When a buddy asked if I would be interested in taking part in a ride clinic put off by sledcore, I asked myself…Would it really be worth the money? Would it make me a better rider? What skills would I learn? What will the instructors be like? Will the other participants be much more advanced than me? Knowing I would be making a few trip to the west coast to ride regardless, I decided to bite the bullet and try out a Sledcore Ride Clinic.
The day came, my buddies and I headed for the parking lot. Upon arrival, we were greeted by three of the Sledcore guys, all of which were quick to approach and introduce themselves.
After a quick meet and greet, it didn’t take us long to get ready for departure. With the adrenaline pumping, we left for the lodge. We quickly unloaded the unneeded gear and headed out for what ended up being one of my best evening rides of my life.
As we left the lodge, some of my questions were soon to be answered. It was obvious very quick that the instructors were very knowledgeable and experienced riders and very willing to teach. I was very impressed with how down to earth all three of the guys were, not in any way did I once feel belittled or not good enough for the group. All the participants were at different riding skills and levels but the Sledcore guys were quick to pick up on this and divided us up, working with each and every one of us one on one as they saw necessary.
Upon arrival back at the lodge, we were greeted with yet another warm welcome from the lodge owners (Edgar & Gaye Randell – Snowy Cabin Adventures) . As we opened the door, the smell of a home cooked meal made my jaw drop. Before long, supper was served. And let me tell you this; if you got up from the table hungry, there was nobody to blame but yourself. The food was fantastic to say the least; one might even say it was as good as mom’s. After a few stories, it was bedtime.
The next morning we were quick to wake, only to the smell of fresh bacon. Yes another cooked meal. We were told not to worry about food. We had no worries about food. We took our freshly packed lunch and hit the hills.
Still wondering what new skills I would learn, I was quick to have that question answered. I thought I knew how to sidehill… Well I knew what it was. It was a pleasure to watch these guys navigate their machines.
After a few lessons and some simple pointers from the instructors, sidehilling became much easier. Next it was controlled decent, something I was unable to do before this Ride Clinic. Next they were quick to teach me another technical maneuver called the downhill U-turn. Another move I was unable to complete before.
After spending most of the day teaching us these maneuvers, it was time to use some of our new skills in the trees. With personal confidence at an all time high, it was a great way to put all we had learned to the test.
The next day was as good or better then the first. The three instructors were always close by, watching and giving helpful hits and showing us the tricks of the trade.
The big question that I originally had, was the Ride Clinic worth the money? Well, it was so worth the money. So much so, that the next month my wife (Paula) and I took part in the Sledcore Couples Clinic.
I had the pleasure of attending a Sledcore advanced ride clinic last February, something that I had been contemplating for a long time. Leading up to the clinic I found myself nervous and somewhat intimidated, but I quickly realized that the Sledcore team were very welcoming and eager to help. Andrew, Evan and Jon are skilled riders who each bring something unique to the group, pushing riders to learn without straying too far out of their comfort zone. I learned more in 2 days than I did all of last season. It’s amazing how a few simple techniques made me a more confident and efficient rider. Great snow conditions and Sledcore terrain knowledge led to the best riding of my life. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
February of last year we attended a sledcore advanced ride clinic with some very skilled riders who excel in what they and we love to do. Before the clinic, we were unsure and somewhat intimidated to be meeting and riding with such skilled riders, But we quickly realized that our nervousness and intimidation was very much unnecessary because Andrew, Evan and Jonathan were so welcoming and eager to help, while being ambitious about helping us become excellent and knowledgeable riders. Over the course of our two days of riding we both felt as if every hour of their training and guidance was equal to months of trying to learn. They not only taught us exceptional riding skills and gained us great knowledge of riding, but also provided us with one of the best riding experiences of our lives. We would give our highest recommendation to anyone to give them a call and get in on the action!
Thanks Andrew, Evan and Jon and especially SLEDCORE!!!