Ashley Chaffin
Big Mountain, Freeride

HOMETOWN Valdez, Alaska

NICKNAME Smashley

MOVIES Turnagain Hardcore 5, Slednecks 8, 2 Stoke Cold Smoke 9, Slednecks 11, 2 Stroke Cold Smoke 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15

HISTORY Ski-Doo, FOX, Dragon Alliance, Truckboss, SCS Unlimited, Dave Smith Motors, AMDS, Frontier Films, Flyracing, HMK, C/A Pro

Being a girl in a guy's sport meant I either had to keep up or go home.
Ashley Chaffin
Ashley Chaffin

How did you get into snowmobiling?
I've been riding for as long as I can remember. My dad raced in the Iron Dog when I was a little kid so I have always been around sleds. I was the youngest out of three girls, so I was my dad's little Tomboy! With my dad bringing me out the on weekends while the other dads brought their sons, I was instantly thrown into the mix of learning things the hard way. My parents bought me my first one when I was between 5 & 6 years old and have been hooked ever since.

Describe your favorite type of riding?
Tough question! I love riding deep powder all winter but springtime in Alaska is hard to beat. If I had to pick one, it would probably be spring riding because of the long sunny days, soft snow and big jumps.

Tell us about a funny time when you learned a lesson while riding.
About ten years ago, when I first started riding with the guys I was trying to show off. I had my sled pinned and trying to carve on crusty snow. Needless to say I caught an edge, flew over my bars and my sled flew end over end. I was laying face down in the snow and didn't even want to look up! I torn my pants and broke both my kneepads. I learned two lessons that day.

What are some tips you'd have for a novice rider?
Don't be afraid to try new things or feel like you might get embarrassed . Even if you think you might get stuck or crash just try it anyway. The only way to learn new things is to go out there and do it. You might not be the best in your group of riding buddies but they all had to learn the same way. It's also very important to pay attention to how quickly the snow and weather conditions can change. Things can happen fast when you're out in the backcountry so you always need to be prepared for anything and have a plan to keep everyone safe.

How do you pass your summer?
I own two coffee shops and have four dogs so that takes up a lot of my free time. I still manage to get out and enjoy my Can-Am Side-By-Side, play at the lake and try to hit the gym 2-3 day's a week.

What's your worst sled-related injury?
Overshooting a freestyle ramp and landing flat. I dislocated my elbow so bad that it took three hours for the doctors to get in back in and months of rehab to be able to twist my arm. It still clicks and I have to wear my brace while i'm riding.

Ashley Chaffin

What do you drive?
It's all about the Mega Cab! I drive a 2014 Dodge mega cab diesel pickup. I put a sled deck on it, leveling kit, rims, 35-inch tires and I'm a girl so it's got a lot of room for all the stuff I like to pack.

All-time favorite sled video?
Frontier Films' 2-Stroke Cold Smoke 10. Christoph Von Alvensleben's segment was amazing and he's the one who pushed me to try re-entries that year. We all miss him!

Ashley Chaffin

What FOX products are you currently using?
This past season I had FOX Float 3 EVOL RC2's for the front & for the rear I had Tom's Snowmobiles E-motion kit with FOX Floats.

What motivated you to get started professionally?
The challenge and excitement! I'm a super competitive person so as soon as I learned how to ride I wanted to go faster and bigger than everyone else. That was 16 years ago and not much has changed.

Ashley Chaffin
Ashley Chaffin
Ashley Chaffin
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