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Old 12-04-2007
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Put your riding tips in here.From the experienced to the beginner we can all us your input on riding in the deep stuff

I have 2 years experience riding in the mountains now.In those two years I can tell you the biggest thing that made the difference is a riser.
You have to be able to stand up and adjust your body weight, sometimes fast and sometimes slow.
You also need to stay on the throttle to keep the front of your sled up and floating in the powder rather than pushing the powder makes a huge difference in steering and carving with you sled.

Give more input I don't want to put all the stuff in here.
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To carve I like to steer the skis the opposite direction I'm leaning this letting the ski go up the snow rather than digging into the snow and making you tip.
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If you get stuck... take your time digging out and don't get frustrated if it happens multiple times. If you rush to get out you'll be out of breath and resting for a while.

Never park uphill and if you have to, park sideways or downhill if all possible.

Rent a beacon and know how to use it, and test the search/send functionality.

Install a skidplate just incase there are any hidden rocks or stumps.

Like RMKer said... a riser makes a huge difference.

If you get stuck on a hill and have to dig yourself out... lock the E-Brake before doing anything.

The throttle is your friend... hammer it if in doubt or you think you'll get stuck. Jump off the sled and give it a quick brap if you feel you will.. the sled will pop out on its own.

If you have never been to an area before and don't have someone to show you around... find a guide.

I am new to mountain riding but just got back from Cooke City and learned a lot. Good times!
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good stuff cuzzinolaf

Another thing when getting stuck I like to do before I break out the shovel is get the sled as level as I can and ease into the throttle if it feels like the sled will move or break lose. Then I give more throttle and I walk out of it.
I've done this several times and when I thought I was really stuck. But just one try or two and I could get it out without the shoveling.
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It is also nice to know the area you are riding in, or ride with someone that does. There are hidden streams, willows, etc out there.
I was riding with RMKer last year - he went to the right and I decided I would give the deep stuff a try on my Indy and headed straight - to what I thought - was the top of a hill that looked like the top of the hill was not as deep and a good place to stop. Instead I ended up on top of a bunch of willow bushes and sunk right in. That was fun getting out of :p Every step I made I was down in the willow branches!! That took a little time getting out of, but now I know not to go there
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ya damn it
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LOL !!!! oh yeah, I forgot I took a picture of you helping me get my sled out. But look in the background of the picture. It looked like the snow was not that deep because I could see grass or weeds. But those were the top branches of the willow bushes - - oppps
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The last time I was in Togwotee a friend of mine drove into a hidden stream. The snow was 4 feet deep and there was still water it the stream. There were 3 of us and it took all three of us an hour to get his sled out. It was sucked down into the water and slush so bad that we could hardly lift the back of the sled.
Riley[quote=indygirl;5224]It is also nice to know the area you are riding in, or ride with someone that does. There are hidden streams, willows, etc out there.
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Kind like the people we helped out last year?Their son hit an unseen bog hole.
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know this, if you dont get stuck you ant riden,the bigger the sled ,the better you are just means YOU ARE ALOT FARTHER FROM HELP when it happens and it is cool
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I'll tell you what the big wheel kit I put on with the 2 8inch wheels inside the skid makes a huge difference for carve real tight turns. If you can afford to do it I would highly recommend it.
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I'll tell you what the big wheel kit I put on with the 2 8inch wheels inside the skid makes a huge difference for carve real tight turns. If you can afford to do it I would highly recommend it.

So does that mean you are buying those wheels for my sled?!? : ol' buddy ol' pal!
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a sno-bunge is a powder riders best friend... oh yeah and stay on the gas!
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a sno-bunge is a powder riders best friend... oh yeah and stay on the gas!

I have the hand one but really need to invest in the sled to sled bunjie... I have found hooking my towstrap to the hand one gives me a little more length and can get the worst of the worst unstuck.
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we'll see how well that sucker works in feb ;)
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we'll see how well that sucker works in feb ;)
Ha, hopefully there is a enough snow to get stuck in.... Well, at least all of you "shorties".
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Avalanche Gear (Beacon, Probe, & Shovel) are a must-have. Buy - rent, make sure you have them and practice their use before you need them. The best gear in the world is worthless if it's use isn't familiar to the user. Also to repeat what's already been stated, "Know Before You Go".
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Ha, hopefully there is a enough snow to get stuck in.... Well, at least all of you "shorties".

Last year I got stuck once, it was in a snow drift in the UP. My feet never touched ground when I jumped off the sled yet I had snow up to my armpits. Not to shabby for the midwest
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keep laughin cuzzi, just for that i'm designating you for bryan's "recovery" team lol
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keep laughin cuzzi, just for that i'm designating you for bryan's "recovery" team lol
Thats fine.... but I will just be dropping a rope and hammering it LOL.
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Avalanche Gear (Beacon, Probe, & Shovel) are a must-have. Buy - rent, make sure you have them and practice their use before you need them. The best gear in the world is worthless if it's use isn't familiar to the user. Also to repeat what's already been stated, "Know Before You Go".
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keep laughin cuzzi, just for that i'm designating you for bryan's "recovery" team lol
HAHAHAHAH PFFT.

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Thats fine.... but I will just be dropping a rope and hammering it LOL.
OK, but then I'll have to tow the back half of your tunnel around.
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keep laughin cuzzi, just for that i'm designating you for bryan's "recovery" team lol
I am sure it is a busy job.... Does it pay well?
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Another Mtn. Rider - good to have around.
Thanks Ibreakstuff, glad to be here. Looks and sounds like a great group, especially glad to see other western riders on here. The Mtns. are great to ride in as long as you respect and acknowledge the inherrent dangers also involved.
Echoing earlier comments, if the area is unknown to you, take a local with you. I know of no riders in my area that wouldn't be willing to guide a newcomer.
Make certian you have everything you would need to survive at least 1 night on the Mtn., having it and not using it is better than needing it and not having it.
Check local weather and avy reports prior to leaving for trailhead, again "Know Before You Go"
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Always take a shit before you get out and riding.
Cause taking one in 4 feet of powder tends to freeze the ass cheeks and ball sack.
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