Posts ByMarty Anderson, Author at Mountain Sledder | Page 2 of 3
Long before the magnificent mountain machines we ride today were produced, our roots were formed on frozen lakes and fields. There, weekend warriors would battle for supremacy on one of over 100 brands of new snowmobile. And while many did not directly contribute to the design of our current machines, they ALL contributed to the growth in popularity of our sport.
We demand better sleds, we demand that our brand of choice keeps up with its competition, and we demand that our sleds get faster, lighter and better handling every year. Is the downside to this a shortened development time in a race to get new ideas to market?
This time however, the silence is different. Instead of being enlightening, it is oppressive and crushing. This time you are alone without being alone. This silence is not peaceful and the reflection is focused on regret; regret that you didn’t make time for that avalanche training last year when you could have.
Time marches on and special people that teach us a little about life will continue to pass through our world. Some of these people we will forget and others will leave long-lasting impressions on us. It is up to us to recognize these people and their lessons, for they certainly have no way of knowing the impact that they may have on our lives. You may not even realize what you’ve learned from them until it’s too late to show them your appreciation—when you pull into a familiar old place with a fluorescent green estate sale sign in the driveway.
Your club has been out cutting trees off of the trails, checking bridges and installing culverts, repairing gates and cleaning parking lots. They’ve been brush cutting and clearing, making sure signs and trail markers are visible and safe. Even those outhouses—you know, the ones that save you from a truly embarrassing trailside accident after three gas station burritos—even those need to be cleaned, repaired and stocked by somebody.
The aftermarket parts companies make their business on the wayward nature of sledders. In producing parts, they have the added freedom of playing by a different set of rules than the manufacturer is subject to; they are (to a point) allowed to work outside of set limits when it comes to noise, emissions, longevity and even—to some extent—price.
Polaris Industries released its new 600R snocross sled upon the world this past week at Haydays. But why would mountain riders care about that? Here’s why: oftentimes new technology on the manufacturers’ flagship racers will trickle down to our favourite mountain maulers. Enter the new (to sleds at least) Walker Evans Velocity shocks. …
Many snowmobilers have other motorized hobbies to help pass the arduously long summer days while we wait for the snow to return. This is a necessity as true throttle junkies will go stark raving mad if they don’t have some outlet for burning fuel and raising adrenalin levels. These summer …
Any storm dropping in excess of 20cms of snow will put this protocol in effect. If there is a sunny day following within 48 hours then that day shall automatically be deemed a provincial holiday. You don’t even need to call your boss, just go ride.
If you are worried about the next generation getting hooked on snowmobiling, here are a few easy things you can do to help prevent it.