Justin Covert "The Colonel"
As a child we moved around all the time, state to state, town to town. I didn’t have a real solid home until I moved to Pocatello ID, when I was about 12 years old. I lived in Pocatello from then till 2015.
My dad taught me to ski at Pebble Creek Ski Area, my home away from home. I grew out of my gear in a couple short years, we were tight on money so I didn’t get any new gear, skiing ended for me. In high school my friends’ older brother let me borrow his old snowboarding gear. I was once again on the mountain and never looked back. I spent the next 8 years applying all of my time and effort to the sport, hiking backcountry finding cliff drops, pushing speed to the edge of control and just loving the environment. I never want to be away from that wonderful white fluffy powder.
I got a late start in this sport we love called snowmobiling. After I came home from training for the Army at the ripe age of 22, I had a little cash to spend. One of my buddies was a hill climber and rode for skidoo. He convinced me it was a good idea to buy a nice used sled. I had never even ridden one before so I wasn’t sure about it. Two hours at a local dealer and I was the proud owner of a 2006 skidoo rev 800, 144 track. It took a whole season just to figure out how to really ride the thing but it was the most heart pounding, addicting thing I had ever done. I would never be the same. As you all know this sport isn’t cheap so my focus for money was to pay for sledding and that’s all, didn’t matter if I ate or not as long as fuel was in the truck and sled I was good to go.
Living in Pocatello gave me opportunity to ride some of the best snow and mountain ranges in a 5 hr radius. Togwotee pass, Preston, Afton WY, Island Park and everywhere in between. All of these terrains were a real blessing to have, because no matter what somewhere had the fluffy stuff.
9 years after my first ride I am still gitty just thinking about pulling my cord picking a line and smashing. “The hardest thing about riding is riding with a full on erection.” I want to ride as long as possible and as many different places we can, that’s why we need to work together and support such groups that help in #Keepingbackcountyalive. I ride with Sum+it riders to support the fight. We will make a difference and have a good time doing it.
Sum-It Riders | Justin Covert