“I run a backcountry snowmobile lodge about 50 km (31 miles) out in the mountains, and I’ve been doing that for almost ten years now.
“It’s a huge challenge operating 50 km from pavement, with snowmobile access only or helicopter. So, just getting supplies in here, rental sleds up and down the trail, parts when things break down, it’s a big challenge.
“When it comes to equipment, our generators run 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; 30, 31 days a month for 6 months, 8 months at a time. So, they take a lot of abuse that way.
“Our Snowcat gets a lot of hours grooming the trails, lots of cold starts. We get minus 20, minus 30, minus 35. Cold starts on the diesels are tough, so that’s a challenge on wear and tear. Same with the snowmobiles. We don’t have the space to park them all inside, so they’re getting lots of cold starts as well up to that minus-30 range where lubrication is absolutely key.
“We run some Yamaha* snow bikes, and they take a beating. We ride them hard. They work really well.
“The track truck, we use that for bringing our groceries up and down and hauling supplies in and out. That thing does several trips a week and, without that, the food doesn’t come up. Supplies don’t come up. People aren’t happy. It’s key to keep that baby running.
“When you’re operating in a location in a remote place like the mountains like this where a trip to town is at least a couple hours, depending on the day and conditions, we like to run the best products possible because downtime is costly.
“And it’s key that all of our equipment – generators, snowmobiles, track truck, Snowcats, you name it – it needs to be running top-notch. So we like to run premium products.”
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