minimum ice thickness
Visit the MN DNR webpage (new window) for ice safety tips and to see a chart showing recommended minimum ice thickness.

video of penguin hijinks

What to do if you fall through the ice:

We've come across 3 dramatic videos:

Cold Water Survival -- Strategies for survival if you fall through ice (YouTube Link)

You’re Out, Now What? How to survive a night in the forest after losing your snowmobile through the ice (4.2 MB Real Media download)

Getting That Sinking Feeling - The importance of proper outerwear to keep you afloat and alive when snowmobiling (3.8 MB Real Media download)

(These YouTube Videos originally aired on Discovery Channel Canada. Videos will open and play in new windows) These videos may be used for educational purposes only and may not be sold or rented. Clips courtesy: Discovery Channel Canada

Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manitoba Winnipeg where he studies human responses to exercise/work in extreme environments. He acted as a Cold Weather Columnist for the Discovery Channel Canada.

You can visit Dr. Giesbrecht's webpage to learn more.

Read the article about Dr. Giesbrecht in Outside Magazine, January 2003: "Meet Prof. Popsicle"