Kirsten Armleder

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Kirsten lives with two dogs, three horses and a throttle-happy husband in Cranbrook, B.C. Her interests include fishing, hiking and, of course, backcountry sledding. Like many in her area, Kirsten grew up riding sleds—first a 340 Yamaha Enticer, then a Yamaha Phazer, a Ski-Doo Summit and the list goes on. Her interest in sledding came to a standstill until she discovered deep powder mountain riding. Now when winter rolls around, she can barely stay in the office long enough to finish writing her stories. When she’s not playing hooky from work, though, Kirsten enjoys interviewing riders from across Western Canada, finding new products to review and pretty much anything to do with the sport.

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First-ride impressions on the 2019 Arctic Cat M8000 Mountain Cat Alpha One

First-ride impressions on the 2019 Arctic Cat M8000 Mountain Cat Alpha One.

by Kirsten Armleder
Gear

2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry X-RS stands on its own as a true crossover sled

The 2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry X-RS stands on its own as a true crossover sled.

by Kirsten Armleder
blue sidewinder s-rx le
Gear

Yamaha unleashes the 2019 SideWinder S-RX LE

Lake racers rejoice, the SRX name returns for 2019 as the fastest production sled ever built.

by Kirsten Armleder
Meet the Rider, High Level, AB

Brenda Duval’s Hotshot of the month

SnoRiders catches up with the photo contest winner for the month of January 2018.

by Kirsten Armleder
Gear

Women’s Rime Boot from DSG Outerwear

Check out the new Rime Boot from DSG Outerwear.

by Kirsten Armleder
Andy Weir giving Kirsten Armleder some tips on riding downhill sidehills.
Ride On!

How I stepped up my sledding game in just one day

Weir Boondocking helped this backcountry rider build confidence through technique to reduce frustration and ultimately, up the fun factor.

by Kirsten Armleder
Blair Morgan racing snow bike at X Games.
Ride On!

Blair Morgan: “I never thought I’d be racing again”

Adaptive snow bike event at Winter XGames 2018 brings injured athlete Blair Morgan back to competition.

by Kirsten Armleder
Brennan Boxall surges toward the camera in an ice oval race.
SledLife, Nipawin, SK

Keith Boxall’s legacy, through the eyes of his youngest son

Catching the race bug when he was three, Brennan Boxall, 29, carries on a family legacy of left turns.

by Kirsten Armleder
Snowmobilers lined up on a trail near Powerview-Pine Falls.
Eastern Manitoba

Why Powerview-Pine Falls is Manitoba’s top SledTown for 2018

Right from their hotel, snowmobilers in Powerview-Pine Falls can follow velvety smooth trails deep into Manitoba’s remote woodlands.

by Kirsten Armleder
McBride, BC

It takes more than a village to win

McBride is a tiny town with huge snowmobiling opportunities and many loyal supporters.

by Kirsten Armleder
A gorgeous mountain view of the South Rockies in Crowsnest Pass.
Crowsnest Pass, AB

Crowsnest Pass is Alberta’s top SledTown for 2018

Snowmobilers in Crowsnest Pass take pride in their riding opportunities and it shows

by Kirsten Armleder
Carving through the pow in the Pasquia Hills.

Carrot River/Arborfield wins top SledTown in Saskatchewan for 2018

Groomed trail access between communities and miles of riding opportunities in the Pasquia Hills make Carrot River/Arborfield a top snowmobiling destination.

by Kirsten Armleder
Two people doing an avalanche search.
Snowmobiling safety, Fernie, BC

Levelling up with a Companion Rescue Skills Course

As technology, techniques and our level of riding experience change, it’s important to keep our avalanche safety training up to date.

by Kirsten Armleder
Miniature handlebars for kids on a Polaris snowmobile.
Gear

Toasty Tots Handlebars

Make sure your child's hands stay warm while on the trail with Toasty Tots Handlebars, a bolt-on accessory for your snowmobile.

by Kirsten Armleder
A couple posing by their Polaris snowmobiles on Connell Ridge.
Meet the Rider, Cranbrook, BC

Hotshot of the month

Congratulations to Bernie Ogonoski of Cranbrook, B.C., on winning the SnoRiders Hotshots contest in December 2017.

by Kirsten Armleder
SPOT Global Phone on a snowmobile seat.
Gear

Long-term SPOT Global Phone test and review

The author shares pros and cons of the SPOT Global Phone for snowmobiling and other backcountry use.

by Kirsten Armleder
Load levelling kit.
Gear

Level up with Air Lift

Air Lift Company introduces new purpose-built air spring inserts and a universal air spring spacer for lifted pickups.

by Kirsten Armleder
Gear

Arctiva Vibe Snowbike Pants

Arctiva’s Vibe Snowbike Pants are new for 2018.

by Kirsten Armleder
Black rings around the coil of a snowmobile suspension.
Gear

Polytune™ Suspension Rings for snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs

Polytune™ Suspension Rings snap onto the coil springs of your snowmobile suspension to provide quicker response times and flatter cornering.

by Kirsten Armleder
Black wheel accessory for snowmobiles.
Gear

Kimpex Rouski retractable wheel system for snowmobiles

The Rouski retractable wheel system is an accessory that protects your skis and allows you to steer better when having to ride on hard surfaces with no snow.

by Kirsten Armleder