Mud or snow, Nisbet Forest is the place to go

“This is also a great place to go snowmobiling with trail riding and off-the-path areas to play in the powder.” — Erin Kosowan

by Kyle Born

A man wearing red and black proposes to a woman wearing blue on a snowy trail next to snowmobiles.
“This is one photo I will cherish forever! This is when I got engaged. It wasn’t the mountain proposal that he wanted, but we got engaged on a crazy carpet hill instead!” — Erin Kosowan Photo courtesy Erin Kosowan

Erin Kosowan has explored the depths of Saskatchewan’s varied trails on the seats of her quad (680 Honda Rincon named Bush Bash Betty) and snowmobile (Polaris 600 RMK named Penelope). During that time, Kosowan has discovered the best place to ride in the province.

“Nisbet Forest is a great place to go,” she said. “You get a little bit of everything, riding-wise. You can go from trail riding to off-roading to mudding. The plus side of being in the bush is that you’re sheltered from the wind. The one downside to Nisbet Forest is that it’s not mapped out. If you don't know where you’re going, you can get lost easily. This forest goes on for miles. This is also a great place to go snowmobiling with trail riding and off-the-path areas to play in the powder.”

When Kosowan emerges from the forest, she often heads to the bay.

“Another great place to go to is Hudson Bay,” she said. “You get a little bit of everything—like Nisbet Forest—but the trails are mapped out and there are great stopping points with shelters.”

Erin Kosowan smiles while wearing a baseball cap. She has long red hair and stands in the midst of ATVs.
“I have never had so much fun enjoying ATVing with a bunch of strangers as I did at the FRCC mud event in Saskatchewan.” — Erin Kosowan Photo courtesy Erin Kosowan

Kosowan’s father introduced her to the powersports world when she was little. That’s when her tiny world became bigger—and louder—with possibilities. Ever since then, she’s been hooked. And she’s stoked to share her experiences with friends and family—including a proposal from her then-boyfriend.

“We were supposed to be in the mountains but, due to COVID, we weren't able to go,” Kosowan said. “We ended up going to Chitek Lake. Just off of one of the trails, there was a hill that had crazy carpets that you could slide down. After sliding down the hill a couple times, my now-husband wanted a picture with the sleds, and that’s when he popped the question! It wasn’t the mountain proposal that he wanted, but we got engaged on a crazy carpet hill instead!”

A woman sits on the side of her Polaris 600 RMK snowmobile.
“While riding in Flin Flon, Manitoba, I was practicing my carving to do donuts. The snow was beautiful, but I tipped over a little too far and was unable to get my sled back on the track. So instead of sitting in the snow and waiting for help, I decided to sit on top of my skis and wait. Someone took this photo and it’s been a keeper ever since.” — Erin Kosowan Photo courtesy Erin Kosowan

On her sled (Polaris 600 RMK named Penelope, remember?), Kosowan can keep up with her friends, even in the mountains.

“My favorite snowmobile memory was just recent,” she said. “My friend Cass and I always do a girls trip together. For this trip, we went to a lodge about five hours away. The snow was waist deep and we thought her trail sled would make it. We were very wrong. Stuck after stuck. We didn't make it too far, but we learned a lot and had some good laughs.”

A woman rides an ATV through a muddy trail in the forest.
“During our first big trip to Hudson Bay, it rained most of the time we were there, making the trip very wet and muddy, which ended up being a blast!” — Erin Kosowan Photo courtesy Erin Kosowan

To sum up how Kosowan feels about riding powersports machines in Saskatchewan:

“I love how snowmobiling brings people together and gets you outside,” she said. “Go outside!”

ON OUR RAD RADAR:

Rider: Erin Kosowan
Where: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Occupation: Nursing assistant
Bragging rights: Can keep up with anyone, anywhere
Weapon of choice: Polaris 600 RMK named Penelope
Local ride recommendation: Nisbet Forest.
“You get a little bit of everything, riding-wise. You can go trail riding to off-roading to mudding. This is also a great place to go snowmobiling with trail riding and off-the-path areas to play in the powder.” — Erin Kosowan

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