A good rider goes a long ways. Ive got a buddy in his 40s, he rides a 98 mxz 440 fan that he longtracked. Its amazing where he can take that thing. Knowing the snow and the sled and what they are going to do are the keys to highmarking.AKnarrowback said:The new sleds these days have no longer make for a "highmark" competition. It isn't a question of who makes it furthest up, since most big sleds make it there everytime, but rather which route you are going to take.
I have noticed that when I switch off sleds with some of these younger guys, that only know big CC sleds, that they just don't seem to be able to take the old XLT as high as I can.
I always enjoy getting into the mix of things with bigger sleds. I nevedr go straight up the faces they do, but lots of them admit they never thought a "small" sled could go where I take it. I just enjoy the challenge of picking the line and making it work to get to the top. Just pulling the trigger on tons of HP is easy and ,for me at least, it does get boring after a while. When I look at a face that was considered unclimbable for decades and see a turbo Yamaha break trail to the top, straight line with the skis in the air the whole way I have to ask where the skill is in that.
It had a foot of fresh on the bottom and it was even more on top and I made it 3/4 way up and my sled was set up way wrong and running poorly.Dragon700 said:That is the Snowy Range. No one topped it when we were there, granted we were on 3 feet of frest powder. In my second picture, the open area to the left, now that is a tall mo fo.