What Gear Do You Need For The Average Snowmobile Race?

snowmobileAs the organizers of one of the biggest and best Beginners Snowmobile Races in America, we are constantly barraged by questions involving what type of gear you all need to compete.  Obviously the type of snowmobile will depend on the type of race, so we are going to cover everything but your sled (Which you should already have)!

Helmet –

As you all should know by now, you will definitely need a racing helmet to compete, and even when you are just training or even just riding around for fun.  These machines are extremely powerful and having a helmet can easily save your life.  I would suggest to take a look at Up North Sports for helmets because I have gotten a few from them, and they are top notch quality.  Along with this, you will want a helmet that has slots for goggles of course.

Goggles –

Along with a helmet goggles are extremely important.  When you are riding you will be faced with a whole lot of cold wind and ice flying through the air, and you will need to protect your eyes, and be able to see in the harsh environment.  Speaking of Goggles there are a few different types depending if you want UV protection or not, and also they have insulating goggles which can be nice if it’s extremely cold.  There are quite a few good outdoor brands that carry these types of goggles, so I would take a look around.

An Outdoor Watch –

militaryoutdoors-watchWhen you are racing or training I always recommend you take the time to get yourself a nice outdoor watch.  These provide you with a whole bunch of functionality that you can need if you are out in the wilderness. Many people never really thought that these would be a huge deal until I wrote a giant post about my experiences with my own military watch, and how to pick the best military watch.  You can check my giant post on Finding the Best Military Watch of 2016!

A Basic Survival Kit –

Now I wouldn’t worry about this as much if you are out on the track racing, but I have been able to save my skin a few times when I am just out riding and enjoying life when I take a wrong turn and get lost out in the forest.  It is definitely a great thing to have in the outdoors, and I always recommend you have a survival kit with some of the following items:

  • Matches
  • Blanket
  • Some sort of communication device
  • Water

Overall, snowmobiling is an amazing experience and a tremendous sport.  I recommend it to anyone and I think it’s the most relaxing experience.  That being said, those are some of the things you might need when you are starting to get into the sport.  In the end of the day it’s definitely worth being prepared, and I hope you liked my post!

This post was written by Brett from Tactical Tutor who has been a good friend of mine for a few years, and is an amazing outdoorsman!

Check Out The Red Bull Snow Boundaries!

I just recently came across this video from our friends at Red Bull Snowmobile at their annual Red Bull Snow Boundaries and it is absolutely insane!  This is they type of race that one day we would love to host.  This is an eight mile race over all sorts of terrain including snow cross ramps and jumps, cross country stretches, and ice and sludge!  This would be an extremely difficult race, but every year it one of the most invigorating and exciting races!

If you ever get the chance to watch one of these races live, I definitely recommend.  We were lucky enough to be featured at the 2015 Snow Boundaries race and just watching these racers go at it is something amazing!

2016 Utah Ski Slam Review!

We just finished our annual Utah Ski Slam, and it was a roaring success!  Just to give you an idea of how the event went, we are gonna share some statistics for the races!

2015 Utah Ski Slam – 

  • 559 Paying Spectators.
  • 32 Competitors in 8 different heats.
  •  Run by a staff of four.
  • 250 Acre Track

2016 Utah Ski Slam – 

  • 882 Paying Spectators.
  • 128 Competitors in 16 different heats.
  • Run by a staff of 15!
  • We were finally able to utilize our whole 500 acre track this year!
  • This year truly took off!

As you can see we are very happy with our growth and we are glad we could provide a safe and competitive event for our spectators and our competitors.  We hope to continue to provide these types of events!

I would like to congratulate our champions:  Eddie Larget, Margot Bauer, Mark Trovoltzki, Ruth Artbark!  They competed extremely hard, and they made us all proud!  I am glad we were able to host such a competitive group and hopefully every group is going to provide such a competitive and exciting atmosphere!

snowmobile-racingFor anyone that hasn’t been to a snowmobile race yet, especially with us, you are missing out on one heck of an event!  Snowmobile can be related to MX and Dirt bike racing, but with a little more power, and of course the fresh powder of snow!  These powerful machines are capable of rising and pulling their riders at whirling speeds while cruising through rough terrains!

It is an event you have to experience at least once in your life.  There is something raw and powerful seeing these machines that are 1000CC beasts zooming in between trees and dodging tree stumps and other riders.  It is truly amazing to watch, and with our state of the art spectator stands it truly gives you are great vantage point on all the racers!