State: North Dakota
Sled: 850 PRO-RMK® 155
Favorite place to Ride: West Yellowstone
Well, to start off, Jim is one of those guys who has to be “going”. Whether it’s the snowmobile, motorcycle or side x side, it’s all about the “next ride”! Jim’s first exposure to the world of snowmobiling was with his grandfather years ago, riding in front of gramps on an old Polaris. The next stage came when his future in-laws reintroduced him to the sport and he has been hooked since. Now looking back, everything from that first old Polaris to the Indy’s, Edge’s, Pro’s and now his new 850 PRO-RMK, all that has ever been with Jim, is Polaris. Jim has transitioned from a “flatlander” riding short tracks back in the day to the latest and greatest RMK’s running the backcountry and having a blast. Some of his favorite riding areas include Cooke City, West Yellowstone, Island Park and the Snowy Range which always leaves lasting memories with friends and family. The sport is really about getting out and being with friends and family, going to new places and having those experiences that last a lifetime.
Jim is the current President of the Rough Rider Snowmobile Association in Bismarck, ND and finds himself continually looking at ways to promote the sport with his fellow club members. Jim has been in law enforcement for over 20 years and is a Lieutenant with one of the largest sheriff’s departments in North Dakota. In 2012, he was able to combine his work and his favorite past time into something very unique. Jim was part of a group that established the first ever snow emergency based Certified Community Emergency Response Team, or better known as CERT. The group is called upon in snow emergencies that affect the community and surrounding area and works directly with emergency services. The group has done everything from transporting medications and medical staff to an actual rescue of a stranded family during blizzard conditions in 2017. For these efforts, the Club actually received an award from FEMA in 2016. Looking back, the sport of snowmobiling has brought together friends and family as well as an entire community, and how awesome is that? As the seasons change the rides change, but Jim is always thinking, wishing or dreaming about what is next in the snowmobile world.