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Moving safely through challenging and complex backcountry terrain requires solid skills, an open mind and an ability to question old habits. To help sledders acquire these skills, Avalanche Canada has developed a new course called Managing Avalanche Terrain, or MAT.
Fall is the time to partake in the annual rituals that help define our sledding culture. It’s time to get stoked for the coming season. The deep snow of winter will be here before we know it!
Life is busy—no matter your situation—and it can be hard to make time. But once you commit to training your body and mind, the quality of your ride experience will become exponentially better. Sled season preparation is key.
Getting out on the mountain to enjoy a fresh snowfall with a group of like-minded, powder loving individuals is one of our greatest thrills. Sometimes we don’t realize it until years or perhaps even decades later, but memories and lifelong friendships are being made each time we do. It may not seem obvious at first, but snowmobiling is the tie that binds.
Despite breaking two sled parts in one weekend—forcing me to spend more than 10 extra hours on the road—I don’t feel too upset about it. I smile, reflecting on the non-stop action of the past few days. It seems like the most memorable experiences are never the ones that go smoothly, and doing anything worthwhile always requires you to go above and beyond.
I’ve been wanting to go mountain snowmobiling in Japan for years. I’ve had many friends go on ski and snowboard trips, and they have all returned to say that the powder and the culture are amazing! The problem has always been that there are no sled rental places or commercial guides there.
With a large military presence at the small airport, it felt like a scene from a Cold War movie when I touched down in Kamchatka. The people seemed kind but shy, and as I stood in the cold at the outdoor baggage claim I was alone, and not totally sure what to do.
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 of mountain maulers has missed out on in the early days.
We travelled for 24 hours straight to arrive in the dark of night at the Saxnäsgården Hotell in northern Sweden. Come morning, I would finally be snowmobiling in Sweden — exploring all new terrain and foreign snow that lie far across the big pond and 13 lines of longitude from home