We here at Moto Networks are avid snowmobiling enthusiasts. Growing up in the Rocky Mountains we are privy to some of the greatest snow on earth. It’s usually deep and fluffy which is perfect for snowmobiling, to the point that a whole new type of sled was born for this terrain. That of course is the “Mountain” sleds that the big four all have in their lineups and us “Mountain” riders tend to forget that there’s a whole other side to snowmobiling that’s done primarily in the Northern Mid-West and back East. That is the short tracks which are faster and are primarily used for jumping, snow cross racing, and just going flat out in the big open fields. At first, this may not seem to be as fun as the deep snow boondocking through the trees and hill climbing up some of the most beautiful mountains in the world and 15 years go that would probably be true. But with the extreme sports era coming into play where guys are jumping sleds off ramps with Freestyle Motocross type tricks and there now being a full blown snow cross series, those short tracks are now more entertaining then ever.
One of rising stars in this type of riding is Levi Lavallee, who you may recognize from his world record jump along side Motorcross superstar Robbie Madison when he jumped a snowmobile 412ft. Lavallee has won pretty much everything you can win on a snowmobile, 10 time X-Games gold, snowcross champion, sponsorship by one of the biggest names in extreme sports, Red Bull, and a world record just to name a few. He rides a Polaris so we give him a high five for that, we can’t even imagine how fast that Polaris 800 must be with that short little track. Not sure exactly how long it is but if you look close you can see that it only goes about 6 inches past the seat, so if I were to guess I’d say in the 136″ range, if not shorter. But that doesn’t really matter because the dude is one of the best in the game and he makes that sled look like and extension of his body.
Well today, Red Bull TV released a video named Urban Snowmobiling that starts out with Levi and his father driving a truck down the road and all the sudden, Levi jumps out the back of the truck on his sled and proceeds to drift, jump and just flat out haul ass through the city of St. Paul. The part towards the end where he is riding up the parking garage corkscrew is really fun to watch. Jumping from rooftop to rooftop and some strategically placed ramps throughout the city, Lavallee does a slightly Gymkhana-ish type rampage while the Red Bull film crew picks up some incredible shots that would make the best cinematographers in Hollywood jealous. Enough talk lets get to that video that was just released hours ago.
In case you missed it here is a short POV video of Lavallee’s World Record Jump