Steve Cote, Revelstoke, B.C.

The best riding is right here at home

by Marie Milner

Man in red snowmobile suit leans against his sled, parked on snowy field with mountain vista behind
Steve Cote enjoys the view from Frisby Ridge in Revelstoke, B.C. Photo courtesy Steve Cote

How long have you been sledding?

Since I was a kid growing up in Ontario. My father and even my grandfather rode snowmobiles—it was a family thing.

What was your first sled?

My first sled was a 1974 TNT340 by Ski-Doo, and now I ride a 2012 Arctic Cat M8 Sno Pro. I like it because it’s great for my style of riding. Once we get on the mountain I like to ride in the trees, where it’s more demanding physically. That makes a good day for me. The Sno Pro has great manoeuvrability and the stock power is good; I haven’t had to do any upgrades, so it hasn’t cost me anything extra.

It sounds like you get a pretty good workout when you’re riding, right?

Sure do. Most snowmobiles weigh in at 450 to 600 pounds. Riding is pretty physical, especially if you get stuck!

Is there an area that you’ve heard about where you’d like to ride in the future?

I hear there’s really good riding in Utah and Washington and around Priest Lake in northern Idaho, and I’d like to check out those areas some day.

Do you have a favourite local trail?

Frisby Ridge is my favourite area to ride. You can venture down into the trees, but the views from the ridge are incredible—you can see way out across the Selkirks and the Monashees, and the ridge takes you about 25 kilometres along to a nice viewpoint where you can look up and down the Columbia Valley.

I’ve had fun sledding with friends around Golden and Sicamous, but with so much great riding right out my door, I just ride Frisby Ridge or Boulder Mountain or I go to McRae or other areas close by. There’s enough variety that you can have a good day anywhere around here.

Related Articles

Chantelle Bourgeau sits inside of a black car. She has long brown hair and wears all black.
Meet the Rider, Fort St. John, BC Adapt or die: She-Riderz borne from creator’s baptism by fire sledding experience

Chantelle Bourgeau, creator of She-Riderz, a sled feature page for female riders, is inspiring sledders to push their limits

by Kyle Born
Cassandra Mainville wears a pink jacket and sits on a blue snow bike in a snowy forest.
Meet the Rider, Saskatoon, SK Social media stars Kyle and Cassandra Mainville chronicle their powersports escapades

Kyle and Cassandra Mainville, owners of Mainville ATV and Outdoors in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, record and photograph their most epic powersports adventures

by Kyle Born
Denny and Chris Steigerwald stand on a cabin balcony in front of a sign that says Welcome to our wedding: Chris and Denny, Two Top Mountain, Idaho.
Meet the Rider Delayed but not defeated: Chilly conditions break way for this idyllic snowmobile wedding

Denny and Chris Steigerwald held their snowmobile-themed wedding ceremony at Idaho Park’s Two Top Mountain

by Kyle Born
View all Meet the Rider articles