Registration deadline is today for snowmobile safety course

Photo: A 2018 Arctic Cat ZR 2000 will be awarded at the snowmobile safety course being conducted in Keweenaw County on Saturday.

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office is offering a free snowmobile safety course for youth ages 12 to 16 at the Ahmeek Village Hall. Upon completion of the course, students can earn their Michigan snowmobile certification after passing a simple test.

“We re-instituted the RV and snowmobile and safety classes that we discussed last year,” Sheriff Bill Luokkanen said. “This (snowmobile class) is for the 12-16-year-olds to get their ORV (off-road vehicle) or snowmobile certificate.”

In addition to the snowmobile certification opportunity, there will also be a drawing for a 2018 Arctic Cat ZR 200 snowmobile, which will be conducted at the end of the class. There is one entry per household.

“A local citizen actually donated a snowmobile,” Luokkanen said. “He did that to help us raise awareness and to get people to come to these classes, so we’re anticipating a really good turnout.”

The seven-hour safety class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Class size is limited to 30 students. Students must be at least 12-years old by end of 2018 to register.

If the class limit is reached, another class will be scheduled for February, and the snowmobile drawing will take place after the second class.

Those wishing to attend must register with the Sheriff’s Office by the end of the day Jan. 22 by calling 906-337-0528.

Lunch will be provided to students. The Michigan-approved certification is for those who will be operating a snowmobile without direct supervision of a person 21 years of age or older, and crossing any highway or street, at which times the certificate must be in the operator’s immediate possession.

The Arctic Cat ZR 200 is powered by a single-cylinder, 9-horsepower, 192cc Yamaha 4-stroke engine. Top speed is estimated at 30-34 mph, depending on rider and conditions.

It is equipped with a Hayes hydraulic disc brake, handlebar warmers and hi/lo headlights.

The class is being sponsored by the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Ahmeek Fire Department and Off-Road Rescue Unit.