DSG Backcountry and Trail Sponsored Riders
Hey everyone! My name is Alexus Berndt, and I am from central Wisconsin. Coming from 3 generations actively involved in the sport, snowmobiling has always been an important part of my life. I represented the state of Wisconsin as “Miss Snowflake” and traveled over 7,000 miles across Wisconsin promoting snowmobiling. I was also selected as Youth Snowmobiler of the Year for the AWSC (Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs) and ACSA (American Council of Snowmobile Associations) as I was actively involved in promoting youth involvement. I was a leader in our state program and had the opportunity to travel to Nova Scotia to help develop a youth program there (and go snowmobiling :D).
Being from southern Wisconsin, trail riding has always been the source of my snowmobiling passion. Along the way, I have met some great friends, who have introduced me to backcountry riding. Whether it’s trail riding in Wisconsin to backcountry riding in Michigan and exploring the mountains out west, I’m always excited to get on a snowmobile.
I currently ride a 2016 Polaris Axys SKS 800 155 as well as a 2013 Ski Doo MXZ Sport 600. I first had the opportunity to join DSG in 2013 as a college intern at the corporate office and have been fortunate enough to be involved with the DSG team ever since.
What's your favorite DSG gear? I love all of my DSG gear (my husband jokes that I am a walking catalog)! One of my favorites would have to be the DSG Base Layers. The four way stretch makes them so comfortable! They have great moisture wicking technology, so I always stay warm and dry.
Hello!! My name is Amanda Condie and I am from beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah! I am known to be a passionate and vivacious woman in general, so the sport of snowmobiling is a perfect fit. I was first introduced to the steep and deep in 2011 and have been chasing the snow-dream ever since. From the moment I fell in love with my sleds and the bountiful snow, I have been riding, training, racing and up-skilling in every way possible. In 2013, I began racing RMSHA (Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association) as a bucket list item. After two fantastic seasons, I hung up my racing helmet to attain my MBA. Since completing my Graduate Degree, I find adrenaline filled solstice while riding the beautiful and difficult backcountry with the love of my life. I also spend a lot of time sharing my passion for the sport of snowmobiling with a plethora of women and men across the globe. I am incredibly thankful to be an experienced ambassador of the sport and have had the opportunity to travel across the US riding, racing, speaking and participating in Snowmobile Shows and Expos. The relationships I have gained from travelling and meeting folks throughout the sport have led to completely unforgettable experiences, especially through my focus on women in a male dominated sport.
My favorite riding areas are located in the stunning High Uintas of Utah, as well as a true hidden gem in the Big Hole Valley of Montana! When I am not snowmobiling, I work hard so that I can play hard by being an HR Manager for a large technology company. I have always believed that loving what you do for a living is extremely important for overall health, and I truly love all people. I also love to play with my puppy (Chloe), spend quality time with my family and friends, travel (anywhere), attempt to be a home MasterChef, and compete in many other sports, especially the one that shaped the athlete I am today – soccer!
In 2020, I plan to ride my beautiful new Polaris Khaos, further evolve and share my technical skills, bring more and more women into the sport of snowmobiling, create new relationships, all while laughing, loving and bonding over the INCREDIBLE steep and deep!
Join in on my adventures via Instagram: @amandacie
DSG has been an intricate part my snowmobile family for more than 6 years and representing them as an Elite Backcountry Sponsored Rider is an honor and privilege – many many many thanks!!
What’s your favorite DSG gear? It is VERY difficult to narrow this to one thing, so I will choose a line – the Prizm Technical line. Not only do my jackets and pants have the fit perfect for a woman’s body, the functionality keeps me dry and perfectly prepared for everything the backcountry has to offer. Plus, the colors POP on the snow, which is amazing for safety and Instagram alike! J
I have photos of myself at 6 months old bundled up in a yellow snowsuit in Cooke City, Montana on a family winter vacation. I grew up snowmobiling, but didn’t get super serious about it until I took a DSG Clinic with Stephanie Schwartz about 4 years ago. That first clinic changed my whole riding outlook and now I ride a couple times per week in the winter months. Typically, my husband and I sneak out during the weekdays while our kids are in school and hit up the epic powder days. We also take winter family trips, riding into primitive Forest Service cabins and always making the best memories.
I’m very excited to be on the Elite Sponsored Rider team with DSG Snow this season. This amazing company has blessed me new friendships, riding buddies, and exceptional riding gear.
Sled: Skidoo 850 Freeride 165”
Fav. Terrain: Powder days with the snow blowing over the hood of the sled and up your helmet and climbing hills for the best Montana mountain views.
Oops Moment: Which one?! The most epic was my first pond skip in front of about 4 very experienced male riders... I took off and hit a floating ice chunk in the middle of the pond and my Skidoo T-motion kicked in so nicely and tipped me right over and threw me off my sled where I barrel rolled through the water.
What's your favorite DSG gear? I love all the gear, but the Prism line held up better than my husband’s prominent name brand gear during a wet and heavy snow storm in Cooke City. When we arrived back at the trailer, we were all drenched, but I stayed dry under my gear and you could see water beading up on my jacket.
My name is Amy Gregorio, from Wiarton, Ontario, Canada. I’ve been riding for the last 12 years. I started when my dad and brother surprised me with a used sled for Christmas 2007. It was a 1997 Skidoo Formula III 600 Triple. That year I fell in love with snowmobiling. I love that I can leave from my house and jump on the trail. It’s strictly trail riding in my area. You can cover so many miles and see so many different landscapes. From farmers fields with cows grazing to long inland lakes to bush that goes on forever. Ontario is a beautiful area to ride and I’m glad to call it home. In the off season I like to fish, and I have recently taken up archery. I love volunteer work also. I fund-raise for a breast cancer foundation in my area that includes a ladies snowmobile ride with 150 riders. I work full time as an Aesthetician and am very lucky to have a large clientele that knows how passionate I am about snowmobiling.
I’m so glad to be part of the DSG family again this year as an Elite Trail Sponsored Rider. I’m a plus sized rider and it can be difficult when looking for gear. DSG has made the most amazing functional, as well as fashionable, outerwear. They are definitely “Doing Something Great” by including all sizes of women in the snowmobile world. It’s made my riding so much more enjoyable. I love when I meet other plus sized riders on the trail or at shows that realize they have so many options with DSG. I look forward to seeing all the awesome new things coming down the pipes and what else DSG has in store for women enjoying this fantastic sport.
Fingers crossed for a winter with lots of snow.
What's your favourite DSG gear? It’s a toss up to pick just one! I love my DSG D-Tech base layers. They are so soft and warm. They wash up really nicely. And the balaclava is the same material with great stretch and comfort. These are a definite must for my rides.
I am truly honored to be an Elite Sponsored Trail Rider for DSG Outerwear Snow!! I grew up in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My husband, Bill, introduced me to snowmobiling about 19 years ago, and as he would say, "I never had any idea that I would create such a monster!" My love for riding has grown more and more each year. When were not riding, we're spending time with our beautiful Labrador Retrievers, Ruger and Cajun. And, we enjoy camping and riding the motorcycle in the Summer. Please look me up on Facebook or Instagram (funsizebeth). I would love to follow your adventures as well!
Sled: Skidoo 850 XRS
Favorite saying when riding: When in doubt, throttle it out. (You wouldn't believe how many times this has saved me!)
Favorite place to ride: Upper Peninsula of Michigan, especially the Grand Marais area
Best memory of riding: I was still a pretty new Rider at the time, so I hadn't led the group very much. We were riding between Lance and Big Bay (in the UP), Billy pulled over and said, "Alright, you're leading!". Obviously, I was excited, and shortly down the trail, it turned into a divided single - one way trail on each side!!! It was like a lounge run! So much fun!
Best advice to a new trail Rider: Respect the power your sled has and learn to control it. Follow behind someone who is a good Rider, watch how they move their body to maneuver their sled, and ask them as many questions as you can to help you. And, most importantly, get gear that fits you properly, not too big or too small. Yes, I do highly recommend DSG Outerwear Snow gear! I wear all of they're products and I love them. Way stray to the rest, when you can wear the best!
What's your favorite DSG Gear? Can I say everything?!! Well, the base layers are a great start. Soft, cozy, cute, and awesome moisture wicking. I love the versatility of the Verge Gear and the Prizm line is hands down the best in it's class!
Hi I’m Brooke Skoyen. I’m from a little town called Chinook, which is in North central Montana. Where it is cold 7 months out of the year, but the snow fall doesn’t accumulate to much. So we travel all over Montana looking for good snow in the mountains, we even adventure into Idaho, Wyoming and Utah.
I started riding with my dad when I was 6-7 years old, he would place me in front of him on the sled and would tell me to hang on to the handlebars and off we went. I was instantly hooked! The first sled I rode by myself was a 1995 Polaris 440. I still remember the first time I rolled it trying to keep up with my dad- man have times changed! Now I’m on a 2018 Polaris Axys 155’, which gets rolled more times then I’d like to admit and somedays my dad has to try to keep up with me.
This is my 6th season with DSG and Im excited to be representing them as an elite sponsor rider this year. I have loved every single second of being apart of this program and meeting like minded women who want to help make a movement in this industry. I’ve met some amazing people over the last 6 years and some of them have become very close friends of mine. We try to get together as often as we can and try to ride at least once a year together- and it usually turns into a adventure of a life time.
I’m always excited for winter(I’m known for counting down the days) but this upcoming winter I have a feeling is going to be the best one yet! Praying there is a lot of snow this year!!
What’s your favorite DSG gear? This is a hard one, but I would have to say the Prizm jacket is one of my favorites. The fit is perfect for me and is uninsulated so I can layer as much as I want to underneath. The Green Apple color is not only my favorite but my ridding groups favorite as well, having a bright color on really helps them find me quicker when I’m stuck in a tree. Also another favorite is the side tie hoodie, soooo warm and comfy!
Hometown: Glenholme, Nova Scotia Canada
I have been riding a snowmobile since I was holding onto the handlebars with my dad driving in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. I sled with 3 generations of my family on trips all over Nova Scotia. I trail ride anywhere I can in Atlantic Canada, Eastern USA, Quebec etc. I am a Coordinator of NSYS- Nova Scotia Youth Snowmobilers group enjoying the passion and love of snowmobiling with the next generation and I have been fortunate to be a DSG Ambassador & Sponsor Rider for 5 Winters.
I have attended the International Snowmobile Festival for two years riding over 800 miles in 3 days each year! I backpacked on my sled for 7 days travelling over 2200 km in Quebec, Maine and New Brunswick. My husband Adam and I were the first couple to receive “Couple of the Year” award from the Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia- SANS for our volunteering efforts at snowmobile clubs, races, events, committee, trail building and maintenance etc. I was chosen to be on a Women Expert Panel on International Women’s Day representing women in snowmobiling at the Outdoor Show. I have been recognized as a member of the Captains Club for Ride for Dad Silver level fundraising for the fight against Prostate Cancer, I have snowmobiled 4 years supporting this cause. I usually put on over 2500 miles each year on my snowmobile. I attended a backcountry DSG Clinic with Stephanie Schwartz in Cooper Harbour, Michigan USA where I got to meet the rest of the rad DSG Ambassadors. I also sledded in Wisconsin for 7 days. I recently attended the 50th Anniversary of the International Snowmobile Congress here in Halifax Nova Scotia where NSYS got to do a presentation with KAOS from Wisconsin, USA to encourage youth in snowmobiling.
I currently ride a 2018 Skidoo Renegade Backcountry 146 with a 1.6 Ice Cobra track. When I can’t play in the white powder I am enjoying my Harley, classic cars, 4 wheeler or boating in the summertime at our cottage on the lake in Westchester Mountain. My husband and I own an excavation company and manufacture an excavator attachment call Ditch Doctor. I grew up in the forestry, wild blueberry farming and construction industry, my family enjoys all four seasons spending time together outside. I have 7 nieces I have taught to snowmobile, downhill ski and skate so we can enjoy winter together while staying warm in our favorite DSG Outerwear!
What's your favorite DSG gear? My favorite DSG item is the DSG mitts that keep me warm and dry on any trail riding adventure I enjoy!
My name is Cass Mercer. I am backcountry mountain rider from a little town in Northwestern Colorado where we get about 9 months of winter. I started riding in 2003 when I got my first sled as my graduation present, it was a 1995 Polaris Indy 600.I pretty much stuck to the trails back then it wasn’t until I upgrade to 1998 Skidoo 670 Summit X I started to fall in love with the sport and now I’m currently on a 2017 Polaris Axys an riding is now what I live for there is no other feeling like it, it’s so hard to explain. Each year that I’ve been riding I have progressed and I always chose one thing to work on with the hopes of mastering it by the end of the season. This season my goal is to master the elevator.
I’m the manager for a Structural Steel, Fabrication & Recycling Company, Where I sell steel, read structural plans, make shop drawings and coordinate trucking for scrap recycling. I have worked in the steel industry for 13yrs.
Over the years I gained self-confidence with some encouragement from Stephanie Schwartz and my good friend Jessica Carter, I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone and show other ladies that they can do it just like me, So I started Braapchicks4Life Ladies Rides which is now on its 6th year this season. I also started to travel to support other ladies rides & Clinics. This Last season was one of my most rewarding season, myself and 3 amazing Friends took a week-long trip together Attending DSG –ladies Clinic in Togwotee Wyoming then continued onto Backcountry Ladies Ride in Cooke City Montana.
I am also Partners in a Facebook group called Rocky Mountain Sled Conditions; it’s where we post the current snow depths, weather reports, avalanche conditions, also work with clubs and rescues teams. Last season we helped with the rescue efforts of four lost men over Christmas and raise over $8k dollars for the clubs & rescue teams that aided in that rescue effort.
I’m a sponsored rider for DSG outerwear-snow, Extreme Realities, TKI CNC, More Freaking Power, Backcountry United, NEKKR & Guide for Savage Sisters Guided Snow Adventures.
What's your favorite DSG gear? I have more than one favorite DSG item but my absolute favorite would have to my Prizm Technical Jacket because it fits my chest area extremely well without being bulky and it has stood up to my crashes and riding threw trees with no marks, tears or scuffs!!
Hey guys! I'm Cassia and I'm from McCall Idaho. I grew here, and at 19 years young I still love to ride the Idaho backcountry every winter. Nothing beats the terrain and weather conditions that McCall has to offer.
I've been riding a snowmobile since the beginning. I remember the smile I had under my helmet as I ripped my little red 120 down the snowy rode for the first time, throttle pinned. Growing up in McCall, of course I had to learn to enjoy every single snowflake of the cold season. I became a snowboarder, dropping my first mountain bowls at 11 years old in the backcountry that my dad dropped me at the top of with his snowmobile. At 14 I became a snowboard instructor and developed a passion for teaching people what I love to do, and I still instruct every winter here at local resorts now being an AASI certified instructor. I was introduced to the DSG team when I was 15, when Wendy welcomed me as a Youth Ambassador. I was thrilled and honored for the position, and loved being able to represent a growing company at a young age. I started really diving into my passion for snowmobiling, getting avalanche certifications and really trying to pick up the mad skills my parents (specifically my mom) had shown me I had every potential to develop into. Snowmobiling easily became my favorite sport and passion, and something my high school friends knew me for. That passion developed greatly over the years, and almost 5 years later I'm so excited to continue my adventures with DSG.
This winter I plan to really develop my skills and learn some new maneuvers. I really hope to push the sport of women's snowmobiling to new places in the future, and hopefully someday share what I've learned on my snowy journey with other aspiring women like me. Pray for snow, let's have a killer winter this year!
What's your favorite DSG gear? DSG Softshell Jacket 2.0 in black and orange. I love this jacket so much, it's perfect for cold mornings, fall hikes, casual wear in chilly atmospheres, and much more. It fits great, keeps me warm (but not too warm) and its super comfy! It's definitely my go-to jacket for just about anything when I'm not riding my snowmobile!
Hey hey!! I’m Cindy Wetter, a cheesehead, from the southwest corner of Wisconsin and I’m very honored as well as excited to be part of this years Sponsored Rider Team!! I’ve been snowmobiling for a few decades on trails but most recently ventured to the Backcountry after a Stephanie Schwartz - DSG Backcountry Clinic. (I may be a clinic junkie but they are soo positive & inspiring) I’ll travel to wherever there’s snow, whether here in the Midwest, out west in WY or even make a trip to Canada!! My weapons of choice this season are the new Ski Doo Summit X with Expert for my off trail ventures and a 850 Backcountry for trails. This year I have a goal to ride in the trees instead of into trees!!
What is your favorite DSG gear? My favorite DSG gear has to be the Prism pants!! The colors are bright & vivid but the adjustable inseam is extremely beneficial for the vertically challenged like myself. On a side note for favorites, my husband would pick the base layers because I don’t complain about the cold anymore!!
Darian is from northern BC Canada and started her mountain sledding adventures as a teen. Shortly after she became one of DSGs first youth ambassadors and has been on the team ever since! She says that snowmobiling has allowed her to meet so many great women and life-long friends who love snowmobiling just as much as she does. Every season, she looks forward to getting out on the mountain, having a ton of fun, learning new things, and exploring new areas.
Follow her adventures on Instagram Darian_campbell
I grew up snowmobiling in the Snowy Range in southeast Wyoming. We’d head to a big field and my dad would let me drive. I’d put the throttle down (he fell off the back more than once) and I’d go full speed toward the trees (my husband might say that some things never change). Sometime in my Jr. High days I decided I didn’t like snowmobiling because it wasn’t “cool” and I stopped going. Boy, if I knew then what I know now…
Fast forward to 2010. Hubby and I decide to get a couple of 90s model Arctic Cats to make the 2 mile trek to our cabin in the winter; everything snowballed from there (ha, ha) and by the end of that season we were both on Gen 2 Polaris RMKs. We started riding with some friends that taught us basic skills, encouraged us to take avalanche safety, and carried us further into this sport and industry. We have upgraded our machines once or twice, figured out our favorite must-have aftermarket parts, and stayed up-to-date on the best safety gear to make sure we get back to the truck after a day of riding. While there have been a few trips to other areas to ride, it is hard to leave our own nearby playground. We have taken clinics together and completed our AIARE 1 Avalanche course. My husband is my main riding partner, he pushes me, cheers me on, and digs me out. Most weekends you will find us in the backcountry of southeast Wyoming or northern Colorado playing in the snow.
Over the past several years of being a part of the DSG family I have been fortunate to “meet” so many amazing ladies in the sport and I hope to meet more in person as the years go on. Being a part of this movement of women that are taking charge in an industry has been so fulfilling. I enjoy visiting with fellow female riders and learning about how they got into the sport and what they love about it. I’m excited for the upcoming season with opportunities to meet new friends, visit new places, and spend as much time on the mountain as possible.
What's your favorite DSG gear? DSG Lightweight socks! I have been through A LOT of socks! It drives me crazy when they slouch down, or even worse, bunch up in my boots! I have never had a problem with these socks doing either of those things. They are warm but don't make my feet sweat.
Hello Snow friends, my name is Jessica Carter, I call the Northern corner of Wyoming home and I am so excited to be sharing my bio with you! I currently ride a 2017 Ski Doo 850 154 track; she is a powerful and squirrely little beast and I love every moment I get to spend in the backcountry with her.
Although my dad introduced me to sledding when I was younger I was scared to death of the machines so I didn’t spend any time on them as a kid. In college I was reintroduced by a few friends that liked to sled the backcountry of Togwotee near Jackson Hole WY. After joining them for few years I knew I was no longer afraid of the machines and that I was addicted to riding. Fast forward a few years to where I am now married and starting a new life with my husband. We were sitting down talking about what hobbies our family should get into and I immediately yelled “Sledding”. We haven’t looked back since that night!
2012 I bought my first new sled and that is when my riding passion hit full force. I followed my heart to become more of an independent rider and I took my first 15-hour journey to Halfway OR to ride with over 60 amazing women at my first ever ladies ride. This journey pushed me out of my comfort zone with many first time ever experiences. I pulled a trailer for the first time ever, drove the furthest I have ever drove by myself ever, and showed up to an event where I knew absolutely no one! It was the best thing I could have ever done! If you are ever thinking of doing something like this DO IT! Get out of your comfort zone you will grow so much as a women rider!
Each season I make goals for myself to achieve in my riding ability. What I love about this sport is you are really are never perfect. The self-challenge of this sport constantly pushes you out of your comfort zone forcing you to grow both mentally and physically. Break those comfort zones ladies!
I have been super grateful to have been with DSG Outerwear since 2015 and am so excited to be representing them another season on the snow as an elite sponsored rider. I can’t wait to share my snow adventures with you all this season!
What's your favorite DSG gear? I do love everything so its hard to narrow it down to one item, but if I had to pick one it would be my Prizm Jacket! As a backcountry rider I love the light weight feel of the jacket, the way it moves while riding, how it cuts the cold wind, the bright color, and how warm I stay while out riding and pushing.
Hi! I'm Jessie Field from Fenton, Michigan.
I began snowmobiling as soon as I was big enough to hang on! I have trail rode my entire life. In my teens, my dad and I would travel all over the state to attend organized events for ice racing. I did that for about 7 years. In 2014 I started with DSG as an ambassador on their trail rider program. This program connected me with a lot of great women all over the country and I wanted to ride like my friends out west did so I signed up for a DSG back country clinic with Stephanie Swartz where I learned the fundamentals of back country riding. I practiced my new skills all season, blood, seat, a-arms, and tears to try to prepare myself to ride in the mountains. The subsequent years I attended the clinics in Wyoming to get the real mountain experience and now, 5 years later, I am still in a successful long-distance relationship with the mountains! My husband and I spend our winters traveling around out west, chasing snow and spending time in the mountains with all my fellow DSG girls!
I will be riding for DSG again as an elite sponsored rider this year! This company has blessed me with great friendships, the most memorable experiences, and exceptional riding gear! I couldn’t be prouder to represent a company that has challenged and improved the standards for women in this male dominated industry. DSG is always moving the needle forward for us! Whoop whoop!
My snow pony of choice is a Skidoo 850 Summit 154”
My biggest oops moment? Ha! Where do I begin? If you’re not “oops’ing” you’re not learning. I would say I naturally have a love for trees… typically the largest, messiest wad of trees with the deepest wells. That’s where I make most of my laughable “oops” memories.
My favorite riding gear is the Prizm uninsulated line coupled with the DSG base layers. These two go hand in hand and work so great together. The Prizm line is lightweight and moveable. You don’t feel restricted at all. It’s breathable, so I don’t have to add/remove layers all day long and I never get wet even in drizzle! It’s all around AMAZING! I can’t rave about it enough!
Hey there, my name is Kadie McCallum and I am a backcountry mountain snowmobiler from beautiful Prineville Oregon. My dad introduced me to snowmobiling when I was a little girl. Fast forward a few years and my boyfriend and I have been riding for about 10 years now It was about 5 years ago when I found my passion for it. I started out on a 98 700 RMK and moved to a 2006 Polaris RMK 600 I did a lot of trail riding but as I fell in love with the sport and upgrade machines I did more mountain riding then I bought my 2015 Arctic Cat HCR and now I ride a 2018 Skidoo 850
Riding my HCR, I wanted to up my skills and get more into the snowmobile family. I decided to wrap my sled and after months and months of deciding what I was doing I had help from Extreme Realities I entered in SnoWest “Best Sled Wrap” my sled “Kermit” placed 4th place out of many of entries I was so excited. From there on I wanted to challenge myself in to different things. I entered in a Snowmobile drag race, learned more backcountry riding, attended my first ladies ride. Every season I try and set goals for myself and try to force myself out of my comfort zone.
Our daughter Kendall is 7 who loves the outdoors just as much as we do. If we are not snowmobiling, we are out on RZRs and quads. When the woods are just out your backdoor of course you want to go and explore.
I entered in to the DSG family 2 seasons ago and this year I am very honored to say that I am representing them as an Elite sponsored rider. I cannot wait to see what this season brings and to be able to share it all with you. PROMOTE YOUR PASSION, CHALLENGE YOURSELF
Whats your favorite DSG gear? Casual wear I would say the DSG fleece jacket I wear that jacket all the time it just perfect all the way around. Outerwear I love my Verge Jacket with the removable liner. It moves, it fits perfect and is bright.
Hello my name Kari Shepler I’m a backcountry rider from Hastings, Mi. I was introduced to snowmobiling as a little girl. If we weren’t riding with our parents or in the sleigh behind the sled we were on the lakes watching my mom and dad participating in drag racing. When the winters in Michigan got les and less snow they sold the sleds. Fast forward to 2004 my hubby got me back into riding. I found my new passion and love for the sport all over again. We were very avid trail riders putting many miles every year on our sleds. One year we put 5,600 miles on in one season. We did many saddlebag trips across the UP of Michigan. I 2011 we decided to try to venture off trail and loved it. Before you know it we were getting bigger track lugs on our 120” skidoo sleds to maneuver in the deep snow. That lead to longer track length and eventually got us into mountain sleds. Our first trip out west 2015 to Wyoming. I knew I needed to have some education on technical mountain riding to feel more comfortable in the backcountry to keep up with the guys and came across the DSG riding clinic with Stephanie LaRoy Schwartz in Copper Harbor Mi. I was hooked. I continued to take additional clinics, 2 in Towogetee, 1 in Revelstoke since then. I have learned a lot and I’m truly blessed to meet so many new ladies and join the DSG family.
This year I am riding a 2020 Skidoo Summit 154 for my mountain riding and a 2014 Skidoo Freeride 146 for boondocking.
I truly believe that the more we empower other women, no matter what their riding level is, the more we can grow this sport to feel more comfortable and to go outside your comfort zone and believe in yourself.
What is your favorite DSG gear? My favorite DSG gear is actually 2 pieces. The Prizm wear because it is lightweight, water proof, wind proof and very comfortable. Also the base layers. I have been wearing DSG gear since the first clinic I took in Copper Harbor Mi long before becoming a sponsored rider.
Welcome to my bio, I’m Kendall! I’m a trail rider from Madison, Wisconsin. I got into snowmobiling through family friends and my first trip riding was in Three Lakes, WI during the Vintage Ride at Bonnie’s Lakeside. After that I was hooked, and now ride anywhere in Northern Wisconsin and the UP – with a few out West trips with DSG here and there. My favorite place to ride is the Mercer area and the Flambeau Flowage. As Ricky Bobby would say, “I wanna go fast!” To me, the best thing about snowmobiling is the tranquility and the reward. Nothing beats mastering a new skill or doing something for the first time. I love this sport and want to inspire other women (of all ages) to get into it!
My favorite DSG gear are any of the bibs. The adjustable snap inseam is genius, and the 32.5” unsnapped inseam is just perfect for us tall girls!
As a lifelong Alaskan, snow is part of my DNA. Whether it be snowshoeing, sledding, skiing or snowmobiling I love exploring the great outdoors in winter. I was exposed to snowmobiling when I was young, mostly riding around the cabin or being towed behind in a sled, but my passion for the sport began about 18 years ago. I purchased my first snowmobile and trailer and began riding with a group of guys. The suspensions weren’t what they are now and being small framed I got thrown around quite a bit. My now husband and I spent many hours each weekend honing our riding skills. After a few years, I was able to keep up with the guys, but was always bored with their conversation at the end of the day. I began searching for more female riders that were passionate about the sport and am happy to have found some lifelong friends in the process. My playground in Alaska is vast and doesn’t have the same restricted access as other parts of the Untied States. This allows us to explore varied terrain, such as mountain riding, trail riding and boondocking in a single day without running into any other riders. Each year I try to pick a few skills that I would like to work on and focus on them through the season. Last year was picking lines through trees and there really is something therapeutic about this exercise. Of course, I climbed a few trees and broke a few hand guards in the process but that is all part of the learning curve. I think it’s important to push past your fears and work on areas each season that will help you become a better rider. I’ve been part of the DSG Outerwear Snow Team since 2015 and am proud to represent a company that is at the forefront of innovation for female riders. I believe that when women support each other incredible things can happen and look forward to another season of “Doing Something Great!”
Hey everyone! My name is Kimberly Wetherelt and I'm originally from Savage, Montana. My family and I now live in Filer, Idaho, where I work in agricultural and dairy lending. My dad took me snowmobiling for the first time when I was 17 years old in West Yellowstone, MT. One time riding and I was hooked. I started learning how to ride in the backcountry about ten years ago on a hand me down 2006 Skidoo 800 Rev 154", better known as "The Weasel." I was (and still am) lucky enough to ride with my dad, husband, and a few guy friends almost every weekend. I quickly learned that I had to keep up or stay home and that "being a girl" was not an excuse for anything. Over the years I've learned skills I never thought I could possess; including being the queen of track inspections! It's a heavy crown to wear, but I wear it like a boss! I am a firm believer that if you aren't getting stuck, you aren't riding hard enough. This year I will be riding a new 2020 Skidoo 850 Summit X 165". I'm so excited to see what my new sled and I can accomplish in the backcountry. If you'd like to follow my adventures (and amazing stucks) you can follow me on Instagram @kwetherelt. This will be my sixth season with DSG and I couldn't ask for a better company/sled family to work with. I've been able to make some lifelong friends and I always love meeting new people at the snow shows I help work. When I'm not out snowmobiling you can usually find me camping at the lake or hanging out at the baseball and football fields watching my 9 year old son, Tag.
What's your favorite DSG gear? My favorite DSG gear is definitely the hinged balaclava. I love being able to have the option of having my nose and mouth covered or tucking the fabric under my chin on warm days. The fabric is very stretchy so I don't ever feel claustrophobic and it keeps me plenty warm in the colder weather.
Hi my names Leah!
Not too long ago I was the girl you seen curled up on the couch with a warm coffee reading a book counting down the days till warmer spring days. To say winter wasn’t my season was an understatement!
Then I met a super sweet guy who took my hand and showed me that winter could pass faster if you had a hobby to look forward too. He showed me the world of sledding. We started on the trails around home with family and friends. I found it fun and a great way to get out on the weekend but wasn’t quite convinced this sport was for me. That spring we did our first mountain trip. I am not sure if it was the views or that fresh mountain air but I knew that I would be back no matter what.
Once I decided that backcountry riding is what I wanted to do I traded up my RMK 600 144” for a Pro RMK 800 155” and registered for a Backcountry Clinic. Girl’s clinics were relatively new and filled me with confidence that I didn’t know was possible. It is crazy how when you get a bunch of like minded women together on machines how we can support and push each other. To say I have fallen in love with the sport is an understatement. I am now one who counts till the beginning of Dec and starts planning trips as soon as I see the conditions are good to go! With each passing season I keep pushing myself to learn new skills and encouraging other women to push themselves as well!
We travel many hours each season as our closest mountains are about 6-10hrs away. Luckily hubby and some of our closest friends and family are always up for an adventure and we manage to get a 5-10 trips in each season. I am so excited to represent DSG again this season!
My Favorite DSG gear would be the Fleece Jacket which is great for layering under my Prism jacket when out riding, nice a breathable when out for a spring or fall run and great for everyday running around town. If you look at my IG profile you can clearly see my favorite piece and how versatile it is!
Hi, my name is Lynn Olson. Snowmobiling has been a huge part of my life since I was just a toddler. I grew up on a farm in Northern Alberta, Canada, and snowmobiling kept us active through the long winter months. Luckily, my husband, enjoys the sport as well, enough so that we were married on a mountain top in Revelstoke, BC with our sleds. We have passed our passion for this sport on to our three children and we ride together every chance we get. Our winter holidays and date nights are based on snow conditions, our life truly revolves around snowmobiling in the winter months.
Snowmobiling has always played an important role in my life and I still ride with my parents regularly. I am heavily involved in our local snowmobile club and live right next to our trail system. I have access to endless riding right from my doorstep and most weekends are spent riding with friends and family or volunteering for our local club.
I also love backcountry riding in the mountains and I normally make the 8-10 hour drive to the mountains 5 or 6 times each winter. Last season I completed the AST 2 Avalanche Training in Fernie, BC. I love to explore new areas and am often the leader of the pack. Whether riding from my doorstep or in the mountains, I simply love the exhilaration of driving a snowmobile and being outside playing in the snow.
Looking forward to a great snow-filled winter and being part of the DSG Team.
What is your favorite DSG gear? The fleece jacket is one of my favorite DSG pieces. I wear it every season of the year. I use it as a layering piece under my PRIZM Gear, wear it during cool summer mornings out camping, on kayaking and quadding trips, in the tractor – I seriously wear it everywhere. I have 5 of them, in 3 different colours.
Hi guys! I’m McKayla from Wisconsin. I ride an 850 Freeride 146 which has been the perfect fit for the type of riding I enjoy. My parents had me on a snowmobile when I was 12 months old and I’ve been hooked ever since. I grew up snowmobiling around our cabin in Pickerel, Wisconsin, which is home to some of the best trails in the state. I enjoy both backcountry and trail riding and do most of my riding in Upper Michigan, with a trip or two out West each year. I’ve been beyond blessed to be a part of the DSG family and have met some amazing ladies over the past few years. In the offseason, I enjoy spending my days on the water or at the golf course.
What’s your favorite DSG gear? I LOVE the subpolar base layers! I have tried a lot of base layers because I wear uninsulated gear and we get some pretty cold temps in the mid-West. DSG’s subpolar base layers are amazing! On the really cold days, I layer the D-tech base layers underneath and stay warm and dry all day. I think I own four pairs of each – I’m obsessed!
My name is Miranda Hamlin. I am from southern Minnesota and ride anywhere there is snow – both the mountain and the trail. In the winter, I travel a lot with family and friends to the mountains, and I enjoy visiting new ranges and meeting up and making new friends to ride with. I have been riding since I was a toddler. My dad was a small engine repair man, so at a young age, I knew my way around a carburetor, how adjust a chain, and grease up a sled. As time has gone, the sleds have become more sophisticated (No complaining here J) and have newer technology, so exhaust valves and belt drives are my new friend. I have found it fun over the past five years getting my mountain sled set up for my height, weight, and stature to be fun and challenging – adjusting the shocks, track, ski stance, and handle bar width. I enjoy riding anywhere. There is no way to explain the quiet of the mountain, and the view of a good challenging line that I hope I can make it through (Ah Confidence Right!), or the rip down a smooth trail at sunset with trees tapering over laced with ice and snow. Riding clears my mind and sets me free.
Did someone say snow?! My passion for snowmobiling was introduced at around 11 years old, most of my childhood winters were spent with family out on our sleds however, It wasn’t until around 23 years old I realized how much I not only loved snowmobiling in general but true back country riding and at that point decided to put everything I could into it and learn as much as possible.
Every year I set goals of new techniques I want to get down or others I want to master, I am getting more and more comfortable out on the snow and can hang in the trees a lot more now, and I love them. I want to continue on that path, and want to be even more involved in helping other women get out there and feel more comfortable in the back country. It is so important to push yourself out of your comfort zone to grow and learn, this season I plan to push harder than ever.
When I am out riding it is unlike anything else, the places we get to go, nature, the people around us. Pure happiness, adventure, excitement, adrenaline, I love it all. LET IT SNOW!
What's your favorite DSG gear? That is so hard, I have a lot of favorites. BUT, if you're making me pick just ONE I will go with the Roller Gear Bag, that thing is SO big!! Never have had a problem loading it with everything I need, including my avalanche airbag. On my trip to Chile I took literally all of my riding gear PLUS a bag of clothing came back in it. Pretty insane!
HOME TOWN: St. John’s, Nl, Canada
Currently residing in Port Elgin, Ontario
YEARS SNOWMOBILING: 6
SLEDS: 2016 Polaris Switchback Pro-S & 1973 Scorpion Super Stingerette.
Started off on a 2004 Polaris Super Sport, then upgraded to a Polaris Rush LX.
I have my boyfriend Ryan to thank for my love of snowmobiling. He is an avid sledder and encouraged me to give it a try when we first started dating, and I have been hooked ever since! We ride quite frequently together, along with other friends who I have met through snowmobiling, that I now consider lifelong friends.
I have been with DSG for 3 seasons now. I started out my first year as a Brand Ambassador, then last year as a Sponsored Rider, and this year I am so excited to be chosen as a member of their Elite Sponsored Rider Team! I am truly honoured to represent a brand of outerwear made solely for women!
I ride strictly trail and I ride every minute that I can.
My boyfriend and I are quite active with our local snowmobile club and support all of the events and rides that they put on each season.
To say that I am passionate about sledding is an understatement, and I am always happy to encourage other women to get into the sport or to come join me in a ride!
I’m super excited to get this season started. See you out on the snow!
Hey Hey ! I’m Stephy LaRoy-Schwartz from Revelstoke, BC.
I’ve been sledding my entire life, even before I made my debut from momma’s tummy.
My Dad and brother never left me at home and I’m very thankful for that.
I have worked in the snowmobile industry my entire life. Dealership level, district sales rep level , regional sales rep level, for DSG as well. I have always surrounded myself in this business and been very thankful.
About 19 years ago I realized that when the guys left their girlfriend/wives/dates with me when they went snowmobiling I wasn’t just going to let these ladies sit and not enjoy this sport.... and so my very first “accidental” ladies clinic was born. Oh we didn’t call them that for a very very long time but that’s what it was. I am still to this day a Backcountry Educator coaching many women’s ( and men’s) clinics all over North America and Sweden. I simply love what I do and LOVE seeing the confidence ones gets from bailing a skill they never knew they could accomplish on a sled ! #proudcoach
Being in my gear 5-6 sometimes 7 days a week I need gear that performs to the top levels on all aspects... DSG has been amazing and has gone through a lot with me testing it hahaha!
What is your favorite DSG gear? My favorite DSG Item is very hard to pick... Outerwear is outstanding but I’d have to say the Versa Gloves. For me the fit, grip, and weight are perfect .
Hi! My name is Tanya Vogt, and I live in Lloydminster Alberta Canada.
I have been sledding my whole life. I remember cruising around our farm on my grandpas old Rolo-Flex. As a kid, my Mom, Dad, Brothers and I would spend entire winters out on our sleds. My favorite memories are of our annual Christmas snowmobiling trip. This cemented a life long passion for snowmobiling with me.
Now that I am grown, and have a family of my own, my husband and I have instilled this same passion on to our kids. My riding crew regularly consists of my husband and our three kids (who all ride their own sleds as well). We generally ride trail here in Alberta, and Saskatchewan, but try to get off the beaten path as often as we can. I am constantly trying to push myself to improve my riding skills, and go out of my comfort zones. Some of the biggest hurdles I have overcome are not being afraid of the throttle and learning that falling off isn't necessarily all bad. I still have a long way to go, but I am proud of how far I have come.
My husband and I are currently working on getting a local club and trail system going in our area. It is slow going, and a mountainous process, but we are certain that it will come to be with a little hard work.
I came on board as a DSG ambassador three seasons ago, after I purchased my first set of craze gear, and absolutely fell in love with it. I am so grateful for the opportunity DSG has given me, and I am so proud to join the elite crew and represent a company that is so supportive of women riders!
I strongly believe that when women come together and support each other great things can happen! Looking forward to another awesome season! See you on the snow!
What's your favorite DSG gear? It's so hard to choose just one! I think I would have to go with my Rime boots. I have a notoriously cold right foot. No matter what I do, it's always cold. Until I got these boots! Absolutely love them!
Hey all! My name is Tonnya and I am so excited to be a part of the DSG family as an Elite Trail Rider this year. As a kid I would ride from time to time with my dad and as an adult (I use that term loosely) have been riding regularly for the past 15 years. While my kids were growing up it was a great way to get us all outside during the cold Maine winters. As they kids have grown it is now just my husband and I and we are on the trails pretty much every weekend averaging about 3000 miles a year. 2018/2019 was an awesome season with our first trip on December 15th (opening weekend here in Maine) to April 12th.
We primarily ride Central and Northern Maine but love to travel as well. I’ve been fortunate enough to have ridden in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well as complete the loop around the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada (1600 miles in 8 days). My current sled is a 2017 Renegade X 850 and I am loving it!! We belong to the Windham Drifters Snowmobile Club where I’ve held many positions over the years including treasurer, fundraising, board of directors and have recently passed the exam and become a certified groomer operator. One of my goals this year is to get some seat time in our groomers!
When I am not riding I love to spend time with my family, I was lucky enough to become a grandmother in March of 2019 to a beautiful little girl who has stolen my heart, go to concerts, travel & just have a good time.
If you see me on the trails be sure to say hello!!
What’s your favorite DSG gear? I absolutely LOVE my DSG performance fleece! It's the perfect mid layer for those COLD winter days and a great go to jacket during those cool fall mornings when you don't quite need a heavy jacket yet. Let's be real... I wear mine all year long! I may own it in multiple colors because a girl needs options.
I’ve been riding since 2010 and started on a Ski Doo Rev my boyfriend (now wonderful Husband) bought for me to see if I would like the sport. I eventually traded up to an XP and later switched to a 13’ Polaris Pro 800 163 and I’m currently on a 16 Axys 800 163.
I’m from Lewiston, Idaho and I’ve been at the local pulp and paper mill for 26 years. My current job is a heavy equipment operator working on a chip and sawdust pile in a Wagner dozer. My husband also works at the mill and we enjoy a 4 on 4 off schedule of 12 hour shifts so we can spend a lot of our free time in the mountains of the McCall area, where we have a cabin. We ride a 2017 Turbo Rzr in the “off season.”
My husband, Wayne, and I were married in Juneau, Alaska high atop the ice fields near Mendenhall glacier during a helicopter tour. I wore a pink and black dress, ice cleat boots and my (original) DSG Divine jacket. We were wed July 9, 2017 and during our summer ceremony during our vows, it snowed! (I’ve always thought it was a sign!)
I have a 17 year old son (Dalton Edgar) who’s been riding since he was 7 with an Indy 500. Dalton is on a Polaris Pro 500 and is a very skilled rider. I strongly support family riding and weekend get away time with friends and family. This sport has brought so many wonderful people into our lives.
The last two years I’ve branched out past my comfort zone and started to attend women’s rides. The rides are such confidence boosters for everyone who attends! I’ve also attended 4 women’s riding clinics. I’ve traveled to (Houghton, Michigan), (Togwotee, Wyoming), (Sicamous, British Colombia) and (Alpine, Wyoming). I believe women ride and learn to ride different than some of the men I ride with and clinics are a great opportunity to learn new skills. Stephanie Schwartz is an amazing instructor and friend.
I help to moderate a women’s only Facebook group called “Throttle Chix.” The group has dirt riders as well as all forms of snow riders. The page is an open forum for women to ask questions, sell gear, get mechanical advise for their machines, bond with other riders and lastly to help organize rides and benefits.
I spend a lot of time behind the lens of my camera capturing my friends and family riding in the beautiful backcountry. Photography is a hobby and I post A LOT of pictures on my Facebook and Instagram (tonya83501) if you’re interested in seeing the backcountry of Idaho, because we aren’t just potatoes, check out my posts and let me know what you like.
I’ve been and Ambassador, Legacy Ambassador, Sponsored rider, and member of the focus group for DSG over the course of the last 5 years. I’ll be filling a role in the Elite Sponsored Rider group this season. I look forward to the expansion of new divisions and helping to make the snow line the best
My name is Yvonne Weston and I live in the beautiful small town of 100 Mile House, BC.
I am 41 and have been a backcountry/mountain rider for 10 years. I started out on a 1995 Polaris Ultra 680 and have slowly upgraded over the year. I currently ride a 2018 Arctic Cat M8000 162.
My incredibly patient husband has been my greatest supporter and teacher over the years. He is always there to teach me new tricks, cheer me on, dig me out or laugh at me. I wouldn’t be where I am without his support.
We have a 15-year-old son who loves the snow as much as we do. He’s a quick learner and figured out how to carve his sled when he was 9 years old on his 1978 ET250. It has been so much fun watching him progress over the years.
I love riding the BC backcountry and mountains. Sledding is by far the most fun, challenging and exhilarating sport I have ever participated in, and you will find me at the mountain every chance I get from October to late May. One of the things I love the most about this sport are the people I have met along the way. Sledders are incredibly supportive of one another and many life-long friendships have been formed while out riding. I love seeing more and more women get into this amazing sport!
I have been a huge fan and supporter of DSG Outerwear for many years and have been working with them as ambassador and sponsored rider for the past 5 years. This year I will part of the DSG Elite Backcountry Rider Team and am proud to represent such an amazing company. I was a huge fan of DSG Outerwear long before I became an ambassador. I am beyond happy with the performance of all my DSG gear.
I look forward to an amazing year of sledding adventures. See you on the snow!
What's your favorite DSG gear? That’s a tough one, I have many favorites, but if I had to chose one it would be the DSG Prizm Technical gear. It keeps me warm and dry; it is super comfortable, extremely durable and I just love the bright colors.
If open applications for the team are open, there will be an application form on this page - DSG is Seeking Sponsored Riders. In general, when and if we add women to the team, it’s after careful consideration of how they would fit into our current team environment. If you’re curious, here’s some of the important questions we consider when choosing our team: