American snowmobile legend Levi LaVallee achieved a personal dream of taking to the streets of historic Minnesotan port city Duluth for his latest project Portside. Here is what you need to know:
– Minnesota native LaVallee has built an enviable career on the back of his snowmobile exploits with seven Winter X Games golds, four silvers and two bronzes to his name since breaking through in 2004.
– Alongside his competitive achievements, the 38-year-old has set world records like his 412ft jump at 2011’s Red Bull New Year No Limits and fun projects like Red Bull Barn Burners in 2020.
– For this project in early 2021, LaVallee made the short trip to Northern Minnesota’s historic port city Duluth where he participated in Snocross races at Spirit Mountain from a young age.
– He had often wondered what it would be like to take his sled off course and onto the steep city streets with his dream of creating a personal snowmobile playground finally becoming reality.
– Shot over the course of a week, and racing against the changing of the winter into spring, LaVallee showcased many of Duluth’s famous locations starting from Spirit Mountain to the vast Lake Superior by the end.
– Along the way he takes the Skyline Parkway into downtown, clears a Duluth Police cruiser, leaps over a brand new fire truck, makes his way to the Superior Lakewalk and races alongside the Duluth Zephyr before launching into the first ever snowmobile backflip over a moving train.
– When he’s not constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a snowmobile, LaVallee and his wife run Team LaVallee Snocross Racing.