The Sno-Eagles annually conducts a Wisconsin DNR snowmobile safety class in Eagle River. This year 21 students, some from as far away as Illinois, participated in the course on October 19th and 20th. They were taught by WDNR certified instructors Scott Linn, Chris Fuller, and Carole Linn.

The students learned some of the basics of snowmobiling such as snowmobile parts, snowmobile maintenance, and protective gear. They received instruction on riding positions, responsible riding, group riding, trail etiquette and emergency situations. Utilizing vision distorting lenses, “Drunk Buster” goggles allowed students to simulate the effects of alcohol consumption on the body. Another highlight was learning about ice safety, emergency situations and survival, and snowmobile safety. Dave Walz, WDNR Natural Resources Law Enforcement Supervisor, discussed and explained Wisconsin snowmobile laws. Jason Molle, Vilas County Sheriff’s Department Recreation Officer, served as a resource on Saturday.

Trackside of Eagle River donated three snowmobiles for the class that were utilized as training aids during the one-and-a-half-day course. This “hands-on” approach has been one of the successes of the class, allowing the students to work closely with instructors in small groups while learning about snowmobile parts and operation. During lunch and other breaks, students gathered around the snowmobiles to study and review with each other.

Lunch was provided by several local restaurants; Buckshot’s, Sweetwater, and House of Dogs. Each of these establishments generously donated pizzas for the class. Having the pizza lunch brought the students together allowing them to socialize with old and new friends. In addition, Trig’s donated the soda, and club members provided cookies and brownies. At the end of class, all 21 students passed the exam and are eager for the snowmobile season to begin!