensure the safety of you and your partner. It is also important to pack the correct survival gear. In fact, preparing like you might spend the night out in the cold is recommended. Knowing your limits will also be a great benefit, try not to put yourself in positions that you are not comfortable with. Be aware of high altitudes as well, fatigue sets in faster the higher you go. Last but not least, make sure you are paying close attention to the weather, as systems will move in very quickly in the mountains. Keep these tips in mind during your future snowmobiling excursion and you will be sure to have a safe and fun time in the mountains. Look here for more information on snowmobile safety.