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Meat 12/ OTH...Ignorance Isn't Bliss Leave tracks not trash.

23/ Film Awards We call out the best of the best in this year's crop of movies.

24/ 2017 Gift Guide This is the hot gear that is sizzling for 2017.

30/ Get The Shot: Stevin Tuchiwsky Q & A with one of the best photographers in sledding.

34/ Brodie Evans Get ahead and stay ahead with a man leading the charge.

44/ Ride Guide: Silent Pass Details on a must-ride near Golden BC.

50/ How to ProHoe Russ McLaughlin advises from first hand experience.

Contents: Riley Suhan, Purcell Mountains, BC. photo: @TGFG_ Cover: Reagan Sieg, Revelstoke BC. photo: Jeff Harker

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Potatoes 15/ Contributors 16/ First Trax 54/ Capture Rad 64/ AFA...PS - I Love You 66/ Last Call


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IGNORANCE ISN'T BLISS It frustrates me to see garbage in the backcountry. I understand accidentally dropping or misplacing something. I lose my keys, phone or wallet almost hourly, but when there is a pile of cans and plastic food wrappers on the ground in a sledding area, that is deliberate and ignorant. If there was room in a pack or sled storage compartment to bring it in, then it’s mind boggling how it can’t go back out that way. Equally frustrating is the notion of riding by a piece of trash, not picking it up, and then complaining about it; by doing this, you are part of the problem, and not the solution.

"It wasn’t me." It would be impossible to police everyone else’s actions but it is easy to police our own. If you see something on the ground put your ego and laziness aside and pick it up; resist the urge to belittle someone else for their ignorance and take solace in your own corrective actions. If we want sledders to be seen as environmental stewards, we need to stop pointing fingers and chanting “It wasn’t me." The garbage sledders leave is a black eye on our community. We're 'known' for this ignorance and the stereotype has to change. Human waste has put our current global environmental situation into crisis and it is an attainable goal to prevent ill action. And it starts with us. So in our quest for bliss in the alpine, let’s leave trenches and not trash. -Colin Wallace

10+ bags of garbage collected from the alpine bowls of Quartz Creek in summer 2016. photo: @TGFG_

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10 bags of trash, collected during the summer months from alpine bowls in Quartz Creek. photo: @TGFG_

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Leaving trash and chopping down trees in high alpine environments is not cool. Gorman Lake, BC. photo: @TGFG_

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Will the real Turkey Reinheardt please stand up? Big props to Tanner Giesbrecht who drove over two hours from Rimbey, Alberta to join us at the 509 premiere in Edmonton this October. Tanner's outfit was the winning costume in our Turkey Reinheardt look-alike competition. His get-up was so real that many of Turkey's close friends were fooled. I bet if Turkey himself looks back at the pictures he might not even remember that he wasn't there (talk about being a buck short and a day late). Thanks for your effort Tanner and remember to 'keep her pinned and hang on.' –TG

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FIRST TRAX

NEW RIDING ZONE IN KITIMAT: BOLTON RIDGE The Kitimat Snowmobile and Hikers Club is in the final approval stages to open up a new sanctioned zone: Bolton Ridge. This would be the third official riding area in Kitimat. The club is waiting on final approval from the Haisla First Nation group but are not expecting oposition. The Bolton Ridge area has been frequented by snowmobilers in the past via a difficult single track access from further north; but now, due to a new logging road (North Nalbeelah Forest Service Road), the zone can be reached from the Kitimat side via a significantly easier approach. The club has successfully applied for tenure to provide grooming services on the FSR from Rec Sites and Trails BC, and if all goes well, a new day cabin will be erected at some point in the future.

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Bolton Ridge has special terrain with many features that modern sledders love. The snow in Bolton is a combination of the usually stable, pure coastal goodness of areas close to the ocean and the higher, drier continental fluff that falls closer to Terrace. More info can be found on the club's Facebook page: facebook.com/ KitimatSnow -TG

CAPRI INSURANCE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE To insure or not to insure that is always the question. If inconvenience was ever a reason not to protect your sled investment then the new website that Capri Insurance just launched will throw that excuse out the window. Starting in November 2016, sledders and ORV (outdoor recreational vehicles) owners will be able to insure their vehicles at www.Capri.ca/ORV in just a few simple steps. "We really tried to make it as simple as possible," explains Capri agent Zach Schwing. "We spent a lot of time going through the user experience and process of insuring your ORV and we're really proud of how it turned out. The system is designed so you don't have to talk to anyone." The new Capri site allows you to easily get a quote and to purchase both liability and physical damage insurance on all your ORVs. Being a member of an ORV club like the BCSF (British Columbia Snowmobile Federation) allows you to get a better deal. Got multiple ORVs? No problem, that's built in. Want flexibility in purchasing options? There's that too. So how much does it cost? In our research, a BCSF member, with a $10,000 sled, registered in BC, and insured at the top level (Gold) with the added Ride Star protection (in other words, the top level of everything you can buy) will run you $463. A $20,000 sled, with the same top-of-the-line package, was $728/year. Does the coverage work in Alaska or Alberta? You bet, as long as you're adhering to the laws of British Columbia, you're covered. And new for 2016 is that other drivers, who don't live in your household, are covered by your insurance on your sled. Check out www.Capri.ca/ORV for more info. -TG 16 Mountain Sledder


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POLARIS FOUNDER TRIBUTE

died on October 8, 2016 at home in Roseau, MN. Over David Eli Johnson, age 93, died on October 8, 2016 at home in Roseau, MN. You may not know who he was but all sledders owe him a debt of th declined due to dementia. David was born in Roseau, gratitude. David was a founding member of Polaris Industries and his work ethic, dedication to people he employed and pursuit of excellence set Walfred and Signe (Sunsten) Johnson. Signe died shortly the foundation and corporate culture for one of the largest ORV , she asked her midwife, Betty Hetteen, to take care of manufacturing companies in the world.

y and Peter Hetteen farm in Malung Township, south of David grew up on the Betty and Peter Hetteen farm in Malung gest child, calling them mom and dad. David spent his Township, south of Roseau. He became their youngest child, calling their many grandchildren, among them Edgar (later them mom and dad. David spent his childhood years playing with en. many Edgar (later brother-in-law) Malung. Hetheir spoke onlygrandchildren, Swedish untilamong the 2ndthem grade, when and Allan Hetteen. learned English. After graduating from Malung School, Davidcompleting attended school in Malung. spoke only Swedish until the High School, 9th grade. DavidHe said he rode 2ndtograde, when his in teacher it was time 20⁰ he learned English. ol every day Roseau, even wintersaid when it was After graduating from Malung School, he attended one year at School, completing 9thingrade. David said he rode his he Navy, Roseau serving High in China. During his tour the Navy, Indian to school day Upon to Roseau, dgar to help startmotorcycle Hetteen Hoist and every Derrick. his even in winter when it was 20⁰ below zero. joined Edgar back in Roseau. Allan became a partner in p became Polaris Industries. In January 1956 David In 1944 David enlisted in enjoyed the Navy,spending serving intime China. During his Cat. As Polaris grew, David most tour in the Navy, David sent money home to Edgar his time as Vice President of Manufacturing. He retired in to help start Hoist and Derrick. Upon his discharge in July 1946, David ips to theHetteen plant, encouraging employees and checking joined Edgar back in Roseau. Allan became a partner in 1948. In the partnership became Polaris Industries. met and fell1954 in love with Eleanor Knochenmus Rud andIn January 1956 David completed the first Polaris Sno-Cat. As Polaris grew, David , 1948. They shared love, devotion, and companionship most enjoyed spending time on the shop floor, even during his e. time With as ViceEleanor President of friends, Manufacturing. He long retired in1987, yet or adventurer. and he made continued weekly trips the of plant, derness. The Northwest Angle onto Lake the encouraging Woods was employees and ecially enjoyed winter. His on transportation evolved checking progress new products. Whenfrom he was 24, David o boats, airplanes, snowmobiles. He reveled in being met andand fell in love with Eleanor Knochenmus Rud and they A life well lived. David Johnson led by example and changed our sport. photo: provided by Polaris. ing the woods swamps, camping, and birdwatching. were and married on June 27, 1948. They shared love, devotion, and ve, passingcompanionship on his love of the natural world to his children David was an avid throughout 68 years of marriage. d him on his adventures. outdoor adventurer. With Eleanor and friends, he made long canoe trips in the Canadian wilderness. The Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods y his Christian andplace, he was known for his humility was afaith, favorite where he especially enjoyed winter. His transportation evolved from snowshoes, skis, and canoes, to boats, airplanes, and ader with asnowmobiles. propensity forHemischievous fun. He supported reveled in being outside hunting, fishing, exploring the woods and swamps, camping, and birdwatching. Watch a touching ng everyone to contribute. inspired trust and loyalty tribute to David atThis Sleddermag.com/polaris-snowmobiles-co-founder-david-johnson-tribute/ s, church, and Polaris through tough times. David was an

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ember of the Roseau Assembly of God (now Roseau nd served on the board for 58 years. He taught Sunday was a member of Gideons International, the American nd the NW MN Manufacturers Association. David was The Calling is an eventinconcept thatInternational is gaining traction in munity School Hall of Fame 1992, the me in 1999, and the Polaris Hall of Fame in 2004. Revelstoke and abroad. The mission of the event is "to create an snowmobiling festival in Revelstoke, BC that generates eath by hisannual Hetteen “fösterfamilj ”: father Peter, mother funding for non-profit well as, "to shift the culture of safe Olson, Emma Johnson, Lydia groups, Larson," asEmanuel, John, Elsie. backcountry mountain motorized use practices." y his Johnson biological family: father Walfred, mother The event isIrene currently in itsPhilip, planning phase and organizers are Maurine Kannenberg, Grahn, Ruby Hetteen, other-aunthoping Lillie (Signe’s sister); and his brother to run it in the winter of 2018. TheRuben. Calling would be a obert (Mary). four-day festival that would include avalanche awareness courses, wife Eleanor of Roseau; his children Mitchellcompetition, (Dawn) of a photo a vintage ride, drag races, a freestyle wo Harbors, Mary (Tom of Minneapolis, and race through the competition andKlassen) – most notably – a cross-country oseau; hismountains grandchildren (Rebecca), fromDavid Revelstoke to EagleAnne Pass.(Alicia avey) Johnson, Hannah and Eben Johnson, Jesse and y Fish, andThe Rowan Johnson; and his great grandchildren next step is a fundraising stage. We'd love to see this happen and are sending good vibes towards this idea. -TG

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FIRST TRAX

FORSTER CREEK TO BE GROOMED MORE REGULARLY Sled Radium has been making some big improvements regarding maintenance on the Forster Creek area for the 2016/17 season including new paid staff and a quota to groom more regularly. The Windermere Valley Snow Society has hired a paid employee who will be acting as the grooming operator to maintain the Forster Creek trail. This new employee will be grooming the trail approximately every 75 snowmobiles that pass by, compared to previous years when the society had only groomed the trail twice a week. The operator will also be making a grooming pass in and out as compared to previously, when the group only groomed one pass, twice a week. At the trailhead, the society has hired 2 employees this season to act as trail host/fee collectors, 7 days a week, compared to last season when they only collected 4 days a week. Trail fees will remain $20/ rider/day and $15 for BCSF members at other clubs. A year long pass is $120. Also, there is new signage on the trail, at the gas drop, and in the cabin. Stay in touch at SledRadium.com. -TG


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FILM REVIEWS

Best Film

Best Air

509 Volume 11

Brett Turcotte in 509 Volume 11

The format was different and there was dissension among the jurors, but nobody had the combo of shots, editing style, or the audio and production value that 509 brought this year. The choice for Best Film again goes to the 509 crew who always seem to put in the time and effort to hit a home run.

Rider of the Year

Best Segment

Brodie Evans in Slednecks 19

Turcotte's combo of airs in his sledding segment alone were enough to win this award but when you throw in the first ever snowbike backflip to the mix, then you begin to understand why Brett's domination of our sport continues. Nobody can fly quite like this guy.

Dunford

Double pillow lines, smooth flow and use of terrain set Brodie Evan's closing segment in Slednecks 19 apart from everyone else this season. The way Brodie approaches riding the mountain is refreshing and intriguing.

Honourable Mentions

Honourable Mentions Sorry we didn’t have space for everything. Here’s a few that caught our eye too: Good Vibes- Alpine Assasins 7 Nice Juan - Nathan Greziuk - Followcam 7 She Sends - Nadine Overwater - Volume 11 Giver' - Slednez- Momentum

Reagan Sieg

Harker

With segments in 509 v.11, Slednecks 19, Moto 8, Braaap 16, Trax, a Redbull webisode, and add a stunt double appearance for Captain Kirk in Star Trek as well, it's clear that nobody got more done than Reagan Sieg last year. Always fun to watch and always pushing his limits, Reagan's efforts are paying off as he leads the snowbike charge.

Rookie of the Year

Munster Films Munster dropped into the film game this season with a series of hammers for the 2016/17 winter (we got a sneak peek). With a heavy emphasis on film making essentials like cinematography, composition, B-roll establishing shots and on-beat editing, these guys have found a style that showcases the best of our sport. We're excited to see what the Munster crew can continue to come up with. Mountain Sledder 23


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hristmas, anniversary, birthday or 'sorry I went sledding but I brought you something back,' there's always a reason to hook up your partner with some good kit. And you know what the best part is? When they're stoked, you get stoked. So you might as well pick them out something good that they'll like, and then guess what, your life gets easier. Here's a guide to getting some gifts that give back.

DSG - Avid Technical Polartec Neoshell Pant - $420 What is the point of waterproof gear if you are always soaked with sweat? DSG has the answer: Polartec速 NeoShell速 with its unique ability of instant breathability while simultaneously maintaining a durable, protective, and windproof/waterproof shell! Unlike its competitors in the snowmobile industry, Polartec速 NeoShell速 is instantly breathable which makes it the ultimate in personal climate control. No longer do you have to wait for your jacket to build up steam before releasing hot air from your body while being active. This also eliminates the need to shed layers during physical activity.

Mammut Element - $425 You know you need one of these if you don't have one, right? You know you should replace it every 5-10 years, right? You know that digital, 3 antennas, and 60 m range are the standard now? Movement detection, intelligent group check, auto self-test when switching on and high resistance to impact and breakage are the reasons why you want this Element from Mammut. www.mammut.ch

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DSG Avid Technical Boot- $349 What's worse than cold toes? Not even Donald Trump as president, that's what. Keep your digits warm (to -40 degrees) and keep a good grip on your running boards with an aggressive lug outsole on these Avid's. The BOA feature makes sure you're getting a great fit. www.DivasOuterwear.com

TOBE VIVID MONO SUIT $750 If it's good enough for Chris Brown then it's good enough for you. Because he's hot. Like red chili pepper hot. With 2 layer Sympatex Cordura this fully seam sealed, non insulated piece from TOBE, with intentional pockets for the things you carry is a winner. Us.tobeouterwear.com

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DSG Side Button Hoodie - $90 We challenge you to find any girl who doesn't want this hoodie. Cozy fabric, 3 colors, and a good price make this one an easy way to look hot and be hot. Stay in her good books and pick this one up for her. www.DivasOuterwear.com

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Slednecks Shredder Flexhat - $38 Helmet hair? Dirty hair? No hair? Throw on the Shredder from Slednecks. Bam! Problem solved, now you're ready to head for a fancy dinner. www.slednecks.com

Alpyne Apparel Richmond Tank - $30 "The beach is that way." Let's face it, you're stacked, so you might as well show it off in style by rocking cool gear from a good ol' Canadian homegrown brand. Support local! Alpyneapparel.com

Alpyne Apparel Yellowstone Slouch Beanie - $26 'I have too many good looking, color matching beanies,' said no one ever. Keep your hearing aid's batteries warm or just look great in these warm and cool toques beanies from Alpyne Apparel. Alpyneapparel.com

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DSG Tech Base Layer Pant - $55 It's day four of the trip and you couldn't care less if people in your hotel see you enjoying a drink in the common area your underwear after a good day of sledding. It feels like you and your crew practically run this place anyways. But still, you're getting the looks, not because you're weird but because you're HOT... and warm. Snuggly warm. Yeah, you want these. www.DivasOuterwear.com

TOBE WoolPower Long Johns - $90 Ask yourself this, who knows long johns better than the Swedes? Made to provide insulation and moisture vapour regulation. These Wool Power long underwear are a unique design with only one lengthwise seam and no inseam. Comes with smooth elastic waistband with knitted-in logo. Ja! Us.tobeouterwear.com

DSG Countryside Sock $30

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Highmark Ridge 3.0 - $759 The RIDGE pack remains the same as previous years, but now comes with the super lightweight, incredibly compact Snowpulse 3.0 Inflation Technology. The RIDGE was designed to meet the needs of snowmobilers who demanded an intelligentlydesigned, compact and low-profile avalanche airbag. Essentially, the RIDGE is an avalanche airbag that fits so well, you’ll never notice you’re wearing an avalanche airbag (price does not include canister). Highmarkbags.com Find a Highmark dealer near you on p.48

Highmark Spire LT P.A.S. 3.0 - $1059 ALL NEW for 16/17, this is the avalanche airbag snowmobilers have been waiting for. The absolute lightest vest on the market provides uncompromising comfort. Combined with the P.A.S. System, that means you're wearing the ultimate in avalanche protection (price does not include canister). Highmarkbags.com Find a Highmark dealer near you on p.48

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HOT GEAR 2017

GEAR GUIDE

CKX Titan Helmet - $420 First you mock it, then you rock it! It took us a bit to adapt to the truth that the new CKX Titan helmet lets you have a (non alcoholic ) drink, make out with your girl, puff a fag, nibble on jerky or have an understandable conversation, all without having to take off your lid. Removable muzzle: the revolution is here. Open up the front of your helmet with one finger using a quick release system. Also the 210 degree goggles, that clip to the side of the helmet using RapidClip tech, provide a snug fit and offer a large panoramic vision. Is this a game changer? www.ckxgear.com

DSG Roller Bag - $250 Problem: It's dumping in Russia but you can only afford one ticket. Solution: Stuff your riding partner in this roomy roller bag. That was easy. Seriously though, this bag has 5.3 cubic feet of storage which begs the question, what can't you fit in here? www.DivasOuterwear.com

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DSG Soft Shell Jacket - $125 You've got airs to stomp and jaws to drop, so stay warm and be flexible with this killer piece from DSG. Wear it under a jacket on cold days and flaunt it, as is, when it's warm. The high collar will keep the wind out and the puffer, quilted duck-down panels on the front will keep the heat in. Ya got this... www.DivasOuterwear.com

509 Revolver Goggle - $200 Fog no more. Before it was a dream, now it's reality. 509's Pivot Lens Tech features an oversized spherical snow lens that gives you incredible field of vision. This dual pane lens features a vast improvement in anti-scratch technology and the inner pane was sourced with the best anti-fog technology from Italy. The lens hinge lets you change your lenses easily or open it up to let hot air out before you fog. Find a 509 dealer near you on p.42

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GET THE SHOT w i t h S t e v i n Tu c h i w s k y Stevin Tuchiwsky started out in photography the way many do, in front of the lens. As a pro mountain biker Stevin explored pushing his own limits in sport before he picked up a camera and started shooting his buddies. His work in sledding is not full time, but that doesn't mean he hasn't left a lasting impression. Stevin's ability to grab a frame that brings out emotion makes him one of the best in the game. - TG Kit:

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Let’s start with the basics: Where are you based? How old are you? Got a nickname?

Does landscape photography pay better than sledding photography?

I am based out of Calgary, AB where I have resided for about two years now. It has been a perfect gateway to the mountains while still being in a place that makes living practical. I am currently 31 and hoping to stay there for the next 30 years. I don't think I really have any nickname? My last name is complicated as is, I don't see how you could make a nickname out of it.

The snowmobile world is such a small world in some ways, but it's one of the most expensive outdoor recreational activities. A lot of the people out there are doing it for the pure passion of the sport, which is awesome but it limits professional opportunities. Landscape and other established sports have been my bread and butter for the most part but I love shooting sledding for the pure challenge.

Favourite lens? Why?

How do you make a career as a photographer?

It all depends what I am shooting and where I am shooting. Asking that is like asking a parent who their favourite kid is. I really have been enjoying my new Sony glass lately and excited to see the company evolve and establish more products.

I wouldn't say I have made a full career yet. I have slowly been phasing myself in to be established. I have been hectically trying to balance life, especially more as of late with real world work and photo work. My full time job is as a Civil Engineer Technologist which keeps me just as busy.

What are you searching for when you set up a shot? Do you shoot weddings? There are so many things I look for when composing a shot: rule of thirds, foreground, depth, light, separating subjects and so on. I feel photography is such a projection of your personal self and everyone is entitled to their own style. I really like a clean look and not too over done. Trying to capture a feeling in one single image and hoping that feeling can convey across to a wide audience when they see the image is always the end goal. If I can make an impact on someone with an image with that shock and awe effect I am happy and feel comfortable of the image I have produced.

Who are your favourite people to work with? I have had the chance to work with so many great people, from athletes, to friends, to just people of the same interest. I really love working with people who get it though, that have the same vision and willing to go that extra step to produce something special. It is those people who make taking an image easy and really are the real reason why I get to capture some really interesting things. I have always believed if it wasn't for the relationships I have gained I wouldn't have half the portfolio I do. 30 Mountain Sledder

No weddings for this guy. That sh#t is too crazy. Ha.

How has Instagram affected your business? Do you get pissed or stoked when you see your stuff reposted there? Instagram has been a huge platform to self promote myself for sure. Along with that, building client relationships and also personal relationships have been key from it. It is a great tool these days to help with getting your name out there but I think it should also be considered it's not about the numbers of it. Some of the best photographers I know don't have IG or other social platforms but have established themselves by just having great work. It is easy to get caught up in it but if you can separate yourself from it and use it for it's resourcefulness I think its a great thing. I am pretty stoked to get work shared on it and generally it is with the hashtags I used. I don't mind work getting re-posted for the soul purpose of sharing media on a general spectrum but when it is being used for commercial purposes then that is when it gets not cool.


5 tips for those who would want to pursue photography as a career? Advice for shooting sledding? Biggest advice for shooting sledding would be multiple batteries and always 1. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Digital has made to so accessible to learn on the fly these keeping spares close to your body. Keeping them warm will help maintain the juice you get out of them. Additionally, Pelican cases with the Ski-Doo quick release days, don't be scared to try new things. system make a great way to transport a large amount of gear easily. Regardless, 2. Don't worry what others think, establish your own style and what you like. it's key to have a good system transporting your gear to help minimize the stress That is half the process of making yourself stand out. Be unique. on your body. Other than that, don't be afraid to get your equipment in there, it's 3. Challenge yourself, get out there, put in the work. The more you shoot, the going to get wet, it's going to break and it's going to get abused. It's the nature of more time you devote, the more return you are going to get I believe. Some of my the game with winter. best times and images have come from my most miserable times being outdoors. 4. Invest your money in glass. I can't say this enough. It is easy to push a body a little further than it can go, but glass is a game changer. 5. Find what you love and do that well. The more interest you have in shooting a particular genre the more it is going to reflect in your images I believe.

Any props or shout outs?

To everyone who has supported me during my times of shooting. I am so thankful for all the opportunities that have come along the way and can't thank people enough who have been involved with my photography, either in front of my lens or behind helping out. Thank you!


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mini-van! It’s a bit of a shocking at first impression. This is not what I expect from one of the best mountain sledders in the world. It’s a short term solution for the summer, he assures me. He’s been driving to the west coast repeatedly for some business and shoulder rehab appointments and it’s an economical way to travel and sometimes sleep in. You do what you gotta do. Brodie didn’t grow up in a house of sledders. So often, our sport is past down generationally, but rather it was a love of the outdoors and a passion for snow that Brodie was raised with. His family were avid skiers and shredding the local hill of Red Mountain with his buddies and keeping up to his big sister Leah, who is now a professional freeskier, is what drove Brodie to get better every day. After the ski hill would close, Brodie would rally up to the hill with his sled and throttle through the same lines he had been on earlier in the winter on his skis. It was remarkable foreshadowing for his breakthrough segment this year in 509’s Volume 11, where the focus is a celebration of movement between the two sports of skiing and sledding. His entire 509 segment, labeled ‘When Worlds


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a deep passion for constant progression, learning from the top dogs and meeting the right filmers would lead Brodie to the place he is now. Of all the great people to influence the young buck’s career, Derek Wood’s impact stands out. Derek has an unmistakably bold style of riding and on many days in Brodie’s early years in Revelstoke, Derek showed Brodie (and the general sledding public) what was possible on a sled. With an appetite for gnarly airs like few others and a winter lifestyle of sledding (almost) everyday, Wood and crew’s impacts were impossible miss and the biggest brands started flowing gear and pointing cameras at their crew. Brodie was a part of that progression and got to see Wood first hand rise out of obscurity to being the lead athlete in Slednecks films.

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It’s not a coincidence that Revelstoke is where things started aligning for Brodie. It’s a path we’ve seen before in other athletes. But while most can only come to Revy for a short time, Brodie saw a place with the perfect combination of snow and access and made the moves necessary to call the place home. It didn’t happen overnight, but over the course of several winters

What sets Brodie apart is his ability to read terrain. Sledders without a ski/ snowboard background often read the mountain from the bottom up, while the gravity induced sports require a top down perspective. This view is what makes him unique. “Water flows down hill and snow is just a version of Mountain Sledder 39


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TO THE TRAILHEAD From the junction of Hwy 1 and 95 in Golden, drive south on Hwy 95 for 37km to the small community of Parson. Less than 2km from the turnoff, you’ll pass the Twig and Berry Trading Co. Parson General Store, which is your last chance Riding option to fuel up or grab food and drink OPEN ALPINE for the day.AND ExCELLENT TREE RIDING

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The road crosses the main Columbia River channel and a handful of secondary channels before the ticket kiosk where an attendant will collect your trail fee for use of the groomed trail. Head up the road past the booth, taking care as it can be slippery through several kilometers of steep and winding road. At around the 6km mark the road grade evens out, and it’s relatively smooth sailing from that point. There are still plenty of sharp bends

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in the road though, so keep your speed your head on a swivel and keep moving. down and don’t cut any corners. A little more than 10km up the McMurdo At 17km, stay straight to head up FSR is an old bridge which usually has a the North Fork. Now, depending on few tracks running over it, but it’s best the logging activities in the area, the to stick to the groomed path that goes trailhead could be located anywhere around it, lest you end up in the creek. OTheR FeaTuRes between this point and as far as another Another 600m farther, the road starts GOOD MIx The OF LOW-ANGLE ANDwill STEEPER 19km along. end of the line be STUFF to switchback up as the valley gains obvious however, with a large pullout in elevation quickly. Some folks start or two cleared toAND accommodate SINGLETRACK WATERFALL trucks CLIMB MIGHTriding BE off-trail here, but it’s really quite andCHALLENGING big trailers. Do best to park steep with dense trees, so most end up FORyour ROOKIES economically—keeping others in mind following the groomer just a little farther and not taking up more space than is to the end. After a second switchback the LARGE BURNED TREE AREA ON BACKSIDE road terminates, and a singletrack trail necessary—particularly on weekends and other busy days. leads up from there. In early season and occasionally at ADjACENT TO 2 SNOWMOBILE CLOSURE AREAS other times the singletrack up from TO THE ZONE the road can get a little rutted out in Continue up the North Fork on your places, causing some difficulty for less sled from the end of the plowed stretch, experienced riders, but it’s nothing that sticking to the main road at junctions. should deter anyone from ever wanting At 46km, turn left onto McMurdo Creek to go riding at Silent. Sometimes you FSR and immediately cross the upper might just need a little ski-pull to get Spillimacheen River. After a short through a tricky bit, and then it gets easy distance, the road curves west and tucks again right away. into the McMurdo drainage. Here, the trail becomes exposed to overhead avalanche After a little over a kilometer of hazard from tall peaks on both sides of singletrack, the trail opens into the the trail. These do run far enough to cover edge of a meadow at the base of Silent the road, albeit infrequently, but keep Mountain itself.


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SILENT PASS

THE RIDING

To get to the open alpine at the back of Silent Pass, head west from The Waterfall, past Silent Lake. The route goes up and over numerous treed fingers and gullies as it traverses across a low-angled slope towards the Duncan River drainage. Before the timber tightens and the slope becomes steeper as it falls off that way, head uphill towards a notch in the southern shoulder of Silent Mountain. As you pass through the notch, the route opens up into a wide, southwest-facing alpine bowl with incredible views of the Duncan and Beaver glaciers across the valley. The width of

At the bottom of the bowl the slope falls away into the Duncan River valley, where a fire some years ago left a nicely gladed forest of standing dead timber. It is possible to ride the burn downhill for some distance—how far you should go will depend on your ability level. Take note that more than a couple of riders have gone farther than they should have,

and their sleds didn’t make it back up! So proceed with caution, and turn around before getting yourself into trouble. Riders may also continue north over the shoulder to one more micro-bowl before bumping into the Glacier National Park boundary—beyond which riding is not permitted. The micro-bowl features riding that is steeper and tighter, recommended only for the slightly more adventurous. If taking chances isn’t your thing, then your best bet is to instead spend some quality time in the wide open bowl below Silent Mountain, soaking in the sun and the stunning scenery that can be found here, deep in the Purcell Mountains.

silent lake and the surrounding meadows near the top of the waterfall make a good central point of reference for navigation when the pass is socked in.

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The Riding There is reasonably spaced tree riding to be had down below the meadow, but most riders choose to continue up to better terrain above. At the far left end of the meadow is The Waterfall, a moderate climb up a gully that leads to the main the riding areas at Silent. The Waterfall will notch be a challenging climb for beginner sledders, but with a little help from a more experienced group member, it should be doable. At the top of the climb, the terrain levels out into a wide plateau sitting above 2000m. To the east is a series of mellow treed-fingers and patches that run gently down for 500m or so in that direction. On either side are steeper trees that either ascend to bigger slopes to the south, or back towards the singletrack trail below to the north.

Straight ahead from The Waterfall, you can climb a little ways up a treeline shoulder before it starts to get too steep. There are a couple of small cliff features in amongst this convoluted terrain that can be fun and challenging for technical riders. To the southwest of The Waterfall is Silent Lake, and the area around it is suitable for beginner and intermediate riders getting used to the alpine. Beyond the lake is a short drop down through some tight trees that opens into a huge meadow that is fun for ripping donuts when the snow is deep. Just watch out for the creeks that divide the meadow! They never quite fill in completely in places. Past the meadow, the slope gradually

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Straight ahead from The Waterfall, you can climb a little ways up a treeline shoulder before it starts to get too steep. There are a couple of small cliff features in amongst this convoluted terrain that can be fun and challenging for technical riders. To the southwest of The Waterfall is Silent Lake, and the area around it is suitable for beginner and intermediate riders getting used to the alpine. Beyond the lake is a short drop down through some tight trees that opens into a huge meadow that is fun for ripping donuts when the snow is deep. Just watch out for the creeks that divide the meadow! They never quite fill in completely in places. Past the meadow, the slope gradually rolls over into prohibitively steep and dense timber, but there are some open patches between that are fun to explore if you don’t mind off-angle tree riding.

the bowl is made up of gentle, rolling terrain, bordered by a steeper wall on the southern extent that runs down below the notch. The headwall at the top of the bowl runs east-west andmarks the near edge of Caribou Creek, which is legally closed to snowmobiling.

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There is reasonably spaced tree riding to be had down below the meadow, but most riders choose to continue up to better terrain above. At the far left end of the meadow is The Waterfall, a moderate climb up a gully that leads to the main riding areas at Silent. The Waterfall will be a challenging climb for beginner sledders, but with a little help from a more experienced group member, it should be doable. At the top of the climb, the terrain levels out into a wide plateau sitting above 2000m. To the east is a series of mellow treed-fingers and patches that run gently down for 500m or so in that direction. On either side are steeper trees that either ascend to bigger slopes to the south, or back towards the singletrack trail below to the north.

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you can climb a little ways up a treeline shoulder before it starts to get too steep. There are a couple of small cliff features in amongst this convoluted terrain that can be fun and challenging for technical riders. To the southwest of The Waterfall is Silent Lake, and the area around it is suitable for beginner and intermediate riders getting used to the alpine. Beyond the lake is a short drop down through some tight trees that opens into a huge meadow that is fun for ripping donuts when the snow is deep. Just watch out for the creeks that divide the meadow! They never quite fill in completely in places. Past the meadow, the slope gradually

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Riders may also continue north over the shoulder to one more micro-bowl before bumping into the Glacier National Park silent boundary—beyond which riding is not moutain permitted. The micro-bowl features riding that is steeper and tighter, recommended only for the slightly more adventurous. If taking chances isn’t your thing, then your best bet is to instead spend some quality time in the wide open bowl below Silent theMountain, soaking in the sun and thenotch stunning scenery that can be found The Waterfall, here, deep in the Purcell Mountains.

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convoluted terrain to the south of the waterfall is fun and challenging for technical riders... ... and there are enough trees around to keep things interesting.

which is legally closed to snowmobiling. At the bottom of the bowl the slope falls away into the Duncan River valley, where a fire some years ago left a nicelygladed forest of standing dead timber. It is possible to ride the burn downhill for some distance—how far you should go will depend on your ability level. Take note that more than a couple of riders have gone farther than they should have, and their sleds didn’t make it back up! So proceed with caution, ahead and turn around Straight from before getting yourself into trouble.

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the back bowl has fantastic views across the duncan river valley.

From the notch, looking northwest into the back bowl of silent Pass.

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How to ProHoe by Russ Mclaughlin

Being a professional sports athlete is dreamy. It's rainbows and cupcakes everyday all day and it's not wrong to want it too. But if you can't actually make it as a pro, then riding coat tails is your ticket to the life of glory. It's a simple concept, find a way to please someone who's on the inside track and they'll pull you along. But it's not that easy to hop on the right train that leads to all the gravy and you need to sharpen your skills if you want to win the game. Here's some pointers to all those who want a piece of the action.

Getting a Pro

First thing first, make sure your pro is actually pro. 'Pro' is a loose category in sledding and hooking up with someone who gets a free pair of goggles isn't going to get you too far. What's a pro? Well being a 'professional' means you make your living off your sport doesn't it? If you want to land a pro in sledding then you need to be very selective because there's only about 5 of them. And by the way, stay away from my pro, she's mine and if you go after her I will shame you on my social media and I have almost 400 followers now. To land a pro you should see some results from this checklist. Website: Do they have a website? Any website will do. Nobody reads the web anyways but they have to have a website. It's very pro. Instagram: Insta is tough these days because there's a lot of fakers on there (including you) but check for an over abundance of hashtags and @'s. These callouts are required for real pros to show all their sponsors how hard they are working and how cool they are. Warning, check for drinking or debauchery photos on their feed. These things are usually an indicator the pro isn't actually getting paid from the big companies who frown on that kind of thing. Facebook: Must have an 'athlete' page. But if they only have 500 followers, it doesn't matter if it says 'athlete' on it, they're probably not pro. Stickers on their truck: This can be confusing but if they have their name in big letters or a company they own on the side, that's a good start.

Keeping a Pro

So you've hooked up. Congrats, but that's just step one. Now it's time to keep your pro and that's even tougher than getting your pro to take the bait. Going sledding? Be prepared to carry stuff in but that's a good thing. Having something in your pack that your pro may need during the day is a sure indicator that they will acknowledge your existence at some point. When they do come by, make sure you snap a selfie with them. Remember, you're there to make their day. Like if their sled blows up, you gotta offer them their other sled that you rode in that day before they come over and ask for it. That's just nice. Share the costs, but try not to pay for anything. Try to fill up the truck on the shorter legs of the trip. Don't ask for things but expect to get them. This is how you calculate your ROI.

Changing a Pro

Pros often travel in the same circles. Getting in to the circle is a good first move but you're always trying to move up. Expect sideways moves to happen because pros are easily bored, but be cautious of the downward movement. Once you're a bottom feeder it's time to tap out. Follow @russ.mclaughlin on Instagram for many more prohoe tips. 50 Mountain Sledder


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Life is a fickle thing; it’s dynamic, full of highs and lows, and gray areas, as is our sport. When we’re up in the mountains we often get to live at all time highs. Think of when you’re riding with your favorite people and everything is clicking; everyone’s riding is on point, conditions are perfect, and the energy is pure good-vibes. That’s an extremely exhilarating experience, but mistakes can be made and things can quickly go from a total rush, to the low of someone never coming home again. Even when taking all the safety precautions and going riding with people who are on their A-game, we’re only mortal. You never know when the last time you see someone could be. So appreciate people, always build them up positively, and tell them what they mean to you every chance you get. In a sport with inherent risks the potential for loss is always there, but risks are also everywhere else in life. Driving down the highway can be just as dangerous as launching jumps in the backcountry. We justify them because the riding makes us happy, but so do people. Let’s be real, if it weren’t for the good people surrounding us, the riding wouldn’t even be worth it. Spending time with your friends in the mountains and meeting great people through the sport is the best part about it. Picture life without your best friends and family, or picture it without you and think of how your people would feel without you. It’s heavy. This is why it’s so important to tell them they matter to you. Life is short and it’s all too easy to get caught up in the rush of things and not take the time to say it. Life has many gray areas, but when it ends, it’s black and white; there is no coming back. Friendships in sledding are often lifelong, this sport creates bonds that last forever, and these people matter. So when your friend is about to hit a jump and launch into the abyss, or you’re about to hit the road on a trip into the unknown, say the three words. Say them to your friends, your family, your significant other, to all your people. Tell them: I Love You. -Brandon Wiesener

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Mountain Sledder Magazine Issue 11  

Winter 2017 Snowmobile Magazine. Read inside: Brodie Evans, Get the Shot, Film Awards, Gift Guide, Silent Pass Ride Guide, Leave Tracks not...

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