World Snowmobile Invasion photo gallery

A collection of our best photos taken at the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion in Whitecourt, Alberta

by Kirsten Armleder

A man from Mexico giving the peace sign on a snowmobile.
Jesus Chavez travelled from Sahuaro, Mexico, to attend the WSI. This was his first visit to Canada and the first time he's ever ridden a snowmobile. Kirsten Armleder photo

In February, Whitecourt, Alberta, played host to an event that brought snowmobilers from around the world to its snowy streets and trails. It was called the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion (WSI) and yours truly was there.

Organized by the Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club, the WSI was a five-day event that featured guided tours, music concerts, a culturally themed snowmobile rally, freestyle shows and a parade that shattered a Guinness World Record.

With a total of 1,044 snowmobiles, it was the largest snowmobile parade in history. Although the record still needs to be reviewed by Guinness to become official, it made news across Canada.

For me, riding in the parade was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It seemed as if the entire town of Whitecourt had come out to cheer us on.

I was equally impressed with the freestyle shows put on by Octane Addictions. Getting six of the best freestyle snowmobilers in the world and Reagan Sieg—who could very well be the planet’s best man on a snowbike—together in one place is no easy task. But they pulled it off and even helped Sieg set a new world record in the process.

A big round of applause also goes to the Whitecourt Trailblazers. The event was well organized and the support from snowmobilers was incredible. I met riders from all over Canada, as well as some from the U.S., Mexico and Japan.

It goes without saying that snowmobiling is truly the best sport on earth!

Here are some of the best moments that SnoRiders event correspondent Monte Smith and I captured during the Invasion:

A group of riders on the whitecourt trails.
(L to R) Steve Quaife, Richard Giroux, Keith Aubin, Monte Smith and Jesus Chavez enjoyed the rally on Day 4 of the WSI. Kirsten Armleder photo
Lori Zacaruk and Brent Strand wearing Finland jerseys.
Lori Zacaruk from Zac's Tracs and Brent Strand, who is the snowmobile programs outreach coordinator for Avalanche Canada, were doing a fine job of working the Finland checkpoint on the rally. Kirsten Armleder photo
Man standing by his sled in the parade.
Rob Pezzutto from Nanaimo, B.C., participated alongside SnoRiders in the World Snowmobile Parade. Kirsten Armleder photo
Daniel Bodin tossing his helmet into the air.
Swedish freestyle legend Daniel Bodin (R) rallies the crowd while they pick who won the Best Trick competition at Sunday night's freestyle show. Kirsten Armleder photo
Kirsten Armleder with the Japanese delegates.
SnoRiders staff writer Kirsten Armleder rode with a couple from Japan on Friday's Delegate Ride. Monte Smith photo
Reagan Sieg and Tyler Johnson.
Tyler Johnson (R), owner of Octane Addictions, congratulates Reagan Sieg on breaking a world record on his Timbersled snowbike. Kirsten Armleder photo
Four snowmobilers on Polaris Pro-RMK sleds in Whitecourt.
Front row: Rachele (L) and Sue Guenette; Back row: Adynn Lanctot (L) and Hailey Guenette on the Summit Trails south of Whitecourt. Kirsten Armleder photo
A man standing out in the crowd.
This photo became known as the "Sled Jesus." It's actually Whitecourt local Steve Quaife standing out in the sea of sleds during the parade. Danielle Murray photo
A woman with pink pigtails hanging from her snowmobile helmet.
Debbie Westman from Barrhead, Alberta, sported her pink helmet-tails for the World Snowmobile Parade. Kirsten Armleder photo

Want to see more? Visit the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion photo gallery on Flickr

Where we stayed:

The Days Inn & Suites in Whitecourt kindly hosted SnoRiders during the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion. Our stay here was excellent. We were pleased with the friendliness of the staff and the cleanliness of the hotel. There was always a place to park, and a security guard was on duty every night to ensure the safety of our sled. 

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