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Some thoughts on ice safety


During a typical winter, we see a mix of vehicle and ATV traffic each day – only you can decide your safety tolerance for driving on ice. While the ice is NEVER technically “safe”, you can make your trip safer by taking a few easy precautions:

1. KEEP YOUR SPEED DOWN – low 20’s seem the best. Fast driving can damage the existing ice as a “wave” builds up and can exploit ANY flaw, creating a new hazard where there was not one before. When you see these fools driving at highway speeds on the ice, be assured that they are only speeding up the process of natural selection.

2. Take your seatbelt off – we’ve all had it pounded into our head about wearing our seatbelts... DON'T DO IT ON THE ICE!

3. Spread out a bit when you park – too much weight in a small area is no good. Flooding becomes common and in extreme cases the ice can give out.

4. Check with your resort BEFORE you access the lake. Any good resort checks their roads regularly – often several times per day. If they tell you to stay off a particular area, heed their advice. It’s not that they don’t want you out there... quite the opposite – they want you to be safe and come back next time.

**** This is a good place to note that we should NEVER DRILL HOLES IN/ON/NEAR A ROAD!!! This is not some quirk that the resorters dreamed up, rather a very real problem. By drilling in or near a road it can hasten "cracking" or flooding of the road. This goes for the areas next to the wind rows too. Chances are, this section of the road may have to be closed and re-routed, assuming there is enough "good" ice left to put a road through.

Be safe - use common sense - have fun!




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