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I would avoid the indy lite, that track is a very odd size and is no longer made. Deep snow takes a lot of HP to navigate, you don't have much at all in the 340 engine. It also has a direct drive, no chaincase. So if you were to put a longer rear suspension on it, it would not have enough power to turn it. I had one, with a full size person on it, it did ok on the trails and not ok off. It was a great kids sled or for adults new to sledding that did not vary off the trails.

You could make the triple work if you bought a deeper lugged track. As it is, it will be stuck a LOT and you won't have much time for skiing because you spend your day frustrated as you dig. I had an Indy 650 a bit older than that triple, but it had a 2" track. It was much better than most 121" sleds but still not as good as an SKS or later RMKs of the same vintage. If you can find a 136" or 144" sled with at least a 2" track, you will have a better time on the snow.
 

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With the 121" trail track that comes with that sled new, you will be stuck when you get off the beaten path. If you upgrade to a 2" track (or as big as the tunnel will allow) you will still be stuck, but not near as often. That's why mountain sleds have LONG tracks with really DEEP lugs. We hate getting stuck ;)
 

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While exact jetting is important at maintaining optimum performance, the jetting charts usually go in 2000 ft increments. If he had a carbed sled jetted for 4000-6000 feet, he will be fine for where he is going to ride. EFI is nice, but in his budget, there won't be many sleds available that have it. Most of the really tall stuff in Oregon is in the wilderness, the only way to get there is to hoof it.
 
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