Archive for February, 2012

Snow cross on a bike, I’m in!

Posted: February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ever since I have been interested in snowmobiling, I though it would be a good idea to convert my dirtbike to ride it in the snow better. The industry came out with look alike single ski sleds, but were far too heavy to have fun with. Now they have a snow conversion kit for your bike that takes a little under three hours to install and make your bike a snowbike. It called the Explorer Smart All Terrain System. 

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This system comes with an 11.5″ wide track with 1.5″ lugs. Comes with all the hardware to take your front tire off and put a ski up front. The coolest part about the snow bike is that it has all sealed bearing and rotors, which means you are able to ride in the SUMMER with a track on your bike. It would be interestedto have constant pushing of paddles under you compared to a paddle tire on the dunes. There will be a downfall in the amount of horsepower due to the track it has to spin.

With asmaller track than a sled momentum is a definite necessity in the powder. The track on your bike helps with the snow condition cause it has three adjustments: smaller stance for deep power floatation, further stance for medium powder, and a stretched serving for hard pack trail riding. At a price of $3,100, which is half as cheap as a sled, and easy load ability and learning curve the snow bike, it sounds like a blast. Put that on my listof things to do!

THE Trip.

Posted: February 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

If you have followed snowmobiling at all, its probably safe to say you know who Chris Burandt is. He is an X-games gold medalist and world wide known for his unsurpassed skills. He transferred his skills to the scenic areas of Beuna Vista Colorado. He owns more land than a snowmobiler could dream. What he does in Beuna Vista is offers snowmobiling training/riding/adnventures. 

He paired up with Cottonwood Country Tours and created Cotton Wood Country Tours with Chris Burandt himself. He offers an Explorer Series, Mountain Series, and Adrenaline Series; each different tour offers something different progressing withskill level or what you enjoy. His trip is a once in a life time experience. I myself haven’t gone on it but dream about doing it. 

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Whats better than staying in a 5000+ square foot log cabin with every meal provided — riding there too! Check out his sit full of videos pictures and riding packages.

The Viewpoint

Posted: February 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

If you have never experienced being 100 miles in the middle of nowhere with the serenity of snow caped mountains have an ice cold beer, you have not yet lived. Lucky enough for me i like here, Reno, Nevada, and have the opportunity to explore the Sierra Nevada mountains and all the way over to the Rockies. Normally we stay closer to home, though.

On our typical ride we start at Little Truckee Summit, almost 25 miles out of Truckee, and continue our day from there. Various ranges and peaks to enjoy your ice cold beer, such as Meadow Lake Damn, Jackson Meadows’ peaks and cabins, and the Weber Lake Lodge that looks over the frozen over lake. Being able to sit on the calmest mountain top, the only sound is the occasional snow clump falling from the tree branches, is one of the most enjoyable experiences in the world. This picture in the blog is a snapshot from the GoPro while back in Meadow Lake, beyond Webber and not Quite to Jackson Meadows Lake.

On Winters where the snowfall is more than average you can take off right from the Dog Valley off road access in Verdi, Nevada. From there you can explore the back woods and road near Boca and Stampede Reservoir, back into Sardine Valley, and even to Crystal Peak. There are so many old fire look outs and mountain peaks all over our region it is a must see.

Every year our group makes a trip to Elko, Nevada for the annual trip. You may think Elko would not be a hot spot for snowmobiling, but that would be a false statement. It is the most wide open, most fun place to ride I have witnessed. It entails endless open mountains, ridiculously high ranges, lakes, canyons, bowls, cornices, natural jumps. Its a whole different world to do what you can accomplish on a sled, give it a shot.

What do you ride?

Posted: February 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

What do you ride? Or  better yet what do I ride. You can’t get a full grip on my blog without knowing what I ride and what other ride on. I own a 2012 Polaris Assault 800, along with a couple of my buddies. I have buddies that ride every brand from Arctic Cat, Polaris, SkiDoo, and Yamaha. All are good sleds, and you can’t go wrong with any one of them. My sled has a 155″ track, made primarily for backcountry off-the-trail riding. Snowmobiles range from 340cc to 1000cc engines. I chose the 800 for lightweight power.

People that ride backcountry and deep powder will want a track like mine, a longer track that allows you to move more snow. Trail riding is different. When on the trail its usually groomed like your average ski/snowboard run. A smaller track with the same size engine will let the trail riders go fast and in a straight line. This brand of riding is fun, but doesn’t compare to the sights and riding you encounter in the backcountry, where few people go.

I bought the long track Polaris Assault because i enjoy backcountry riding; weaving in and out of trees, side-hilling, cliff dropping, ect. My snowmobile allows me to do everything I need, and then some. If your just starting off a 600cc would be a good starting sled. As most people interested have, me included, ridden motorcycles it is almost the same and enables you to enjoy winter that much more!

Jumping into it!

Posted: February 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Snowmobiling is a sport to people who have done it love, and people who haven’t, don’t think about. For those who have done it I want to give you a new and different insight to the world of snowmobiling. For those people who haven’t tried it, or thought of it for that matter, I want to show you what you have been missing. Most people say the reason they haven’t tried it is because they don’t have one — not a valid excuse. There are places on the hill to rent a snowmobile for a week/ day/ whatever.

Everyone should try snowmobiling at least once to experience the whole different world that winter has to offer. There is no better feeling than being miles away from anyone on top of the highest hill looking down at the snow covered landscape. The quiet serenity you experience combined with the jumping and carving through multiple feet of powder will have a first-timer addicted. The purpose of my blog is to branch out to people who are in the sport and inform those who aren’t. I intend to blog about the new news of the sport, the riders, the local/national events held, the sleds themselves, the gear, the experience, as well as different riding spots and opportunities.

Snowmobiling the Sierra’s

Posted: February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Discovering the the endless Sierra Nevada Mountain’s solely on a snowmobile.