Marty Anderson| Mountain Sledder Magazine
That giant fireball in the sky is attempting to burn the skin off of your body. You’re shorthanded at work, trying to cover for everyone’s vacations. The snowpack is at a season low. This can only mean one thing: We are in the middle of two months of the worst snowmobiling of the year. Here’s why summer sledding sucks.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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 a provincial holiday. You don’t even need to call your boss, just go ride.
If you are worried about the next generation getting hooked on snowmobiling, here are a few easy things you can do to help prevent it.