To the untrained eye, it may seem like the snowmobiling season is winding down. But seasoned mountain sledders know better. Despite the warm weather and subsequent green grass, the months of April and May yield some good riding opportunities—if you know where to look, that is.
It appears as though Greg Rector knows where to look. He let us know last month that the season was far from over with a few photos he sent in for our Hotshot contest. Our judges picked the photo pictured above as the winner.
Here’s our Q&A with Rector:
How long have you been a sledder?
I have been sledding for 20 years, but more than a couple times a year for the last eight.
How did you get into the sport?
I got into sledding from my dad and a couple of his buddies.
What was your first sled?
My first sled that I didn’t borrow or rent was a 2007 Arctic Cat M8.
What is your current ride?
My current sled is a 2012 Polaris Pro-RMK.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would you change about it?
If money wasn’t an issue, I would put a TSS turbo on it.
Where do you usually ride?
I mostly ride the Mica Mountain area outside 100 Mile House or in Clearwater.
What is your favourite kind of riding?
My favourite riding is tight tree lines and jumps.
What is your No. 1 sledding must-have?
My No. 1 sledding must-have, besides snow, is a couple of good buddies that like to ride the same terrain.
Tell us more about the day you took this photo.
The photo was taken on a day that (my friend) Madden (Sarver) was out of camp. He only had a couple days to ride so we headed out to play. We were pretty much the only peeps riding—there was about 18 inches of fresh and sunshine. We couldn’t have asked for anything better and we made the best of it.
What keeps you coming back, year after year, to ride?
Absolute passion keeps me coming back year after year. I love the area and keep finding new areas that most people do not go into. Exploring the trees leads us to untouched snow all the time.