Steven was introduced to snowmobiles in the mid-eighties, while visiting his hometown of Scobey, MT. Family friends kept a Kitty-Cat, and Steven admits that he was “Hooked with the first squeeze of the throttle”. It would be nearly a decade before Steven got his first sled, a 1986 Arctic Cat Wildcat. “It had metal cleats that ran the entire width of the track, but that thing was mean. We raced around the prairie like nobody’s business.”
Steven attended College in Missoula, MT, where he earned a BS in Microbiology and Medical Technology. “In Missoula, the opportunities to sled were endless. Within a couple of hours, you’ve got Lolo, Skalkaho, Hoodoo, Surveyor, West, Island Park, Cooke, etc. Having the opportunity to get some mountain-riding experience has been essential in developing my riding, and who I am as a person.”
In 2007, Steven founded Mountain Snow Adventures, LLC, and guided snowmobile tours in Cooke City, MT. “Until I got into guiding, I really didn’t pay attention to avalanche conditions. They were something that happened to ‘other people’, and that is just a bad ideology to have. Guiding required that I take classes, both avalanche and first aid, and it wasn’t until then, that I realized how bad my previous riding mentality was. I changed a lot about how I ride and where. I have an entire routine that I run through before and during each ride, and I attribute that to staying safe over the years.” Although Mountain Snow Adventures is no longer in operation, Steven still rides every weekend.
“At this point, I’m on a 2005 Arctic Cat m7 with a Boondockers Turbo, and just about every other ‘mod’ you can throw at a sled. I’ve been happy with the machine, but it’s time for a new one. I really like all of the new sleds, but I’m a two-stroke guy at heart, so I think Yamaha is out of the question. While I find myself riding just about every type of terrain out there, I truly feel at home in the trees. I enjoy trying to finesse my machine around; I like being on the ‘verge’ of getting stuck, all the time. I’m trying work on learning how to jump, but it’s really not taken hold yet. I really like to get in the backcountry with a couple good friends and push each other’s riding limits.”