I count the days from the end of winter, thru spring, summer and fall until my next ride. That is the reason I chose my user name of live2ride on SnoWest, Throttle Chix and many other Forum sites. I have ridden snowmobiles most of my entire life. I started riding on my own at the age of 5 years old. By the age of 10 years old, I was done riding on the designated easy “ladies ride” only. Instead, I would ride with my dad on the “guys only” rides. I remember one day that the snow was particularly deep and nasty when my dad was leading the group. He was in front breaking trail when he turned around to glance back to where I was suppose to be, the guy behind him pointed up on the hill way above my dad where I was riding. I was much higher on the mountain side above him and the group. I could just see the fear/pride in his face…”That is my daughter!! What have I created?” My mother still rides and her old 800 RMK had over 5,500 miles on it. My dad and her have many other sleds to ride as well and live year round in the mountains. My parents have raised me to have great pride and respect not only for my love of the mountains and snowmobiling but for life itself. When I first started riding, I was just like most of the other kids out there riding for the first few times. I started on the family “hand-me-down” sleds. My first sled was a Yamaha Enticer 340, next an Enticer 300 short track with 340 motor, then a Yamaha SS440 with a SRV540 motor, (and many others in between). I finally hit the “big time” with a brand new stock Yamaha Phazer in 1985. It was not long before my dad had it modified out. I rode Phazer's for many years as it was a great sled for a “GIRL”. Later as a single parent raising my son, I purchased my first Polaris, an XLT. After the XLT, I purchased a 700 RMK, then an 800 RMK that started stock and ended up not-so stock. I have also owned and ridden other 800 RMK's with a Turbo, an 800 XCR Turbo for a few years. After the 800 RMK I decided I wanted to try the Arctic Cat M7 and found out quickly that it was not the sled for me. I then purchased my a 2006 Ski-Doo REV 800 with a 151” track. The stand up rider forward positioning of the REV really helped and improved my aggressive style of riding. I loved this sled, but went to the new 2009 Ski-Doo 800 XP with a 154" track. My current sled is now a 2013 Ski-Doo Summit 800 XM with a 154" track. As a young girl, my family spent most of the weekends and holidays year round in the Big Horn Mountains near Sheridan, Wyoming. In the winter it was snowmobiles and in the summer it was dirt bikes. When I was 10 years old my parents decided that we needed to join the snowmobile drag racing circuit of Wyoming. I raced in the kid classes for several years and had great success being in the finals each year. Snowmobile drag racing with my family was a great confidence builder and experience that I will never forget. While I lived in northern Wyoming, I rode the Big Horn Mountains for many years and learned the different riding areas and improved my mountain riding abilities. Most of my weekends were spent helping the guides at the local lodge (Bear Lodge Resort) do tours from mild to extreme. I would usually ride near the back of the group and make sure all riders stayed safe and kept up with the group. If not, I was responsible in making sure they did. Sometimes that would require me riding the sleds out of what ever “hole” they may be stuck in. Some of the “guys” riding the sleds would be thankful for my help, others may not of really liked the fact that a “girl” bailed them out. This made me ride safer but also harder, to show that women can and do ride as well as guys. In all of my riding experience with groups from novice to extreme, my main goal was to keep it fun, safe and teach anyone that may be struggling how to gain confidence and skills to be a better mountain snowmobile rider. I’ve been lucky by the many great snowmobile locations I’ve been fortunate to ride, the various opportunities I’ve been presented and most importantly the great people I’ve met thru snowmobiling. In the 1996 /1997 & the 1997/1998 winter, a video company named Sno-video directed by John Majzask (no longer filming) filmed in the Big Horns. I was one of the very few women that were featured in the videos at that time. In 2003 I was chosen to ride with www.maximumsled.com to test ride the 2004 snowmobiles in McCall Idaho snowmobile shootout. It was one of my greatest experiences of my life time for me to be asked and able to participate. Also, in 2004, my friends Heidi Wadsworth, JJ Wadsworth, others and I rode and filmed for Liquid Adrenaline. We then filmed and spent another day with Dustin from Adrenaline Hard Ware. Dustin then produced the snowmobile movie, Liquid Adrenaline. 2008 I was selected Miss Extreme with Tahoe Films, featured in the SH4 (SledHeads 4), In 2009/2010/2011 I worked with Braaap Films, featured in TWENTY 11, Sledbetties and 10 HIGH films. In 2010 I was asked to join the KLiM Backcountry riders team as a sponsored rider, I maintained that sponsorship up through 2016. Along the way, I was fortunate enough to be able to ride in such great places as Seeley Lake MT, Cooke City MT, Idaho/Montana border, Lincoln MT, Buck Creek MT, West Yellowstone MT, Island Park ID, and Colorado. Some I preferred better than others, but all were unique in their own special way and provided great snowmobile opportunities for me. I also love to hunt, fish, ride ATV’s, motorcycles which I learned to ride before my bicycle, raising my son to be confident in his abilities and spending time with my family. My greatest and most prominent outdoor sport is snowmobiling. I take my snowmobiling and promotion of the sport very seriously. Not many women are aggressive riders and many are never given the opportunity to try to become better riders. I feel it is NOT just a man’s sport and this is my opportunity to get more women involved and make them more confident in their ability to ride and enjoy snowmobiles. I am always trying to improve on my last ride. Every time I go out I want to be a better and safer rider than I was the last time. I push my self hard to be the best I can be, although sometimes it is just not my day. I never give up trying to be better and still make it fun even when the snow and the mountain are not cooperating. In an effort to get more women involved, I belong to my local snowmobile club, and try to help and volunteer when possible. We continually try to make snowmobiling more enjoyable for others, by educating non snowmobilers to the family fun, encouraging club membership and promoting all aspects of snowmobiling. When I do meet a lady that is new to the sport, I try to offer suggestions and demonstrations on how to make it more enjoyable and fun for them. The more fun someone has the more likely they are to get others involved in this sport. I hope to get more females interested, noticed and involved in a male dominated sport. I really feel that it is very beneficial to the motorized sports industry that women are involved as it provides more numbers, promotes family activities, and provides opportunity to grow the sport and help in the fight for snowmobile/ORV trail systems and multiple use of public lands that we all love so much.