Dan Davidoff is the only two-time winner of the Xtremey Award for best performance in a snowmobile film. This past winter we hooked up with Dan for 2 days of the craziest hillclimbs we’ve ever seen, he ended up pulling over twenty five chutes in just two days! I recently had a chance to talk with the man behind the madness about his life as a professional snowmobiler.
Years Riding: 38yrs riding, 32 in the driverâ€™s seat
Sled: 2008 Arctic Cat M800, 162 Track
Mods: Boondocker Turbo system, Mountain Mod lightweight seat, Slydog skis
Favorite Location: Kootenays
Favorite Sled Videos: Adrenaline Rush, TS 5 and 6, Boondockers 4
How did you get into snowmobiling? My Mom and Dad would take me riding when I was only 1, bundled up between them. As I got older my Dad let me drive and then when I was 12 I had my own sled to drive. I was 16 when I bought my first sled.
What made you decide to start climbing big chutes? I started hillclimbing in my teens on a Phazer. Once I was on a Mountain Max 700 and riding withÂ Gord Barrett I started REALLY highmarking.Â Then I startedÂ riding with theÂ Extreme Team: Marc Fry, Shawn Hastings, Don Lentz, Norm Leslie, andÂ Big Daddy.Â These guys where climbing someÂ cool stuff andÂ we all pushed each other.Â We hadÂ good sleds that were comparable performance wise.Â When one guyÂ did a chute orÂ climb another guy wouldÂ say,Â â€œwell I canÂ doÂ that!!!!â€ We pushed each other, and thenÂ the Thunderstruck guys continued the Madnessâ€¦Â Bigger horsepower, better sleds, andÂ we still continue to pushÂ eachÂ otherÂ andÂ theÂ mountains.
What is the scariest pull you’ve ever done? The snatch pull last JuneÂ turnedÂ out pretty bad, but each chute has it’s own risk. The TS 6Â pull wasÂ scary because I failed my firstÂ attempt andÂ had to come back down from 3/4 of the way up theÂ chute.Â The second try was perfectÂ andÂ didn’t feelÂ scary atÂ all.Â TheÂ fear is before the attempt, and or when the attempt fails…Â TheÂ successful pulls are a huge rush, but usually not that scary. When youâ€™re stuck 900 feet up a chute and have toÂ try and come back down…Â THAT’s PURE FEAR!!!!
What was it like to win the Xtremey Award a second time this year? The Xtremey award is an incredible honor, to win it back to back was amazing.Â Very cool. Iâ€™m honored by all of the fans that took the time to vote for me. To have the respect and admiration of the public is a nice feeling. I appreciate every fan. There are dozens of great riders in many different movies, just to be mentioned with these guysÂ isÂ awesome. Thanks to Docy Andrews for putting on the Xtremey Awards.
Big plans for next winter? There’s quite a few chutes I still haven’t climbed,, I’dÂ likeÂ toÂ Â getÂ aÂ fewÂ moreÂ completed…Â I’dÂ likeÂ toÂ comeÂ outÂ withÂ aÂ better quality movie nextÂ season,,,Â Â better film quality andÂ a more professional product..
Any shout outs? You Rock Boondockers!Â I love ridingÂ with youÂ andÂ sharingÂ a road trip. Can’tÂ waitÂ to hook upÂ again next season!Â Boondocker turbo wasÂ awesome. Main Jet Motorsports and Arctic Cat kicksÂ butt! Huge hanks to Bryan at Canadian Power Machines for setting up my turbo and dialing it in to perfection. Murrey with Mountain Mod light weight sled parts is a great guy with aÂ greatÂ product – www.mountainmod.com
Krazy Canadian Adventures first DVD is due out this summer, check out www.krazycanadian.com for more info.
Don’t miss Dan’s intense hillclimbing segment in Boondockers aliVe, including his nearly fatal crash in Revelstoke.