Web site Bio:
Founded in 2000, our visitor count exceeds 2000 users a day
for most of the season. Operated by avid local north shore
After college, I moved to
Northeastern Minnesota where I'd been a paddling, fishing and
hunting guide for 10 years in the Ely, Grand Marais / Gunflint
Trail area. Seeking winters that actually had useable snow, less
people and to fulfill my need to live closer to the land, the
North Shore appeared ideal. Most of my life I've been an avid
Snowmobiler. Back in the late 70s and 80s we watched the farm
lands, open savannahs and big woods of Southern Minnesota
disappear along with the trails and outdoor opportunities.
Cities banned snowmobiling down to ridiculous parking spots and
trails that made no sense, due to over development that lacked
open space for recreation. No longer could we ride
our snowmobiles from our homes to trailheads. One of my
fondest memories of growing up, was the ability to ride our
snowmobiles right from our homes to the trails. When April hits and the
snow starts to diminish in Minnesota, I head
to Alaska for a few extreme snowmobile events; the largest annual
snowmobile/ski/snowboard event called Arctic Man.
Attended by more than 10,000 people with incredible mountain riding in the Hoo-Doo Mountains and
then the Mountain Man Hill Climb in
Thompson Pass near Valdez, Alaska.
Occupation: Web Developer,
Adrenaline Junkie, and occasionally an EMT.
'71 Arctic Catฎ Puma with a 634 Hirth, I was 11 years old and could barely pull it over.
areas to ride:
Minnesota North Shore Trails,
Grand Portage Trail System, West
Yellowstone, Hoo-Doo Mountains near Summit Lake, Alaska and
Pass - Chugach Mountains near Valdez, Alaska.
snowmachine adventures: Summit Lake, Alaska at the annual
Ski and Sno Go Classic - The world's toughest downhill ski/snowboard
and snowmachine race, all in one. Not to mention the largest
party on earth! Held every April at the foot of the Hoo-Doo
Mountains. The Mountain Man Hill Climb, Thompson Pass - Valdez,
Alaska. Check it out at: www.valdezsnow.com
In the winter when I'm not riding
my sled: Plowing snow, updating this Web site
with current reports, snowboarding or skiing at Lutsen Mountains and keeping my
redheads in shape and
In the off season: Paddling
my canoe to hot fishing spots for hawg walleye, trout and northern pike,
canoe camping the
BWCA, riding my yz450
on my track or a friends, fishing Sag
or Isle Royale.
Thompson Pass - Chugach Mountains
near Valdez, Alaska
'07 YZ450F Taken at the Dave
Pedersen Memorial Ride August 4th, 2007
Acres - Grand Marais, Minnesota