Muskoka snowmobile official urges riders to be cautious as trails start to open
More snowmobile trails in Muskoka could be open for riders this weekend.
But, Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club District 7 Vice President Larry Horton says that doesn’t mean they’re totally safe. Horton says if trails are listed as having limited availability on the OFSC website you need to be cautious when you’re riding on them. He says the trails may be littered with rocks, tree branches and other debris that hasn’t been groomed off.
Horton says a few factors have held up grooming operations for some of the trails in this district. He says trails with heavy tree canopies don’t have much snow, which makes it difficult to groom and a lot of rivers where trails cross haven’t frozen over. Despite the holdup, Horton says the trails are opening a lot sooner than they did last year. Last January, unusually warm weather caused a lot of snow to melt and trails were closed in Muskoka for most of the month.
Snowmobile officials and police say you should always check the OFSC website for trail conditions before going out for a ride.