Tony Jenkins’ Mountain Snowmobiling Safety Gear

by Tony Jenkins, Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert


Well, November is here and with our first substantial Mountain snow storm hitting us I figured it would be a great time to get my avalanche and survival gear out and start getting it prepared. If you’re anything like me, your buddies will call you up before you know it and it will catch you off guard. So why not get prepared and freshen up your gear to stay ahead of the game? My Summit X 163 is already waiting for me! Let’s take a look…

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Jay Mentaberry Recognized at Sledfilm Festival



Ski-Doo Backcountry expert Jay Mentaberry was awarded the Red Yeti trophy at SLEDFILM 15 snowmobiling film festival November 6 in Bend, Ore. The Red Yeti recognizes the rider who is constantly pushing the snowmobile envelope.

“Very few riders go bigger than Jay Mentaberry,” said the organizers. “Very few riders also show similar poise and commitment to their fellow riders and the sport than Jay Mentaberry. Jay spends almost all season racing, riding and filming. This hectic schedule would drive anyone crazy. However, Jay always takes time to talk, hang out and encourage others. We were impressed that as he accepted the award he talked about the rush of going big, but counseled the audience to ride safe and know your limits – sharing simple yet pointed advice related to your inability to have fun if you are hurt. Jay shows a maturity well beyond his years, and we feel fortunate to be associated with him.”

Yeti awards are presented at the annual SLEDFILM snowmobile film and awards show. SLEDFILM, is the biggest winter motorsports film and awards show in the industry.

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Backcountry Expert Profile: Ashley Chaffin

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Ashley Chaffin is one of the most talented extreme riders out West, which is why we are proud to have her as one of our Backcountry Expert ambassadors.

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Backcountry Expert Profile: Dave Norona



Dave Norona is one of our original Ski-Doo mountain riding ambassadors. Get to know him and his riding…

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Ski-Doo Expert Tip: Dry Goggles [NORONA]

Here’s Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert Dave Norona with some tips for keeping your goggles dry.

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Setting up your Ski-Doo Summit

by Jeremy Mercier, Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert


So you just picked up your new Ski Doo Summit from the dealer. You’ve been staring at it for a good part of the day and you’re considering sleeping in the garage tonight. This is an excellent time to get to know your new machine. Everyone has a preference on how they like to set up the sled so I won’t go there, so I’ll just share how I set mine up.

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Backcountry Expert Profile: Tony Jenkins


We’ve got another super-talented Ski-Doo mountain rider for our Backcountry Experts team: Tony Jenkins.

If you have followed Bret Rasmussen on social media (who Tony has guided with), you’ve seen Tony’s riding, good and bad – there’s almost nothing he won’t try within the bounds of safety. If you get a chance to meet him at a show or ride with him out West, do it – like our other riders, he’s a blast to be around. Here’s Tony’s introduction, in his own words :

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Ski-Doo Backcountry Experts on…

We had all our Ski-Doo Backcountry Experts together at Hay Days to work the show, share stories and even play some (very…interesting…) golf. In betwen chats with consumers like you at the show, we asked them a bunch of questions on their sledding life to give you a look into how these pros think.

What’s the best tip you’ve ever received? Where’s your favorite riding area? What drives you? Here are the short videos from those conversations:

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Why To Buy a Summit SP

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You’re a mountain rider. You want a sled that’s the best.  You want the mountain sled that more riders bought with their hard-earned money than any other last year.

You want a Ski-Doo Summit SP. Here’s why:

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Want To Sled More? Jeremy’s Got Your Brownie Points

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I was hanging out with my neighbors recently and one asked me how my wife lets me ride so much during the winter months (I average 3,000 plus mountain miles per season). I told them I gotta work at it.

Here are my tips for earning enough brownie points in the off-season, to sled more in-season:

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