Still a mix of two strokes and four strokes here in Maine as it seems there has been a resurgence in folks who enjoy going into the more mountainous or truly rural areas and going off trail and they tend to prefer the lighter two strokes. Me . . . I've always been a trail guy. I like being able to walk out my back door, take the sled out of the shed and do a 120+ mile ride and be back in my own bed by evening (although last year was a horrible year for local riding -- I had to trailer the sled up north for the three or four rides we did.)I'd like to sled out on the eastern side of the continent one day, the huge trails systems out there intrigue me. 4-strokes seem to rule out there, where here we all run lightweight long track 2-strokes, except for the odd turbo'd 4-stroke mod machines.
When my sister moved to Alaska, met her future husband and started "snow machining" as they call it, she said she was a bit disappointed as her husband and his buddies tended to like high marking on the mountains. She said she enjoyed the ride to the mountain, but then would just sit there and watch them get their sleds stuck, roll their sleds, etc. until it was time to go. She also said she kinda missed being able to hop on to a sled and ride to a restaurant . . . the trade off though is she has some beautiful shots of the scenery there. A few years ago they rode to the ice caves at Spencer Glacier. Since moving to Wasilla from Portage she says there are a few local trails. Here is a shot from late-March or mid-April . . . she said they had to ride locally due to the Governor's lockdown orders.
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