Slednecks rider Chris Brown is one of the world's best backcountry freeriders and Yamaha Motor Canada announced recently that Brown will be riding an FX Nytro MTX this season.
"I want the most reliable, most capable sled out there," Brown said when asked about 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 maneuvers on a snowmobile. He's headlined many of the industry's best films, including Sled Heads, 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," stated 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 Brown does. Fortunately, for others, they can speed up the learning process by attending one of Brown's riding camps.
"Riders may sign up for one-on-one sessions or you can arrange a group ride through your local Yamaha dealer," Brown said. "We'll work on everything from technical boondocking to exploring untouched powder. It's all about having a good time and trying something new."
For more information, visit ridewithchrisbrown.com or get in touch with your local Yamaha dealer. Brown does recommend that everyone who rides in the mountains enroll in an avalanche safety training course. For Canadians, refer to avalance.ca; Americans visit avalanche.org.