Hotshot of the Month

Q&A with Brad Koprowsky, winner of our Hotshot Contest for the month of May 2015

by Kirsten Armleder

Good friends, great snow and clear skies are the ingredients for a perfect day of sledding. Allan Koprowsky photo

Our latest Hotshot of the Month comes to us from Skagway, Alaska. It was sent in by Brad Koprowsky of Whitehorse, Yukon, and he was sledding on the Skagway Summit when it was taken.

“The conditions are great in Skagway for a sledding adventure,” was all Koprowky wrote when he submitted the photo to our Hotshot contest, so we decided to get some more information.

How long have you been a sledder?

I’m recently into riding. I started sledding in 2012, so about three years ago. I’ve always been a huge fan of sleds growing up, though, just couldn’t afford one.

How did you get into the sport?

I got into it through one of my dad’s friends. He was the one who sold me my first sled and showed me the basics of mountain riding.

First sled?

My first sled was a 2009 Polaris RMK 600 with a 144-inch track.

What is your current ride?

Currently I’m riding a 2011 Ski-Doo Summit SP 800R with a 154-inch track and C&A Pro BX skis.

Would you change anything about it? If so, what?

I’d eventually like to wrap my sled and upgrade the seat to one with more storage.

Where do you usually ride?

I usually ride in the Skagway Summit/Fraser area. It’s approximately a two-hour drive from Whitehorse (Yukon) to that location.

What’s your favourite kind of riding?

Favourite kind of riding has got to be mountain or deep snow riding.

Where do you want to ride in the future?

I’d like to explore some more coastal places, like B.C. and parts of Alaska.

Tell us more about the day you took this photo.

The day that photo was taken was a great riding day. (It) turned into a bluebird day. We were in a big group of about eight, so if we got stuck, it was no problem getting out. Snow conditions were awesome. Before we went to the location of the picture, we were playing around in the bowl below and in the trees.

What keeps you busy in the summertime?

I hunt and mountain bike in the summertime to keep me occupied until sledding season starts again. 

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