Slednecks rider Chris Brown is one of the world’s best backcountry freeriders and Yamaha Motor Canada is thrilled to have him riding an FX Nytro M-TX.
"I want the most reliable, most capable sled out there," answers Brown, on his desire to ride Yamaha. "I sometimes ride 100km from the nearest road and breaking down is not an option. Getting there and back is crucial to our sport."
Google 'Chris Brown' and you will see some very impressive and highly skilled manoeuvres on a snowmobile. He’s headlined many of the industry’s best films, including Sledheads, Thunderstruck and Nitro Circus. He bought his first snowmobile in 1996, with intentions to use it for sled-skiing … it wasn’t long before he ditched the skis.
"I love it!" states Brown about his passion for backcountry snowmobiling. "Once it gets into your blood, it’s with you forever. This winter I hope to ride at least 150 days, and show people that a 4-stroke snowmobile is more than capable of doing things that I did on a 2-stroke."
As you can imagine, it takes a high amount of courage and skill to do what Chris does. Fortunately, for others, they can speed up the learning process by attending one of Chris’ riding camps.
"Riders may sign up for one-on-one sessions, or you can arrange a group ride through your local Yamaha dealer," explains Chris. "We’ll work on everything from technical boondocking to exploring untouched powder. It’s all about having a good time and trying something new."
If you’re interested in learning more, please visit ridewithchrisbrown.com or get in touch with your local Yamaha dealer. Brown does recommend that everyone who rides in the mountains enrols in an Avalanche Safety Training (AST) course. For Canadians, please refer to avalance.ca; Americans please visit avalanche.org.