You live, breathe, and eat snowmobiling. You ride a cross-over, a mountain or a freeride sled with a deep lug. You prefer to stand than sit, leveraging an 8-inch bar riser.
You wear good technical gear, maybe even a onesie, and a helmet with goggles. You just spent two grand mod’ing your brand-new sled. You belong to several forums and social media groups to talk shop and seek out new riding areas.
You are frustrated. Frustrated because you don’t have places to ride. You can’t ride outside the local club trail stakes, and there is little or no public land around you. Every time you pass by that old gravel pit on a sanctioned trail, you fight the urge hard not to drop in.
You are not alone. There are literally thousands just like you riding the "squall" of the largest growth segment in the industry—the boondocker. You are very newsy right now, as organized snowmobiling is struggling with how to deal with you.
Why? Because you are on an eternal quest for challenging terrain and deep snow, and sometimes you ride outside those sacred orange stakes. And why wouldn’t you? After all that’s what your sled is made for… right?
Your sled deserves so much more, and your ability does too. You want to push yourself right to the limit… and that ain’t happening in farm country.
So instead of causing headaches for your fellow trail crews by riding outside the stakes, buck up and load up, and ride where it’s legit and legal. See if your flatlander skills are up to par, in real backcountry, real northern Ontario backcountry.
- Chris Hughes
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