Welcome Jay Mentaberry as Backcountry Expert

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Hey everybody, I’m Jay Mentaberry and I’m really excited to be a Ski-Doo backcountry expert. I should probably tell you a little bit about me. Here goes.

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Welcome Jeremy Mercier as Backcountry Expert

By Jeremy Mercier

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My name is Jeremy Mercier and I live in Grand Lake, the Snowmobile Capital of Colorado. We not only have access to some of the best riding in the state, the area also welcomes snowmobilers with open arms – it’s legal to ride snowmobiles in town.

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FREE 2014 Avalanche Seminars from Ski-Doo


For the fifth straight year, we are working with Ski-Doo dealers to deliver snowmobile-specific avalanche awareness and safety education courses throughout North America. This year’s schedule features more than 55 free events in Rocky Mountain states and provinces. There are alos seminars in the Midwest, due to demand by sledders who often travel to ride out West in avalanche country. The seminars start in late September and run through December, are usually combined with an open house or special mountain-riding event.

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SnoWest Podcast Featuring Ski-Doo Backcountry Experts

SnoWest magazine editor Ryan Harris hung out with a few of our Ski-Doo Backcountry Experts at Hay Days, including Bret Rasmussen, Carl Kuster, Rob ALford and Dave Norona.  This podcast [about 25 minutes] has great insight into mountain riding and sleds, including their take on the Summit X with T3, their best riding tips and what modifications they make to their sleds.

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Work + Can-Am riding + fishing = Ashley’s Summer

by Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert Ashley Chaffin

DSC00551_FBI hope everyone has been having a blast this summer! My focus since the season has ended is to stay fit and enjoy every bit of sunshine that Valdez has to offer. I can’t believe it’s already July. I have been having so much fun outdoors that the time has really flown by. I’m ok with that because as every summer day that passes just means I’m getting closer to winter.

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Summer Don’t Suck!

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 10.01.36 PMby Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert Dave Norona

Well, believe it or not, the only snow left in British Columbia is high up on the tippy tops of the glaciers.  Yes that is right. The deep pow has been replaced with sick single track that snakes through colorful wildflowers that stretch as far as the eye can see.

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Spreading the Boondocking Gospel – in Sweden!


by Stephanie Schwartz

I spend a lot of time each winter giving clinics and attending rides to help people become better mountain riders. Most events are packed with men – after all, most mountain sledders are guys. So I really get excited when I’m asked to do events to help the growing numbers of women riders improve their boondocking and riding skills. This Spring, I was asked to teach the XX Women’s International Freeride Camp…in SWEDEN! (XX = the two chromosomes that make a female..get it?)

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Norona & Chaffin: Tailgate Alaska 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 7.20.46 AM_FBSki-Doo backcountry expert Dave Norona headed up to Valdez, Alaska to take in the Tailgate Alaska event this Spring.  This is in fellow backcountry expert Ashley Chaffin’s backyard, so we got them together and had them each give their take on the event.

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Real Rider Takes: 2015 Summit X with T3

Prototype 2015 Summit X sleds with the T3 are making their way through the West. Hear what real riders like you think of the new benchmark after riding in Mt. Baker, Wash.

Build your Summit X with T3 package now…and remember, the pnly way to ride one next winter is to order from your dealer before April 22, 2014.

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Ski-Doo 2015 is Coming

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