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polarisrider1
11-02-2011, 11:03 PM
1)Continental Divide Wyoming (Togwotee, Lava Mtn. area)
2)West Yellowstone
3)Island Park Idaho
4)Cooke City Mont.
5)Snowy Range
6) McCall Idaho
7)Alpine Wyoming
8)Stanley Idaho
9)Seely Lake Mont
10)Diamond Lake Oregon
11)Big Horns Wyoming.
12)Cache valley Utah
13)Grand lake Idaho
14)Baker/Union Counties Oregon
15)Mount Bachelor Oregon

polarisrider1
11-02-2011, 11:11 PM
I have done the top 5 (some many times) Looking at McCall next. Note: #2 and #3 should be combined as one riding area. Is this list pretty much correct? Taking into account, Snow quality, lodging, fuel, location, ease of getting to, fun factor, weather, cost, etc.

RevKev
11-03-2011, 12:29 AM
Imagine that, the K-Mart of western Riding ranks #5, Wayne. I also have rode at the top 5 places along with Steamboat Colorado.

cuzzinolaf
11-03-2011, 08:27 AM
Imagine that, the K-Mart of western Riding ranks #5, Wayne. I also have rode at the top 5 places along with Steamboat Colorado.

There is nothing wrong with the Snowies.... especially on the Western slope.

Hoosier
11-03-2011, 08:38 AM
What about British Columbia?

cuzzinolaf
11-03-2011, 10:44 AM
What about British Columbia?

They didn't say top bucket list locations to ride. :)

techsledder
11-03-2011, 11:04 AM
I'm willing to bet Colorado and northern California have some additional spots in their mountains to put on this list... I'm just saying.

jmom800x
11-03-2011, 11:08 AM
There is nothing wrong with the Snowies.... especially on the Western slope.

Tell that to Wayne. After his experience last year that was his comment. Being that Kev and I have grown to love the area we say it must be because it is convenient to drive to, inexpensive and has everything you need, just like K-mart. Wayne stayed on the east side and the group had a share of problems.

That is some list Wayne, is it from some publication. Watch out, in American Snowmobiler had the UP ranked number 1, cancel the mountain trips and listen to advertising dollars. Am Snow Article (http://www.amsnow.com/News/Editors%20Column/2009/09/Savage%20on%20SledsTime%20to%20Getaway.aspx)

The Cache Valley in Utah is a must, I drove through this summer. I will be planning a trip out there in 2013...who is in?
I also plan on giving Colorado another chance next season, as we are planning on Grand Mesa. I also found a spot we can get to with the BIG RIG in the Big Horns, next year we are going to mix it up a bit....then we will have just a couple more to knock off the list.

Hoosier
11-03-2011, 01:54 PM
Tell that to Wayne. After his experience last year that was his comment. Being that Kev and I have grown to love the area we say it must be because it is convenient to drive to, inexpensive and has everything you need, just like K-mart. Wayne stayed on the east side and the group had a share of problems.

That is some list Wayne, is it from some publication. Watch out, in American Snowmobiler had the UP ranked number 1, cancel the mountain trips and listen to advertising dollars. Am Snow Article (http://www.amsnow.com/News/Editors%20Column/2009/09/Savage%20on%20SledsTime%20to%20Getaway.aspx)

The Cache Valley in Utah is a must, I drove through this summer. I will be planning a trip out there in 2013...who is in?
I also plan on giving Colorado another chance next season, as we are planning on Grand Mesa. I also found a spot we can get to with the BIG RIG in the Big Horns, next year we are going to mix it up a bit....then we will have just a couple more to knock off the list.

The Am Snow ranking is based on reader votes. Probably where most of the readers ride.

polarisrider1
11-03-2011, 01:56 PM
I got the list from Snowwest guys. The guys over there helped put it together. Colorado was totally missed. (brain fart I guess). I am willing to do Snowies again but on the west side and with Jacob and Kevin showing me around. No offense Keith but never east siding it again, just wasn't my cup of tea.

cuzzinolaf
11-03-2011, 03:02 PM
I think I'm with you. We had a lot of fun on the eastern side in April the last few years but it wasn't 'good' last January when we were there. We did make it over to the western side but it is a bear getting there. The deepest and best snow is usually around the French Creek area. When I went to the Milwaukee show I spoke with Bret Rasmussen about several places and he also suggested the area of Encampment that touches the Colorado boarder. I think I'll do the Snowies in April this year if possible and next year is Alpine Wyoming, Grand Mesa Colorado, or Cooke/Idaho.

longtrack
11-03-2011, 03:43 PM
Polarisrider1, It is time you try the Big Horns at Burgess jct. I think you will like the area and it is lot closer to drive. There are 3 Lodges to chose from and from what I experienced this summer it is one huge off Trail riding area with some huge open Hills. It has a Trail system, but I do not think it is maintained as well as IP or Tog/Lava from what I have heard. If I go there in the Winter I may need the Kids turbo Yamaha instead of my Grand Touring.

snoluver1
11-03-2011, 03:43 PM
I was in the Snowies the same time you guys were and was riding in waist to chest deep powder the whole time. I definitely had to look for it but it was there!! To bad we didn't get hooked up with each other. One of the spots we were riding I was actually submarining my sled through the deepest powder I have ever been in...EVER! It was localized and in the trees, but you just have to know where to look. I've said it before and I'll say it again, NEVER had a bad time in the Snowies!

polarisrider1
11-03-2011, 04:38 PM
As far as the list, it had many factors to it. Each factor had it's own grading scale. Each factor also had many individual ideas of what value the factor has. such as gas avail. is high for me. lower for the etec guys, No trailering each day is a huge plus factor for me, some guys don't mind that. and on and on. I guess that's what makes so many places popular. For me the traveling out part is not a great issue since I am traveling with others or flying out. so 5 more hours travel is a non issue for me and a huge factor for others. Key is we have a great time, make new friends, meet up with old friends and have lasting memories!

jmom800x
11-03-2011, 04:43 PM
so 5 more hours travel is a non issue for me and a huge factor for others. Key is we have a great time, make new friends, meet up with old friends and have lasting memories!

So your in for Utah next season.....

polarisrider1
11-03-2011, 04:45 PM
I think I'm with you. We had a lot of fun on the eastern side in April the last few years but it wasn't 'good' last January when we were there. We did make it over to the western side but it is a bear getting there. The deepest and best snow is usually around the French Creek area. When I went to the Milwaukee show I spoke with Bret Rasmussen about several places and he also suggested the area of Encampment that touches the Colorado boarder. I think I'll do the Snowies in April this year if possible and next year is Alpine Wyoming, Grand Mesa Colorado, or Cooke/Idaho. April to the west side of snowies is a fantastic idea. Strap me on the roof rack with aunt Edna if ya have too! Kevin will have to teach me how to shift the "Motor home". lol

polarisrider1
11-03-2011, 09:44 PM
So your in for Utah next season.....I am thinking yes!

Firecatguy
11-03-2011, 11:15 PM
kmart hahhaha more like walmart........lol

RevKev
11-03-2011, 11:17 PM
So your in for Utah next season.....

Utah, Horns, Grand Mesa, I'm in for all....

RevKev
11-03-2011, 11:19 PM
April to the west side of snowies is a fantastic idea. Strap me on the roof rack with aunt Edna if ya have too! Kevin will have to teach me how to shift the "Motor home". lol

Study time..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xa1pdRl5Qs

polarisrider1
11-03-2011, 11:26 PM
Study time..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xa1pdRl5Qs Oh my gosh! I thought it was a 9 or 13 speed. Just that answers a few questions for me. A 10 speed is a whole new beast to me. lever button, button lever. I will practice and make you proud. back to the video.

polarisrider1
11-03-2011, 11:28 PM
kmart hahhaha more like walmart........lolPat, I would side hill the snow piles in Walmart parking lot all day just to hear you laugh!

cuzzinolaf
11-03-2011, 11:38 PM
Pat, I would side hill the snow piles in Walmart parking lot all day just to hear you laugh!

and I would pay to see that. I think I can drive a truck transmission now after watching that video.

Firecatguy
11-04-2011, 12:10 AM
Hahhaa......yeehaw

polarisrider1
11-04-2011, 12:13 AM
and I would pay to see that. I think I can drive a truck transmission now after watching that video.Your way ahead of me on that transmission. I was told it can be driven like an automatic except you shift????????? And sometimes you don't even us the clutch??????? Hi lo button lever lever button. What kind of tranny does that chick on ice road truckers have in her truck??? I do know that our "Motor Home" has a turbo diesel and has a ton of Amsoil cursing threw it.
I am good for about 5 speeds and then I go ADA on it, and start fiddling with the radio.

Firecatguy
11-04-2011, 12:21 AM
the new gal on IRT drives an old split 10.....I think the other is a split 12.....easy to drive guys just like riding a bike....

RevKev
11-04-2011, 03:08 AM
Oh my gosh! I thought it was a 9 or 13 speed. Just that answers a few questions for me. A 10 speed is a whole new beast to me. lever button, button lever. I will practice and make you proud. back to the video.

Not just any 10 speed, but a Super 10, or as their known in the Trucking Industry, Stupid 10:D

polarisrider1
11-05-2011, 02:35 AM
So your in for Utah next season.....Cache Valley and Grand Mesa would be fine with me! I don't have a Utah or Colorado trail sticker in my collection yet!

polarisrider1
11-05-2011, 12:17 PM
What about British Columbia?That is a bucket list item. Besides the guys I ride with, they would create an "international incident" if we tried to get them across the border! lol

polarisrider1
11-07-2011, 11:59 PM
Not just any 10 speed, but a Super 10, or as their known in the Trucking Industry, Stupid 10:D I will just stick to fiddling with the Syruis radio or whatever it is called, I got most the legendary trucker tunes memorized and a load of 5 hr. energy drinks at the snow show!!

techsledder
11-08-2011, 11:27 AM
.... and a load of 5 hr. energy drinks at the snow show!!

Those things actually work? I've been hesitant to use 'em.

polarisrider1
11-08-2011, 02:35 PM
Those things actually work? I've been hesitant to use 'em. They do for me. No crash, no burn! The rep in the booth at the show said that the inventor of this stuff nets $3,000,000 (three million) per day after expenses. Heck it is everywhere. This past summer while out to Sturgis they had it next to the octane booster for bikes. There was a sign on the counter stating Octane booster for bikes and octane booster for bikers with arrows pointing at the products. The cashier lady said it just flies off the shelf.