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The DC/Yamaha Snowmobile

Who wouldn’t want an 80-mph-chairlift straight to powder? Here’s your chance to open up the backcountry by winning your own snowmobile. DC Shoes has teamed up with Yamaha to customize an SXViper Mountain exclusively for backcountry snowboarding. The grand-prize winner of the “Shred Sled Giveaway Contest” will win the DC/Yamaha SXViper Mountain. It’s one of only five ever produced, and features DC graphics and snowboarding-specific aftermarket parts by Mountain Performance, Inc. The other four custom snowmobiles are currently stored at DC’s Mountain Lab, located in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain range. These are the sleds that the DC team uses when they ride into the backcountry to shoot photos or film. Now, for the first time, one winner will own the same customized snowmobile that the DC team rides.

Snowmobiles and the Backcountry

Most photos in TransWorld and most footage in snowboard videos are shot in the backcountry. Riding in the backcountry is a whole different experience from riding at resorts, which can have long lift-lines, crowding, and mobbed hits. Riding in the backcountry means riding fresh, untracked terrain, often with no other riders around.

How do riders, photographers and filmers get to the backcountry? Snowmobiles. Although using a snowmobile to get to the backcountry is a well-known concept in the snowboarding industry, DC is the first company to work directly with a snowmobile manufacturer to make a snowmobile that directly meets the needs of the backcountry snowboarder. The result is the DC/Yamaha SXViper Mountain. It will get you out of the resort and into the hills so you too can ride untracked and undiscovered terrain.

How To Win.

It’s simple: submit a video and/or photos of yourself riding, along with a written/drawn/hand-crafted letter that details why you should win your own snowmobile. Creativity in the video, photos and letter are encouraged, and they will be judged based equally on the creativity and originality of the submission and essay.

The deadline is December 31, 2003. That means thereà­s plenty of timeóyou can still film when the snow falls early this winter.

This contest is not open to sponsored snowboarders, and ità­s definitely not open to anyone working at or with ties to snowboard companies.

Only one entry per household, all submissions should be mailed to:
“Shred Sled Giveaway Contest” at TransWorld SNOWboarding
(353 Airport Road, Oceanside, CA 92054).

The Grand Prize and Runners-Up

DC Shoes’ very own Travis Rice is going to personally judge the entries and pick one Grand Prize winner and two runner-ups. The Grand Prize winner will receive one DC/Yamaha SX Viper customized snowmobile with aftermarket products from Mountain Performance, Inc., a pair of DC boots, a DC outerwear kit (pants and jacket), a DC sweatshirt, a DC beanie, a board rack for the snowmobile, backcountry essentials, and a one-year subscription to TransWorld SNOWboarding. In other words, one Grand Prize winner is going to get hooked up just like the pros.

The second-place runner-up will receive a pair of DC boots, a year’s supply of DC shoes and a one-year subscription to TransWorld SNOWboarding. You’re livin’.

The third-place runner-up will receive a pair of DC boots and a one-year subscription to TransWorld SNOWboarding. Free boots? Damn straight.

There’s more: if you’re the Grand Prize winner, DC and/or TransWorld SNOWboarding employees are going to be on hand to snap photos when you’re presented with the snowmobile. Those photos are going to end up in the April 2004 issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding in their “Yellow Snow” section. You’ll have a snowmobile and you’ll have a picture in the magazine. You’re going to be famous.

Wait, it gets even better: besides publishing the “Shred Sled Giveaway Contest” contest results in its magazine and on its Web site, TransWorld SNOW is going to post your video on its Web site, either the whole thing or clips from it, depending on its length.

It’s simple. Want to win a limited edition DC snowmobile, custom-built for a snowboarder’s needs? First register below and then start editing/filming your footage and/or shooting your photos now à–

How To Win.

It’s simple: submit a video and/or photos of yourself riding, along with a written/drawn/hand-crafted letter that details why you should win your own snowmobile. Creativity in the video, photos and letter are encouraged, and they will be judged based equally on the creativity and originality of the submission and essay.

The deadline is December 31, 2003. That means thereà­s plenty of timeóyou can still film when the snow falls early this winter.

This contest is not open to sponsored snowboarders, and ità­s definitely not open to anyone working at or with ties to snowboard companies.

Only one entry per household, all submissions should be mailed to:
“Shred Sled Giveaway Contest” at TransWorld SNOWboarding
(353 Airport Road, Oceanside, CA 92054).

The Grand Prize and Runners-Up

DC Shoes’ very own Travis Rice is going to personally judge the entries and pick one Grand Prize winner and two runner-ups. The Grand Prize winner will receive one DC/Yamaha SX Viper customized snowmobile with aftermarket products from Mountain Performance, Inc., a pair of DC boots, a DC outerwear kit (pants and jacket), a DC sweatshirt, a DC beanie, a board rack for the snowmobile, backcountry essentials, and a one-year subscription to TransWorld SNOWboarding. In other words, one Grand Prize winner is going to get hooked up just like the pros.

The second-place runner-up will receive a pair of DC boots, a year’s supply of DC shoes and a one-year subscription to TransWorld SNOWboarding. You’re livin’.

The third-place runner-up will receive a pair of DC boots and a one-year subscription to TransWorld SNOWboarding. Free boots? Damn straight.

There’s more: if you’re the Grand Prize winner, DC and/or TransWorld SNOWboarding employees are going to be on hand to snap photos when you’re presented with the snowmobile. Those photos are going to end up in the April 2004 issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding in their “Yellow Snow” section. You’ll have a snowmobile and you’ll have a picture in the magazine. You’re going to be famous.

Wait, it gets even better: besides publishing the “Shred Sled Giveaway Contest” contest results in its magazine and on its Web site, TransWorld SNOW is going to post your video on its Web site, either the whole thing or clips from it, depending on its length.

It’s simple. Want to win a limited edition DC snowmobile, custom-built for a snowboarder’s needs? First register below and then start editing/filming your footage and/or shooting your photos now à–

The SXViper Mountain

Travis charges.

The backcountry is very specific terrain, which requires your snowmobile to meet very specific needs. To snowboard in the backcountry, you’re typically climbing steep hills and negotiating deep powder. DC and Yamaha have taken the light and powerful SXViper Mountain, which retails for around $8,000, and added around $5,000-worth of after-market parts to get you quickly and safely to the best spots to ride.

Modifications

Most photos in TransWorld and most footage in snowboard videos are shot in the backcountry. Riding in the backcountry is a whole different experience from riding at resorts, which can have long lift-lines, crowding, and mobbed hits. Riding in the backcountry means riding fresh, untracked terrain, often with no other riders around.

How do riders, photographers and filmers get to the backcountry? Snowmobiles. Although using a snowmobile to get to the backcountry is a well-known concept in the snowboarding industry, DC is the first company to work directly with a snowmobile manufacturer to make a snowmobile that directly meets the needs of the backcountry snowboarder. The result is the DC/Yamaha SXViper Mountain. It will get you out of the resort and into the hills so you too can ride untracked and undiscovered terrain.

Specific Enhancements:

Track and Suspension

The standard SXViper Mountain 144-inch track already lays down a big footprint. On the DC/Yamaha SXViper Mountain, the track has been lengthened to 156 inches for even greater traction. A Transfer Enhancement Kit reduces the snowmobile’s overall weight and transfers additional weight to the rear shocks to provide extra “ski lift” so when you’re climbing a hill in deep powder, the front end lifts out of the snow. The front and rear shocks are protected with “skins” to reduce snow and ice buildup.

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