We have a growing fleet of snowmachines at Toolik. Researchers should plan ahead before arriving and check with our department to see that a machine is available. March through May is our busiest time for snowmachines and often every machine is checked out. We also carry a large assortment of sleds to haul your gear.
Those planning to use a Toolik snowmachine should review the following notes:
- A BLM and/or DNR snowmachine permit is required, unless you are only using a machine on Toolik Lake or the road to the old runway. A copy of your permit(s) must be provided to Science Support staff before a machine will be checked out. The BLM/DNR permitting process can be slow, get your application in to them well ahead of time.
- A hands-on operator orientation is required every year, for every machine operator. Those that have not had an orientation are not allowed to use a Toolik machine. Plan 30 minutes for this the morning after you arrive in camp for everyone in your group that may need to drive a machine. For reference on what the orientation covers, click here.
- We have a wide variety of machines in our fleet, and staff try to balance these to best fit your application for the benefit of all users. Use the machine to which your group is assigned.
- If during peak season, contacting us ahead of time to reserve a machine is highly recommended. Reservations are currently made by simply emailing the Science Support department. Please include a brief description of how many people, your work site, dates, and other relevant info. It is also helpful to include a note on any past snowmachine experience, or lack thereof.
Our staff is also available to help with heavy material hauling, trail-breaking, and field assistance for stuck or broke-down machines.