Marty's Articles

The Early Days of Mountain Riding: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly…Mostly the Ugly

While it is hard to comprehend someone going through life without knowing that the Beastie Boys fought for their right to party, here are a few other things that this new generation…

Introducing Your Spouse to Mountain Sledding (Without Being Murdered)

When I first met my wife, she wasn’t a sledder. The transformation over the last 15 years to her full-blown obsession with mountain sledding has been an interesting voyage for us both.…

A Day on the 2019 Polaris 850 RMK – Our Demo Ride Experience

You have a relaxing weekend planned with your wife when the phone rings and a voice says, “Hey, you want to come down and try out the new Polaris 850 RMK?" What…

Riding a Snow Bike 101 for Sledders and Dirt Bike Riders – Old Guy, New Tricks

Loaded with a head full of assumptions and preconceived notions, the plan was put into place to demo a snow bike for a couple of days

Why You Should Leave a Trip Plan with a Responsible Person

Who will know you're in trouble when you get lost or injured in the backcountry? Maybe no one, if you don't leave a trip plan with a responsible person.

The Reasons Why I Choose to Snowcheck New Snowmobiles

Snowcheck time is here again. For some people, snowcheck is an exciting time to plan ahead for next year. Meanwhile, others have trouble understanding the desire to spring order a new snowmobile.

Some Romantic Valentine’s Day Advice from One Sledder to Another

It’s that exciting time of year again—no, not the first snowfall. That other exciting time. No, not snowcheck season either. Valentine's Day!

The Worst Mountain Sleds of Our Time

At one time or another, every one of the current big four sled manufacturers has pumped out one of the worst mountain sleds of our time.

Brand Bashing – Stereotypes, Puns and Poor Taste

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…

10 Things a Real Mountain Sledder Would Never Do

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.