BEND,Ore.--Mt. Bachelor is great for skiers, snowboarders and the like, but KVAL's Extreme Katie and photojournalist Bill Goetz had no idea how just how scenic and extreme the Deschutes County terrain could be until guides from Central Oregon Adventures took them for a ride, on the wild side.
The guides look like pro riders in the X Games.
And not afraid to push it, full throttle.
Many of the guides that make the back county of Mt. Bachelor their backyard are also some of Deschutes County Search and Rescue’s finest.
"You're going to get out farther and faster into the back country than you will with any other sport," said Amber Greiner, owner of Central Oregon Adventures. “There's great views, great adrenaline. It’s a lot of fun.”
But do you have what it takes to survive on these super snow racers?
"With beginners, you know, there's an intimidation factor on running a motorized vehicle on snow at high speeds,” said Greiner.
Central Oregon Adventure guide Abel Davis says riding one of these beasts is like skiing with horsepower. The nearly 500 pounds machines can go 0 to 60 in 5 seconds.
“I love it. It’s great. I get to come out here every day,” said Davis. I mean this is my office…I love to ride so it’s a perfect job for me.”
The guides can modify each ride for clients looking to explore Mt. Bachelor.
"It can be extreme; it can also be really casual,” said Davis. “It can be a really good family sport as well. It really depends on what you’re after"
Want to rip through snow in the backwoods? You may want to take a guide.
“In the Deschutes, Bend, Fort Rock district, which is where we (Central Oregon Adventures) are at, we have 250 miles of trail and 250,000 acres,” said Greiner. “The advantage that we have is that we know this area. “I mean this is our backyard and we're out on the trails every day.”
You can check out the action for yourself February 11-12th for Snowmobile Drag Races at the Frank Ellis/Wanoga Sno-Park in Bend. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. racing begins at 10:30 a.m.
Watch more from the Extreme Katie series.
Here's a sneak peek at what it's like to rocket through a sea of white powder aboard a modern sled.