News Snowmobiling deaths have more than doubled in the last year SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, contributor, Wednesday, Mar. 8th, 2017 Photo Credit: Supplied The number of snowmobiling deaths in Ontario has more than doubled this winter. Twenty people have died, compared to eight last winter. The OPP says four of those deaths were due to sledders riding across frozen waterways, where they either hit open water or fell through the ice. 12 of the deaths were because of collisions with trees, rocks, or other sleds. The police are continuing to remind snowmobilers to be extremely cautious, especially as the weather starts to turn and the ice thins out. The OFSC is also asking riders to check the trail conditions online before heading out.