Summer Sucks - Snowmobiling 2018-19

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by SnowMule, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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    September... snow on some of the high mountain peaks already (NW Wyoming got some snow, and I've heard reports of snow on some of the radio sites in CO).

    Successful race season for me last year - ended up taking 3rd overall in semi-pro cross country. Will be racing that circuit again this year, still on my '16 Assault.

    AIARE's moving forward with their motorized avalanche curriculum - with the Level 1 course out and good feedback coming out of that (Brian and I instructed about half a dozen of those last year), there's momentum on the Level 2 training. Taking a course-leader training in mid December to get the ball rolling on that. We (TylersBA.org) will continue offering intro courses for free, as well as the 3-day Level 1 courses this season.

    Haydays in MN coming up next week, starting to get gear/equipment together for that. We'll (TylersBA) be in the same spot we've been in for the past several years - SCN9, good spot right across from the SnoBarons merchandise barn. We'll have the big trailer there again, see it live-and-in-person.
    F550 puked this summer - 6.0L gave up. That frankentruck got a Cummins swap, up and running as of this weekend. Should be good for a while now.

    Next show is the Denver expo, first weekend in October. I'll be instructing a workshop on radio communications again this year. After that is a couple of dealer open-houses (usually Vickery and Steamboat), then it's snow time.

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  2. plumber mike

    plumber mike Highdive Deepened

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    I hope you get blasted (with snow) ya sick ass bastid.
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  3. xrjak

    xrjak Day Dreamer

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    Thanks for starting this thread Snowmule, I follow it every year. Congrats on the 3rd in CC. I am looking into the CC racing and have found little on it FB and Website being the most useful. It sounds like they have a meeting in the beginning of the season? I am looking for info on classes and levels I would be eligible to compete in. I will eventually call some one listed on the web page and ask. I am just lazy this weekend. Thanks again.
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  4. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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    If you're talking about MSSR, that's what I was racing.
    They'll probably do a quick meeting at denver snow show, though I haven't heard anything about it yet. Don't even see their name on the list of exhibitors right now. Facebook gets updated more regularly than the website does (and it looks like that's rather quiet).

    You can race whatever you want to race in; totally up to you. Sport is the "casual" class, semi-pro is a little more competitive, Pro/Pro-Vet is where the big boys play. Pro usually does a few more laps than sport/semipro do.
    Considered making the jump to Pro this year, but I think i'll stick in semi-pro at least another season.

    The Steamboat/Ears race is a good turnout.
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    xrjak Day Dreamer

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  6. ejm4

    ejm4 Been here awhile Supporter

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    With several days with temps over 90, can’t help to say I’m looking forward the the lake effect snow to get here in December. Time to braaap
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  7. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    We’re getting dustings up high
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  8. DSquared

    DSquared Dilly Dilly! Supporter

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    It has been pissing rain here for the past 2 weeks. if it were snow, I'd be up to my eyeballs and my 30 mile commute would have to be done via sled.
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  9. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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    Haydays bound! :clap Stop by and see us (Tyler's Backcountry Awareness) if you're there.

    And just received confirmation for snow-dork training in December! :wings
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  10. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Nice!

    My wife and I have been talking about the possibility of retiring somewhere in the north in a few years (Coeur d Alene, Spokanne, or maybe Sandpoint). I knew I'd be getting into more snow, but hadn't thought about what machines would be handy. I wouldn't mind something to explore in the snow with.

    I recently saw a 2WD Christini converted to a snow bike that looked like it would be a lot of fun.

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  11. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    I would agree you are a sick bastard, but then I know you :imaposer Anyway, a bit of dusting on Berthoud Pass when I went over today. Shouldn't be too much longer. So HOLD on Snowmule, it won't be too long. :thumb
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  12. RYANINMICHIGAN

    RYANINMICHIGAN Been here awhile

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    Bring it on!
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  13. WindBlast

    WindBlast Three chords and the truth.....

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    Blasphemer!! :nono
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  14. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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    Couple of last-minute little things to button up on the truck before we headed out. Programmer in so we'd have gauges... the little things. :lol3
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    Made it there with relatively few problems on the way.
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    Same spot as usual. Get the tent set up, sleds out, and trailer unloaded/setup for the show.
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    Swap space set up. Clean out the garage.
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    Brought one of the '19s. Bought a lift, and used the front third of the tent as a shop to start putting shiny bits on it for the season. Zbroz front-end, TKI belt drive kit, Silber turbo. Everyone's got a shiny new sled or three set up in their tent, but working on a shiny new sled seems to attract a lot more visitors.
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    I need one of these. :\
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    Got more work done on that sled in an hour after the show closed and we put sidewalls up on the tent than we got done all day during the show. :rofl
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    Campfire up saturday night, well into the night. A few of the NWAC guys (one of whom instructed the Pro-1 course I took last March, and will also be doing the CLT in December) showed up, and the usual drunk randoms that walk by and chat for a while.
    Interesting thing happened though... several motorized avalanche instructors around a campfire, randoms showing up, then getting engaged and asking questions about avalanche safety, how to ride safer, how to make better decisions in the backcountry. Really cool to see that shift in attitudes over the last few years.
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    Sold some old sleds. Glad we won't have to haul this one back to haydays again. :rofl
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    Sunday night... pack up, head out.
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    Old trailer, new trailer.
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    Rolled out around 1900. Got to the MN/SD border around 0200, both of us were dangerously tired. Pulled into a truck stop, parked the truck, and got a couple hours of sleep before getting back on the road.
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    Slow rolling with the truck in the condition it is... going much above 60m/h, the gas mileage starts going down fast, truck starts to overheat (fan shroud was modified for the engine swap, needs some work). Stiff shifts with the trailer behind it, trans map needs some love. EGT's got quite warm pulling even the little hills on the way home. No cruise control made a long drive even longer. No exhaust brake is something that needs to change real soon. But it got us there and back. :thumb
    Got back to my place around 1900 monday evening. Unload, unpack... shower, got some sleep.
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  15. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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    Snow show weekend! Denver stock show complex.
    https://www.cosnowmobileexpo.com/

    Saturday's the big day - swap, workshop sessions (i'm doing one on radio comms), meet/greet with the pros, and all the vendors set up inside. Sunday's a little slower.
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  16. sledneck

    sledneck Been here awhile Supporter

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    Stoked to braap up the pow soon. Seems to be a good year to upgrade.
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  17. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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    Last-minute notice, BraapWraps wanted my sled in their booth. Pulled it out of the trailer last weekend. :lol3
    "Don't worry, we have windex." :rofl
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  18. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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  19. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider Supporter

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    What's that new sled?
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  20. beemerkid

    beemerkid Do you ADV

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    Thinking of getting a sled this year. I just moved back to Alaska, and haven't ever shopped for one. I just had my dad's hand me down 96 Polaris rmk600, and an 01 rmk700 when I was a kid. I shouldn't have a problem sourcing something decent for $3K I think. Big question is, since I really haven't ridden since high school, who was making reliable sleds 5-10 years ago that I should be looking at? I don't need a 160 inch 900cc monster, but something that isn't a slouch and could rip some good hills and handle deep powder would be what I'm looking at.
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