Fat Bikes in the Winter:
- Ride only where winter biking is permitted by the land manager or private property owner. Purchase a pass if necessary and never trespass.
- Obey land manager rules. If you don’t know, find out before you go.
- Do not ride on ski only trails.
- If you are leaving ruts deeper than an inch on a multi-use trail, turn back.
- Be courteous and yield to other snow travelers.
Basic Guidelines for a Fat Biking on Snow:
- Tires should be 3.5 inches or wider with typically less than 10 PSI; i.e., enough floatation to travel over snow without leaving a rut deeper than one inch.
- Have sufficient traction for safe bike control.
- Do not ride in or on classic ski tracks.
- Leave room for skiers to pass (don’t ride side-by-side blocking the trail).
Riding on Snowmobile Trails:
- Support the Sawtooth Snowmobile Club; buy a $32 permit for trail grooming and maintenance efforts.
- Wearing a front white blinker and rear red blinker is advisable for safety, as is wearing reflective material on both sides of your body.
- Stay to the far right of the trail and yield to snowmobiles.
- Be prepared. Winter travel in the backcountry requires carrying proper gear and dressing properly.
- Use caution when riding at night. Be visible and use bright lights.
Riding on Natural Terrain and in the Backcountry:
- Do not ride through sensitive wildlife habitats, such as deer and elk wintering habitat. Learn about sensitivities of the area before you ride.
- Riding on frozen water can be extremely dangerous. Learn safe ice travel.
- Understand changing conditions. New snowfall or warming temperatures can make the return trip much more difficult. Tire tracks can be covered, hard snow can turn to slush, rivers can start to melt. Always know the forecast and be aware of how changing conditions might alter the safe passage of your route.
- Let people know. Make sure someone else knows where you are going, when you left and when you expect to return.