Ski-Doo Freeride Ambassador Ashley Chaffin Honored At Awards Banquet

Ashley Chaffin is one of Ski-Doo's Freeride ambassadors. Photo: Ethan Thayer

Valcourt, QC, October 28, 2011 – BRP’s Ski-Doo Freeride Ambassador Ashley Chaffin was invited to attend the annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner this past week and was one of the athletes considered for her performances over the past winter – many caught on film – by the Women’s Sports Foundation.

The prestigious dinner is held in New York each year to honor the best female athletes in the world for individual and team performances, inspiration, contribution and courage. Ashley was the first woman snowmobiler to be invited to the event and has helped blaze a trail for others to follow.

“This was such an absolutely awesome experience to come here with all these superstars of the sports world” said Chaffin. “Being the first snowmobiler means a lot to me and I hope many others can follow, or I can ramp it up and return again”.

There are five awards presented yearly – Yani Tseng took the top individual honor as the youngest golfer to win five major titles in one year being named Sportswoman of the Year, Abby Wambach grabbed the award in team sports for her outstanding play in women’s soccer, the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team received the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award, for the sport’s accomplishments and the athletes’ 12-year push to be allowed to compete in the Olympic Winter Games. Twelve-year-old tri-athlete Winter Vinecki was the recipient of the ANNIKA Inspiration Award, presented on-stage by Annika Sorenstam. Visa was presented the Billie Jean King Contribution Award, which recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates a lasting commitment and dedication to the growth of sports.

Congratulations to Ashley – we’re proud of her accomplishments and proud to call her a
Ski-Doo Freeride Ambassador

Chris Brown Signs With Yamaha Canada

Brownie will ride blue this winter.

October 21, 2011. Toronto, ON – Slednecks rider Chris Brown is one of the world’s best backcountry freeriders and Yamaha Motor Canada is thrilled to have him riding an FX Nytro M-TX.

“I want the most reliable, most capable sled out there,” answers Brown, on his desire to ride Yamaha. “I sometimes ride 100km from the nearest road and breaking down is not an option. Getting there and back is crucial to our sport.”

Google ‘Chris Brown’ and you will see some very impressive and highly skilled manoeuvres on a snowmobile. He’s headlined many of the industry’s best films, including Sledheads, Thunderstruck and Nitro Circus. He bought his first snowmobile in 1996, with intentions to use it for sled-skiing … it wasn’t long before he ditched the skis.

“I love it!” states Brown about his passion for backcountry snowmobiling. “Once it gets into your blood, it’s with you forever. This winter I hope to ride at least 150 days, and show people that a 4-stroke snowmobile is more than capable of doing things that I did on a 2-stroke.”

As you can imagine, it takes a high amount of courage and skill to do what Chris does. Fortunately, for others, they can speed up the learning process by attending one of Chris’ riding camps.

“Riders may sign up for one-on-one sessions, or you can arrange a group ride through your local Yamaha dealer,” explains Chris. “We’ll work on everything from technical boondocking to exploring untouched powder. It’s all about having a good time and trying something new.”

If you’re interested in learning more, please visit www.ridewithchrisbrown.com or get in touch with your local Yamaha dealer. Brown does recommend that everyone who rides in the mountains enrols in an Avalanche Safety Training (AST) course. For Canadians, please refer to avalance.ca; Americans please visit avalanche.org.

BRP Expands Avalanche Safety Course To U.S.

Valcourt, QC – BRP is expanding its outreach program on avalanche safety awareness into the Western United States. The program was launched in Western Canada last year.

From September through November a qualified avalanche safety instructor will provide free courses at 21 BRP Ski-Doo dealerships in Canada and 19 others in the United States. The courses are open to owners of all snowmobile brands and are presented from a snowmobiler’s perspective. Attendees can expect an informative, interactive and fun evening. Many sessions will be combined with in-store special events.

Support from the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) for BRP’s outreach program has been very strong right from the beginning. “These sessions are a great introduction to the knowledge needed to manage avalanche risk in the backcountry,” stated Ian Tomm, Executive Director of the CAC. “With help from BRP, we’re hopeful that participants will be encouraged to take even more training.”

“We saw the need to partner with the CAC in furthering avalanche awareness and education. We were pleased by the large turnout and keen interest demonstrated by snowmobilers in Canada and thus decided to expand the program to the Western part of the United States,” stated Robert Lumley, vice-president, Sales and Marketing, Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo.

For more information on the program or the schedule for avalanche awareness courses, visit www.ski-doo.com, the Ski-Doo Elevation Mountain Blog, or Ski-Doo Mountain Facebook page. See the full schedule here.

Slednecks 14 Trailer

How To Whip A Sled

Click to make big. Special thanks to Stephen Clark for the image: www.stephenwclark.com

Cory Davis tells how he throws those huge whips:

I’ve always been able to scrub and whip a dirt bike really big so I just started messing around with it on a sled. I did my first whip at one of the first freestyle shows I ever did. I didn’t know what I was doing, I just tried to go really big. At that show and the ones I did then are pretty close to the ones I do now as far as how big they are. I don’t like doing whips for fun and I don’t practice doing them, I only do them at shows. I can’t tell you exactly how I do them because I really don’t know how it happens or why, but I can give you the basics.

1. You definitely want to hit the ramp faster than you normally would for a freestyle trick. When you hit the ramp and whip you’re more or less scrubbing speed so you have to hit it faster whereas with a normal trick you’re riding straight off the ramp and not losing any speed. When I hit the ramp for a whip my feet are in a different spot, I run my feet in the middle of my running boards.

2. I’m getting ready for the whip all the way up the ramp and at the top I’m more or less leaning off the side of the sled and pulling to the left. It whips different every time, it’s all about how you hit it. I just go with the flow. I lean, I yank on the bars pretty hard and grip the running boards with my feet and I push with my left foot – I do pretty much everything I can to tip the sled onto its side.

3. Once I leave the ramp the sled’s already going onto its side. From there I just let the sled rotate once I make the initial pull. It’s kind of a dangerous thing because once it leaves the lip you’re just along for the ride until you start bringing it back. If you throw it too big you won’t be able to bring it back and you’re going to crash. I don’t give it any gas while it’s whipping and I never touch the brake.

4. Lately I’ve been having the sled rotate over the top of me with the skis way down and the bumper up high so it’s less like a mechanical turn of the sled and more like a moto whip. This looks better and I think it’s a little bit easier to control. I just let it pull and when it rotates over the top that’s when you can get them really big. And when I do them this way I can let it come a little farther and get on the gas a little bit later and it will still snap back so it works really well for shows.

5. I pull the sled back physically but a lot of it is wide open pulling it back with the gas and the track, it’s a combination of the two things. You have to be wide open to pull it back, but it’s not the same as when you’re going to crash and you just hammer the gas to get out of it. If you just hammer the gas during a whip it’s not going to come back by itself, you need to pull it back. Also, you have to be pointed down or you’re just going to wheelie down onto the ramp. If you do it right you land nice and soft, that’s about as much as I can tell you. There’s a lot going on with it but I don’t think about it while I’m doing it, it’s just natural.

Chris Brown’s Crash

2SCS 14 Teaser

A little clip of Geoff Kyle riding for 2SCS14, put together by our friends at Frontier Films.

Winter X 15 Freestyle

If you've never been to the Winter X Games its an amazing experience. Photo: Gary Walton

sledracer.com’s X Games liaison Gary Walton from Action Graphics hooked us up with a bunch of great photos from WX15 in Aspen, Colorado. Results:

Gold: Daniel Bodin

Silver: Justin Hoyer

Bronze: Caleb Moore

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