Today we interviewed the best rider in the history of snowmobiling (Chris Burandt) and he stated that Ski-Doo approached him this year with a check for $50 million to ride the Freeride in just one video.
Burandt promptly stated that even if they put Polaris stickers all over it it was still a giant piece of shit. He then went on an uncomfortable ramble stating that "Every single thing about the Ski-Doo Freeride was the absolute worst engineering that he's ever seen amongst ANY industry". He was blown away that they would issue a "Snowwhite" model etched with pieces of lime green and call it there top model!! He was quickly interrupted by Ski-Doo's president who declared that it has "definitely been there top seller among women over 40". "They just love how quiet the E-tec is and how it is extremely unproven after just one season".
I'm not sure if he thought that would be a selling feature but it seems as though it's working as it has definitely targeted the middle age men that enjoy spending too much money. Either way when the president was asked what he will be riding this season he stated "The Pro RMK" of course. "It is the machine we have been trying so hard to emulate for many years now".
If you currently live under a rock and aren't quite sure what a face shot is, have a look at this short clip.
What is your maintenance program? Rinsing off your sled and filling it with gas? I'm sure that's about all the majority of people do. But the saying "A little bit of maintanence goes a long way" pays huge dividends in the world of sledding.
There are a few guys in our crew that typically take their sleds back to the dealer every fall for yearly maintenance, which is completely fine but to me you really get to know your sled if you're taking care of things yourself. I recently had my diamond drive pile up on me so I guess proper maintenance doesn't always save everything. That is the one major component of an Arctic Cat that can be easily maintained and should last the life of the sled with proper maintenance. I also had a throttle cable go on me which really should not have any maintenance but is just part of the joys of sledding.
I have compiled a short list of regular and yearly maintenance items I do on my current sled but obviously these will differ based on manufacturer.
- Grease all points with temp rated sled grease.
- Change the plugs.
- Change the Diamond Drive oil.
- Inspect coolant.
- Inspect the belt.
- Inspect and usually change the carbides.
- Inspect the runners.
- Check the pressure of the Fox Float shocks.
- Check the brake pads and clean the disk.
- Check track tension.
- Since my Diamond Drive failed I check the level and color after every weekend riding.
- Keep everything clean.
- Check Fox Float pressures.
- Inspect the engine for any gasket leaks.
- Usually change the plugs half way through the season and grease nipples.
- Typically drain the gas tank and fog the intake.
- Clean everything good including the engine bay.
- Do a general inspection for any minor damage that may have occurred.
Have a quick look at the frenchman's first snowskate attempt in Revy yesterday... pretty damn funny (for us). We made a fun little hit in the Nystrom's front yard and Steve figured since he did all the work he'd stomp a 360 kickflip first try but he didn't quite make it.
This is a rad photo Denis took last weekend at the fire lookout on Crowfoot. You can see Lichen in the background and almost Seymour Arm. You can't see it from the picture but we've skiied lines right down the backside. They're short and the pick up is long but still pretty good. I love this place!
Last weekend we took 5 days and headed out to the Shuswaps. I always love this trip as Crowfoot has so many sweet lines for snowboarding and endless open bowls for sledding. There's about 4 or 5 different mountains you can access depending on both knowledge and gas (Crowfoot, Mobley, Fowler, Lichen and Pukeashun). This is a quick clip of the lines from the main cabin at Crowfoot (there is no sound). They are a perfect length and a ton of fun. This clip represents about half or less of a run.
There's an incredible backcountry lodge near Pukeashun that is only accessible by sleds. We tried to get there from Crowfoot (which I was told was possible) but we ran out of daylight and gas so we turned back. The lodge is called Grizzly Lodge and looks like an amazing place! It is a completely catered facility with power, food, luxury rooms, gas and is fully staffed. Hopefully next season we can book trip and stay here.
www.grizzlylodge.cawww.crowfootmtn.webs.com/ (Crowfoot Snowmobile Club)