Leg Power Good, Sled Power Bad

There’s an article today in the NY Times (link here, subscription req’d) on backcountry skiing in the West using snowmobiles and snocats to lug skiers into the backcountry.

I think that’s just bad. People should leg it to get to these remote places, or stay on the groomed trails. Aesthetically, it’s all of a piece with jet-skis, motorcross, and the like. Wastes petrol, but doesn’t burn as much fat.