I have met with the marketing staff at BRP, they are a great team and are dedicated to providing a great product in Ski-Doo. They are passionate about the sport and have the best interests of snowmobilers in mind. In my case they have a desire to be focused on the mountain segment and provide a better experience to the consumer through rider training. I will be conducting seminars and clinics in support of this, I expect to help riders of all brands to have a better experience in the back country by improving their skills and helping them to be more aware of their surroundings.
Off trail technical riding which I promote is a great challenge, I find that when riders are challenged they have a greater desire to get into the back country and play hard. The Summit XM will enhance their abilities to traverse the steep technical country that draws them in. The technology that BRP has developed for the mountain sled makes the sled more responsive with less rider input. Their product is mountain specific and caters to the needs of the off trail rider. The summit works fine on the trail, it excels off the trail. As a back country rider I typically ride far enough on the trail to access some cool terrain, then it's see you later and if I encounter a trail later in the day I simply cross it and keep going.
Hoping to ride with a ton of new people this year, going to be a ton of fun to show off the new Summit XM package to all of you sledders out there. As usual I will be conducting clinics all over the Rocky Mountains and beyond. Tony Jenkins (Sanchez)will be assist me with his skills as well, he has a reputation of breaking stuff, we will see how the Ski-Doo sleds stack up against my man Sanchez. Sometimes I just shake my head in wonder at some of the crazy things he tries to pull off. And often he makes it work, problem is the sled never survives! So this will be a test!
Spent a substantial amount of time on the Doo's last spring. The sleds rip. Drivability and throttle transition is super good, the calibration team have done a remarkable job with this. The sled is very rippy with never any hesitation. I was also impressed with ease of transitioning to its edge, and it has a wide balance point while on edge. Predictability is good, sled allows for quick reaction without excessive rider input, its agility is superb.
It's the little things that make the difference when riding nearly every day during the winter. Things like the square console that keeps my knees in place while descending a slope instead of allowing my legs to spread apart. The upward facing instrument cluster makes for easy to monitor during stand up riding and how about the grip heater switches mounted to the console. It is great to have the as many of the controls off the bars as possible. This prevents breakage and unplanned switching. The side cut outs in the foot stirrups are a much awaited improvement, I have never been able to align myself with the steering post when wrong foot forward. Just couldn't get far enough forward until riding the new XM, this a great improvement. These are just a few of the subtleties that make this an awesome sled. I cannot wait to get back on the snow to become more acquainted with this super sled.
I'll be attending the Hay Days show and am looking forward to hanging out with the crew at BRP. I'll be signing posters and visiting with all the show goers, please stop by and talk sled with me. I can show you my new ride and point out the cool features it has, while you get a picture with me. I hear everybody who is anybody will be there!
If you can't make it to Hay Days, look me up at any of the other western shows. Probably be offering some seminars and just talking sled to all you sledheads out there. I expect to be attending a few select Ski-Doo open houses at your local dealer. I'll try to post up a schedule when I get a better feel for how my fall season will come together.
Many of my sponsors will remain the same, they are supporting me with this change. Boondocker will be focussed on delivering a turbo package that excels in technical riding and together we will have a very superior product. FXR has stepped it up again with even a more broad line of mountain gear including helmets and boots. I'll be talking more about this later.
It's going to be an awesome winter. I hope the snows come early and deep cause this sled wants to ride Rasmussen style.