In March, while there was still snow on the ground, Minnesotan snowmobile rider Levi LaVallee took the opportunity to soar through Duluth’s streets and harbors.
Known for his extreme versatility, LaVallee, 38, is a professional Red Bull athlete with 13 X Games medals in six different snowmobile disciplines. He also won two Winter X Games gold medals—first in the HillCross event in 2004, and second in Snowmobile Speed and Style in 2008.
In his new short film project partnering with Red Bull, he zooms around local Duluth landmarks like Lake Avenue and Lake Superior, doing legendary jumps and stunts.
In one clip, he cascades high above the lake between two rusty shipping platforms, and in another, jumps over a crew of Duluth firemen sitting on top of their truck. He even jumped over a moving train along the shore of Lake Superior, getting hit with a gust of its steam while doing a backflip. It’s pretty clear that LaVallee is fearless and has enough adrenaline to push the limits of the sport.
Five years ago, He did a similar rip-roaring tour of St. Paul.
According to his website, LaVallee’s dreams of being a professional snowmobiler date back to the 4th grade. The sport has connected him to a number of now-important people in his life, including his wife, whom he met at a snowmobile race. Since beginning his career in 2004, the snowmobiler has made history many times. At the Winter X Games in 2009, he became the first athlete to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile. He also set a world record when he jumped across the San Diego Bay, soaring 412 feet above it.
It seems that wherever he goes, LaVallee is daring enough to make cities his own personal snowmobile park.