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…
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.
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.
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 :
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:
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: