Ep 2 – Having Control Of The Sled

Ep 2 – Having Control Of The Sled

In this video we want to talk about sled control. Using the technique that we teach it’s all
about having control of the sled. When you have control of the sled then you
can advance into the backcountry. At will you shoud be able to go up slope,
down slope, reverse, turn around, in other words just be able to navigate the backcountry
at will, and feel safe and have a good time doing it. With the backcountry sled you need to be able
to pull the sled to it’s edge and this is what gives you control to carve. Anytime you’re driving with both skis on
the snow you cannot carve, you don’t have that edge that gives you the control you need
to carve and make turns in the snow. Of course, if you’re running down the trail,
you need to be two skis down. That’s the right and correct way to do it. When you’re cruising out through the fields
on the flat two skis down is perfectly alright. You can certainly, in a flat field, pull the
sled to it’s edge and carve a turn through the snow both left and right, have a great
timing doing it. But, you can also navigate that turn two skis
down. If you’re traversing a slope, and you’re
doing it two skis down, you’ll get to the point on steeper slopes where you’ll lose
control of the sled and it will just take the fall line. The fall line is simply where a soccer ball
will roll if you turn it loose on the slope, and that’s what happens to a sled when you’re
two skis down. The most fun is when you’re on your edge
and your able to carve and have that control of the sled. Anyone can learn the technique and have control
of the sled in the backcountry. It’s all about technique, it’s not about
strength. When you’re committed to bring the sled
to it’s edge, then you can carve across the slope, and you have control of direction
and speed. In the descent for example you can scrub off
speed with your sled when you’re on your edge. I often like to compare this to a skier. They will not have any control when they’re
skis are flat on the snow, on the surface. But, as soon as they bring their skis, or
board to it’s edge then they have control of direction and the ability to scrub off
speed. The other thing that comes along with sled
control is learning how to use your throttle and your brake properly. Part of carving, part of balance, part of
having control of your sled is knowing when to get on the throttle, and when to back out
of the throttle. And at the same point, using your brake at
the right time. And we will address this to great extent in
later videos. But, for now you should always have control
of the handlebar grip with a thumb on the throttle, and the opposite hand a hold of
the grip with a finger on the brake lever. This is the form you should use, and you can
then be prepared to address the control that is needed with the sled.

Antonio Breitenberg

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11 thoughts on “Ep 2 – Having Control Of The Sled

  1. Hors Piste Performance says:

    This is awsome!! Great video's

  2. Geoff Boyer says:

    Another great video!! Excellent skiing reference 😉

  3. Chris Davis says:

    Very nice job breaking it up into small bites. The videography is top notch too.

  4. sledman jones says:

    Thanks prof, I appreciate the tips. Can't wait to hear your take on throttle brake control. Vids are well shot, lots of good info, and the tunes aren't crazy annoying, great job, I'm a fan.

  5. Andy Lee says:

    Thanks Brett another great vid with very useful content looking forward to the vids to come 🤘

  6. SnowRider TV says:


  7. Eric Jörgensen says:

    This guy owns the ugliest snowmobile there is.

  8. joe biker says:

    Great videos! My question is, does this apply to an older style "rider forward" sled? Say like an 07 dragon? Thanks!

  9. Ryan Figaro says:

    Is this in YellowStone?

  10. Paul C Townsend says:

    If the sled is coming over backwards is it best to back out of the throttle or tap the brake. 2019 Summit X 165

  11. Mikkel Anders Smuk Neshavn says:

    Hi bret,when you say its not about strenght to roll up the sled,but i wonder what about the weight of the rider,doesent that matter,isent it easyer to roll up and hold a sidehill if you weigh more? And especialy when you have to roll up the sled the hard way?

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