Skinz Protective Gear Hosting Snowmobile Clinics With Amber Holt Paynesville, MN Feb. 1-3

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Amber Holt is a well-known backcountry rider with several appearances in backcountry snowmobile films including 509, Boondockers, Sleadheads, and Krazy Canadian Adventures. She holds name as the first female to successfully climb out of several Rocky Mountain technical chutes along with finessing its tightly treed hillsides throughout these films.


Though originally famed as the female pioneering ambassador for this sector of backcountry riders, her true passion has settled in helping others become more proficient riders. For those who do not follow the films they may have read one of her written stories in SnoWest or a SledHeads Magazines, caught her on TV sharing a rider tip or two or just heard in a casual conversation at a monthly club meeting of what is known as Backcountry Basics Snowmobile Clinics.


Holt started Backcountry Basics in 2008 and has successfully helped all ages, genders and levels of ability to take that next step toward becoming proficient at technical western style riding. Her efficient curriculum enables clients to gain the technical skills that can take years to learn without formal instruction in just a matter of days. People book months in advance and travel from all over to attend one of her clinics at one of her full service locations.


Skinz Protective Gear is hosting a reduced rate clinic opportunity this season for Midwestern local riders. Skinz is bringing Holt out to its facility in Paynesville, MN, for a 3-day clinic. This will allow riders to move into the next level of western riding skills prior to that upcoming western riding vacation.


Two clinic packages are available. Each rider will fill out a "Rider Evaluation" form prior to registration completion to ensure the most from the learning experience. Riders have a choice between taking a two- or three-day course that incorporates all three levels.



The first course is recommended for any individual who is a novice to experienced rider with mostly trail experience only or limited off trail abilities. If a rider CANNOT hold a sled up on one ski for more than 100 yards at slow speeds and maintain a straight line of travel while doing so, this course is needed before advancing onto the next level. It will build confidence, break bad habits that even very experienced riders may have and are currently holding them back at advancing or executing a particular maneuver.


Riders will learn Amber Holt's "Pivotal Pyramid Concept" and how to apply it at all skill levels. Riders will refine balance, control and fully understand the correct applications of the 6 rider positions. Backcountry Rider common sense, basic avalanche awareness, obstacle avoidance and rider safety will be addressed throughout the course.



Recommended for riders who CAN do basic counter steering, but lack fluid finesse in more difficult scenarios like sidehilling at slow speeds, u turns, controlled downhill carves while the sled is on its side on steep cambers. This segment concentrates on refining the more technical skills too safely "ride out" of challenging situations. It will help a rider overcome certain mental, obstacle or terrain challenges that exceeds a rider's comfort zone and replace these voids through knowledge and putting their "head in the game" safely.




Course 1 LEVEL I/II - Feb 1-2: $300 per registration

Course 2 LEVEL II/III - Feb 2-3: $300 per registration

Course 1 & 2 (All 3 Days) - Feb 1-3: $400 per registration


DEADLINE: Minimum of 10 non refundable registrations by Jan. 17, 2011


CONTACT: Amber Holt                                                      Skinz Protective Gear                                              
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