Last season, 6 of Idaho's 7 avalanche fatalities involved snowmobile riders. Nationally, snowmobile riders made up 47% of last season's total avalanche deaths. With more and more snowmobile riders accessing backcountry terrain every year, this number is bound to increase.
The goal of this survey is to understand the attitudes of snowmobile riders toward the use of basic avalanche safety gear (avalanche beacon, probe, & shovel) in order to produce more effective education materials and help make backcountry riding safer.
Until recently, avalanche safety education has been focused on backcountry skiers. Avalanche educators now seek to understand the specific, unique needs of backcountry snowmobile riders to produce classes and materails that will benefit the snowmobile community as well.
Your participation in this survey will help avalanche educators create education opportunities specifically designed for you and other snowmobile riders, and ultimately help make backcountry snowmobiling safer in the future.