Marty's Articles

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.

Why Backcountry Freestyle Snowmobiling Didn’t Exist 20 Years Ago

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…

Roots of Mountain Snowmobiling at the World Snowmobile Headquarters

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…

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

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…

Silence in the Aftermath of an Avalanche

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…