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    Schreck to Retire from Polaris Board of Directors

    Posted 8 days ago by Emily Hare
    MINNEAPOLIS (April 22, 2016) – Following 16 years of service, R.M. (Mark) Schreck, has announced his decision to retire from the Polaris Industries Inc. Board of Directors, effective immediately, after the 2016 Annual Shareholders meeting.  Schreck’s extensive engineering and manufacturing background and mastery of the research and development process proved invaluable over a period during which Polaris launched numerous new products and designs.  Schreck served as the Chai...
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    Polaris Snowmobile Sales Up in Q1

    Posted 9 days ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. reported that 2016 first quarter snowmobile sales were up 2% over the first quarter of 2015, no small feat considering the mild weather in many regions this past winter. Additionally, ORV (off-road vehicle) and snowmobile-related PG&A sales, combined, increased 2% in the 2016 first quarter compared to the same period last year. Snowmobile wholegood sales increased 2% due to the acquisition of Timbersled in the second quarter of 2015. International ORV/Snowmobiles segm...
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    Cor PowerSports Wraps Up Cross Country, Hillcross & Hillclimb Seasons

    Posted 9 days ago by Emily Hare
    The 2016 Cor PowerSports racing season wrapped up at Lutsen Mountains in Lutsen, Minn., this past weekend. Here are some of the class winners from the event: Cross Country Pro Stock: Bobby Menne (Polaris) Pro Factory 600: Casey Pries (Arctic Cat) Women: Savannah Landrus (Arctic Cat) Snowbike: Josh Koschak (Timbersled) MESC Hillcross Pro 800 Stock: Taylor Ehresman (Arctic Cat) Pro 800 Mod: Paul Bauerly (Ski-Doo) Pro 600 Stock: Paul Bauerly (Ski-Doo) Pro 600 Mod: Alec Plaisted (Pol...
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    Camso Releases New Mountain Snowmobile Track

    Posted 16 days ago by Emily Hare
    Camso (formerly Camoplast Solideal) has unveiled a new track for mountain sleds. It's called the Conquer 280, and what sets it apart from other mountain tracks is that it's lightweight with a shorter (2.8-inch) lug. A couple of weeks before its release, AmSnow had the opportunity of seeing the track in action firsthand while the legendary Chris Burandt tested it out in the mountains of Buena Vista, Colo. What we witnessed was greater traction, flotation and agility in deep snow. "T...
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    Polaris to Sell ATVs, Snowmobiles Online in India

    Posted 17 days ago by Emily Hare
    According to a report on www.rushlane.com, Polaris snowmobiles may soon be available for purchase online in India. Polaris Industries’ Indian subsidiary recently entered into a partnership with Snapdeal, one of India’s leading online market places. Snapdeal will sell 18 models of Polaris ATVs, but Polaris plans to eventually add snowmobiles and commercial vehicles to the online platform as well. From the report: Through this association, Snapdeal has established a presence in the a...
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    RACE RECAP: Calabogie 500 Hill Drags

    Posted 17 days ago by Emily Hare
    This past weekend I headed north of the border to Calabogie, Ontario, where the Northeast Snowmobile Drag Racing (NSDR) crew was teaming up with the staff from Calabogie Peaks Resort for what they all hoped would be the biggest event of the season. It had been about eight years since an event like this was held in the area. April showers usually bring May flowers, but not this weekend. Throttle-happy sled-heads were all looking to squeeze the throttles of their race-fueled sleds and go fast 500 ...
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    Project Sanctuary: Snowmobiling Helps Military Families Heal

    Posted 29 days ago by Emily Hare
    GRANBY, Colo. –  Project Sanctuary, a Colorado-based national nonprofit, hosts a two-year program for veterans, active-duty service members and their families. The program begins with a six-day therapeutic retreat for the military families in the wilderness, far from the distractions of daily life. The setting provides the time and quiet necessary for learning tools to build healthy relationships, manage finances, and deal with post-traumatic stress, and it provides the space for a mu...
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    RACE RECAP: Ski-Doo Hillclimbers Claim Titles at Jackson Hole Event

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Ski-Doo's X-Team hillclimbers Blaine Mathews and Carl Kuster had successful weekends at the Jackson Hole World Hillclimb Championship in Wyoming (March 25-27). Mathews claimed two class wins (800 Improved Stock, Open Mod), as well as the Improved Stock King of the Hill award and the Rick Ward Memorial Sportsman Award. Kuster returned to Jackson Hole after a hand injury kept him from competing in any events last season, and he made his lone trip to the U.S. worthwhile with a win in Pro...
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    RACE RECAP: Tapio Claims King of Kings Title in Jackson Hole

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    On the gnarliest hill of the season, at the largest hillclimb race in the world, Team Arctic mountain men and women piloted their M Series snowmobiles to new heights by claiming seven wins and 16 podium places at the 40thAnnual World Championship Hill Climb in Jackson Hole, Wyo. However, no Team Arctic rider was more decorated than “King” Kyle Tapio. Tapio delivered another career performance at Jackson, starting with a win in the 800 Mod class that punched his ticket for the King c...
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    Arctic Cat Names New V.P. of Snowmobiles

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    MINNEAPOLIS – Arctic Cat Inc. today announced that Erik C. Nelson is being promoted to vice president and general manager of the snowmobile division and international sales, effective April 1, 2016. The company also announced that Patricia L. Jones has joined as chief human resources officer, effective immediately. Nelson succeeds Brad Darling and Jones succeeds Willliam Nee, both of whom are pursuing other opportunities. “She has a proven track record of success in leading organiza...
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    RACE RECAP: Polaris Hillclimbers Dominate in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    At the Rocky Mountain States HillClimb Association's (RMSHA) 2016 Jackson Hole World Championship this past weekend, stock Polaris sleds were kings of the mountain. Polaris racers won every Stock class – Pro, Pro Masters, Semi-Pro, and Women’s – along with the Stock King of the Hill crown. The winning Polaris sleds that raced up Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, Wyo., featured stock Polaris engines and rode on the patented AXYS deep snow platform. They were nearly identi...
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    The Ultimate Snowmobiler Returns to Crested Butte, CO

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    The weekend after the lifts have closed for skiing and riding, Crested Butte Mountain Resort will bring back The Ultimate Snowmobiler for the third year. The Ultimate Snowmobiler event, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain States HillClimb Association (RMSHA), is a weekend full of snowmobile and motorsports mayhem right at the base of the Colorado resort, April 8-10. New this year, there will be lift rides on the Red Lady Express chairlift on both Saturday and Sunday for foot passengers who wish to ...
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    Blackjack Ski Resort to Host MESC This Weekend

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Are you aching for some snowmobiling action? Then head to Blackjack Ski Resort in Bessemer, Mich., this weekend for the Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge (MESC) hosted by Cor PowerSports! This three-day extravaganza will feature plenty of hillcross, cross country and hillclimb racing for you to get your late-season sledding fix. Conditions for the weekend are looking great. There's a 3-5-foot base of snow, and the area recently received over 12 inches of new snow! Discounted rates are a...
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    Custom Handlebar Accessories for Ski-Doo's Gen4 REV Platform

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    BRP’s introduction of the new Ski-Doo REV Gen4 platform has led to a plethora of innovative accessories, including custom handlebar options that help riders find their ideal riding position and, in some cases, make quick changes throughout each ride. Here's a quick rundown: Forward Adjustable Riser (REV G4) – The innovative Forward Adjustable Riser (FAR) kit for MXZ TNT and Renegade Adrenaline Gen4 REV sleds offers the ability to move the bars more than four inches forward a...
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    BRP Introduces Shock Kit for Gen4 X-RS

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Based on feedback from Ski-Doo dealers and consumers, BRP is introducing a special promotion to add X-RS KYB Pro 40 shocks to the 2017 MXZ and Renegade models built on the new Gen4 REV platform. These high-quality and high-performance shocks are direct descendants from the MXZ 600RS snocross race sled, proven in toughest of conditions by the best riders. They feature single knob compression adjustment on all four shocka in the kit, with rebound adjustment added to the front dampers. All springs...
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    RACE RECAP: King of the Mountain, Morris, PA

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    This past weekend, we ventured to Morris, Penn., for the Central PA Sleds and Treads 11th annual King of the Mountain event. With the terrible winter the northeast has had, this was a great way to wrap up the season. This event always has a large showing of sleds and spectators, and this year was no different. After last year's event was such a huge success, they were running on the main hill in front of the lodge at Ski Sawmill Family Resort once again. On Saturday morning, temps started o...
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    Gates Announces G-Force Racing Sponsorships

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Gates Corporation, a global diversified manufacturer of industrial, automotive, heavy-duty, and powersports aftermarket products, today announced its G-Force-sponsored racers for the 2016 season. The 25 sponsored racers represent a variety of winter, off-road and dirt powersports categories, including snowmobiling, snowmobile drag, snowmobile cross-country, ATV, side-by-side, and CVT. It was a very competitive application process, with many racers from across the U.S. applying for a limited numb...
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    RACE RECAP: Hibbert Clinches 10th National Snocross Championship

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    This past weekend in Lake Geneva, Wis., was full of record-breaking moments for this season's final stop on the ISOC National Snocross tour. The crowds were larger and rowdier than ever at Grand Geneva Resort’s big, technical ski hill track, and those who came to cheer on Tucker Hibbert were not disappointed. Hibbert wasted no time clinching his 10th Pro National Championship on Friday night. After finishing first in both qualifying rounds, he only needed to finish ahead of Tim Trembl...
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    Yamaha Announces Dealer Open House Schedule

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    The 2017 Yamaha Dealer Open House schedule is set! Stop by one of these participating dealers to check out the new turbocharged SideWinder for yourself. Reps will be on hand to answer questions, and special Open House offers will be available! If the Manufacturer’s Sneak Peek show tour doesn’t stop near you, this is a great way to touch and see a SideWinder before the end of Spring Power Surge. March 18-19Noon-5 PM, 9AM-3PMF&S Yamaha1800 SMITH STATION RDSPRING GROVE, PA 17362-89...
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    Hibbert Has 10th Snocross Championship in Sight

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    This weekend, the ISOC National Snocross tour will make its final stop of the 2015-16 season at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis., and Tucker Hibbert will be racing to secure his 10th National Championship title. Hibbert currently holds a 97-point lead in the title standings, and 147 points will be on the line at Grand Geneva Resort, so Hibbert has the opportunity to clinch the title Friday night, which he has done in each of the last two years at the Grand Finale. “The number...
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    FORECAST: Snowmobile Racing Season Isn't Over Yet!

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    There's heavy snow in the forecast for the upper Midwest this week, which means snowmobiling season may not actually be over quite yet. At the very least, the weather is good news for the last few racing events on the calendar, including two more Cor PowerSports cross-country races and three more rounds of hillclimb and hillcross racing in the MESC series. Right now, the schedule calls for three days of racing (April 1-3) at Blackjack Resort in Bessemer, Mich., which is supposed to receive ...
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    Todd Palin Seriously Injured in Snowmobile Crash

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    UPDATED: March 15, 2016, 8:50 p.m. According to a CNN report, Todd Palin is in intensive care after being seriously injured in a snowmobile crash Sunday night in Alaska. Todd, the husband of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is a four-time Iron Dog race champion. On Tuesday, Sarah said Todd remained hospitalized with a collapsed lung, fractured ribs and a broken clavicle and shoulder blade. He had surgery late Monday to repair multiple fractures. According to Todd's father, Jim, the crash...
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    Davidson Wins USXC Season Finale

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    The USXC saved its best for last, finishing the 2016 season in front of the year's largest crowd at Pinehurst Resort in Naytahwaush, Minn., this past weekend. Perfect weather and great ice conditions greeted 160 racers, and competition was intense as all four brands duked it out on the 10-mile ice course on North Twin Lake. The Naytahwaush Night Riders co-sponsored the event.  Corey Davidson proved to everyone that he still has what it takes by winning the Pro Stock final on his Ski-Do...
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    VIDEO: Levi LaVallee Makes St. Paul His Freestyle Playground

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Growing up in Minnesota, snowmobiling legend Levi LaVallee dreamed of performing stunts in the city of St. Paul. A few weeks ago, with the support of both the city, he turned the bustling metropolis into his own personal freestyle playground, and the folks at Red Bull were there to get it all on film. The project included several high-risk jumps and stunning urban backdrops. Most would think a snowmobile is out of place in a big city, but LaVallee seems right at home! The Minnesota native and 1...
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    Camso to Offer Snow Bike Conversion Kit

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    Camso has entered the snow bike arena by announcing their own dirt-to-snow bike conversion kit. The new conversion system allows riders to switch the front wheel of their off-road motorcycle to a ski, and change the rear drive system to a tracked undercarriage.  “Tracks and tracks systems are in our DNA,” says Bruce Dashnaw, Sales & Marketing Director – Powersports at Camso. “The snow bike niche is new and very exciting. We’re enthusiastic to become part o...
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    RACE RECAP: Martin Outlasts Hibbert in ISOC Round 13

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Tucker Hibbert has dominated the rest of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross field for the majority of the 2015-16 season. But it was another racer, Ross Martin, who finished on top of the podium in Round 13 at Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, Ill.) Friday night. The drag strip of Route 66 Raceway, having been converted into a tight and technical snocross course, featured one of the roughest tracks of the ISOC National season. Hibbert quickly moved through the field after a mid-pack start in the 15-rider...
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    2017 Update: Arctic Cat Snow Vehicle

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    The new snow bike-looking machine from Cat is a dedicated “snowmobile;” at least that’s what the engineers are building. The goal is to pass all SSCC (Snowmobile Safety Certification Committee) regulations. (More info on those rules at www.snowmobilesafetycertification.org)  At our few glances of the SVX 450, first at Hay Days and then again in January, and again in February we noticed a few hurdles still remained. Things we questioned included a correct working headlight...
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    Arctic Cat Releases a Limited Roger Skime-Edition ZR 6000

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    As a tribute to 55 years of legendary service and innovation, Arctic Cat announced a very special Roger Skime edition of the ZR 6000 early Wednesday morning! News of the ZR 6000 RS broke several hours after Cat's official 2017 model release. Availability of the sled is extremely limited with production numbers capped at those sleds ordered only at Arctic Cat's 2017 Snowmobile Dealer Show. The RS Edition ZR 6000 reflects the ingenuity, and passion for performance that have defined Skime...
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    Rob's Performance Motorsports Repeats as Ski-Doo Dealer of the Year

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    For the second year in a row, Rob's Performance Motorsports of Johnson Creek, Wis., was named Ski-Doo's 2016 National U.S. Dealer of the Year. This is the fifth time that Rob’s Performance has received the national title since being founded in 1982, having also been named National Dealer of the Year in 1994, 2001, 2006 and 2015. On behalf of American Snowmobiler magazine, we'd like to congratulate everyone at Rob's Performance for their continued commitment to excellence...
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    X-Team Racers Win Iron Dog in Record Time

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    Ski-Doo X-Team racers Tyler Aklestad and Tyson Johnson won the 2016 Iron Dog race in Alaska last Saturday, shattering the previous record time by nearly five minutes. Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad finished in second place in the 2,031-mile race through the Alaskan bush, while Brad George and Robby Schachle took third. The multi-day race is the ultimate test of snowmobile durability and performance, as it runs over several days from Anchorage to Nome to Fairbanks. Of the 41 teams that started the...

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