Our Backcountry Experts spend all winter out riding – with clients, consumers, film crews, and their buddies. Even on race courses. Everybody has theirown preferences, and some even like to try different set-ups and experiement with aftermarket items.
Here are how Ashley Chaffin, Jay Mentaberry and Jeremy Mercier set-up their mountain sleds.
I couldn’t have asked for my year to start off any better! This season I’m pretty spoiled and get to start my season off in Wyoming! Alaska has such limited light this time of year and since we don’t have a ton of trees, visibility is low on those cloudy days. Wyoming is perfect to get some technical tree riding under my belt and the snow has been amazing! Setting up my sleds for the season has been so much fun. I have two sleds with different set-ups because the riding and terrain is so different in both locations and it is fun to test stuff out and see if it works best for me.
So your group has taken some sort of Avalanche training…maybe attended one of the seminars at a Ski-Doo dealer that BRP puts on. Awesome. Now it’s time to get in the habit of practicing what you learned every time you head out into the backcountry.
Besides big mountain backcountry riding, I also race the full Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb (RMSHA) circuit. I’ve been racing for seven years; two in juniors, two in semi-pro, and three in the Pro class. I’m now racing in the premiere classes: 800 stock, Open stock, 800 Mod, Open Mod, and Open Improved.
Let me take you through my Open Improved sled that I just finshed prepping:
The winter of ’86 was the first time I got to go with my Dad to the mountains on a sled. That trip was to Valemount, BC with an awesome 79’ 340 TXC (10,000 miles showing on the broken speedo, haywire, duct tape AND bungee cords for a hood). It had a mix of 1-inch and 1-1/2 inch plastic paddles and a cut tunnel…oh yeah!