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Wrangling Rookies


All the test riders agreed that the first step in making sure a beginner has a good time is to make sure they have proper gear. Setting the novice up with several clothing layers is a must. Removing layers is easy, but adding them after you are on the trail is impossible. Overpacking and overdressing are necessary when taking newbies on the trails or into deep snow. And there is nothing more rewarding than being able to pull out a fresh set of goggles for your rookie, when theirs have iced over to make you feel like a hero. Also, be aware if you are hosting riders from a different region, as there may be differences in gear that are necessary for the area. Test Rider Dan Nedeau says, “I noticed that the guys out west didn’t wear a breath box because of the dry mountain air. However, in the Midwest you can have the best goggles, and they will fog non-stop without a breath box.”
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