If its like last year i should be able to ride into december. As for the second part of the question I bought a 680 rincon new in 2006. But decided i needed the speed and and versatility of a two wheel drive.
This summer I was up in the Jackman area, they have some real nice trails up there, expecting to go back next summer, this time I'm hoping that I won't be alone. It was fun but would have been better with some other riders especially some local ones.