FEATURE: MID-SEASON REPORT 2017 – CHRISTIAN GAGNON

Hello, hello hello! We are just checking in with a mid-season report. So how has the sled season been treating you so far?
Its been really good despite my back injury last year. At the beginning of winter this year, in December, I was not really confident about my back. I still had pain until February. But now, in March, I’m better so I can start to send it again, but with steeper landing and deep snow lol.

Christian dropping for the camera.

Christian dropping for the camera.

Where is your main riding zones and how have the conditions been?
This season I have ride a lot in Pemberton area and at the Bralorne Adventure Lodge with Ride Whistler. Chris Brown is really busy guiding this year, so my days off of filming for Slednecks l help Browner tail-guiding when he has big group of people.
More and more Frenchys, Swedish and American people coming to ride. There are so many zone never explored around here, the terrain is huge, and its the best deep powder you will shred. This winter the snow doesn’t stop dropping. Forecast is unreal and its still dumping at mid March. Just 2 days ago I have ride my best day so far with cold deeeep dry pow near Pemberton.

Carve pow, have fun!

Carve pow, have fun!

Where else have you ridden this season?
Most of the time I like to travel a bit further in the zone to find new feature. You know, a lot of people just go ride the closest possible, but after couple time its boring, its always fun to find new stuff that no one have tried before.

Any days that stand out as being particularly epic so far?
For sure , there are many but the one I remember the most is a day in February, filming for Slednecks, with Pascal Gallant up Brandywine. Sunny day, 10 degree, shoveling a booter to try some freestyle tricks that I have not done since 10 year….I’m still good in the air but a long sled is not the same as a quad. My quad was easier to keep the balance when you trick it.

Christian whipping the shit outta his whip. Photo: Allan Sawchuck

Christian whipping the shit outta his whip. Photo: Allan Sawchuck

What has been the highlight of your season?
Highlight of my season….hmmmmmm, I’m really stoked to have work for Ride Whistler, you meet new people everytime. Always have a story of the day lol. Some deep day was hard for my back but at the end of the day, you coming in the parking lot, take a beer with the client and talk about your day in that paradise.

Thanks for taking the time to update us on your season. Any shout-out’s and thank you’s?
Shout-out’s yeah, I just turned 40 in November last year and now I’m a new Dad of a beautiful baby girl Miesha born on February 18th. So the training to bring that new baby to the snowmobile world will start soon!
Without all my sponsors it will be impossible to be where I am now so a BIG Thanks to Revolution Powersports, Pare-PierreSP, Pikeman Performance, Flyracing, Triple9optics, IceAge Performance, Elka Suspension, Hipertech Lubricant, Cheetah Factory Racing, Twice Production (wrap), Highmark by Snowpulse, Slednecks, joydigger.com, Chris Brown (Ride Whistler), Pascal Gallant (filmer of Slednecks video) and all the photograph who give me crazy photo: Allan Sawchuck and my wife Audrey, who let me live my passion every day!

*editors note: since this interview was done Christian has separated his shoulder while filming a big hit for Slednecks and cut his season short again.

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