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Monkey
03-09-2006, 04:38 PM
Having no truck at the moment, and no way to transport my dirtbike out of the snow covered Whistler, has been a bit of a downer this last week.:( That was until I was given the oportunity to try a different form of transportation through the bush.

Fresh waist deep powder (and still dumping) may have not been the best conditions for learning to drive a Snowcat, but it was for sure an adventure!

Here's a couple pics from my first grooming lesson in the Callaghan Valley.

Milkman
03-09-2006, 04:42 PM
Cool, if I had lots of money to blow + lived in snow country that would be a fun toy to have.

FokkerDude
03-09-2006, 04:44 PM
Awsome! Looks like you were having a lot of fun while learning. I've always wanted to try driving a Snowcat. How hard is it to drive?

DeeDee
03-09-2006, 04:45 PM
[36] Looks like fun

Monkey
03-09-2006, 04:48 PM
The drving part was super easy. Working the Blade and driving at the same time not so much..... Dug a couple big freakin holes by oops

T-donk
03-09-2006, 04:50 PM
sweet ass an the tracks [f]

T-donk
03-09-2006, 04:51 PM
i hope thats yours [f]

RebelAngelle
03-09-2006, 04:55 PM
Nice! Looks like a ton of fun!

nykoma
03-09-2006, 05:13 PM
looks like alot of fun, would love to try running of those[cheers]

Monkey
03-09-2006, 05:15 PM
ha ha ha.....sorry T-donk. Not mine.
It's Mike's (the "good" cat driver). The Cat ran out of diesel, so he is switching it up to the secondary tank.

StinkFinger
03-09-2006, 05:18 PM
sweet ass an the tracks [f]


figures you would like that ass


ps monky i think i love you [f]

when can you hijack the groomer and take us boarders for a little back contry run [cheers]

230
03-09-2006, 06:24 PM
we need more pics of the hot chick.

lizard
03-09-2006, 06:28 PM
do some 360's in it

Tuner Inside
03-09-2006, 07:27 PM
THat looks like a bombi plus. Ive spent my fair share of time in a cat but moving snow guns. Been out grooming and worked in terrain parks. Always forund bombi's noisy. Been out in Prinoths and pisten bullys (my pesonal favortie.) Bombi's are nice cause its like driving a bobcat with the controls in joysticks. Driving the cats is easy its learning to float the blade and run a tiller with out gouging. Try learning with dick for snow. Ive bounced a tiller and it sucks. Learning to run the blade you just drive and learn to hover the blade 2 inches off the ground following the contours.

If you get a chance to run or ride in a winch cat do it. Nothing like putting your feet against the windsheild and looking straight down hill. Serious poer in a winch cat.

As a mechanic my favorite thing was building tracks in the fall. 9 million studs, ring spacers and nuts!

J20
03-09-2006, 07:30 PM
sweet looks like fun[36] [36] [36]

kootenaycat
03-09-2006, 08:11 PM
Always wanted to try a snow cat, wonder how it would hill climb? :D

ri0
03-09-2006, 08:19 PM
that looks awsome, work all night then skii all day in the runs yeah saw at night, that would be freaken awsome

Tuner Inside
03-09-2006, 08:21 PM
Kootneycat if you can hold on they will usually climb it. When all else fails theres winchcats! I have come down hill in a winch cat with aseatbelt on and have had my feet on the windsheil guard and hands on the holly shit handels.

Its the ultimate job! I wish I had the time to go back to working with them again. Im soooooooo jealous!

Monkey
03-09-2006, 08:38 PM
I've seen the winchcats running on Blackcomb while I was up sledding at night, but haven't had a chance to ride in one. It's crazy the slopes they groom. I've only been in the bombi's, as that's what Canadian Snowmobile runs for their grooming/tours.

kootenaycat
03-09-2006, 09:02 PM
Monkey, are you a guide? That would be a cool job! What kind of sleds are they running? A friend started up an atv tour company last year and has asked me to do some tours, just got to find the time! Stupid full time job is really cutting into my fun time!

Tuner, I figured they would climb pretty steep on a hard pack, but what about fresh snow? Do they have good floatation? I've seen the local clubs groomer stuck after a rookie dropped the tracks off the trail! [16]

Monkey
03-09-2006, 09:24 PM
I'm the Res/office manager. No guiding for me. I just sled whenever I have free time. Where does your buddy run the ATV tours?

We run all Ski-doo. GTX550, Renegade 600HO, and Summit 600. Most of the guide's personal sleds are Summit 800's.

I haven't spent a whole lot of time in the Snowcat. It definatly had problems last night with all the fresh snow. With the blade up all the way the snow was still coming over top of it half way up the window. (there's a pic of it) And you couldn't see the tracks, just the snow moving overtop of them.

Taxidermy
03-09-2006, 09:25 PM
sweet [f] [27] [27] [27] [1d]

jeeper
03-09-2006, 10:25 PM
sweet ass an the tracks [f]




What can I say Trev !

Tuner Inside
03-09-2006, 10:25 PM
They do work good in soft snow, they just have limited articulation. THe tracks start to bind if you stepped one track off the hard pack especially if the pack is a couple feet deep.

Im just jelous of people that get paid to work in snow. Im stuck on or around grass year round! Been sking once this winter and its only a 30min drive!

Murd0c
03-09-2006, 10:26 PM
damm that would be so much fun in the snow, good pics!!

Logan
03-10-2006, 07:21 PM
Those are wicked shots Jack's. Makes me almost miss the snow. Almost ;)

I just miss the "talent".

G-rizzle Swank
03-10-2006, 07:33 PM
what kinda money do you make?

kootenaycat
03-10-2006, 08:09 PM
I'm the Res/office manager. No guiding for me. I just sled whenever I have free time. Where does your buddy run the ATV tours?

We run all Ski-doo. GTX550, Renegade 600HO, and Summit 600. Most of the guide's personal sleds are Summit 800's.

I haven't spent a whole lot of time in the Snowcat. It definatly had problems last night with all the fresh snow. With the blade up all the way the snow was still coming over top of it half way up the window. (there's a pic of it) And you couldn't see the tracks, just the snow moving overtop of them.He is based just outside of Castlegar (West Kootenays), and does his tours within an hours drive of his home. Lots of choices to pick from! He will customize a tour to meet the clients wishes. I thought about taking some of his more experienced customers on a few runs that aren't novice friendly!

600's? I guess your clients are probably a lot like my buddies. Little or no experience on a sled/atv! Personally the 600 is too small, if I had the bucks, I would buy the 800Rev with a 151, nice machine!

Monkey
03-11-2006, 02:21 PM
Money? I don't make any money driving the cat. It's a "secret" don't tell the boss. (haha...that's me!)

Yeah. For many of our guests its their first time seeing snow. 800's are great, but the 600's don't do to bad. It's all how you ride it........

230
03-11-2006, 02:33 PM
Money? I don't make any money driving the cat. It's a "secret" don't tell the boss. (haha...that's me!)

Yeah. For many of our guests its their first time seeing snow. 800's are great, but the 600's don't do to bad. It's all how you ride it........






insert drooling smilie here

Logan
03-11-2006, 03:22 PM
Money? I don't make any money driving the cat. It's a "secret" don't tell the boss. (haha...that's me!)

Yeah. For many of our guests its their first time seeing snow. 800's are great, but the 600's don't do to bad. It's all how you ride it........


yeah... thats what she said. No really, see.. she said it..

I got nothing.

asigalet
03-11-2006, 03:42 PM
Damn I'm jealous. Wish I could get out more with the amazing conditions the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately I gotta go to Winterpeg for a week, so it will have to wait at least another week or two to try to get out.

Love the pics! I wanna go for a ride :D