During a filming session yesterday at Mammoth Mountain, CA, Forum Snowboards Am Niko Cioffi had a little snowmobile accident—luckily the only injuries were to Niko’s ego and bank account. Crossing open water on a sled can be done, but it’s a little risky since 450 pounds of metal and plastic are built to sink, not hover. Niko learned the hard way when he sank his snowmobile in 8 feet of water. We tried not to tool on him and asked a few questions about the incident. Check it.
Where did this water-crossing session go down?
Chair 4, What’s good?
How big was the puddle/mini lake?
100 feet across and I sunk at the end—it was a good 7 to 8 feet, must’ve been at least 20 feet deep in the middle.
What do you have for a sled?
It’s a 2008 Ski-Doo Summit 800. I bought it brand-new before this winter.
How many runs did you make through the pond before she sunk?
Well, on the first one I sank against the bank after making it across and hit the bottom and rallied out—then probably did like 5 or 6 runs before I sank it again.
Do you have to get the motor rebuilt?
I’m not sure yet, I just dropped it off at the sled shop. They said if I killed it before it sank I should be good, which I did. And I pulled the sparkplugs and drained a bunch of water out, so I hope it will be all good.
Do you still owe money on the sled still?
Ouch. What are your plans for the summer?
Going back to Rutland and probably getting a s@*ty job and working.
Do you have footage in the new Forum movie Forever?
Yeah, I filmed in Norway and Quebec for Forever and these last 2 weeks in Mammoth. Mostly rails in the streets.
Someday you’ll look back and laugh about this.
Yeah, I hope so. I’m pretty bummed right now.
photos: Forum Snowboards