Sledding @ Fairview Canyon 11-2015

When your snowmobile rental gift certificates are going to expire, but there still isn’t enough snow…

A week out and praying for snow, it seemed hopeful. A couple of good storms were set to move in and dump a decent amount of the great white stuff in the mountains. At that point we would just watch the storms and see what mountains got the most snow and go there…

Well, as seems to always be the case lately, the storm fizzled out. Great… now where do we go? The search began to find out what the snow depths were across the state. Did you know traffic cams are a great tool to see what live conditions look like?  I only wish there were more cameras out there.

So, it came down to Monte Cristo, or Fairview.  Monte showed 22 inches, but that was about 12+ miles from the parking lot. Fairview showed 18 inches at the parking lot. Fairview it is!

We had never been to Fairview, so we’re glad we decided to try it out.  It was really great – and would be so much greater with another couple feet of snow. We’ll definitely go back!

 


Sled review:
Our mountain toys on this adventure was a 2015 Ski-Doo Summit and a 2015 Polaris Pro RMK. We had the chance to trade machines throughout the day to see which one we liked best. Both were excellent machines and very similar with 800cc engines, about the same length tracks (154 and 155), yet they felt very different. The Pro felt more like a dirt bike to me. Throttle response was quick and hard, the sled was easy to flick side-to-side, but despite being the lightest sled, it felt heavier to me. It was also much louder. The Summit felt “cushy” and soft… and quiet. Throttle response was more gradual but the sled itself felt lighter to me and more “tippy” making it easier to cut and turn on. I still want to try both sleds again with more snow, but right now, I’m leaning towards the Ski-Doo. Don’t worry, Arctic Cat and Yamaha are still options as well.

Sledding @ American Fork 2-2013

Came up with friends again, hoping for some good snow after the storms we had… no such luck. There wasn’t a whole lot of new snow – and it was super warm! The trail ride up proved to be too much for a couple of our sleds – one overheated and mine started backfiring and losing power again. The kids loved it though – found some great little sledding hills for them to play on.

At the lake, the snow was decent in some spots – but the snow/ice was thin in the middle of the lake.

This was the worst trip for my sled – tons of backfiring and no power… even all the way back down to the car. It didn’t even have enough power to get on the trailer! Ouch. Gotta check this out and get it fixed.

 

Sledding @ Bountiful B 1-2013

Beautiful day on the mountain! Warm too!

Bountiful/Farmington area has had some major snow – much more than most of the mountains are getting – so Mike and I headed up to the B for some riding. Sleds were great most of the way up – and then started getting warm about 3/4 way to the top. We decided to come down the trail instead of taking the road, which was great! Huge 4-5 foot walls on either side of us as we came down the narrow canyon. This trail came out near the camp ground, so we continued on the trail all the way down. We even stopped to play in the clearing for a bit in some good untouched snow.

Sleds were doing great! And feeling much more comfortable on the 900.

Sledding @ Monte Cristo 1-2013

Drove up to Monte Cristo as a family. The snow wasn’t great, and luckily we brought our round sleds up and found a great hill.

The 900 was acting up even more – backfiring and had no power – pretty much from the start. I put it back on the trailer after just a short ride. The 600 was doing great.

Still, it was an excellent day to get out above the inversion for some fresh air and blue skies. Can’t beat that!

Sledding @ Daniel’s Summit 12-2012

Had a BLAST snowmobiling at Daniel’s Summit with friends. It was snowing and very cold, so the kids and wives didn’t last long… but we had a great time playing while they stayed warm in the lodge.

This was my first time out on the new sleds and this 900 is HUGE and weighs a ton! I don’t dare carve much yet, but I can already tell the power has the potential of getting me into – and probably out of – some tricky situations. There was maybe 3-4 feet of powder, but no base… which made for some tricky riding (while watching out for those hidden logs and stumps).

I got stuck once – just a few feet from the trail. You’re not playing hard enough if you don’t get stuck, right?!

The worst part was the drive back home. It was still snowing – and much worse as we headed down Parley’s. I probably went about 30 mph the whole way down… and people were lining up behind me, afraid to pass. We made it home safe though – that’s all that matters.

New to Snowmobiling

Maybe it’s just that time of year, but there is definitely something about snowmobiling that has me hooked. Bad. Some might say, to the point of obsession. The thrill of speeding down a trail at 90 mph or floating and carving through powder, is nothing short of amazing.

I want to start documenting my snowmobiling experience – what I’m learning, where I’m going, the whole bit. I’ve got a 2004 RMK 600 and a 2005 RMK 900. Learning to handle a new machine is tricky, but I’m getting there. Let’s go for a ride!