The snowmobile season is upon us: FCMQ invites snowmobilers to be cautious

Terrebonne, December 20, 2018– Regions throughout Quebec will soon be in the midst of the next snowmobile season, we already have a few centimeters of snow on the ground in some regions! The wait has been long and we must be patient in order to have beautiful trails. We still need a few important elements before we can fully enjoy snowmobiling. We need for the ground to freeze and be covered with a fair amount of snow to cover the elements that may affect the safety of users. Furthermore, groomers need to get out and make several passes in order to adequately prepare the trails. Enthusiasm should not exceed caution and vigilance. The Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (FCMQ) reminds snowmobilers to exercise caution and awareness, particularly on bodies of water, notably by not riding on trails which have not yet been staked by club volunteers.

Club volunteers are currently hard at work preparing the trails for the coming season. Snowmobilers are thus advised to contact their local club in order to confirm the official opening of their trails. Whether it is via its Web site (www.fcmq.qc.ca), its Facebook page or its iMotoneige mobile app, the FCMQ provides various means for snowmobilers to verify trail conditions throughout the season.

Events planned for January 2019

Snowmobile club and FCMQ provincial trail wardens will be undertaking joint patrols on the weekend of January 19th and 20th as part of the « Snowmobile trails Open House » event, as well as January 20th to 27th for “International Snowmobile Safety Week”. The FCMQ and its partners in safety will be present on the trails, in clubhouses and licensed areas, among others, dispensing advice on safe and responsible riding practices.

Safety, an investment for life!

Bertrand Godin, proud spokesperson for snowmobile safety for the FCMQ, will be present this winter to promote safe snowmobile practices. "We will be more than 100,000 enthusiasts who will cross the 33,000 km of marked trails this winter, and on behalf of the Federation of snowmobile clubs of Quebec, I urge you to be extra careful. Plan your rides, stay on marked trails, respect the posted speed limits and be alert at all times. " Snowmobilers are invited to follow FCMQ social media to stay informed.

Keep right, respect the posted speed limits, plan your rides, do not consume alcohol and drugs, etc ... a lot of information on good safety practices are available to snowmobilers on the FCMQ website (www.fcmq .qc.ca).

About the FCMQ

The Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec, a sectorial tourism association, is a not-for-profit organisation that has been serving its members for more than 44 years. It is dedicated to the development and promotion of safe snowmobiling throughout Quebec. The FCMQ defends the interests of its 200 member clubs and their 100,000 individual members. More than 4,500 volunteers contribute in excess of 800,000 hours annually towards the maintenance of the provincial snowmobile trail network.

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Media relations - Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (FCMQ)
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