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Brand Bashing – Stereotypes, Puns and Poor Taste

January 15, 2018 |

However, there are some who practice brand bashing with sincerity. In perhaps a misguided attempt to be funny, or possibly in a jealous attempt to justify their own poor choices, some sledders will go to great lengths to find issues with competing brands. These issues are often then exaggerated into preposterousness.Read More

10 Things a Real Mountain Sledder Would Never Do

January 2, 2018 |

Are you truly a real mountain sledder? Or just a willow-bashing wannabe, who happens to hit a hill every once in a while? Here are ten ways to find out.Read More

Why Backcountry Freestyle Snowmobiling Didn’t Exist 20 Years Ago

December 21, 2017 |

You hit the ramp as fast as your sled will take you and immediately pull back on the bars, stretching to look around the rotation and spot your landing. At this point you realize that rider forward sleds with a centralized mass would rotate much easier than this nose-heavy tub you are riding.Read More

Roots of Mountain Snowmobiling at the World Snowmobile Headquarters

December 15, 2017 |

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.Read More

Snowmobile Recall: a Pain? or a Sign That the System Is Working?

November 28, 2017 |

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?Read More

Silence in the Aftermath of an Avalanche

November 5, 2017 |

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.Read More

Ride On, Gord

October 25, 2017 |

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.Read More

The “Other” Fall Tradition: Snowmobile Clubs Prepare for Season

October 13, 2017 |

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.Read More

Aftermarket Parts vs Factory: the Fickle Nature of Snowmobilers

September 27, 2017 |

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.Read More

Walker Evans Velocity Shocks—Will They Make It onto Mountain Sleds?

September 15, 2017 |

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. … Read More