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Old 03-02-2011, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where do you ride?

Hi, I'm in MN, where it's all trail riding. I would love to go mountain riding some day, and I was wondering:

Where do you ride? Do you own land that you ride on or can you just go wherever? When I watch videos of people riding, it looks like they just go where they want. Is that it?
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Out west, most of the land we ride on is National Forest. A lot of areas are accessable to over the snow vehicles. There are also areas off limits and dedicated to those that strap sticks on their feet. Most of the time, we try to live in harmony with those misguided souls . Many snow areas have groomed trails as well, to give those that don't like playing in the trees or the steep and the deep an enjoyable experience.

There are rules to follow regarding snow depth. If the snow is not deep enough to avoid terrain damage, you shouldn't be on it. Usually the fine for that kind of riding is a bent trailing arm or A arm when you hit a stump or rock
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Out west, most of the land we ride on is National Forest. A lot of areas are accessable to over the snow vehicles. There are also areas off limits and dedicated to those that strap sticks on their feet. Most of the time, we try to live in harmony with those misguided souls . Many snow areas have groomed trails as well, to give those that don't like playing in the trees or the steep and the deep an enjoyable experience.

There are rules to follow regarding snow depth. If the snow is not deep enough to avoid terrain damage, you shouldn't be on it. Usually the fine for that kind of riding is a bent trailing arm or A arm when you hit a stump or rock
About the same here in Utah. A few hundred miles of "groomed" trails, and LOTS and LOTS of open fields and mountains where you can just take off and play. Just be sure to watch signs and respect private lands...

FWIW - "groomed" trails in Utah are hit and miss because of the high amounts of snowfall. Most are groomed once a week, but that could (usually does) mean 2 feet of fresh stuff on top before the next scheduled grooming. It's very different from what I am used to - coming from NY - where there are basically *NO* play areas, and trails are meticulously marked. "Trails" here go all over the place... it's hard to follow an actual trail with hundreds of tracks running off the main trail. Trails are Not marked like NE trails either. If you're lucky, there will be a series of T-poles with 6-foot orange extensions to follow, but no actual route markings on them or anything like that. Hopefully, there's some of the orange extension still sticking up through the snow. Eh, ya gotta take what you can get though...
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I ride in the mountains of colorado west of denver. Great open fields and bowls. If you want a real fun powder trip. Look into togwatee pass. I'm sure I spelled it wrong. They have a lodge that you can sled from right there. Unlimited powder riding and epic views. It's near Jackson Hole which is an amazing place to visit. I'll try to find the lodge and post back. They also have trails for those who can shred the pow but easy for those to jump off the trail and back on to get used to it.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I ride in the mountains of colorado west of denver. Great open fields and bowls. If you want a real fun powder trip. Look into togwatee pass. I'm sure I spelled it wrong. They have a lodge that you can sled from right there. Unlimited powder riding and epic views. It's near Jackson Hole which is an amazing place to visit. I'll try to find the lodge and post back. They also have trails for those who can shred the pow but easy for those to jump off the trail and back on to get used to it.
Lucky! I wish I had that up in Maine were I ride I bet my crossfire 800 would rip in the powder

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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there is a lot of open area here in utah , as rgoers said its marking system is not
good at all but sure is fun out there , check this .
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Lucky! I wish I had that up in Maine were I ride I bet my crossfire 800 would rip in the powder
ya i couldnt agree more maine needs more powder and more places to ride the steep and deep most of the time its just boring trail rides but the few good storms we get its amazing to ride in that pow
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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ya i couldnt agree more maine needs more powder and more places to ride the steep and deep most of the time its just boring trail rides but the few good storms we get its amazing to ride in that pow
Absolutley can't agree any better I think I my buy a sled deck for my truck and throw the crossfires on board and head west for a week on boondocking

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I'm as far north in California as you can go without being in Oregon... We live in the klamath national forest so we usually drive about 15 miles and head up horse creek. Have to drive a bit to get to the snow, but it's well worth it to be up there about the clouds.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:01 AM   #11 (permalink)
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we go to the snow!!
last weekend we drove 1270mi total in
truck, to ride 225mi on sleds.
sucks to live in the flatlands.
but as soon as kids out of school, 6yrs
we will be moving north!!
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