What is your favorite winter prep activity?
Being involved in a local snowmobile club is huge here as in many other areas and states. Clubs have so much to do to get ready for the season: maintenance and repairs on groomers and drags, getting all our signs and stakes in order to be put out on the trail, trail maintenance and repairs, holding fundraisers trying to raise money to support the expenses of the upcoming season, checking in with our gracious landowners that allow us to use their property season after season, and so much more.
All these things are done by volunteers which means they are just regular people, most with everyday jobs, who sacrifice their personal time for everyone to be able to have fun and safe trails to use all season. I would encourage each one of you to try and help your local club, or a club that you ride the most, even one day can make a huge difference.
Reach out to your local clubs and ask what you can do. There is so much to do to prepare for the season, all help is greatly appreciated! – Dan Noeth
What is your #1 tip for prepping for the season?
The ideal start to the riding season consists of physically getting into shape for the coming sled season. Ideally, this should be an all-year training event, but realistically very few of us have the time for that. However, getting physical exercise before the snow falls can be a game changer!
Getting yourself physically in shape for the upcoming season is arguably the best thing you can do to ride harder and get more enjoyment out of your sledding experience. Just imagine being at the top of the mountain, smiling and being able to carry on a conversation with your riding group rather than being exhausted. Something as simple as getting out for a few hikes, riding the bike or taking up summer water sports can make a world of difference when it comes time for sledding season. -Kyle Smith