LaVallee to Perform Distance Jump at Sno Barons 50th Anniversary Hay Days

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Longville, Minn. July 29, 2016 – Levi LaVallee is making plans to help the Sno Barons snowmobile club celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hay Days in a very big way. With a long list of action sport accomplishments to his credit including the world record snowmobile distance jump of 412-feet, Levi will break out the ramps and launch the Hay Days celebration (and himself) with a 200-foot distance jump on September 10 in North Branch, Minnesota.

Heralded as one of the sports biggest and most recognizable athletes, Levi is synonymous with snowmobile competition, having won a national snocross title, 7 X-Games gold medals, and has appeared on several national television shows including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and ESPN. With two record distance jumps to his credit, Levi will attempt a 200-foot plus ramp-to-ramp jump as part of the 50th anniversary celebration at the world’s biggest snowmobile event.
“Hay Days is just an awesome event,” said LaVallee. “I’ve been going since I was a kid and to now be a part of the 50th celebration is really special.”

With humble beginnings as little more than a gathering of club members, Hay Days has grown to become the biggest snowmobile event in the world with more than 50,000 fans in attendance along with every major manufacturer, aftermarket company, dealer, and athlete. Today, Hay Days is the place to see and be seen for the entire snowmobile industry.

“Every year we try to add a new twist to the event,” said Meshell Gorsegner, spokeswoman for the Sno Barons. “This year we wanted to make sure the event was truly special and Levi is helping us do that. Everyone in the club has been working hard to make this year’s event the biggest and best yet, with special commemorative displays, events, and guests in attendance.”

Located 8-miles east of North Branch, Minnesota, Hay Days features something for everyone including snowmobile grass drags, freestyle exhibitions, ATV and side-by-side races, the sports largest swap meet, more than 200 vendors, demo ride opportunities, raffles, vintage displays, and so much more. Encompassing more than 180 acres, it has become the can’t miss event for thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts from across North America and even the world.

Levi’s long-distance jump is schedule for Saturday (September 10) at 5:00pm and will take place at the east end of the snowmobile drag strip, adjacent to county road 70. With a metal take-off ramp and massive dirt constructed landing ramp, he is expected to soar well in excess of 200-feet. You can also catch the action on CBS Sports Network, check your local listings for Terracross Championship in September which will feature the jump.

For more information on the event including a schedule of events, admission fees, and times, visit www.snobarons.com

ALL-STAR DUO LAVALLEE AND RAHLVES ACHIEVE ARCTIC MAN CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

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(Forwarding Source: Alaska Dispatch News)

Longville, MN (April 11, 2016) Long wait worth $61,000 for Arctic Man champions Rahlves and LaVallee. After two days of delays, the Arctic Man Classic was finally a go Saturday, and the wait was worth it for Daron Rahlves and Levi LaVallee.
 
Very well worth it.
 
The all-star duo – skier Rahlves is a four-time Olympian from California and snowmachiner LaVallee is a 10-time Winter X Games medalist from Minnesota —  collected $61,000 for their win Saturday in the 31st annual competition in the Hoodoo Mountains near Summit Lake.
 
The Arctic Man is an iconic Alaska event, an extreme sports competition that predates the Winter X  Games by more than a decade. Thousands gathered for the weeklong celebration of spring and snowmachining that culminated with Saturday’s races.
 
The race begins with a skier or snowboarder atop a 5,800-foot peak. He plunges about 1,700 feet to an open area where he grabs the tow rope of his partner’s in-motion snowmachine and is zoomed 2.2 miles up another mountain. At the top, the snowmachiner slingshots the skier or snowboarder, who makes a 1,200-foot descent to the finish line.
 
It all adds up to 5.5 miles, which means Rahlves and LaVallee earned about $15,000 per minute for their win. They finished in 4 minutes, 2.08 seconds, about 10 seconds off the record of 3:52.7 set in 2013 by Marco Sullivan and Tyler Aklestad.
 
The prize for the men’s ski race was exceptionally big this year because last year’s race was called off because of poor conditions, so the purse was rolled over to this year.

Conditions threatened to wipe out the majority of this year’s races too.

The women’s snowboard race was completed Thursday before poor visibility prompted the postponement of other races, and Friday’s conditions were no better. But by Saturday, visibility improved enough to race.

Snowboarder Jayson Hale and snowmachiner Tyson Johnson topped their division with a time of 4:22:21, a victory worth $26,000.

Skier Natalie Van Nostrand and snowmachiner Cortni Brown finished in 4:06.73 to pocket $3,000 for their win in the women’s ski division. On Thursday, snowboarder Audrey Hebert and snowmachiner Kelci Boe clocked 4:35:58 to collect a $7,000 first-place prize.

Purses are determined by the number of entries in each division. 

Information from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner was used this report.

Images: ©NoStyleProductions, Matt Kennedy

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Pallin Named New Fan Favorite and Ends the Season on the Podium

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Longville, MN (March 22, 2016) Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was the host to the final three rounds of the 2015/2016 season. The 3-Day race weekend went off with a bang. The jam packed crowd and race teams alike were excited to see a pile of snow was able to be preserved and the races were on!
The weekend kicked off under the lights with Round 15 Friday night. Pallin had a tough go in his qualifying rounds but was able to make it into the final via the LCQ. In the Round 15 Final, Pallin got tangled up with another rider and was set back to last place and worked his way up to a notable 10th. Saturday and Sunday, Pallin was racing strong. Qualifying awesome in his respective heat races and took an exciting 5th place for Round 16 on Saturday. And for Round 17 on Sunday, Pallin qualified great, with a 1st and 2nd. Off of the line in the Round 17 Final, Pallin had an awesome start, rode smart and smooth throughout the final race of the season and snagged a podium spot, with a 3rd pace finish. Which secured Pallin to finish in 5th place for overall points standings for the 15/16 season. And if finishing within the top 5 for the season wasn’t sweet enough, the icing on the cake was that Pallin was named the new ISOC Fan Favorite. Very well-deserved, congratulations Kyle!
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For Team LaVallee’s grassroots riders, Evan Daudt (Sport) raced in the Pro Lite class on Friday for the Showdown at Sundown race and won the Pro Lite final! In the sport class he placed 13th on Saturday and rounded out the weekend with another podium finish in the 2nd place spot on Sunday. Adam Peterson (Sport) was able to get another podium finish, with a 3rd place on Saturday and 14th place on Sunday.

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PRO OPEN RESULTS
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Round 15  RD 1: 9th   RD 2: 4th   LCQ: 1st   Final: 10th
Round 16  RD 1: 2nd   RD 2: 2nd  LCQ: —   Final: 5th

Round 17  RD 1: 1st   RD 2: 2nd   LCQ: —   Final: 3rd

YEAR END POINTS STANDINGS RESULTS
PALLIN: PRO OPEN 5th
PALLIN: ISOC FAN FAVORITE
DAUDT: SPORT 4th

PETERSON: SPORT 6th

TV SCHEDULE
Lake Geneva, WI National
Episode 16 CBS Sports Network / March 27, 2016 @ 10AM EST
Lake Geneva, WI National
Episode 17 CBS Sports Network / April 3, 2016 @ 10AM EST
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