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revx125
03-02-2011, 05:52 PM
I have read many posts on here about how awesome it is to ride out west. I just got back and have to say that I was disappointed in our trip. The disappointment is primarily related to the weather while we were there. White out conditions and getting stuck repeatedly are not my idea of a good time. When you can not see the terrain or the trail, things fall apart very quickly. We arrived last Thursday night, rode Friday, Saturday and Sunday (2/25-2/27). Friday was Ok. Saturday sucked and Sunday started out with blue skies and no wind which did not last for long. Finally, we were able to see the mountains and take some cool photos. On Friday, we rode from the Green Rock Parking Area to Albany lodge and back. Did some off trail riding but the trail itself was pretty rough. On Saturday we tried to to cross over the using O and U and it was just horrible. You could not see 10 feet in front of you. On Sunday, we made it from the Green Rock Parking Area to The Place Bar & Cafe for food. On the way back over, it started snowing and the winds came back. You could barely see the next trail marker crossing Libby Flats. On Sunday night we found out that a group got split up and one of the guys did not make it down off the mountain. The were setting up search and rescue to try and find him on Monday morning. They said the winds were blowing 90 mph up on the mountain. They were blowing so hard in Centennial you did not want to go outside.

I don't think I will be going back any time soon. I think the powder riding and views were incredible but the weather can change on a dime. We only had 4-5 hours of good weather out of 3 days of riding. When you only go on 2-3 trips a year, I do not want to waste a trip dealing with weather conditions that can make the trip completely suck. I will stick to the U.P. where blizzards don't just blow up out of nowhere. I realize the U.P. may not have the powder that the Snowy Range has but at least I will have a good idea that the conditions will be on the trip. I may go back out west but not anytime soon.

RevKev
03-02-2011, 06:07 PM
Bummer about the weather, but that is Mother Nature. Also the Snowys arn't nicknamed the "Blowies" for nothing. Every time I have been there, weather was awesome, last April was epic, 4 feet of Pow fell over night the evening we arrived, the following day was overcast, but the remaining days were Blue bird. I would not give up on the West,l would try a different area, such as Togwotee Pass, the Bighorns, both in Wyoming, Steamboat/ Rabbit ears in Colorado (just to the South of the Snowies) or Montana, or Idaho. We are leaving in 2 days for Island Park Idaho.

snoluver1
03-02-2011, 06:08 PM
Welcome to the the mountains! Its definitely not for everybody. Sounds like you better stick to the bar hopping in Wi or U.P. If you want a better experience next time, I would suggest hiring a guide. When the weather turns ugly, and you don't know how to deal with it (aka-get into the trees) a guide can be very useful.

revx125
03-02-2011, 06:44 PM
I could care less about bar hoping in WI or the UP. A guide is probably a good idea but the fact of the matter is you really can't get anywhere when the weather turns ugly. All of the trails go up and over the range so you be limited to the area that you park your trailer. I realize some people don't want to get anywhere, they would like to stay completely off trail all the time. It was our first trip out west and I just wanted to experience a little more of the trail system than we were allowed. I enjoy off trail riding but riding the trail gives you a little time to rest before the next off trail experience. You need to rest when you are coming from Illinois (elevation 500 feet) and riding the snowy range (elevation 8500-11000? feet). Not to mention the 1000 mile drive out to Centennial sucked. We passed a fatal accident in Nebraska and were almost killed by a crazy semi crossing the summit between Cheyenne and Laramie. If we go back, I am thinking we will fly into Denver, rent a car, rent mountain sleds and maybe even a guide. I have not given up on western riding but I think people need to realize that it is not all gum drops an lollipops.

cuzzinolaf
03-02-2011, 06:52 PM
Timing has a lot to do with with it. We rode in Jan. and it was windy on the Greenrock side of the range and the other side was nice. I guess not knowing where to go once there played a part in your feelings toward the trip too. I can tell you that the west side of the mountain was well as the French Creek area would have been great riding... unless you had insane winds.

Administrator
03-02-2011, 07:46 PM
A tip from a meteorologist. If you don't like wind, stay away from the Blowies (Snowies). They pretty much stick up out of no where and are subjected to the full forces of the wind at that elevation.

If you like mostly trail, with a bit of off trail, look into Grand Lake, CO or Togwotee WY. In the 40+ days I have spent at Togwotee, I have never been turned away by the weather.

Every place can have winds, but some spots are just way more prone to them.

-John

polarisrider1
03-02-2011, 08:17 PM
Revx125, you simple did not go far enough west. I don't care for the non stop wind at the snowies either. At Togwotee I only once had a day with high winds and then we moved into the thick stuff for an hour or so till it passed. 1000 miles? you got off easy. I travel 1200-1600 miles one way riding in a semi or pickup truck most the time, and do it 3-4 times a year. it may not be for you?

snoluver1
03-02-2011, 08:54 PM
One thing I can say about the snowies is if your a first timer and know nothing about the area, you can surely have a miserable time. I have been riding there for ten years and can honestly say I have never, not once, ever left there disappointed! Low snow, howling wind, blinding blizzards, you name it, never had a bad time. Sure, some specific areas are miserable at times, and some rides have been better than others, but I have always managed to find what I was looking for. Your first mistake for the type of riding you want to do was parking at greenrock. The only way to get anywhere by trail is to go over the top. Libby flats is ALWAYS a crap shoot, even on a clear day. You would have been way better off staying in Albany, Wycola, or Saratoga/Ryan's park. The only reason to stay in Centennial is to get to the best off trail quickly. I don't go out there to ride the trails, so whenever the wind and/or snow gets bad, the first thing I do is duck into the trees. I know the place well enough now that I can navigate my entire ride based on tree riding if need be. If its foggy or cloudy, I know I need to drop in elevation and head toward the west side of the range. This is my point about a guide. The Rocky Mnt's are not a place you want to "just go try it out" without at least going with someone who has been before, or hiring a guide. Its a long way to go and a lot of money spent to have a bad time. Although I was not there, I suspect a guide or another rider with experience with the area could have easily salvaged your miserable time.

nitroman
03-02-2011, 10:55 PM
Some go west and are infected with the addiction and some just wish it was the UP with better scenery. I agree with John if your looking for more scenery with a bit of off trail Head to Grand Lake or even Steamboat lake!

polarisrider1
03-02-2011, 11:54 PM
Some go west and are infected with the addiction and some just wish it was the UP with better scenery. I agree with John if your looking for more scenery with a bit of off trail Head to Grand Lake or even Steamboat lake!

Some go west and stay west.

kraven700
03-03-2011, 12:09 AM
I have read many posts on here about how awesome it is to ride out west. I just got back and have to say that I was disappointed in our trip. The disappointment is primarily related to the weather while we were there. White out conditions and getting stuck repeatedly are not my idea of a good time. When you can not see the terrain or the trail, things fall apart very quickly. We arrived last Thursday night, rode Friday, Saturday and Sunday (2/25-2/27). Friday was Ok. Saturday sucked and Sunday started out with blue skies and no wind which did not last for long. Finally, we were able to see the mountains and take some cool photos. On Friday, we rode from the Green Rock Parking Area to Albany lodge and back. Did some off trail riding but the trail itself was pretty rough. On Saturday we tried to to cross over the using O and U and it was just horrible. You could not see 10 feet in front of you. On Sunday, we made it from the Green Rock Parking Area to The Place Bar & Cafe for food. On the way back over, it started snowing and the winds came back. You could barely see the next trail marker crossing Libby Flats. On Sunday night we found out that a group got split up and one of the guys did not make it down off the mountain. The were setting up search and rescue to try and find him on Monday morning. They said the winds were blowing 90 mph up on the mountain. They were blowing so hard in Centennial you did not want to go outside.

I don't think I will be going back any time soon. I think the powder riding and views were incredible but the weather can change on a dime. We only had 4-5 hours of good weather out of 3 days of riding. When you only go on 2-3 trips a year, I do not want to waste a trip dealing with weather conditions that can make the trip completely suck. I will stick to the U.P. where blizzards don't just blow up out of nowhere. I realize the U.P. may not have the powder that the Snowy Range has but at least I will have a good idea that the conditions will be on the trip. I may go back out west but not anytime soon.

Usually we ride the U.P. and a little of Northern Wisc, average 150-225 miles per day, we go to ride, not drink.

We've trailer-ed (22-25 hour drive straight through) our machines to West Yellowstone in 1988 (6 days riding), 2002 (6 days) , 2004 ( 8 days riding), 2005 (5 days riding) . As much as I like the U.P., if it were up to me, I would ride Yellowstone 2x a year and NEVER ride anywhere else, it's that nice! Nice mix of choices from Powder to groomed trails to seeing the bison up close in the Park, NEVER had a bad day out of all those trips.

We're waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overdue for another trip out West.

Lefty
03-03-2011, 01:13 AM
Quit b**chin & stay on the couch!

backcountryislife
03-03-2011, 01:20 AM
pick your riding location based on the weather.

IF you go to a place where you're stuck with one riding area for a week... if it sucks, you're stuck.

Around here I ride my back yard if the weather is nice (all alpine, 11-13k) I ride places like rabbit ears when it's snowing & windy, because you can just ride right into the trees. Trying to ride the blowies on a whiteout day is a great way to endanger the lives of local search & rescue.

guys who go to these stay there & ride one place all week kinda locations always confuse me, must be a midwest thing that never caught on in my 27 cheesebrained years!

If the name of the place you're heading to ends in "lodge"... you're paying too much & are likely stuck riding one place with too many trails! :D :p

oh, and if you come west to "put on a bunch of miles"... you're doing it wrong. :p

revx125
03-03-2011, 11:16 AM
I appreciate the guidance from everyone here (except Lefty). Some very valid points and words of wisdom. Based on your comments and others on JohnDee.com, I am leaning toward Togwotee and getting a guide. Thank You.

cuzzinolaf
03-03-2011, 11:49 AM
I appreciate the guidance from everyone here (except Lefty). Some very valid points and words of wisdom. Based on your comments and others on JohnDee.com, I am leaning toward Togwotee and getting a guide. Thank You.

I think Lefty is a guide in Tog... or rides with them. Better make friends now LOL. I'm sure he was just giving you a hard time, don't be too sensitive.

Administrator
03-03-2011, 12:05 PM
While I can't speak for Lefty, I suspect he was just joking. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and is a Tog. guide. Perhaps a bit too much Mezcal last night! ;)

I can see where you could have taken it the wrong way.

-John

techsledder
03-03-2011, 12:40 PM
I walked up to and introduced myself to Lefty last week in guide shack at Tog. A real nice genuine dude. I bet he's just joking with ya. While I haven't had him as a guide yet, maybe next year we ride with him?! Liked your personal sled Lefty!

As far as places to ride out there and their conditions... uhh... it's part of the sledding thing in the mountains. Weather can change in a second and you have to be prepared for it. Even out in Togwotee our guide, Carter, changed our ride locations daily and sometimes by the hour based on the weather. Last week, most of the days were flat light and snowing. Crappy for seeing the terrain. Even had some real blustery times where there were white out conditions. Instead of P'n and M'n about it, we adapted... the really snowy/windy times we head to the trees! See that's the fun of out West. A challenge at every turn!

frosty
03-03-2011, 06:15 PM
Quit b**chin & stay on the couch!

Only if you bring the couch out to nice big basin, so I could watch you dig everyone else out and take pictures! :)

lookin4snow
03-03-2011, 06:29 PM
Did it look like this across Libby Flats? Pretty common. http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y344/lookin4snow/noviz.jpg

Lefty
03-04-2011, 02:50 AM
If your biggest disappointment is weather, well who can we blame? Could be worse, stuck on the couch unable 2 ride!

Administrator
03-04-2011, 05:24 AM
Lefty-

Don't you sleep?

-John

frosty
03-04-2011, 08:11 AM
Probably as much as you do John, 3:24am.:)

Firecatguy
03-04-2011, 09:01 AM
wow libby flats lookd the same when we where there...hahahah

Skylar
03-04-2011, 10:52 AM
FCG, yep! When the talk of going to the Snowies started for us back in October, I went to snowest.com and started reading. I had never been there before, but before we got there, I already knew what to expect. I told my buds, we have to get to the other side, and get in the trees if it is blowing, and it probably will be. LOL. So that is what we did. Going across Libby flats in near whiteout conditions, isn't very much fun. LOL

bpski
03-04-2011, 11:27 AM
Your first mistake was probably not going with a guide regardless of weather, second bringing non-mountain sleds (assuming yours are not). We went to Togwotee for the first time this year and had what I would assume were pretty tame conditions and I couldn't Imagine doing it without a guide in those conditions much less in bad conditions. For our group the first two days were spent just getting used to things like elevation and the difference in riding. My first day was absolutely brutal on me physically, which Lefty can personally attest to :) if we had been out there without a guide I think I would still be there. Don't let one bad trip keep you from going out west again, now you know what to do different. If we had gone without a guide and the right equipment I may be saying the same thing right now, but by our third day I was hooked. Looking back we should have gone longer as 3 days was barely enough. Especially the first time because the first 2 days you are just getting adjusted. I can't wait to go back and would have lefty as a guide every time, he can have as many "union guide breaks" as he needs because I'm sure we would get stuck a ton again. And as far as riding the trails to see some of the scenery as Lefty told us "why would you go all the way to wyoming just to ride the trails". One more thing if you plan on flying out the next time don't go to denver. Fly to Jackson, Togwotee will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the lodge.

polarisrider1
03-04-2011, 04:37 PM
Did it look like this across Libby Flats? Pretty common. http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y344/lookin4snow/noviz.jpg

That is actually pretty clear for Libby flats from what I seen of it.

snoluver1
03-04-2011, 05:18 PM
Thats a "good day"- lol!

highmarker420
03-11-2011, 05:45 PM
I have read many posts on here about how awesome it is to ride out west. I just got back and have to say that I was disappointed in our trip. The disappointment is primarily related to the weather while we were there. White out conditions and getting stuck repeatedly are not my idea of a good time. When you can not see the terrain or the trail, things fall apart very quickly. We arrived last Thursday night, rode Friday, Saturday and Sunday (2/25-2/27). Friday was Ok. Saturday sucked and Sunday started out with blue skies and no wind which did not last for long. Finally, we were able to see the mountains and take some cool photos. On Friday, we rode from the Green Rock Parking Area to Albany lodge and back. Did some off trail riding but the trail itself was pretty rough. On Saturday we tried to to cross over the using O and U and it was just horrible. You could not see 10 feet in front of you. On Sunday, we made it from the Green Rock Parking Area to The Place Bar & Cafe for food. On the way back over, it started snowing and the winds came back. You could barely see the next trail marker crossing Libby Flats. On Sunday night we found out that a group got split up and one of the guys did not make it down off the mountain. The were setting up search and rescue to try and find him on Monday morning. They said the winds were blowing 90 mph up on the mountain. They were blowing so hard in Centennial you did not want to go outside.

I don't think I will be going back any time soon. I think the powder riding and views were incredible but the weather can change on a dime. We only had 4-5 hours of good weather out of 3 days of riding. When you only go on 2-3 trips a year, I do not want to waste a trip dealing with weather conditions that can make the trip completely suck. I will stick to the U.P. where blizzards don't just blow up out of nowhere. I realize the U.P. may not have the powder that the Snowy Range has but at least I will have a good idea that the conditions will be on the trip. I may go back out west but not anytime soon.

this past wednesday morning at the warming hut

fireman35
03-15-2011, 12:17 AM
Ya i cant imagine not going out there. we have had days that we woke to 3ft of over nite snow and man did that suck......ya right. just back from our 3rd trip this year and have two more planned. i would never recommend going your first couple times out there without a guide. call up snowy range tours those guys are awesome to ride with they know that mountain like no ones business and they are real sick riders no matter which one of them takes you out. they grew up on that hill. Go Back out and change what you didnt like. The weather is easy to dodge if you know where to go and when. Libby Flats isnt always bad.But when its bad its bad. In the years we have been going out there i can say it sounds like you have been more places then we have made it to. Heck we cook on the hill. just start a fire and cook some sausages and cheetos with gatorades and your set never even looked for a lodge or a place to eat when riding out of Green rock. give it another shot.

walldoo
03-15-2011, 02:35 PM
Highmarker, will be out there 3-23 to 3-26. give me a call. thanks walldoo

jimmyj
03-20-2011, 02:34 PM
No doubt about it, get a guide. Went to Tog and had a great guide everyday and had an awesome experience. Note that most recommend carrying survival and first aid gear with you. White outs and getting lost can happen anywhere, even in the UP. When Mr. Murphy shows up with Mother Nature, you have to be prepared everywhere you go. Even when I am in central wisconsin I carry all my gear...and I have used some of it because someone else needed it or "forgot" or did not think they needed it. P.s. the snowies sound awesome!

polarisrider1
03-20-2011, 02:46 PM
No doubt about it, get a guide. Went to Tog and had a great guide everyday and had an awesome experience. Note that most recommend carrying survival and first aid gear with you. White outs and getting lost can happen anywhere, even in the UP. When Mr. Murphy shows up with Mother Nature, you have to be prepared everywhere you go. Even when I am in central wisconsin I carry all my gear...and I have used some of it because someone else needed it or "forgot" or did not think they needed it. P.s. the snowies sound awesome!

Got 33 guys going to 10 mile on west side real soon!

NapaMatt
03-27-2011, 12:22 AM
i was also there Staying in Albany.. From Feb 24th till march 3..

I had a Great Trip..

It snowed.. had 2 ft of fresh :)

Stayed in the trees.

Over the front bumper Breaking Trail!!

It's where you go when u get there.

Firecatguy
03-28-2011, 08:21 AM
Cant wait leaving Sun for a week in the Snowies weather man says snow all week!!!!yeeeehaw.....If I ride in April that will make 6Months of riding this year.....you dont even get that with a boat!!!!!!!!!!!lol

lenny
03-28-2011, 10:44 AM
Cant wait leaving Sun for a week in the Snowies weather man says snow all week!!!!yeeeehaw.....If I ride in April that will make 6Months of riding this year.....you dont even get that with a boat!!!!!!!!!!!lol


wow, tear it up and lots of pics

muzik
03-28-2011, 03:11 PM
Flying in to Togwotee makes it easy. Airport shuttle to lodge or cabin. Rent sleds $200 bucks a day. top dollar $2000 for 5 nights and four days riding and lots of food. I would not go anywhere else but Togwotee. We R looking at buying our own mountain sleds, but it becomes a question about dollars. With the $200 a day in rental that includes registration and a full tank of gas and oil everyday, so, now you are looking at $150 a day.

Just go to Togwotee and get a guide.

You are not required to go with a guide though. The guides know of some of the best spots we could not find.

snoluver1
03-28-2011, 05:24 PM
Cant wait leaving Sun for a week in the Snowies weather man says snow all week!!!!yeeeehaw.....If I ride in April that will make 6Months of riding this year.....you dont even get that with a boat!!!!!!!!!!!lol

Nice season! With all that riding you might as well just keep following the snow line north and try for a full year. I hear B.C. is nice in August-lol:D

winterrules03
03-28-2011, 06:25 PM
Firecatguy, I'm guessing I will see you out there. We are leaving with Mom's Motorsports on Friday night. I think Rick told me we had like 30 some guys going out so I have a feeling you are hooking up with Mom's as well. When I pulled up the weather this morning, Centennial Wy showed 1 to 3 inches today and 5 to 9 tonight. This week can't get over fast enough.

RevKev
03-28-2011, 10:05 PM
4 days and counting, Ten Mile here we come.

Firecatguy
03-28-2011, 11:17 PM
Firecatguy, I'm guessing I will see you out there. We are leaving with Mom's Motorsports on Friday night. I think Rick told me we had like 30 some guys going out so I have a feeling you are hooking up with Mom's as well. When I pulled up the weather this morning, Centennial Wy showed 1 to 3 inches today and 5 to 9 tonight. This week can't get over fast enough.

nope we are staying at old coral on the other side of the mtn....you might see us out and about!!!the snow report looks good...

polarisrider1
03-28-2011, 11:29 PM
4 days and counting, Ten Mile here we come.

Kev, you must not have any vacation time left after this trip? Hows the new back bumper working out?

polarisrider1
03-28-2011, 11:31 PM
nope we are staying at old coral on the other side of the mtn....you might see us out and about!!!the snow report looks good...

Pat, you got to make a point of locating the Mom's bunch. Good bunch of guys including Revkev. Heck I am pretty sure I sold my sled and out of vacation days. lol

RevKev
03-29-2011, 11:29 AM
Kev, you must not have any vacation time left after this trip? Hows the new back bumper working out?

Yup, all done after next week....till next Jan, just in time to go West sledding, nice how that works?? Just got my new front and rear bumpers installed after getting them Powder Coated.

Firecatguy
03-29-2011, 11:35 AM
Pat, you got to make a point of locating the Mom's bunch. Good bunch of guys including Revkev. Heck I am pretty sure I sold my sled and out of vacation days. lol

that be sweet.......might do lunch again at the cafe....


Giddy up

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/nwcc/sntl-datarpt.jsp?site=668&days=7&state=wy

Firecatguy
03-29-2011, 11:36 AM
146" at French Creek.....whooohooo still coming down!!!!!!!!!

techsledder
03-29-2011, 11:39 AM
Yup, all done after next week....till next Jan, just in time to go West sledding, nice how that works?? Just got my new front and rear bumpers installed after getting them Powder Coated.
Cripes! That front bumper looks beefy. Who made that? Skinz?

winterrules03
03-29-2011, 11:40 AM
RevKev,

Bumpers look good. Sled looks even better. 4 days seems like an eternity.. 9 of us going out from our snowmobile group. Rick is picking my dad and his gang up in South Bend. The other 6 of us, he is picking up in LaSalle. First time for all of us going out West.

Barry

RevKev
03-29-2011, 04:17 PM
Cripes! That front bumper looks beefy. Who made that? Skinz?

Yup, Skinz

RevKev
03-29-2011, 04:20 PM
RevKev,

Bumpers look good. Sled looks even better. 4 days seems like an eternity.. 9 of us going out from our snowmobile group. Rick is picking my dad and his gang up in South Bend. The other 6 of us, he is picking up in LaSalle. First time for all of us going out West.

Barry

See you Friday Evening!!! The Snowys are getting hammered this week:p
Last year, we arrived at Ten Mile to 3 feet of fresh powder, let's hope for the same this year. Bring, and Drink plenty of water, Keeping hydrated at elevation is key to avoid altitude sickness.

Skylar
03-29-2011, 09:23 PM
Yup, all done after next week....till next Jan, just in time to go West sledding, nice how that works?? Just got my new front and rear bumpers installed after getting them Powder Coated.


Is that a CoBe rear bumper? I am thinking of getting one for my 07 RMK.

polarisrider1
03-29-2011, 09:51 PM
Is that a CoBe rear bumper? I am thinking of getting one for my 07 RMK.

Is that a bumper that a snow bunje would not wreck? I seen what the carbon fiber did on Kevins sled. It had cool factor but no tug factor in the design.

polarisrider1
03-29-2011, 09:53 PM
Yup, all done after next week....till next Jan, just in time to go West sledding, nice how that works?? Just got my new front and rear bumpers installed after getting them Powder Coated.

Kev, is that front bumper Buffalo tested for cooke? Is the back bumper fine for a snobunje?

RevKev
03-30-2011, 12:07 AM
Is that a CoBe rear bumper? I am thinking of getting one for my 07 RMK.

Yes a CoBe rear bumper, and a Bungee will work fine on it.

techsledder
03-30-2011, 12:08 PM
Yes a CoBe rear bumper, and a Bungee will work fine on it.
Neat how they threw in that lower smaller diameter bar in the design to let you get a purchase on the bigger upper when you've trenched the sled and the dang flap would be in the way... good design. Don't have to beat down your flap then.
Or you could be like my bro and remove the flap all together... PIA to follow him and the HCR.

RevKev
03-30-2011, 02:49 PM
Neat how they threw in that lower smaller diameter bar in the design to let you get a purchase on the bigger upper when you've trenched the sled and the dang flap would be in the way... good design. Don't have to beat down your flap then.
Or you could be like my bro and remove the flap all together... PIA to follow him and the HCR.

Only drawback to that design on the Poo Pro, the upper bar mostly blocks the tail light, but we do very little trail riding in the Mtns.

techsledder
03-30-2011, 03:20 PM
Only drawback to that design on the Poo Pro, the upper bar mostly blocks the tail light, but we do very little trail riding in the Mtns.
"Rubb'ns racing" anyways... :D

winterrules03
03-30-2011, 08:06 PM
KevRev,

What is the ride out to Ten Mile like in the Slim O? Most people sleep or is there room to play cards, watch some movies, have a few beers, etc?? Just curious. I tend to go a little stir crazy without something to do.

polarisrider1
03-30-2011, 10:49 PM
KevRev,

What is the ride out to Ten Mile like in the Slim O? Most people sleep or is there room to play cards, watch some movies, have a few beers, etc?? Just curious. I tend to go a little stir crazy without something to do.

I can answer for kevin, all of the above. You can even post on JDee if you have a Droid or similar. It's a great time to get caught up on sleep.

RevKev
03-31-2011, 10:26 AM
I can answer for kevin, all of the above. You can even post on JDee if you have a Droid or similar. It's a great time to get caught up on sleep.

^^^^as stated, there are 2 flat screens (bring some DVD's of your choice) 2 tables to play cards Plenty of seating, and beds, enough to sleep 8 at any one time. Sirius radio playing up front the entire trip (classic Rewind while Im driving)

joey_t
03-31-2011, 11:52 PM
Back on the topic of revx125 disappointing trip. I was just out there last weekend during a two day storm with a friend and our wives and had a great time. Experience and knowing about the area is critical. I ride the Hayward WS area which has great trails but if you pick up a Hayward snowmobile tour guide magazine one of the routes it shows(north of Nelson lake) will keep putting you on plowed roads and you would think it's the worst area you could ride. The more you know about an area, the better your ride will be. That's why sites like this are so valuable. Thank you revx for your post as it may help someone avoid a disappointing trip.
The Centennial area puts you right on top where it's high, windy, steep and deep. It's one of the most extreme areas you can ride with excellent hill-climbing and boon-docking. The trails get drifted over and beat fast. It's not the best place to trail ride from during unsettled weather as you'll have to cross the flats to get home and storms are frequent. I stayed at Albany just 20 miles south. It's lower and is always calmer. The rooms are clean, the food's good. and you ride from your door. You can ride to the top or if it's stormy ride south where it's lower and always calmer. The south trails are not heavily used and always flat. If you just would have known a little more about the area or had a guide, I'm sure you would have had a completely different experience.