March 12th, 2014

A Message From Sledshot

Seven years ago Aaron and I started sledshot to fill a gap in mountain snowmobiling online media, and to keep everyone in tune with the part of the industry we love so much.  Since then, we have seen some significant changes in the industry as well as a huge increase in professional media reporting on the mountain sledding scene.

Next week we will be closing the doors on as it has been for the past seven years, and passing the reigns to the team at Mountain Sledder Magazine.  We’re confident that the new owners will breathe some new life into the site, with some great news content and ongoing updates about the mountain snowmobiling community.

For those who have seen the magazine since its launch last season, I’m sure you’ll be as stoked as we are to welcome the new owners.  They have created a high quality print magazine which I look forward to reading every issue, and I anticipate seeing the same quality of content on their online site. / will continue to exist as domain names to access the site, so don’t go changing those bookmarks!  But expect to see a fresh new design and look to the site in the near future.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our advertisers over the years who have helped make sledshot a reality.  Many of them have been with sledshot since the early years, and without their financial support every year we would likely have closed the doors several years ago.  Please keep supporting them – I know that we have been lucky to have a group of companies and supporters that offer great products and services.

Also a huge shout out to all the sledshot crew:

Aaron Bernasconi for being the face of sledshot since day 1 and for the countless hours spent writing news posts, managing the old forums and being in front of the camera for our riding and tech tip series.

Ryan Johannesen for his amazing video skills.  Shooting, editing and publishing our riding and tech tip series has been a massive contribution to our site and has resulted in over a million views on sledshot’s YouTube channel.

Kim Bernasconi for her dedication to juggling the $’s and making sure that we remember sledshot was a business that needed to be run, and not just a bunch of guys going out sledding and enjoying ourselves 😉

Dave Norona for his huge contribution to our news stories and online content.  Dave has helped us out for many years providing summer and winter stories and videos and we wish him all the best with Norona Life.

Markus Doerner for his technical support, especially in the early years developing the first website, and to his company Wenmar Graphics for their excellent web hosting service.

Sean McCaig for the time he spent in front of the camera and for his jedi creation skills designing some of the awesome video intros and outros that we have used since our first videos and continue to blow my mind.

Travis Johnson for his stoke and recent work helping introduce some new advertisers to the site as well as being in front of the camera for our videos from day 1 onwards.

Most of all I’d like to shout out to the readers and users.  Since we started the site, it is the feedback from you guys that has made the whole project worthwhile.  Emails from people saying that our riding tips have helped them become the riders they are today have been some of the personal highlights for me over the last seven years.  Seeing an increase in the adoption of avalanche safety gear and training as well as responsible backcountry use has been equally rewarding, and if we have played even a small part in that education I feel stoked.  1 million YouTube views and over 60,000 unique website visitors over the years makes us feel that we got something right.

Thanks for all your support over the years and enjoy the pow!!

the sledshot crew