Marty's Articles

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…

Ride On, Gord

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…

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

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…

Aftermarket Parts vs Factory: the Fickle Nature of Snowmobilers

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…

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

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…

Quads vs Sleds – Time to Be Honest

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…

BC Sledder Enters Race for Premier: Promises Powder Days

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…