Monday, March 15, 2010

Snowmobiliers trigger avalanche

An avalanche triggered by snowmobilers killed at least two in Canada.

Sadly, this is becoming more common. To become a backcountry boarder or skier, you need a bit of fitness and to invest some time in the sport. Normally, you'll have some sketchy things happen to you and that will give you at least a little respect for the danger. Note - I said normally. There are always exceptions.

However, to enter the backcountry on a snowmobile, all you need is a line of credit. Unfortunately, the lives you endanger aren't always going to be your own.

A simple request to the states (and Canada): require a license to buy a snowmobile. To get the license, require a bit of knowledge - a test - to be sure you at least know better.

That won't solve everything but we would never allow folks to drive cars without licenses. Why are snowmobiles any different?

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