By: Jill Morris Chapman
Have you ever seen a YETI up close? I have and it was fabulous. On, November 6 and 7 the annual SLEDFILM event was held in Bend, Oregon and I had the pleasure of attending with a large group of snowmobile peeps. Nine years ago, SLEDFILM came into existence in response to actions taken by groups who wanted to see riding areas in Oregon closed to motorized usage.
Ben Hansen, along with his wife Christi and children Chelsea and Ryan, decided to recognize the snowmobile movies that were coming out every year, while at the same time raise money to support local groups that were fighting to keep riding areas open. The fight continues each year and so does this event. It has grown to an all weekend, family affair. A few years ago, they decided to expand the event to include the YETI awards which recognize some of the outstanding backcountry riders and movies in the industry. It has rapidly grown into one of the premier western snowmobile events of the fall pre-season.
Brandy Floyd was awarded the Pink Yeti award as the outstanding female rider of the year. Not only is she a great mountain rider, she has also been a trailblazer for women in snowmobiling everywhere. Brandy started the first Ladies Ride 15 years ago in McCall, Idaho and has now moved it to Halfway, Oregon. This event brings together woman with a common love of snowmobiling for a weekend of shredding fun. These ladies gain confidence, receive encouragement and make some lifelong friends. Brandy is always pushing herself as a rider and will be taking on the new industry trend and will be riding a snow bike this year. Yeti picked a good one when he came out of the woods to recognize her.