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So what's the story with the rising fuel costs, it this trip still a go or not ?
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So what's the story with the rising fuel costs, it this trip still a go or not ?
Funny you say that. I was just thinking that last night. I am planning a trip for right after New Years with some friends and we were thinking Cooke. Because of the cost of diesel and the extra 400 miles to Cooke we are thinking of just hitting the Snowies again. This trip would be less than a month after I return from wherever. I'd do it as I am saving now but I almost wish it was more towards the middle or end of Feb.
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Funny you say that. I was just thinking that last night. I am planning a trip for right after New Years with some friends and we were thinking Cooke. Because of the cost of diesel and the extra 400 miles to Cooke we are thinking of just hitting the Snowies again. This trip would be less than a month after I return from wherever. I'd do it as I am saving now but I almost wish it was more towards the middle or end of Feb.
Cuzz, you're always welcome to come to Gillette and we can head out to either the Bighorns or the Blackhills or the Bear Lodge Mtns. All are a little over an hour from me. Or go to the Snowies and I'll try to meet you there.

Since it looks as if my dear wife is going to spend the winter in balmy Texas this year, my thoughts are to place 1 RMK and backup Doo in Gillette with me. The other RMK will stay in Kemmerer so I can ride both sides of WY and everything in between if time, snow, and money allows it. Looking at purchase of something else to keep as a backup for at home, may look at a longtrack 440 if I can find 1 reasonable. Or another Yammi, found a couple nice deals on T-Apexes, may have to jump on 1 before season starts.
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Cuzz, you're always welcome to come to Gillette and we can head out to either the Bighorns or the Blackhills or the Bear Lodge Mtns. All are a little over an hour from me. Or go to the Snowies and I'll try to meet you there.

Since it looks as if my dear wife is going to spend the winter in balmy Texas this year, my thoughts are to place 1 RMK and backup Doo in Gillette with me. The other RMK will stay in Kemmerer so I can ride both sides of WY and everything in between if time, snow, and money allows it. Looking at purchase of something else to keep as a backup for at home, may look at a longtrack 440 if I can find 1 reasonable. Or another Yammi, found a couple nice deals on T-Apexes, may have to jump on 1 before season starts.
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Tell me about Gillette and the surrounding areas. We are thinking of just going back to the Mountain Meadows cabins right near the Snowy Mountain Lodge. It is a great location, near the lodge for dinner and gas, and we can ride from our cabin. Our basic wants are just those things and we can actually deal without a restaurant if there is a kitchen and utensils. What is the riding like at either of those places you mentioned. Some of us like steep and others like meadows to carve. We are rolling 4 deep as of now and will leave the welcome for others to join if they want.

If you get a turbo yammi I want to ride it. I will admit I am jealous you live right there. I actually thought about storing my sled there and just flying in to ride but haven't gotten to that point yet. The UP is fun if there is a dumping but gets old real quick after riding out west.
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Tell me about Gillette and the surrounding areas. We are thinking of just going back to the Mountain Meadows cabins right near the Snowy Mountain Lodge. It is a great location, near the lodge for dinner and gas, and we can ride from our cabin. Our basic wants are just those things and we can actually deal without a restaurant if there is a kitchen and utensils. What is the riding like at either of those places you mentioned. Some of us like steep and others like meadows to carve. We are rolling 4 deep as of now and will leave the welcome for others to join if they want.

If you get a turbo yammi I want to ride it. I will admit I am jealous you live right there. I actually thought about storing my sled there and just flying in to ride but haven't gotten to that point yet. The UP is fun if there is a dumping but gets old real quick after riding out west.
I can't really tell you 1st hand about any of the riding area from experience, haven't rode them yet.

However after multiple trips over the Bighorns, I do know there are plenty of meadows and trails there to satisfy all. From trails to meadows to hardcore climbing, it looks as if it's all there. There are a couple lodges there and a ski lodge close. Nearest big town is going to be Buffalo, WY on southern end and Sheridan, WY on northern.

*The South Bighorns Region
Region Information
One hundred forty-nine miles of well-marked and groomed trails and 27 miles of ungroomed trails. Route closely follows U.S. 16 over the Big Horn Mountains. Gas, food and limited lodging at both ends of the trail system. Complete facilities and services available in Buffalo and Worland. Snow depths average from 1 to 6 feet. Elevation & Season
Elevation: 6,000 ft. to 10,000 ft. Season: November to Whenever it melts....
Season: Trail grooming season is Mid December through March- pending snowfall, use and available funding.
Temperatures: +30 F to -20 F

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Bear Lodge Mtns is a small range to NE of Gillette, there is a lodge there that is open winters. I'll make a trip up there driving and give you a better idea of terrain. North of Sundance WY

*The Bear Lodge Region
Region Information
There are 78 miles of groomed, and 9 miles of ungroomed trails which are located north of Sundance. Machine services and repair available in Sundance. Food and lodging in Sundance and Hulett. Snow depths average 1 foot to 4 feet.

Elevation & Season
Elevation: 5,000 ft. to 7,000 ft.
Season: Trail grooming season is Mid December through March- pending snowfall, use and available funding.
Temperatures: +40 F to -20 F.


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WY. Blackhills area is SE of Gillette. Not sure on lodging there. I'll find out. I'll also make driving trip there. South of Sundance, WY.

*The Black Hills Region
Region Information
Forty miles of groomed trail connecting to 295 miles of the Black Hills System in South Dakota. Facilities and service available along the trail and in Sundance and Newcastle. Rentals are available at Dampier’s Lodge and Trailshead Lodge. Snow depths from 1 foot to 4 feet.

Elevation & Season
Elevation: 5,000 ft. to 7,000 ft.
Season: Trail grooming season is Mid December through March- pending snowfall, use and available funding.
Temperatures: +30 F to -20 F



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Wyoming law requires that all snowmobiles must have either a current Wyoming Resident or Nonresident user fee decal prominently displayed on the outside of each snowmobile. Each permit is twenty-five dollars and may be purchased at one of the several Permit Selling Agents located throughout the state or permits maybe purchased online or call 1-877-996-7275 Visa and Mastercard accepted. Additionally all commercial snowmobile operated in the State of Wyoming must have a commercial permit, which is seventy- five dollars. Commercial permits must be purchased through our Cheyenne office .

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As for riding any sled I own, I see no reason why not..... especially if I get a Turbo, who wouldn't want a shot at riding one at least once.

As for your jealousy ..... yeah I know, sucks to be me right. Buy a sled for just riding out here, store it here, visit it often......easy fix for a guy of your financial means....lol.
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