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CONTENTS

Meat 12/ OTH...End Of Days Milk every last moment you have on this planet.

14/ Dan Davidoff Tribute Here's to the good kind of crazy. The best kind of Krazy.

22/ License to Thrill None of us want this but it's time to get serious.

27/ Avalanche Airbag Buyer's Guide An in-depth look at six airbag backpacks new for 2017.

30/ The Tale of Two Houseguests Do's and don'ts of crashing on a couch in a resort town.

38/ Morgan Gamache Meet one of the most progressive snowmobilers.

44/ Into Another Dimension A late season serach for snow with the 509 team in Radium, BC.

Potatoes 11/ Contributors 16/ First Trax 21/ Young Buck 54/ Capture Rad 64/ AFA...NIght Rider 66/ Last Call

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OVER THE HILLS

End of Days What if this was the last winter you were ever going to have? You don’t know that it isn’t. Not to sound cheesy, but no one can predict the future and tomorrow is not a given. For all you know, you’ve already sledded your last day. People celebrate their birthday but silently live past their deathday every year. The clock is ticking and no one knows when the bell will toll for them. When the snow flakes fly, the sense of urgency that we live with needs to be re-examined. So get up a half hour earlier. Stay out a half hour later. Small personal goals shouldn’t be put off. Milk every last moment you have on this planet. - Shane Gault

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DAN DAVIDOFF TRIBUTE

HERE'S TO THE GOOD KIND OF CRAZY. THE BEST KIND OF KRAZY

By Tim Grey

On March 14, 2016 mountain sledding lost one of its brightest stars. Already a legend, the Krazy Canadian, Dan Davidoff was known for his wild antics on a snowmobile far and wide. But in the aftermath of the tragedy of his passing, a light has been shone on the off-snow triumphs of a man who was once lost before we found him.

In Dan’s story, we get to see the deeper motivations behind a contagious personality that so often made us go ‘wow!’ For many, Dan is still with us, such was the extent of his passion that his personality still vibrates. Dan's passing caused a ripple in the world outside mountain sledding, which isn't something many snowmobilers do. Dan died from head and neck trauma induced by a collision with a tree while on his sled. The fact that the collision was instigated by a small but powerful mass of snow (an avalanche), while snowmobiling by himself, only magnified the grandeur of his death in the mainstream media. Had the Krazy Canadian gotten too crazy? Well that’s not really how it went down. Was a mistkae made? Yes. But the accident was such that 20 first responders wouldn’t have been able to bring him back. When it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go and there isn’t anything that can stop it. The fact that Dan died on a sled is more a testament of how much the man loved sledding than it is an indictment of his actions. Dan’s death has been an event that has forced mountain sledders, avalanche profesionals and mountain people all over to reflect, re-evaluate and in some circumstances re-calibrate not just their backcountry ambitions but their life’s focus. If the best among us can perish in such a way, how are we to make it through? This reflection requires a deeper look within; 14 Mountain Sledder

an introspection about what’s really important in life. And this is exactly how Dan would have wanted his passing to affect people. His was an extreme life. From the moment Dan was born he was a wild guy. Throughout his childhood he and his siblings would push things to the limit. Growing up in the beautiful southern Kootenays, the outdoors were always a part of a playful routine. It is here, in these mountain villages, that nature was so exceptionally vivid and Dan was always hooked on the challenges it presented. But things weren’t always perfect for Dan. Although it’s no secret, many may not know that Dan battled and overcame a heroin addiction in his mid-twenties. Long before he was a personality in mountain sledding, Dan had a run-in with the reaper in a way few recover from. It’s this battle that set the tone for the icon we came to know. In the serenity of the BC interior, it’s hard to believe that an inner-city street drug can extend its ability to wreck people's lives but it happens, more than we want to believe. Dan first tasted opioids while recovering from a broken neck, an injury sustained from diving in a shallow lake. During his treatment he became addicted to killing pain with drugs and passing the time by partying harder and harder. Unbeknownst to Dan was a mental health issue of ADHD that seemed to accelerate his descent into a world of deception and paranoia where nothing but the evaporation of his personality existed.


It was during this time that Dan’s family first prepared themselves to say good bye to him. The recovery rate for people as deep as Dan is roughly 1%. But Dan’s family fought hard to rescue him. On their knees in prayer, in thoughts of love and in physical intervention, the family that Dan was incredibly lucky to have been given, fought hard for their loved one and by grace, a recovery eventually occurred. If you asked Dan, he’d tell you it was something bigger than heroin that saved him. For him, it was the redemptive power of Jesus’s blood that brought him out of the abyss and kept him sober. It’s a belief that he lived till his dying breath. Ever since Dan’s dark days, there was no doubt about where he stood on the issues of faith and grace. Being diagnosed with ADHD and coming to an awareness of mental health issues also served to help justify the dark days and to avoid more. The Krazy Canadian was born in the late 1990s. In snowmobiling, Dan Davidoff found his release, a vocation that channeled his extremeness in positive and challenging ways. Dan was a natural fit with the Xtreme Team, a posse of sledders anchored in Washington. Dan would often show the Xtreme Team his honey holes when they visited his area and even though he had a much less powerful machine, Dan would always try the same lines as the other guys with fancy turbos. It was here, when he was often against poor odds, that the magic of the Krazy Canadian happened. Dan started pulling lines and impressing people with his ability to take things to the limit and make it look easy: an ultimate illusionist. It was the late Mark Fry, a filmer, who coined the nickname and it just stuck. Trip after trip, year after year, the Krazy Canadian lived up to his name. Soon the cameras were pointed his way and a career erupted out of the marriage of personality and ability. Life isn’t fair. It’s not fair that we longer get to see new wild escapades from the Krazy Canadian. It’s not fair that the Davidoff children will have to grow up without their dad. It’s not fair that the media took his death story out of context. But Dan was not one to dwell on the negative. No one gets out of this world alive and few who live get to experience life like Dan. What is left are the memories of man who lived at the limit but also a man who's genuine and admirable personality who knew that there was enough grace in this world for all, no matter what. In all of his antics, what Dan is most remembered for is how he cared for others. He was interested in other peoples lives and deeply wanted them to avoid the darkness he once knew. He helped others to achieve things they never dreamed possible, like taking adaptive kids sledding and just being there for his friends. He reached out to many to draw awareness to addiction and mental health issues and he exuded personal intrigue to those he interacted with. The Krazy Canadian was a wild and famous sledder known for his stunts, but Dan Davidoff was a caring human, at peace with his surroundings and place in life. And that’s his biggest achievement. He was a good person and that’s a million times more important that being a good sledder. So here’s to crazy. The good kind of crazy. The best kind of crazy. The kind of Krazy that generates memories that transcend time and space. If we could only all achieve the peace that Dan had, the world would be a much better place. Long shred the righteous wailers.

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FIRST TRAX

VARDA GETS A NEW HOME The Valemount and Area Recreational Development Association (VARDA) has purchased a new, permanent residence in downtown Valemount. The property (at 1020 Commercial Dr.) was formally a run-down bottle depot but the association is performing a series of renovations to create offices, a conference room, and suitable warehouse space for their equipment. This location is the only place where sledders can purchase their annual club memberships in person (buying online is the other option) for the 16/17 season. "The leap was made to secure our long term future," said VARDA General Manager Curtis Pawliuk. "This is big move for the association and one that we are very proud of. With this purchase, we have secured a permanent home in a community that has the potential to drastically change at any moment. The potential for Valemount is endless and people are starting to notice."

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Valemount has been buzzing with anticipation lately because of the new 4 season ski resort planned for the area. The Valemount Glacier Destination resort promises to put Valemount on the map in a unique way in North America by providing skiers and sightseers the opportunity to ride lifts to glaciers up high in the Premier Range. At this time there are no snowmobile areas negatively affected by this development. You can check out Valemountglaciers.com and Ridevalemount.com for more info. -TG

PRINCE GEORGE SC'S NEW PRESIDENT A young, female snowmobiler too often seems like an anomaly in our sport. So to find one, who is also willing to be a snowmobile club president, is extremely rare. But imagine that this wasn't the case. Imagine a world where snowmobiling is a pastime for many more families than we have now. Imagine out of those families who participate in club events, that you raised young people to contribute back into their snowmobiling community when they grew older. It's a path Meghan Bosecker knows can happen because she's lived it. Now she wants to see it happen for others. Meghan started sledding when she was six. By nine years old she was begging her father to take her to the mountains. She was thirteen when she started attending club meetings with her dad, which was more or less an ol' boys club; she was the youngest person there by almost 3 decades. Her dad felt strongly about being involved with the club, especially if you were a mountain rider and he instilled that in Meghan from a very young age. Meghan Bosecker has a vision. Her dream is to not only grow her club but also to grow her sport. She's leading by example, one club initiative at a time. About to enter her third year as club president, this passionate 25 year old, has learned many lessons and is starting to get her footing. She's made a five year commitment to the president position and is ushering her club toward new horizons. There are many challenges to overcome. The Prince George SC maintains a volunteer grooming operation and club cabin. The club doesn't have a fixed access point where they charge for trail passes and so it doesn't have sources of revenue like other clubs. Meghan is working her way through appeasing the old guard and preparing for the next generation. It's a sticky balance full of hard work and but plenty of reward. -TG

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QUARTZ CREEK CABIN OVERHAUL (AGAIN) In 2001, the cabin in Quartz Creek just outside of Golden, BC was constructed by volunteers using donated materials; it was intended as a place for snowmobile club members and their families to meet, warm up in and have lunch. Today, not much has changed; it is still a place to meet and have a bite, but traffic has increased since the early days creating wear and tear on the 15 year old building. The Golden Snowmobile Club and the Golden Snowmobile Trails Society recently combined and rebranded as SledGolden to streamline the decision making processes of the two boards. After much consideration, (which included the possibility of moving the location of the cabin) the board of directors of SledGolden decided on a facelift of the old cabin that included a new roof and chimney, new deck, and a timber frame roof over the deck. This was completed in the summer of 2015. However, the facelift the cabin received did nothing to amend the twisting cement blocks used as the foundations of the cabin. In the summer of 2016, SledGolden invested again in securing the footings of the popular cabin. The job couldn’t have been done without the hard work of Kelly Bushman owner/operator of Fast Cat grooming, and with the help of some other skilled tradesman the cabin will live to see many more winters. A new addition to the deck is a custom built bbq; this bad boy puts out some serious BTUs, so keep an eye on your sausage. The cabin is for everyone to enjoy and it is the responsibility of all the users to help keep it clean; there are garbage barrels provided and recycling bins as well. For full grooming updates, fees, current and future cabin info, as well as weather and conditions reports head over to www.sledgolden.com and be sure to support the local business featured on the sponsor page; without sponsors, infrastructure like cabins and groomed trails would be difficult to sustain. SledGolden and all of its sponsors look forward to the 2016/2017 sledding season and welcome new and returning visitors to Golden. -Colin Wallace

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YOUNG BUCK

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Where are you from? Colville, WA.

How old are you? 17 years old.

Sled/Setup: Last year I rode a LTD edition M8000 153". I threw on a wider 38" A-arm kit from ZBROZ paired up with ZBROZ X1 shocks. To stiffen up the skid I run Iceage Bomber rails, and an X-Brace from Iceage. I run Racewerx front and rear bumpers. They make the sled look angry! Then I had Fokus Graphics put together a custom wrap to throw on my sled and man it turned everyone's head! Also I threw on Simmons Flexi Skis for the handling department on my sled. They make a world of a difference when heading toward a jump - no more darting like the stock skis would do. Burly BMfab running boards were strong as hell and kept the snow out no matter the snow conditions.

How long have you been sledding? When I was 3 years old my dad bought me a Kitty Kat and that's when it all started! So about 14 years now.

What’s your favourite style of riding? My favourite style of riding is when the whole crew brings out a shovel and we build massive jumps and when it is done, everyone just goes off and we all send it huge! Big floaters and lots of hang time puts a smile on my face.

Favourite place to ride? My favourite place to ride is Meadow Mountain, a little past Kaslo, BC. Every time I go there, there is always something new and different to hit. Meadow Mountain has a bit of everything, from huge natural hits, whip jumps, huge drops, and some of the craziest chute climbs you can imagine. My dad has been taking me there since 2009.

What are your goals with the sport? My goal is to work harder and harder every time I go out on a ride and to better myself and to learn something new every time I get out on my sled. Ever since I was a little guy my dream was to be in a sled film. Hickshow put me in their movie when I was 13 and I was so stoked. Ever since then I have just gone bigger and bigger, and now I can't wait to see my segment in 509 volume 11. I am so thankful for all my sponsors for making my dream a reality.

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Why are we are still seeing incidents involving under-informed and underequipped snowmobile avalanche victims? Is it time to regulate who can buy a mountain sled? We do it with trucks, we do it boats, we do it with guns, why shouldn’t we do it with sleds? None of us want this but it’s time to get serious about avalanche safety. by Colin Wallace 22 Mountain Sledder


Mountain sleds have come a long way in every aspect from power to handling. It wasn’t that long ago that mountain sleds were cumbersome trail beasts, custom modified with a tunnel extension and a longer track stuffed underneath.

Today, anyone can walk into a dealership and pick up a mountain specific machine capable of climbing to the top of just about anything with ease. Relatively speaking, mountain sledding avalanche knowledge is not at the same level of understanding as the machines we ride. This unbalanced ratio catches the eye of media outlets that sensationalize tragedies and not so much the triumphs. This in turn, has created more pressure to create a formula that will help reduce avalanche related deaths in mountain sledding. Does the answer lie in regulating who can operate a snowmobile in the mountains through a licensing system that implements practical and written instruction? You need a drivers license to buy a car. You need a boat license to drive a boat and with the ATV registration program now in place in most provinces, the next logical step for the government is to create an ATV operator’s license.

What about firearms? There are a lot of parallels between firearms and snowmobiles: sitting idle or in the hands of someone competent, they are harmless, but when used irresponsibly or without instruction they can both be deadly. I’m sure there are a lot of folks out there that were taught how to shoot a gun by grandpa out on the farm when they were kids and are fully capable of safely handling one, but guns still need there to be a standardized test to ensure everyone is up to the same level of safety. Snowmobiling is also often something grandpa taught and supervised out on the farm; taking the grandkids out for rides out through the fields is how an obsession with sledding started for many. The cowboy approach to avalanches (that goes hand in hand with mountain sledding) is not too many pages back in the history book and it probably wouldn’t hurt to top up the sledding knowledge ol' grandad passes down with some current avalanche training by a certified instructor. Having to produce a piece of paper indicating you took a 2 day firearm safety course in order to purchase a firearm that you will have for the rest of your life, isn’t much of a hassle if it could potentially prevent a fatal accident. What if you were required to produce a piece of paper indicating that you participated in a 2 day avalanche course to purchase a new snowmobile? The price of

a current new snowmobile from the dealer is about $16,000; no one will notice an extra $300 to cover the cost of the course. Maybe it could be a partnership between the manufacturers, dealerships, and local avalanche course providers? A 2 day course to help keep you safer throughout a lifetime of sledding doesn’t seem like much. A snowmobile licensing system carries a fair bit a baggage though: How will it be enforced? Who will enforce it? The new BC ORV registration system was enforced last winter by local Conservation Officers trolling parking lots and pulling people over in town, but consistently patrolling the backcountry just wasn’t feasible financially or time-wise. It might be easy to deal with all the popular areas like Quartz Creek, Boulder and Valemont, but what about Secret Creek and Hidden Valley? How regulated do we want the backcountry to be? Wouldn’t the idea of having the backcountry patrolled to enforce licenses and registrations completely remove the feeling of freedom that mountain sledding gives us? Why don’t we put up streetlights and four way stops out there while we’re at it? The used snowmobile market goes under the radar just like buying a used gun privately; there are loop holes to bypass having to provide a valid sledding license to purchase one. Requiring a license to purchase a firearm works in some cases, but someone with poor intent certainly isn’t going to go through all the trouble of taking a safety course when they plan on using it to hold up a bank. The same would go for sledding, if your intent is to be reckless and took an avalanche course just to get a piece of paper to purchase a sled, then the system failed. Memorizing a textbook to pass a test is easy, applying the knowledge to make safe decisions in the backcountry will come from a conscious effort to do so. There are many reasons why there should and shouldn’t be a license required to operate a snowmobile in the backcountry, and maybe a license isn’t the solution to reducing avalanche fatalities in the backcountry, but something needs to happen. We have information, we have knowledge, and we have motive, all the pieces of the puzzle are spinning around above us, we just need is to put them together. When you or someone you know pulls the trigger on the purchase of a brand new sled this year, take some extra time and evaluate whether or not you are competent to operate that machine in a manner that will not endanger you or your riding partners. Mountain Sledder 23


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Avalanche Airbags are everywhere. And they should be. It warms the cockles of my heart to see just about every snowmobiler in the backcountry wearing a pack like it’s as standard issue as a transceiver, probe and shovel. But the field of packs is diversifying – there’s lots of brands and technologies out there now and Mountain Sledder wants to make it easy for you to pick the right pack for you. We take an in-depth look at 6 products and line up the same, following crucial criteria. Price

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I’m made of money, but you might not be. Let’s have a look at how much this is going to cost you. I’m going to deploy the pack. Then I’m going to try and figure out how to repack and recharge it after. Because I’m an act-first, figure-shit-out later kinda person.

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I’ve got a small lady (5’4”, 120 lbs) and a large dude (6’, 200 lbs) and I’m going to have each of them try it on and tell me what they think. There seems to be a few different shapes of airbags. I’m going to deploy each one and roll down a mountain side and see how I fare. Just kidding. I’m going to read the websites and use common sense.

To be honest, most of my gear goes in my tunnel pack. The pack is just for essentials. I know there’s some hard-cores out there with everything from Epi-Pens to flares in their packs and I respect that, but most of my gear goes on my sled, not my back. Here, we’ll put my essentials in the pack (shovel, probe, extra gloves, extra goggles, first aid kit, InReach and package of Obero jerky) and see how well it fits. Then I’m going to see how many cans of Monsters I can fit in.

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Pockets

What kind of service can I get for my pack? To find the answer to “What kind of yearly service should I perform on my pack,” I’m going to look at each website for the information and call each company and see what I get.

Is there anything unusual about the pocket set up? Anything particularly smart? Is there an avalanche gear pocket or extra-large zipper pulls?

There’s greatness in everything – let’s look at the best each pack as to offer.

Potential Challenges with the pack

Even powder days have hidden stumps. Let’s look at potential issues with each pack.

Service

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2017 Avalanche Airbags

Motorfist Argo

with 22L Snowmobile Cover

ABS Vario

Pieps Jetforce rider

Price - $1000 cdn $70 for refill canisters. Deployment - Uses two small compressed gas can-

Price - $1085 cdn $50 per swap on new cylinder. Deployment - One connection from cylinder to

Price - $1869 cdn Deployment - Battery operated fan. 4 deployments

Claimed Weight - 5.32 lbs Actual Weight - 6.3 lbs

Volume - 10 l, 0 Monsters

isters. Liked that their screw in heads were different sizes - it's hard to screw up! Volume - 22 l Claimed Weight - 6.5 lbs Actual Weight - 6.44 lbs

Pockets - Awesome goggle pocket and tool pocket

on front, zipped off internal compartment, sleeves for avi gear and one main stow.

pack with a compressed nitrogen cylinder. You'll replace the handle each deployment as well. Volume - 22 l

Pockets - One main pocket for the goods, which

design is nicely thought out. Dig the back-access zipper.

holds the majority of the bulk. There's an option for exterior shovel blade, handle and probe carry, but it was hard to trust the elastics to secure in the gear and even harder to get them to fit around our shovel. There are a couple of extra pockets for keys, inReach, goggles, etc., but nothing padded, so keep those goggles inside.

Challenges - Refill can be pricey and a challenge to

Fit - Available in S/M and L/XL.

Fit - Great for bigger builds. Airbag Shape - Pillow Highlights - Love the goggle pocket and the simple

find cylinders if you don't live near a dealership - stock up! We screwed up on our first "test-pull" and wasted a set of cylinders - read the instructions and don't be like us!

Service - I called Motorfist. Got a real person right

away who said yearly maintenance wasn't required as the canisters were sealed, but that I could dry-fire the pack as often as I wanted. Also let me know how durable the pack was and how the system had been in use by Scott and was a tested system. Sweet!

Airbag Shape - Wings Highlights - This is the only pack that comes in 2 sizes, so the fit seems a bit truer if you're on the larger or smaller side of life. If you're someone who brings anything more than the necessities, the volume is nice. Challenges - Refilling is a pain and can be expen-

sive. Information about how/where to do it is lacking on the website and in the end, our price to get it done was about $50 and 1-2 weeks to ship it off. The pack doesn't come with a right-side-trigger ($25 extra).

Service - Probably the easiest information of all

brands to find. The website has an easy 6-step yearly maintenance check to do.

per charge. Author's advice: read the manual! Know your gear! Rather than "always ready," you need to be charged and have a green light on.

Claimed Weight - 7.28 lbs Actual Weight - 7.36 lbs

Pockets - Front main stow with sleeves for avi gear plus back-access to main stow.

Fit - Best for small and medium builds Airbag Shape - Pillow Highlights - Obviously being self-sufficient with your airbag is nice. We love the idea of not being at the mercy of a shop for a refill. Also, once we got rid of all the ski stuff (helmet carry, mostly), the pack is super streamlined and simple. Challenges - There's not a lot of room in the pack.

For such a low-volume pack, we'd expect it to be a bit smaller and lighter. Also, handle is on the left-side - not ideal for sledders.

Service - I downloaded the manual but at 114

pages long, I wasn't eager to start digging. Once I did, there was some good info. I called Black Diamond and they gave me some good advice about ensuring that the pack was always off when I was done for the day because draining the battery wasn't ideal for the pack. They also confirmed for me that my firmware was up-to-date, which was appreciated!


BUYER'S GUIDE

Highmark Ridge 3.0

Highmark Spire lt VEST*

Price - $989 cdn $10-30 to refill canisters. Deployment - Kind of a no-brainer. Check to see if

Price - $1299 cdn $10-30 to refill canisters. Deployment - Same as RIDGE 3.0 Volume - 15 l, 0 Monsters.

Volume - 18 l

Claimed Weight - 6.65 lbs Actual Weight - did not have production model.

cylinder is full (3000 psi), screw in, go.

Claimed Weight - 5.5 lbs Actual Weight - 5.82 lbs

Pockets - One main stow for all our gear and an

internal sleeve for a probe. Shovel blade and handle go on the outside, which is always helpful.

Fit - Performance fit. Ideal for medium-sized men and for women. Airbag Shape - Pillow Highlights -It's light. It's minimal. It's beyond easy

to repack and reset. If you're not carrying the kitchen sink, this is your pack.

Challenges - You still need to go into a shop to get it refilled. Not ideal for huge guys.

Service - The link on the Highmark website took

me to the Mammut website, where I assume the information used to be. I called the phone number on the Highmark website and got a person who was able to verbally tell me that every season I should fire it off, check the connections and zippers. Also they reminded me that I should check the pressure every time I go out, which I do, because my mama raised me right.

Pockets - Exterior shovel blade and handle pocket, three flat front pockets for valuables and one main stow.

Fit - Best for those 5'8" and taller Airbag Shape - Wrap-Around Highlights - Highmark let us know that like all its P.A.S. Airbags (re: the wrap-around type), about 50% of the airbag is stored in the shoulders and straps, which means more volume available in the pack. Makes sense. The light material is awesome and will hopefully prove tough - we're ready for a vest that doesn't make us overheat. Finally - the bottom line is safety. If the stats are true, this pack provides the most amount of protection, and we'll put that at the top of our lists anyday. Challenges - Same as RIDGE 3.0. It also fits pretty tall, so it's not ideal for women or really short guys.

Service - Same as RIDGE 3.0 *prototype shown/tested

BCA Mtn Pro Vest Price - $1039 cdn $10-30 for refill canisters. Deployment - Cylinder requires 3 connections and

a safety hook, that seems a bit antiquated, but there's lots of instructions in a lot of places to ensure you don't screw up. Volume - 12 l - 0 Monsters. We couldn't fit our First Aid Kit in. Claimed Weight - 7.5 lbs Actual Weight - 7.58lbs

Pockets - One main stow (that ain't that big), a

sleeve for avalanche tools, a valuables pocket and a removeable sleeve for a water bladder. The front has 2 flat pockets for valuables and a transceiver pocket.

Fit - Adjustable for Small to Large frames. Airbag Shape - Pillow Highlights - The ability to change sizing on the pack is nice - it's the only vest that allows for that. Challenges - Despite the mesh liner, it's still pretty

hot in there. The tek-vest-like protection is nice, but it's always there, even when you don't need it. The weight issue is not ideal, either. Finally, if you carry more than a shovel, probe, gloves and goggles, this may not be the pack for you.

Service - I found the manual for the vest on BCA's

website and was able to find some useful information: yearly deployment should occur, your cylinder is only good for 20 deployments and that a pack should last 5 years with proper care. Mountain Sledder 29


DON' T

Bring your uninvited significant other, your dog and your cigarettes unless previously cleared by the home caretaker.

We've all been there. We've all needed a couch at a resort town to crash on. But there's some unwriten rules that should be abided by. Mountain Sledder is here to help guide your way to being a good house guest and to show you some hot gear while we're at it. Photography: Steve Dutcheshen/Tim Grey Models: Haven Dionne Werner (WorldsportandPoker.com) and Steve Dutcheshen Words: Jessica Joy

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DO

Show up with a bottle of wine, by yourself, with thoughts about how to provide dinner.

DSG Hooded Vest - $129 Obviously this vest isn’t for actually sledding in. It’s for wearing to the bar post sled day and being the first person to be served a drink. Duh. www.divasouterwear.com

509 Altitude Helmet - $329 Weighs next to nothing, fits like a boss, vents everywhere, Go-Pro mount, breathbox and chin curtains – not to mention the most genius chin-strap we’ve ever seen. www.ride509.com

TOBE Vivid Boot Speed - $529 Arright, Running Boards. Bring on every traction cleat you’ve got. These boots can handle it. They’re warm, easy to get on and tough as sh!*. www.tobeouterwear.com


TOBE Privus Jacket - $629 Loosely translated, “Privus” is Swedish for “Super waterproof, super warm jacket made from herring and meatballs,” but our Swedish is a little rusty. We’d still wear this jacket sledding in the coldest temps. www.tobeouterwear.com

Skinz Next Level Series Rear Bumper - $330 This bumper costs as much as a hotel room and nice dinner, but if you’ve ever had someone or something unwelcome run into you from behind, you’d happily pay this to protect your chassis. You feel me? www.SkinzCanada.ca

DO

Pretend your hosts are interesting at dinner, go to sleep quietly and get up early to shred the next day.

509 Kingpin Goggle - $89 Finally! An affordable premium goggle! Nice to see that someone knows how much gas and beer costs and is trying to help us out. www.ride509.com

TOBE Privus Monosuit - $899 Ok, you’re an adult, I’m an adult, let’s all just sack up and admit that onesies rule and we never should have denied them their prowess. They’re warm, they’re dry and they’re damn well thought out. www.tobeouterwear.com 32 Mountain Sledder

Kimberley Alpyne Apparel Tank- $27 Much like you, this company came out of the prairies to crush it in the mountains and have built a great new Canadian company around their love of mountain sledding. Well, almost like you. www.alpyneapparel.com


SLDNX T - $30 Slednecks gear means you're a badass. www.slednecks.com

Highmark by Snowpulse RIDGE 3.0 Avalanche Airbag - $759 Highmark has been doing crossfit all summer....it’s like two lbs lighter, faster to set-up and re-set and just beat us in a one-legged squat competition.. www.SnowpulseHighmark.com

DON' T

Make dinner only for yourselves, let your dog eat the leftovers and party till 4am.

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DON' T

Hang around the house all day, even if you're hungover.

DSG Avid Technical Boot w BOA - $278 Obviously men’s and women’s feet are the same. That’s why you and your husband borrow each other’s pumps and hockey skates. However, for those not buying this fact, here’s something truly revolutionary for women’s boots. And - say it with me everyone – INTUITION LINERS! www.divasouterwear.com

DO

Make the bed when you leave, clean the dishes and leave a few beers behind.

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DSG Roller Bag - $249 As Canadians, we all know what the inside of a hockey bag smells like. And yet, we haven’t seemed to rise up against this fact and put our gear... In. Something. Else. Let the revolution begin! www.divasouterwear.com


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Morgan Gamache is a sledder through and through. He started when he was five, bought his first sled at sixteen and now in his late twenties, he leads the charge as one of the best in the game. He’s been starring in sled media since he made an appearance in a Dave Craig Roops of Hazzard movie on a ’04 MXZ. He was thirteen. Since then, he’s been following an impressive path of progression, not just a rider but also as a media producer. These days, Morgan is just as passionate about capturing sledding as he is about being a sledder and it’s clear that our community is in for a good show. We caught up with the man in Pemberton this summer to see what makes him tick. -Tim Grey

photo: Julie Ann Chapman

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Gamache family photo

Julie Ann Chapman

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photos: Julie Ann Chapman

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On filming:

On selling his sled to go to school?

“I love everything about filming in the mountains. To me it’s the best time you can have with your friends. To be out there and to have the objective of getting shots is a pastime that I really enjoy.”

“It was a tough decision but one that has worked out. I spent four years without owning a sled but I was still always a sledder in my heart. I’d come home (to Pemberton) and borrow my dad’s sled. I’d still get 10-15 days a year in but I was mostly focused on school and career. In the 15/16 season I was finally in a position again to get back on my own sled. I bought a Freeride and moved to Revelstoke. It was so good to be back with sledding as a priority.”

On editing: Editing shots of myself has made me a better sledder. When you’re editing, you sit at a computer and watch the same move a hundred times because you’re trying to line everything up. I’ve noticed little subtleties in my riding from watching and editing footage of myself that has helped me improve. It was a cool bi-product of actually editing.”

On Racing: “I love racing. I wish I could do way more. I’ve only ever competed at the Silverstar race but I loved it.

Race Results 2015: Semi-pro Stock 800: 1st 800 Improved: 1st 800 Mod: 1st

2016: Pro Open Improved: 1st 800 Improved: 2nd Open Mod: 3rd

On work: I’m an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, but I like Helicopter Mechanic better as a title. Winter work is often a little slower in my industry which is fine with me. When I do travel it’s usually 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off. It means I miss a lot of good storm cycles but I also get a bunch too.

On Revelstoke: I love the tree riding in Revelstoke, which is my favorite kind of sledding. The snow is so good and the terrain is featured. For me right now, it’s where I want to be.

On growing up as a sledder: “Growing up in Pemberton there was always a chance to sled. I went out with my dad and mom a lot. We were a riding family. I’ve had a sled ever since I was five but the breakthrough for me was in my early teens when I got on a 2001 Summit 600 (136”). That’s the sled that got me to keep up with my dad. Back then, because I was so light, my dad and his friends would send me and my buddy first through the trees to break trail. We were pretty small so we were basically useless at getting unstuck, so they’d always send us on ahead and by the time we were stuck, they’d catch up and trade us out with other sleds to keep going.”

Gamache is a master of whips. Although if you ask him, he’d say he’s a student. It’s a move that has come naturally for him but it’s also one he’s been practicing for a long time. The whip in BRAAAP 15, which made the cover of the DVD was one of the nastiest stomps we’ve ever seen.

On whips: “The thing I like about whips is that everyone does them differently. It’s a move that really brings out style and for me, I like to see three point landings. I remember being there in the early days watching and being apart of when whips started happening in Whistler. That was cool and I’ve kinda always had them. Turcotte and Munster to me are the guys I really look up to.”

On cliff drops: I’m trying to get better at cliff drops and I have to call out Cody McNolty as someone who’s really helped me with that. They kinda freak me out but I’m learning.

On shoutouts: Gotta give it up to my buddy Denver Debes. I’ve been sledding a lot with him and we have a blast. BRAAAP films, of course, we’ve worked together for years. The Hickshow boys for sure. Finally got out with them this winter and it was a blast. Jon Jean for sure. We’ve shaped each other’s sledding in pretty cool ways. I got a hold of a Piston Bully once in Whistler and we built some big jumps. That had a good effect on Jon.


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Riley Suhan clearing over the peaks of the Catamount Glacier.

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INTO another

DIMENSION IN RADIUM BC

It's late spring and the 509 team is looking to finish up shooting for their next film Volume 11. Temps have been sky high and it's getting harder and harder to find the snow conditions they need to get things done. “What is this place?” Jay Mentaberry exclaimed when we gathered on top of the Catamount glacier. We’d been wide open on the throttles for a while when we finally decided to re-group. The stoke was high for this youthful contingent of the 509 team that also included Riley Suhan and filmer Dave McKinny, all of who were here for the first time. Moments before, we had crested onto the ice and left the hot spring of the lower valley for cooler temps and alpine bliss. After a week fighting slushy snow in valleys far away, it was a refreshing change to get up high and see some new sights. We were a world away from the ultra-featured terrain of Eagle Pass, which we had been working for the last ten days. Here the sprawling glacier has carved a flat, spacious surface that roams and wanders and is only interrupted by jagged peaks sticking straight out of the ice. Attached to the flanks of those peaks are mounds of ice and snow. It’s big terrain and it takes awhile to absorb it all. Really it’s a place that takes years to try to understand. The kind of features that our young and progressive crew are looking for aren’t exactly obvious here but slowly throughout the trip the truth would be revealed.

Words and photos by Tim Grey

What the crew doesn’t know is that it used to be illegal to be here. Only until recently did the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society successfully lobby to get sanctioned sledding up on the glacier. In a leading example of multiple user groups combining on a workable compromise, the parties and ministries involved have approved mountain snowmobiling on the Catamount glacier after Feb 15th for the past couple of years. It’s a solution that seems to be working. The pre-February closure is admirably observed by the vast majority of sledders and that does well to placate the anti-sledding community. From Feb 15 - June 1 the Catamount opens up for snowmobile use and it at least doubles the size of the amazing Forester Creek drainage. Sledding user groups of all stripes and colors have operated in this drainage for years, and because of good management, the valley stands to support years more of positive recreation experiences for many. Mountain Sledder 45


Suhan at sunset.

Eric is hell bent on flying his snowmobile from his paraglider wing and none of us try to talk him out of it. When Eric Oddy and his buddy Shag show up things go from good to even better. These are some special locals, who know the land like they’ve been sledding here for decades. Shag is somewhat new to the area but he doesn’t sled like it, and Eric, well let’s just elevate Eric to legend status, in case there was ever any doubt. Today, Eric is hell bent on flying his snowmobile from his paraglider wing and none of us try to talk him out of it. As crazy as it sounds, we all want to see it happen. The sport of parasledding has a very unique population of one and as Eric starts lining his flight up, our goal for the day is to keep things that way. Sure as shit, in not too much time there’s a snowmobile flying through the air logging the longest airtime ever for a sled. It’s a bizarre thing to see but something you can’t help but watch every moment of. After a couple of successful flights it’s becoming obvious to Jay that he should also try parasledding. What could possibly go wrong? This is where shit starts getting a bit more serious. Of course Jay wants to try it. Jay is Jay. But also, we kinda need Jay. He’s pretty much the brightest light in mountain sledding and it’d be good to keep him around for a bit to see where he leads us. So how about we try to not drop him out of the sky? 46 Mountain Sledder

Eric Oddy parasledding.


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Nothing to see here folks. Just a couple of nutty, young at heart wildmen being themselves It’s not surprising that any rational conversation is lost in engine noise. Together with Eric, the two tandem around practicing short take offs and landings. Luckily the Catamount is huge. Really, it’s the perfect place for such antics. Eric’s in his element. It’s true what they say that the only difference between men and the boys is the size of their toys. Nothing to see here folks. Just a couple of nutty, young at heart wildmen being themselves. And really, if you close your eyes, they are just like young kids, lost in imagination and playtime. Thank goodness the episode ends without incident. As it turns out, the patience to untangle lines on failed attempts would cure many from parasledding alone. It’s not exactly a turn-key sport. As we sit around it becomes apparent that it’s probably time to see if we can bag some shots. Being as today is the last day of a long and successful season of shooting, the desire to pull the cameras out for anything but pure magic is low. We explore a bit and do some set ups but the features aren’t exactly working. Unfortunately the hot spring has also had its way up high here and the athletes struggle to make speed for big takeoffs. Riley, being his creative self, starts wall jibbing a big slab of granite and that definitely lifts the cameras out of the packs. Mentaberry responds with a couple of wild attempts at a 360 elevator drop, a move where you slide down a slope sideways and also spin around in the snow. His closest attempt to success sets a lot of snow moving and he manages to break a part on his sled in the process. Breaking his sled is something Jay claims he’s very good at and he laments that his day is done.

Forester Creek Sled Shed.

The Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society regularly grooms Forester Creek access.

Winter evening at the Radium Hot Springs pools.

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DIMENSION We’ll head home soon but not before we take the sunset in, which is incredible. Sitting above 3000 metres, we chill out and watch the sky go from yellow to orange to pink. We session some fancy sunset turns and again the cameras come out. It’s impossible to not take a picture. Moments like these are the reason we live. It feels like we're in another dimension and we never want to leave.

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Mentaberry finds the next level.


Suhan doesn't need snow to find fun.

Nice, very nice.


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Jeremy Hanke, Revelstoke, BC. photo: Alain Sleigher

Night Rider Sleds come stock with headlights right? What are headlights for? Lighting up the darkness. Even when the sun departs, more riding can go down. As sledding style grows and re-invents itself every season, the filmer and photographer follow with their own style and night riding/shooting is pure fire right now. Night riding turns everything you did on a sled during the day on its ear, creating a whole different kind of epic challenge, as the shadows from the moon cast an eerie light on the peaks. Some of the most memorable times I’ve ever had on a sled are staying at a backcountry cabin and heading out to ride after dinner when the sun has set. For maximum fun when the moon is bright and the skies are clear, pull your headlight bulbs out and let your eyes adjust. If sledding in the backcountry leaves you with the ultimate sense of freedom, night sledding adds an element of epic forcing you to be creative with your riding style; step out of your comfort zone and paint the canvas at any time of the day, or night. By Colin Wallace

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Snow art is harder than you think. Riley Suhan, Radium, BC. photo: TGFG

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