Early Snow Beats All Of Last Year’s Snow
First Ride? I’m still recovering from the last ride of the season. It was May 10, Wyoming. The snow had receded quite a bit from the ride the week previous. In fact, we couldn’t unload at the same spot near an opening in the woods big enough to turn a trailer around. So when I arrived at that location where I was supposed to meet up with Bret Rasmussen and a couple other guys, I figured I was early since Bret’s truck and 38-foot trailer weren’t there. But he was actually parked a mile further up the muddy, narrow dirt road. I assumed there was a place to turn around, so I trucked on up the road. Bret had actually backed his trailer up there from the spot I was waiting for him at. Maybe the guy should teach clinics on backing up trailers…
January 10, 2013
At Home On Water And Snow
The easy and tempting way to describe Craig Warner’s first mountain snowmobiling experience is that he was like a fish out of water.
January 18, 2012
Freeriding racer style with David McClure
Not all freeriders are racers, but most all racers are freeriders.
December 21, 2011
Most of you may have heard I was supposed to do the Red Bull: New Year, No Limits event on New Year’s Eve last year. You may have also heard that I crashed while practicing for the jump. I was practicing to do a world record distance jump on a snowmobile and things were going fairly well up until things went sort of bad. Ha ha -105 mph, 360-foot endo, cracked pelvis, two collapsed lungs, three fractured vertebra and more broken ribs than you get in a full rack of ribs at Famous Dave’s—sort of bad.
November 11, 2011
The Day It Went Wrong
We had received 10 feet of new snow in a week of February in Whistler and it was going blue. It was forecasted to be minus 10 degrees F and sunny for the next two days so Geoff Kyle and I made a plan to film with Mikael Berntsson from Two-Stroke and Michael Reeve from Slednecks. We had lined up some features earlier that we wanted to showcase in the films.
November 01, 2011
Keeping Up With Kris Kaltenbacher
There are three general types of snowmobilers: the beginner or “newbie,” the intermediate rider and finally, the diehard sledhead. The classifications are not necessarily based on riding skill alone, but also one’s passion for riding.
January 18, 2011
I have literally lost count how many times I’ve asked the question, “So can you sidehill on both sides of the sled?” and time after time the answer was always, “Oh yeah, no problem.” A left-hand throttle is a dead give away that this person’s definition of sidehilling is obviously a bit different than mine.
December 25, 2010
Levi LaVallee update
Levi LaVallee has been released from the hospital and is headed home to Minnesota. He will continue his recovery from injuries sustained in an incident during testing for his planned Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. snowmobile distance jump in San Diego, which was set to be telecast on ESPN. Below is a statement from Levi:
December 23, 2010
Imagine: it’s a beautiful blue-bird day, you are linking some powder turns as your tunnel sinks deep into bottomless powder and you lose all forward momentum. All of us know that sinking feeling: you are stuck. Stepping off the sled, you find yourself chest deep in the white stuff. You begin to struggle with what minutes ago felt like a feather light sled, but now weighs a ton. At this point a lot of people would say that there is nothing you can do in the gym to condition someone for that type of activity. Those people have not experienced Circuit Training.
December 20, 2010
Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Cancelled
SANTA MONICA, CA (December 17, 2010) - Levi LaVallee was injured on Tuesday, December 14, while practicing in Southern California for his planned world record snowmobile distance jump at this year's Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event, set to take place in San Diego on December 31 and telecast on ESPN. LaVallee was immediately transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. As a result of this incident, however, it has been decided that Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. will be cancelled this year.
December 18, 2010
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