Tuesday, January 29, 2013

LaVallee Wins Back-to-Back Gold

Longville, MN - January 29, 2013 - Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado held the 2013 Winter X Games, a venue that has hosted Winter X since 2002. With the return of Snocross, Levi LaVallee had his schedule packed full with competing in all snowmobile events; Freestyle, Speed and Style, Snocross and Best Trick. Fellow Team LaVallee riders, Kyle Pallin and Jake Scott where also able to compete in Winter X, in the Snocross event.

Snowmobile Freestyle kicked off the Winter X Games Thursday evening. The format for this years Freestyle event was a little different than in the past where each rider was only allowed to take on the freestyle course twice and had 75 seconds to hit as many freestyle ramps within the allotted time. LaVallee was able complete 9 jumps total each round and in his final attempt LaVallee nailed his run with huge extensions, perfect landings and throwing a KOD (kiss of death) flip earning a high score of 89 and taking home Gold. Saturdays event was Snowmobile Speed and Style, a combination of Snocross and freestyle where the riders go head-to-head in bracket format. LaVallee worked his way into the final by defeating Justin Hoyer and Willie Elam. In the final run, LaVallee squared off against Cory Davis. LaVallee was able to stay ahead of Davis throughout the entire race and out-scored him in the freestyle portion, earning LaVallee’s second Gold at Winter X 2013.

Immediately after earning his second Gold, LaVallee went straight to X Games Medical to have his left arm/shoulder area looked at. The medical staff diagnosed a torn muscle in his lat, which LaVallee had assumed was from the large extensions from his KOD flips. Medical iced and taped LaVallee’s shoulder and recommend a MRI and further treatment when he returned home. 

Sunday, the final day of Winter X Games, held both the Snocross and Snowmobile Best Trick events. LaVallee was scheduled to compete in both, and after going out for the Snocross practice Sunday morning, LaVallee’s torn muscle was restricting him to fully compete the way he wanted. Without wanting to further damage his muscle, LaVallee announced he would not be able to compete in either disciplines on Sunday. 

With LaVallee out, Team LaVallee still had two other riders, Kyle Pallin and Jake Scott to represent in Snocross. Scott a Pro Lite rider, was an alternate for Snocross and was able fill an empty spot and compete with the pros. Scott was able to make it into the final, taking a 3rd in his qualifying round. Pallin was riding very strong in the snocross seeding, coming in as the 5th fastest rider. However in his qualifying round, Pallin had an unfortunate off and bad luck in the LCQ which prevented him from making the Snocross final. Off of the line in the Snocross final, Scott found himself mid-pack. With consistent riding and holding his lines, Scott finished his first Snocross final at Winter X Games in an awesome 7th place. Congratulations Jake Scott!

"What an awesome X Games. I came in with little expectation being I have not been able to compete in two years and bringing home two Golds is an amazing feeling." stated LaVallee

LaVallee has 9 Winter X Games Medals, 6 of them being Gold.

CALEB MORE UPDATE #prayforcaleb
Caleb Moore was injured on Thursday evening in the Freestyle competition. Moore remains in critical condition and is being monitored in ICU. We at Team LaVallee are sending our thoughts and prayers with Caleb and the entire Moore Family. For Caleb's story and more information visit: http://www.giveforward.com/calebmoore



All photos are ©WayneDavisPhotography. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Team LaVallee Gears Up for Winter X

Longville, MN (January 18, 2013) - The ESPN Winter X Games are next on the schedule for Team LaVallee. Held January 24th - 27th, 2013 at beautiful Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado which has been the home for Winter X Games since 2002. The Winter X Games are, as described by ESPN (2008), a competition compiled of the greatest winter action sport athletes from around the world competing on an annual basis. The competition has day and evening events including skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

For the 2013 Winter X Games, Team LaVallee was very happy to see the return of Snocross and Snowmobile Speed & Style. Those two events will join, Snowmobile Freestyle and Snowmobile Best Trick. LaVallee, who has not competed in X Games since 2010 because of injuries is excited to be back. (*In 2010, LaVallee took a Gold Medal in Snowmobile Knock Out and a Bronze in Snowmobile Best Trick). X Games has invited LaVallee back to all four snowmobile disciplines, where he is the only snowmobile athlete to compete in all four. Team LaVallee’s snocross riders, Kyle Pallin (Pro) and Jake Scott (Pro Lite) have also been invited to compete in Snocross. Pallin took 4th in Snocross at the 2011 Winter X Games as a Pro Lite rider and Jake Scott will be an alternate for this years snocross event. Be sure to catch the LIVE broadcast and cheer on Team LaVallee.

“I haven’t been able to compete in X Games since 2010, because of a few injuries.” states Levi LaVallee (co-owner to Team LaVallee) “With being out of the competition for a few years, that’s a challenge in itself and it is going to be tough. My goal coming into X Games is to do the best I can, make good clean runs, have fun and put on a show for the fans.”

THURSDAY (Jan. 24th)
Freestyle Final - 8:30-10:00 PM - ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN 3D

FRIDAY (Jan. 25th)
No televised snowmobile events

SATURDAY (Jan. 26th)
Speed & Style Final - 3:45-5:00 PM - ABC, ESPN 3D

SUNDAY (Jan. 27th)
Snocross Final - 3:00-5:00 PM - ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN 3D
Best Trick Final - 8:00-8:45 PM - ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN 3D

*Times are listed in Central Standard Time and are subject to change
Visit xgames.com for more information

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Scott Takes 3rd at Shakopee National

Longville, MN (January 8, 2013) - The third stop on the ISOC National Snocross Series was held at beautiful Canterbury Park (a horse track by trade) in Shakopee, Minnesota. With a combination of huge crowds and a fun track, this is a favorite stop for Pro Rider, Levi LaVallee. LaVallee was a crowd pleaser throughout the 2-day National. Kicking both nights off with his high-flying backflip introductions and along with his backflips, LaVallee was able to sneak in a couple extra freestyle tricks over the finish line to pump up the crowd. With determination and the never-give-up attitude, LaVallee made it into both Pro Open finals throughout the weekend and finished a solid 10th and 9th place. Pallin had one of his strongest weekends so far this season, with great holeshots off of the line and holding a steady pace throughout the finals, Pallin finished high on the roster with a 6th place Friday night and a 5th Saturday night. Really impressive results for Pallin. 

In the Pro Lite Class, Jake Scott was again on top of his game. Scott took three 1st place finished in his qualifying rounds throughout the weekend and when it came down to the finals, he did not upset. In the Pro Lite final Friday night, Scott come off the line in 2nd place and when he went for the pass to be in first, Scott had an unfortunate off and went back to 6th place. But that crash did not damper Scott, he continued to pick off riders one-by-one and was still able to snag a podium finish with a 3rd place! And rounding out the weekend, Scott continued to ride smooth and consistent and finished an awesome, 4th on Saturday night.

“It was a very good weekend overall of our team.” states Levi LaVallee (co-owner to Team LaVallee) “Kyle, Jake and myself have been working hard on the track and our crew has been working hard to get our sleds running to ample capacity. Next, I transition into adding more freestyle to my regimen. I just found out I have been selected for Best Trick at Winter X. So I will now be competing in 4 snowmobile disciplines (Snocross, Speed & Style, Freestyle, and Best Trick) it will be busy, but I can’t wait.”

Pro Open Round 5 (LaVallee) Round 1: 5th Round 2: 8th LCQ: 5th Final: 10th
Pro Open Round 6 (LaVallee) Round 1: 3rd Round 2: 2nd LCQ: --- Final: 9th

Pro Open Round 5 (Pallin) Round 1: 4th Round 2: 4th LCQ: --- Final: 6th
Pro Open Round 6 (Pallin) Round 1: 4th Round 2: 3rd LCQ: --- Final: 5th

Pro Lite #1 (Scott) Round 1: 1st Round 2: 1st LCQ: --- Final: 3rd
Pro Lite #2 (Scott) Round 1: 1st Round 2: 3rd LCQ: --- Final: 4th

ESPN THE MAGAZINE Check out this weeks ESPN The Magazine (Jan 7th, 2013 issue). Flip to page 16 & 17 and “Zoom In” to view a two page spread of Team LaVallee’s race sled. ESPN The Magazine has 2.2 million subscribers and a readership of 15 million. 

Winter X Games 2013 - Aspen, CO January 24-27, 2013
Deadwood National - Deadwood, SD February 1-2, 2013

Photos: ©WayneDavisPhotography / Wayne Davis + Lissa Marsolek
Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

LaVallee chosen as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Action Sports


Everyone loves a list, whether it's People magazine's most beautiful celebrities of 2012 or Santa's running index of the naughty and nice. This gallery highlights who we believe are currently the 50 most influential figures in action sports. Through talent, tenacity and technology, they have contributed the kinds of innovations to the shared shred space that make a statement about their place in our world.


Our very own, Levi LaVallee made this list at number 19 of 50. It’s a huge honor to be chosen and we couldn’t agree more! Levi was amongst the names of legendary athletes (Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, etc.), businessman (Jack Dorsey - founder of Twitter, Nick Woodman - founder of GoPro, Jake Burton - founder of Burton Snowboards, etc.), and many, many others. Levi was the only snowmobiler on the list. 

How cool is that?

Congratulations Levi!!