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How about some comments on different riders different techniques for carving, sidehilling,climbing, etc. Might be educational to some and certianly should provide some entertainment for the remaining weeks of summer.

Pics and vids are more than welcome.....
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the one pic is how i like to side hill. more throttle and the sled tips easy. let off and the sled goes flat to the snow. watch out for trees and such!!

in the other pic grease monkey made the effort for example purpose only to show us what not to do when busting a drift on a hill. while i showed what a complete climb looks like. you guys didnt realize how much planning and staging went into that photo.
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Is falling off alot considered a technique?
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I love that picture. There are certain time where falling off may be a technique.
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I love that picture. There are certain time where falling off may be a technique.
Absolutely .... dismount on a hairy climb going bad can be the difference between "Oh Shit" and "Damn that hurt".


I was hoping this would generate some input from everyone.

For myself, sidehilling is still a challenge. By the "textbook", Pull sled over to uphill side while applying throttle to get track spinning, steer ski's away from hill causing rear of skis to "dig into" snow, feather throttle to maintain.

1st 2 steps, no problem..... feathering throttle is still kicking my ass if I don't stay 100% focused on it. Generally I tend to lose the sidehill due to too little throttle and sled comes out and puts me somewhere I don't care to go. Ussually into trees or bad terrain that is hell to get out of.

So yeah, that's something I intend to work on this next season, along with surviving the "Oh Shit" cornices and jumps that got me last year.
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I havent had any experiences with mountain or back-country riding so I want to read some tips also.
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I havent had any experiences with mountain or back-country riding so I want to read some tips also.
Harry it's like pussy, once you try it, you can't get enough.


No seriously, if you truly like to ride, the backcountry will hook you forever. The quiet, solitude, and sheer wonder of winter in the mtns. can't be captured on pics, it can best be experienced firsthand.

I was hooked from the 1st ride, haven't regretted it a minute. Probably 50% of my reason for selling everything and relocating to WY was the opportunity it gave me to once again enjoy the outdoors before I got too old to get to it. I lived 26 or so years in and around Houston, TX. Zero chance of enjoying much of the outdoor life I grew up with. I wouldn't go back for any amount of money. Being the hub of the energy industry, I get multiple offers of jobs there paying better than I make now. Makes no difference to me anymore, I'll work for less and stay close to what I enjoy.
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I am already very obsessed with trail riding. I honestly don't think that would be healthy if I were any more obsessed with snowmobiles.
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Obession is a good thing..... I pretty much exist thru summer to get to winter, if summer could be avoided altogether, I'd be truly happy.


Bring on the next IceAge
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Or move to Alaska! Actually if it werent for fishing I would probably make like a bear and hibernate through summer.
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Sidehilling is definitely what I struggled most with my first time in the mountains last winter. But after two or three times of me bailing and the sled rolling on its side I started to get the hang of it. I had to learn quick out there, the guys we rode with were go go go, no time for fooling around with a newbie. It was kind of stressful at first but it sure as hell made me learn fast.
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Sidehilling is definitely what I struggled most with my first time in the mountains last winter. But after two or three times of me bailing and the sled rolling on its side I started to get the hang of it. I had to learn quick out there, the guys we rode with were go go go, no time for fooling around with a newbie. It was kind of stressful at first but it sure as hell made me learn fast.
Same thing with me, only difference is Jason(riding partner) had a lot of patience. He didn't mind waiting for me to make 2 or 3 tries to get thru something or find a way around if needed.

More than once I said "I can't do that"

His response would always be the same calm "Yes you can, but not if you don't try it. Get stuck or hung-up, we'll get it out."

Hope I get to ride with him again this season.
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Let's not forget that too light on the throttle will bury even a long track, let alone a shorty like what we ride here. Getting the rpms up enough to make the sled "plane" is an absolute necessity, but too fast on the throttle will just bury you too.
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Let's not forget that too light on the throttle will bury even a long track, let alone a shorty like what we ride here. Getting the rpms up enough to make the sled "plane" is an absolute necessity, but too fast on the throttle will just bury you too.
That's where I was having problems on sidehills. 1st try I would error with too little throttle and track would stop spinning, sled would take a sharp turn downhill. 2nd try I would over-correct and spin track too fast, usually burying sled.

3rd try I would be too tired from digging out 2nd try to screw-up again. Time to look at ways around hill or take time to do it right. Getting stuck on this try would result in a long break in my riding while I dug a way out and up.
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That's how I can out ride a lot of the newer sleds around here, especially when we get any deep (more than 18") of snow. I get mine to plane and just out power them.
It's funny to watch all the 'Doo's trying to go through the deeper snow and drifts.
I just love the game of "drift hopping".
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18" is deep back there ? I'm not getting excited unless it's a few feet deep. LMAO
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Well, it is around me unless we get a good dose of "lake effect" snow, then we can get as much a 40" in one fall.
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I'm just pulling your chain, any snow is good snow right now. I'd welcome a meager few inches right now.
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I have found that about half throttle is just right to get and maintain the plane for side hilling and getting out of deep ditches.
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Sidehilling - I find this to be the most fun. My sled has such a narrow stance that all I really need to is lean, squeeze the throttle and go. I have a Gold Finger and don't think I used it once while in the Snowies. I think it helps for tight situations where you have to navigate around trees and such while going slow. You NEED to stand on one side of the ski to sidehill. Just like carving you turn the skis the opposite direction to get it on its side and just run with it. I guess just picture it like carving but on a hill and to be able to ride it out going straight.
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the problem i found for side hilling is that I am tall and heavy, so getting the sled to get to tip isnt bad. I actually tip it into the hill to easy if i pull and gas at the same time.

I would imagine as the snow gets deeper than a couple feet it can get easier, but then when you get to very deep it becomes hard agian because of the stuck factor.

I like it here because there is enough snow to sidehill. but you can grab the gas, pull the bars and go from parrallel to the hill to shooting up it!!
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I would kill for the snow you guys get. Stormy would then get a 144!
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my technique involves holding the throttle to the bar and watch out for them tree's
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