This afternoon I rode with Shane Kynaston. We got in a good dose of spring riding, with plenty of big climbs, technical pulls, and even a few big drops and jumps. While many riders have already hung it up by this time of year, we usually ride until the end. For me, late spring conditions are the icing on the cake at the end of the year. Spring snow may not be deep powder, but it gives you the opportunity to point the sled uphill and get technical in the trees and chutes that would have been untouchable in deep snow, especially on stock sleds.
Shane is one of the best technical riders on the planet, and at 42 years of age, he still manages to air it out too. Shane was a mentor to me when I first started riding and taught me a lot of what I know about backcountry snowmobiling. He was jumping big on Yamaha 340 Enticers back in the 80s and I can't help thinking what he would have been able to do on the sleds we have now when he was 20 years old. He might be careful about which jumps he hits these days, but he never ceases to push the young bucks and often puts us to shame.
Here's to one of the OGs of Boondockers, it's good to have you back Shane!