DELAVAN -- A load of fresh powder, its exactly what can get snowmobilers excited for a Tuesday but with new snow this season comes new warnings.
"He fell in and died," said Curtiss Vergenz.
Like many who stay out on the ice Vergenz knows a story of when something went wrong.
"He went through the ice on a snowmobile and he was a guide and he fell in and drowned."
According to the DNR this winter is the deadliest in 3 years. This weekend 2 snowmobilers were hospitalized after hitting ice heaves, another died after his snowmobile went under the water.
Jason Roberts with the DNR says one of the biggest problems they encounter are people who are unfamiliar with the ice, safe ice for snowmobiling he says is 6-8 inches.
With fresh snow expected they're ready to reinforce a message about safety, he says be familiar go slow, do not drink, and more than ever he stresses being prepared
"So many die trying to save other people so I think for everyone's interest the ability to self-rescue is essential."