Hi everyone, here is a complete newbie, please go easy on me!
I live in New Zealand, and having spent time in Canada and the US skiing and watching enviously as every one heads out the back a few days after a fresh snow fall, I figure that it would be pretty sweet if we could pull that off here in NZ.
So I am looking for a suitable sled to access the terrain that is primarily heli country here, for backcountry skiing.
Things are quite different here in terms of access, terrain and elevation than what you folks are used to over there and hence the sled that we need here will be quite specific.
We don't have the luxury of being able to ride from a trail head off the highway or service road, instead have to drive to the winter snowline (4000ft) in 4x4 with sled on the back. So it pretty much needs to be a good climber right off the line.
We won't be spending huge days in the saddle but need 2 up and towing capability.
The snow is not as deep and light as some of the western states, and is more like a shallower version of the snow around Tahoe etc. It also firms up pretty good here and is real variable through elevation so needs some good cross hill ability in hard snow.
We don't have trees, and the hills are steep around the area I'm from.
Also the temp here is a lot warmer than your side, the temp probably hanging around 32F mark during the day in winter, and with the snow not being super deep the cooling of the engine becomes an issue.
I spent a day last winter out with 2 sleds in the B/C and the smaller of the two had real issues over heating (ski doo 550/600?) but the 800 REV seemed to be fine.
I was looking at obviously the summit series from ski doo but also the MTX yamaha's??
also it gonna have to come in to NZ from the states as there are no retailers here because no one but a hand full of people really uses them here.
Any ways there is quite a lot of reading hope its not to confusing and I appreciate any answers/ideas that come up.