(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Across Wyoming, winter can be a beautiful but dangerous season. Over the weekend, two Teton County skiers were killed
, bringing the total number of
deaths this winter in that area to five.
And in Casper, a man recently succumbed to hypothermia
within city limits.
In that vein, Bighorn National Forest has shared the following rules and
tips for safe winter recreation in the forest.
- Be prepared for the worst by carrying extra food and water, warm, dry
clothing, and making sure your vehicle is equipped for winter travel
- Check the weather forecast and road conditions
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Don’t ride, ski, or snowshoe alone
- Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return
- Most areas of the forest are outside cell phone coverage, so don’t
rely on a cell phone for communication
- Carry a SPOT device
- Snowmobilers, snowshoers, and skiers should carry an avalanche beacon,
a shovel, and a probing pole
- Carry a GPS unit and a map
- Snowmobilers should carry tools and an extra clutch belt
- If visibility is poor, don’t go. If visibility deteriorates, stay put
until conditions improve, or proceed with extra caution.
“Whether your interest is snowmobiling, skiing, or just enjoying the quiet
beauty of the forest, we think the Bighorn National Forest is a special
place in the winter,” said Dave McKee, recreation program manager for the
*Pitchengine Communities photo*