We finally have some snow falling here in the Rocky Mountains and it’s got us even more excited for the upcoming snowmobile season. Normally this time of year, we would already have a couple rides under our belts but we’ve had kind of a late start. None the less, its started so that’s all that matters. Seeing that fluffy white stuff falling outside has really got me thinking about riding and therefore I’ve been lost in the sea of snowmobile videos available to us now.
You can always track down full production snowmobile videos from outfits like Slednecks and Thunderstruck that have amazing quality and show the best riders on the best machines doing the most complicated maneuvers. But sometimes it’s just as fun to watch home made videos where some random guy slapped a GoPro on his helmet while out with his buddies. The riding is usually a little bit more relateable because it’s not throwing a double backflip off a 75-foot cliff or some ridiculous stunt. Instead it’s your everyday riders out finding the open untouched snow searching for one the best things about snomobiling, “Freshies”.
Freshies are probably exactly what you think they are, fresh powder snow that hasn’t been marked up or ridden through in any way. Especially here in the Rockies where we’re considered to have the “best snow on earth” because it’s usually light and fluffy. If you get lucky enough to get out there and catch some freshies after a big snow storm it can be a life to changing experience.
I’ve always tried to describe the feeling you get when riding a snowmobile to friends or family that haven’t experienced it and it’s not an easy thing to do. But when you’re out riding on a “bluebird” day (blue skies and sun shining) after a storm and you come around a corner and see a big open bowl or massive hill that is completely untouched, the sun is shining and causing a mirage like reflection off the snow, maybe you’ve got your favorite tunes playing in your headphones, it’s almost euphoric. If you’ve seen the movie “Wayne’s World” its kind of like the whole “Dreamweaver” type thing only instead of a beautiful woman it’s you, your sled, and a big old mountain of deep snow.
This amateur video shot during the 2014-2015 season has some fantastic snow conditions and plenty of “Freshies” to get the old blood pumping. I’m not exactly sure where it was shot, most likely up in British Columbia somewhere based on the amount of snow. It sure got me excited, and I hope it does the same for you.