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With Great Powder, Comes Great Responsibility

Winter has arrived; first snow has fallen, skis have been waxed, and snowmobiles have been up. We’re ready for all the winter activities. While we all the love the outdoors and everything it has to offer, it’s also very important to have a healthy respect for the dangers it possesses. Now that we are well into winter, avalanche safety and knowledge has been pushed to the forefront of importance to our members while they are traversing the PNW’s wintry terrain. We encourage all of our members and friends to keep themselves safe in the snowy mountains. Sadly, 90% of deaths caused by avalanches are triggered by the victim or a member of the victim’s group. We pooled together the most beneficial tips and tricks for our members and friends to prevent such occurrences while taking advantage of our great outdoors.

One of the best ways to prevent misfortune is the proper knowledge and awareness of the area. Appropriate education is vital to staying safe in the snow. Do your research, learn how to use your gear, and make sure you’re using all the resources at your disposal. In Idaho, we’re lucky to have a large amount of means available to us. Each winter, Idaho Parks and Recreation hosts snowmobile-based avalanche awareness classes, so make sure to check out their website to find classes closest to you. Their website also offers tips and other safety facts for further information. Avalanche.org is also a fantastic website to learn about your area. They’re also a great resource for checking the forecast of your destination. They combine data from professional forecast centers to provide you with current avalanche information, so they usually have the most up-to-date research. There are tons more online guides devoted to teaching you how to prepare, prevent, and deal with avalanches. The ideal avalanche situation is to have no avalanche situation at all, so learning how to prepare and prevent is really important while doing any activity in the winter season. While we are no experts, we compiled a short list of tips to get you started, but we still highly recommend doing your own research and taking classes to help give you the best chance. 

  1. Take a class provided by professionals if it’s an option. If not, look for online guided tutorials or videos that will demonstrate your best chance at survival. Avalanche.org offers free safety training videos on their website, so be sure to research multiple sites.
  2. It’s not always enough to just know how to deal or use your equipment, you need to be an expert.Practice in a safe environment how to use your gear and how to conduct a search using a beacon and probe. Practice until it becomes muscle memory.
    *Beacon Training Parks are training systems designed to help people practice with their transceivers. There are locations accessible throughout the Northwest, so look for one near you for a chance to practice.
  3. Your gear could save your life, so know it well. Whatever specific activity you are participating in, whether skiing, snowmobiling, or any other recreational activity in the snow, make sure you have the sufficient equipment to be able to respond adequately in an avalanche situation.
  4. Check the forecast and daily reports. There are resources specifically designed for avalanche- heavy terrain and those who choose to traverse it. Be familiar with what to look out for and always check the forecast the day you go out.

This is a lot of information and may be overwhelming. But there is good news. Avalanches aren’t some unknown, magical entity that we know nothing about. If you know what to look for and what to avoid, you dramatically increase yor chances of survival. We understand that with winter comes all the fun activities we wait for snow to do. We love those activities too, and we participate every chance we get. We also truly value our members, friends, and family’s safety. So take your classes, do your research, and practice until you’re an expert, so you can keep taking advantage of all the winter fun with us.

Our Favorite Winter Destinations in Idaho

Contrary to outsiders’ popular belief, Idaho has so much to offer all year round. Longtime residents know just what makes our magnificent state so great in the summer and winter months. We all know Idaho has an abundance of land reserved for recreational use, but just what do we like to use it for? Our state has no shortage of ski resorts (18 in total), hot springs, parks, trails, and land open for snowmobile use, for all of its’ residents to use. We polled our office to discover our team’s top destinations to enjoy their winter months with family and friends.

McCall 

The first destination on our list is McCall. Only two hours from Boise, McCall is probably already on your radar; if not, add it to your must- see list. With an average of 130 inches of snowfall per year, this little town has become quite the attraction in the winter months. What’s even better is the RedLine location on the way into town. This makes it so easy to reserve a toy and not have to worry about hauling it all the way to your end destination. Whether you stay indoors or traverse the outdoors, there’s something for everyone. 

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Burgdorf is our first must- see in McCall that you’re sure to enjoy. This amazing little resort is home to hot springs that are a long- standing McCall feature. During the summer months, Burgdorf is accessible by all vehicles; but during the winter, the only way to get there is by snowmobile. 

The McCall Winter Carnival has a longstanding tradition dating all the way back to 1924. Each year, thousands of people flood McCall to enjoy the events, from their famous snow sculptures, to the snow-bike races and Monster Dog Pull. This year, the Carnival is running from January 25th to February 3rd with the theme of Legends, Myths, and Superheroes. 

Another key to the heart of McCall are the two major ski resorts located within 30 minutes of the town. Tamarack Resort and Brundage Mountain Resort  are two resorts that every skier and snowboarder should visit while in Idaho. Easy to get to, with lessons for every level, they are both complete with a variety of terrain to suit everyone’s interests. 

Sun Valley

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When you think of Idaho athletics, ice hockey may not be the first sport that comes to mind. Along with the team everyone knows about, the Sun Valley Suns are located in Hailey- a short drive from Sun Valley. If you don’t feel like being outside, go cheer on the local team at the ice rink. Plus, if that inspires you, the rink also offers a public skate period for adults and children.  

Snowmobiling in Idaho is a beloved sport; and there are great trails located all over the state. A few worth mentioning: Baker Creek, Fairfield, and Galena Pass. There are over 300 miles of groomed trails and open play areas in the region, with the option of guided or unguided tours. Don’t forget to check regulations before you head out, as not all areas are open for traffic. 

Coeur d’ Alene

We were happy to welcome a new team and store to our RedLine family this past year. The new location is located less than 20 minutes from the heart of Coeur d’ Alene  and has great access to all kinds of activities in the surrounding cities. 

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It’s no surprise that more snowmobiling locations are making the list. The two major areas worth mentioning include Roman Nose and Canuck Basin in the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains, respectively. Once again, open play areas and groomed trails grace this region, making this northern Idaho area a mecca for all kinds of snow sports. 

Stanley

Stanley, Idaho is a bit of a under-discovered gem, in our opinion. Idaho locals know about the town and all it has to offer, but outsiders don’t always know about this well- kept secret. 

If you like being outside in the cold, with the crisp air and untouched snow around you, try backcountry skiing. There are a ton of options for trails and guided tours in this area, with unmatched terrain and untouched powder.  

If skiing isn’t your speed, try snowshoeing or sledding instead. Take a slower pace with snowshoeing into Redfish Lake; or ride down a hill with a sled or even a laundry basket. There are options for both activities near the Sawtooth Mountains or Park Creek and the surrounding areas that are sure to bring fun for everyone.

Boise

It may seem obvious, but a lot of our team loves to stay close to home during the colder months! Luckily, Boise has a ton of activities to offer to those of us who like to stay indoors and outdoors when the weather turns.  

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Bogus Basin is a ski and snowboard resort – complete with a tubing hill for those of us less coordinated individuals- that has been around since 1942. Only about an hour away from the Boise city center, this is a must for families that don’t want the hassle of driving too far to get their snow- sport fill.  

Winter Garden aGlow is a holiday light show developed by the Idaho Botanical Garden that boasts a stunning display of over 400,000 lights over almost the entire garden. This amazing show runs from November 22 to January 1, rain or shine, and during holidays! 

We would be remiss in not mentioning the Idaho Potato Drop on New Years’ Eve.  This new-ish event started six years ago and is a free community event that supports local businesses, arts, and charities. With activities for children and adults, plus the giant potato drop at midnight, this is an event that has brought notoriety to Boise and that many enjoy. 

Honorable mentions:

Ashton Dog Derby- Ashton, ID

Bonneville Hot Springs- Boise National Forest, ID 

Idaho City Yurts- Idaho City, ID 

Island Park Cabins and snowmobiling- Island Park, ID

Epic Wake Boat Set Up

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How To Set Up Wakeboats For Surfing, Wakeboarding, Skiing, and more!

Epic Wake Boats possess the largest stock ballast tanks in the industry – offering a functional and dynamic boat for several applications. Surfing, wakeboarding, skiing and tubing can all be performed at a high level behind RedLine’s competition wake boats.

Surfing is one of the hottest new recreational activities in the country. Epic Wake Boats throw one of the steepest surf wakes you’ll find. In order to get the perfect surf, you have to understand how to operate the ballast system and wake plate. First, identify which foot the rider prefers to ride with forward (closest to the boat when in the water) – then adjust the boats settings accordingly:

For “Goofy” riders (right foot forward) – Fill the right tank full, front tank full, wake plate up, speed 10.8 – 11.2 MPH. In test drives, we’ve found 10.9 to be the optimal speed at Lucky Peak.

For “Regular” riders (left foot forward) – Fill the left tank full, front tank full, wake plate up, speed 10.8 -11.2 MPH. In test drives, we’ve found 10.9 to be the optimal speed at Lucky Peak.

Read more: Epic Wake Boat Set Up

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RedLine Recreational Toys is seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our team!

Currently several positiions are open in administrative, sales and service departments.

Send your resume and a brief description of why YOU want to work at RedLine to:  management@redlinerectoys.com .

RedLine Culture

RedLine associates will act with the highest level of professionalism in all situations.  Customer Service is what defines RedLine -- always going above and beyond, never over-promising and under-delivering.  RedLine associates will act with a heightened sense of competitive urgency in all situations.  RedLine associates will operate with a positive and proactive attitude -- never satisfied with the status quo.

RedLine Associates Requirements:

  • Committment
  • Accountability
  • Integrity

RedLine Pillars For Success:

  • Work Hard
  • Work Honestly
  • Have Fun!

 

 

YouTube Videos

youtube polaris 1Be sure to periodically check out RedLine Recreational Toy's YouTube channel.  There you'll find How-To videos, event information and much more.

Here's a sampling of the How-To videos.

Changing a belt on a 2013 Polaris PRO RMK 800 snowmobile

Whether you’re out on a trail ride or high-marking the tallest mountains you can find, knowing how to change the belt on your machine can be a crucial element of your experience if you lose or blow a belt. The following video offers a step-by-step instruction of how to change a belt on RedLine’s Polaris machines.

Changing A Belt Video

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Equipment Training & Boat Demos

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Training is a critical component of the RedLine Experience. Understanding how to operate the equipment safely and confidently is vital to having FUN! At RedLine, we strive to provide the best training possible on any and all equipment prior to your trip.

Boat Demos

Boat demos are required before any Member can check out a boat. The demo must be specific to the type of boat the Member is reserving and using. Demos will be performed at the lake by a RedLine customer service representative.

Upon arriving at the lake, RedLine will demonstrate how to properly put the boat in the water, boat ramp etiquette, how to operate all the functions within the boat, how to re-dock the boat, and how to put the boat back on the trailer.

Boat demos usually take 45 minutes to an hour - please plan accordingly.

Personal Watercraft Training

As required by the State of Idaho, all RedLine Members, registered guests, or anyone operating  a PWC while in the possession of a Member, must watch the required PWC video, pass a two page test and carry a PWC Certification card. The eight minute video can be viewed in the office. The test and certification card will be issued immediately by RedLine staff.

Snowmobile Training

All Members wishing to reserve and use snowmobiles must complete an Avalanche Awareness course taught by Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. This course covers how to identify and avoid avalanches and how to identify safe areas to ride.

Additional snowmobile training will occur at the time of checkout. Basic functions, general safety, and how to properly change a belt are all covered during this time.

RedLine is ready and willing to provide additional instruction on the mountain for Members who are new to snowmobiling or would just like a refresher. These will be scheduled in advance through the RedLine office.

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