Frequently Asked Questions
Please scroll down to find answers to some of our most commonly heard questions…
Who are we?
What do we do?
Why should I sign up?
But I don’t own a snowmobile?
How many people can I put on a Family Membership?
How much time do I need to volunteer?
Do I need to buy a membership or trail pass to snowmobile in the Yukon?
Do I need to register and insure my snowmobile?
Where are the snowmobile trails?
What about ATVs and side by sides?
What’s all this about a Trans Canada Trail, The Great Trail, and what’s the difference?
Is snowmobiling dangerous?
Aren’t snowmobiles bad for the environment?
We should have a race!
A trail I use needs work.
I’m looking for someone to go riding with.
Still have questions?
Who are we? We are the Klondike Snowmobile Association, also known locally as simply the K.S.A. We are a volunteer operated non-profit organization formed in 1981 to represent snowmobilers in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Our mission is to “protect, develop and enhance the sport and recreation of snowmobiling in the Yukon.” The Klondike Snowmobile Association is proudly Yukon based, our board of directors is entirely volunteers, and the vast majority of our work is done by volunteers.
What do we do? We represent Yukon snowmobilers at local, national and international meetings and consultations, we organize a variety of community snowmobile rides and events, we groom and maintain multi-use trails throughout the Yukon, we are the Trans Canada Trail agent for the Yukon, and we actively promote snowmobile safety and education.
Why should I sign up? When you join the Klondike Snowmobile Association your membership fees go directly to supporting multi-use trails throughout the Yukon, the Trans Canada Trail, community snowmobile events, snowmobile education and safety programs, and a strong, unified voice for Yukon snowmobilers. Also, “how many members do you represent?” is a very common question when lobbying governments or applying for funding, so the more members we have the stronger our voice becomes. In return for your support you’ll receive a long list of membership benefits which includes discounts on gas, clothing, food, rentals, hotels, and more. Our membership benefits apply year-round to all Klondike Snowmobile Association members, no snowmobile required!
… but I don’t own a snowmobile? You don’t need to own a snowmobile and you don’t need to be a snowmobiler to join the Klondike Snowmobile Association! When you join the Klondike Snowmobile Association a wide variety of user groups will benefit from your support, and our membership benefits apply year-round to all members, no snowmobile required.
How many people can I put on a Family Membership? There is no limiting number, as long as it’s within reason. Our Family Membership option is intended for groups of people living at the same residence, such as you and your immediate family or a small group of roommates.
How much time do I need to volunteer? When you join the Klondike Snowmobile Association volunteering your time with us is completely optional. You can volunteer as many or as few hours as you’d like.
Do I need to buy a membership or trail pass to snowmobile in the Yukon? No. Our trails are built and maintained by our volunteer snowmobilers, but they are open to the public and we have designated them as “multi-use trails”, so they are free for anyone and everyone to enjoy.
Do I need to register and insure my snowmobile? In the Yukon valid registration and public liability insurance is required any time you operate a snowmobile on or across a road. Additionally, registration and insurance is required for snowmobiles operating anywhere within Whitehorse city limits. Regardless of whether or not it is mandatory for the area you are riding in the K.S.A. does recommend you register your snowmobile and highly recommends you carry public liability insurance for your snowmobile at all times.
Where are the snowmobile trails? Each and every trail the Klondike Snowmobile Association builds and maintains is considered “multi-use”. Snowmobiling is our priority, but we are always willing to share.
What about ATVs and side by sides? We are not an ATV club, but we do know these are popular in the Yukon and our experience has shown that many snowmobilers also own an ATV and/or side by side. ATV users are encouraged to join the Klondike Snowmobile Association and ATVs on wheels are welcome to use the trails during the summer months. Each and every trail the Klondike Snowmobile Association builds and maintains is considered “multi-use”, our only exception is motorized wheeled vehicles are not allowed on the trails from November 1st through March 31st, because they cause too much damage to the groomed snow base. Once winter sets in it often takes our volunteers several hours to re-groom a trail after just one or two wheeled vehicles have gone through. ATVs and side by sides fitted with tracks may use the trails year-round, ATVs and side by sides with wheels are welcome on the trails outside of the snow season.
What’s all this about a Trans Canada Trail, The Great Trail, and what’s the difference? The Great Trail is the world’s longest multi-use recreational trail, and it connects Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast. The Trans Canada Trail is an organization based in Montreal responsible for the development of The Great Trail. The Great Trail began in 1992 as the Trans Canada Trail however it was re-branded as The Great Trail in 2016, with Trans Canada Trail remaining the name of the organization behind it. In 2017 full nation-wide connection was achieved, and The Great Trail is now over 20,000 km of continuous multi-use trail. The Klondike Snowmobile Association is proud to be the Yukon agent for the Trans Canada Trail, and the Yukon is home to over 1,600 km of The Great Trail. For more information, check out our Great Trail page!
Is snowmobiling dangerous? Every physical activity, every outdoor activity, and every motorized activity has risks, and snowmobiling is no exception. Wearing appropriate safety gear and learning safe riding techniques is absolutely required for any snowmobile ride. However, snowmobiling is not nearly as dangerous as many people like to make it sound. In the Yukon it is extremely rare for non-snowmobilers to be hurt by a snowmobile, and as for snowmobilers themselves in a typical winter the Yukon’s emergency rooms actually see far more skiers, snowboarders and cyclists than they do snowmobilers. For more information check out the Safety section of our website!
Aren’t snowmobiles bad for the environment? Modern snowmobiles actually have a surprisingly small impact on the environment. During snowmobile season most of the terrain that snowmobiles travel over is frozen and then protected by a layer of snow. Today’s snowmobile manufacturers spend millions of dollars engineering their snowmobiles to stay on top of that snow, and a typical snowmobile will actually exert less pressure on the ground than a person walking. To further reduce environmental impact the Klondike Snowmobile Association strongly encourages all of our members to make use of pre-existing trails as much as possible and to avoid any areas designated as environmentally sensitive. Modern snowmobiles also feature engines that run much cleaner and more efficient than those from the past. Almost all snowmobiles currently in production make use of on board computers, direct injection, and a variety of other technologies that result in efficient and clean burning engines which easily meet or exceed today’s air quality guidelines.
We should have a race! At this time the Klondike Snowmobile Association does not get involved with racing. The insurance requirements for organized racing far exceed our current insurance budget, and we currently don’t have enough volunteer availability to organize and host them. We do host several group rides over the winter, but they are just for fun events and not competitions.
A trail I use needs work. Almost all of our trail work is done by unpaid volunteers. We are always open to suggestions on which trails need work, and your trail condition reports do help us decide which trails to work on next. However, in recent years we have not had enough volunteers to do all of the trail maintenance that has been requested by our members. We are actively seeking more volunteers to fill a variety of rolls, so if you know of a trail that needs work and have some time to help out with it, we’d love to hear from you!
I’m looking for someone to go riding with… We love seeing our members get together for snowmobile rides! You can check out our Events page for a list of group rides coming up, they are a great way to meet sledding friends. Another great way to meet sledding friends is simply post on our Facebook page when and where you want to go riding, and see who answers!
Still have questions? Contact us and ask away! We strive to be open, transparent and welcoming. You can contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone or text us at 867 667 7680, post on our page or send us a message through Facebook at facebook.com/klondikesnowmobile, find us on Twitter @KSAyukon, come see us at any of our Events, or come out to one of our monthly meetings (dates, times and locations are posted on our Events page).