By Ryan Harris
Ok, so the headline's a stretch.
Last summer in June we had more snow than this past season in January. But to
the surprise of many western snowmobilers, there is still good riding
Joined by Jared Sessions and Tony
Jenkins, we rode this past Wednesday (May 2) out of Star Valley, WY,
and got into about 8 inches of fresh snow. In fact, we were able to back the
trailer right up to snow and probably had to ride less than 100 yards of dirt
as we worked our way up the canyon. The cooler temps we've been experiencing
are keeping the snow from melting at a rapid pace. Up high (around 8,000 feet)
at 2 p.m. we were sinking down about 6-8 inches into the snow. You could pick
just about any line you wanted and have enough traction to control a steep
We rode a custom 2012 Arctic Cat
M800 built by Ride Rasmussen Style's Bret Rasmussen. He hand-picked (or
designed) most every aftermarket part on this sled, from the fixed-post ARS-FX
low steering post to the C3 Composite's carbon fiber hood. And the Zbroz
shocks, Skinz Protective Gear narrow running boards, WRP low-rise seat, SLP
resonator and custom front bumper helped this sled shed nearly 40 lbs. and
handle amazingly well. More on that later.
But we really wanted to share some
shots with you and let you know that if you feel like you got the short end of
the stick this year with a brief riding season, you can still get on snow and
rack up some more miles before you fog the cylinders.