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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 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; Americans please visit

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, the Ski-Doo Elevation Mountain Blog, or Ski-Doo Mountain Facebook page. See the full schedule here.

Jimmy Blaze’s Adventure In France

So this is what it's like riding freestyle for a living.

Click to read about Jimmy Blaze’s freestyle adventure in France.

2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600

The new Sno Pro 600 has a half white and half green hood. This is the white half.

Thief River Falls, Minn. (9/10/11) – The official start to winter kicked off today at the largest snowmobile event in the world – Haydays. Thousands of loyal Team Arctic race fans were treated to the first unveiling of the all-new 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 race sled.

70’s fashion Icon, Cat Girl unveiled the all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600 and conducted a walk-around with Performance Product Team Manager Troy Halvorson. Halvorson said the all-new Sno Pro 600 will build upon last season’s winning success and the success of the recently introduced ProCross chassis. Key highlights include:
• All new ProCross Race chassis – Stronger and lighter than 2011 Sno Pro 600
• 600R race engine with 40mm Mikuni rack style TM carbs w/TPS
• Front Arctic Race Suspension (ARS) – with Fox Float X Evol Shox
• All-new Race Slide Action rear suspension equipped with Fox Racing Shox
• 1.7-in. Snocross track or 1.25-in. Cobra 2-ply Cross Country track
• Arctic Drive System (ADS) with magnesium chaincase and all-new Torque Overloading Sensing (TOS) bottom sprocket
• Torque Control Link (TCL) – Links the drive to driven clutch
• Radial Master Cylinder brake system
• 5 gallon Snocross or 12 gallon Cross Country fuel tank

This is the green half.

“Racing has been a strong cornerstone of Arctic Cat’s heritage and brand. An arena we have consistently used for testing and development. It’s our commitment to race the ProCross chassis and show the world that our consumers can buy the same snowmobile to conquer the world’s toughest terrain,” said Brad Darling, GM Snow Division.

Defending his ISOC Pro Points Championship Title, Tucker Hibbert will race the full season aboard the all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600 as well as compete for his sixth-consecutive ESPN Winter X Games gold medal. If he wins, Hibbert will become the only athlete in the history of Winter X to six-peat. Hibbert has competed every year since 2000 and currently holds 10 medals, six of which are gold.

Arctic Cat CEO Claude Jordan stated, “Our talented engineers have built our best Sno Pro race sled to date, and that says a lot considering we won every major race or championship title last season. It’s going to be a tough year for our competition, but an even better year for our Team Arctic race fans!”

2012 Drift Racing Suit

This is the same stuff the Christian Brothers Racing team wore on the USCC circuit last season.

Plymouth, Minn. (Aug. 30, 2011) – Built light and comfortable, the new Drift Racing Suit from DRIFT Racing is ideal for hard-charging trail and mountain riders. Both the jacket and pant are non-insulated and made from waterproof/breathable D-Tex-coated nylon with a mesh lining and multiple zippered air vents for custom climate control. The adjustable, removable suspenders are easily removed to convert into waist-high pants. Available in S – 3XL sizes. The MSRP is $189.95 U.S./$219.95 Canada for the jacket, and $169.95 U.S./$194.95 Canada for the pants.


Available now at North American powersports dealers via

The Brofessional

“The Brofessional” snowmobile movie official trailer from Joe Wiegele on Vimeo.

2012 M8 153 On The Scales


We got this photo from Erik Woog of VOHK Alpine Motorsports in Kremmling, Colorado. This is a 2012 M8 153 as delivered, wet, with no fuel. Woog says its 12lbs heavier than a 2011 in the same as-delivered state.

Burandt Competes In Dodge Viper Cup Race

What's next, NASCAR?

Winter X Games Gold medalist and Burandt Backcountry Adventure guide Chris Burandt competed in Dodge Viper Cup dual race weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) this past July 10. The fifth and sixth rounds of the 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series saw a record 19 drivers entered, including two-time-race winner A.J. Morgan and Jeff Courtney. The Viper Championship points leader going into the event was Ben Keating, three-time National points champion in the Viper Racing League. Burandt competed alongside fellow celebrity drive Brian Makse, a Canadian motorsports journalist whose most recent driving accomplishment was winning the Mazdaspeed Media Challenge at Laguna Seca.

According to “Various celebrity drivers are invited to compete for charity as part of the 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series season with guaranteed payouts to celebrity drivers following all 10 series races donated to their charities of choice. Dodge Motorsports donated nearly $50,000 to various charities as part of the program in 2010.”

For a complete race recap click here.

1 99 Jeff Courtney 1:57.242 13 -
2 59 A.J. Morgan 1:57.155 13 1.784
3 33 Ben Keating 1:56.729 13 6.616
4 81 Dave Fiorelli 1:59.269 13 34.394
5 19 Michael von Quilich 1:59.466 13 35.974
6 1 Ralph Gilles 1:57.956 13 36.535
7 18 Todd Nelson 1:58.977 13 46.063
8 53 Brian Makse 2:00.424 13 46.649
9 37 Eric Galerne 2:00.069 13 48.544
10 32 Bernie Katz 2:00.297 13 1:02.131
11 26 Marc Montour 2:02.218 13 1:20.957
12 86 Kurt Sollberger 2:00.484 13 1:24.846
13 52 Chris Burandt 2:02.608 13 1:34.321
14 10 Connie Bogan 1:59.548 10 3 Laps
15 3 David Mazyck 2:02.959 10 3 Laps
16 90 Brad Gorrondona 2:02.985 8 5 Laps