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“When I first walked through the course and saw how steep it was, I knew it was going to be a challenge. With every run I took today, I learned more. Snow is like water; it has a mind of it’s own and it’s continually changing. You really need to work with the mountain to keep control,” said Johnson. “Today was a dream come true, freestyling on a mountain with my Pro-4 race truck.”
Helping Johnson and his rig up the 30 degree black diamond Yard Sale run were specially designed 1/2 inch spiked BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KR tires, which were used to provide additional traction against the steep incline. Fighting against an engine that hates the cold, less responsive shocks and a transmission that needed an hour of “getting ready” time, the Pro-4 racing truck proved to be the little engine that could. Looking for an extra challenge, Johnson requested an extra jump built below Yard Sale's crest, which sent him airborne over the top in an epic conclusion of an unforgettable challenge.
Not to be tried at home, Northeasterners can now rejoice, the Green Mountains of Vermont aren't just for traditional winter sports anymore.