by Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert Ashley Chaffin
I 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.
by 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.
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?)
Ski-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.
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.
by Ashley Chaffin, Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert
It has been a tough tough winter here in Alaska, with warm temps, little snow and lots of rain. If you were watching the news, you might have seen the massive avalanche that actually blocked the road to Valdez where I live – we were stranded for several days!
Even though I have’t done TOO much riding (with so little light, we do most of our riding in the Spring anyway), I have set up my Freeride and taken it for some great rips. I’m trying a few new things this year, esepcially to reduce weight (I’m small!) so check it out:
By Dave Norona, Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert
Every mountain rider needs to take along the right stuff to be safe and have fun riding in the backcountry. Here’s what’s in my backpack:
In January edition of SnoWest magazine, the tough editors compared the three extreme or “all-mountain” sleds and came to an interesting conclusion, saying they had found “…Perhaps the best all-mountain backcountry snowmobile ever made. The 2014 Ski-Doo Freeride 800.”
Here’s what else they said about our spring-only extreme mountain sled:
“We dont know if there will ever be perfection in any snowmobile class, but we do know that years from now, we’ll be talking about how close one sled got close to it in 2014.”
“What makes the Ski-Doo Freeride stand out in its class is that Ski-Doo abandoned the super-wide front end that made it a better racer than carver. With the 2014 Freeride 800, you essentially have a slightly wider Summit with all the right reinforcements and an outstanding shock package. And it’s offered in not one, but three track length configurations. Ski-Doo recognized the market potential for such a sled and ran away with it. And trust us, they’re running away with it.”
“On a rough hard-pack terrain, the Freeride hammers through moguls with straight tracking and maintains a flat pitch…The REV-XM RS chassis is very rigid and allows for a compliant suspension setting.
“Where other sleds in this class almost need to be pushed harder to maek theier setups shine, the Freeride is a blast to ride at any speed, any terrain and in any condition. It’s wider than the Summit, but still narrow by mountain sled standards. But it doesnt feel like it’s too narrow when bashing mogul runs or negotiating skechy drops.”