Q: With winter finally here, and enough snow on the ground in most parts of the state to ride snowmobile. What are the educational requirements for the legal operation of a snowmobile?
A: Current statute requires anyone born after December 31, 1976 to take a safety-training course before operating a snowmobile on public lands or waters. Two courses are available. An 11-hour introductory course designed for the rider with little or no experience, which includes hands-on training, and an adult course for snowmobile operators 16 years of age and older. The adult course is offered as either a four-hour classroom session or on a new independent study CD-ROM. The adult course shows students the most common causes of snowmobile accidents in Minnesota, and how to avoid them. Information regarding snowmobile certification classes can be found on the DNR's Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.
- Dave Rodahl, DNR Division of Enforcement recreational vehicle coordinator