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    2018 Snowmobile Calendar Is Here!

    Posted 6 days ago by mboncher
    The newest 2018 snowmobile calendar on the market just dropped! This calendar features some of the best action you'll see of many of the 2018 model year snowmobiles from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. Follow the American Snowmobiler photographers and riders as we throw some snow with the hottest sleds to date. Get it now in our AmSnow store right here! ...
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    2018 Ski-Doo Driveline and Belt Improvements - The Inside Info

    Posted 10 days ago by mboncher
    Truth be told, when the AmSnow crew first saw the most recent update from Ski-Doo on the 2017 model year drive belt issue (see very bottom of this article), we were perplexed. No doubt we will probably get lambasted on the good ol' Faceplace and World Wide Interweb for saying this, but in our experience (several thousand miles on separate new 850 units) we did not experience any belt issues on our MXZ or Renegade trail sleds. Surprisingly, our Western crew did not experience any premature is...
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    Tucker Hibbert's Team 68 helps Make-A-Wish Minnesota raise over $92,000

    Posted 14 days ago by Tyler Nelson
    For the second consecutive year, Tucker Hibbert and his team of loyal fans, friends and family participated in the Walk for Wishes® event in Minneapolis to support and celebrate the mission of Make-A-Wish® Minnesota. Hibbert’s Team 68 took home top fundraising honors, helping the organization exceed its goal of raising over $92,000 to fund the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. “This event means a lot to me,” said Hibbert. “It&rsquo...
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    Timbersled Partners with AMA for 2017 EnduroCross Season

    Posted 14 days ago by Tyler Nelson
    The AMA EnduroCross series today announced that Timbersled™, the leading snow bike brand owned and manufactured by Polaris, have formed a partnership to cross promote snow bikes to EnduroCross racers and fans. Snow biking continues to grow in popularity both recreationally and in racing. Polaris’ heritage and knowledge in powersports ensures Timbersled will continue to be the market leader in this growing sport and this new partnership with AMA EnduroCross is part of P...
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    Camso Releases 2018 Snow Bike Kit

    Posted 19 days ago by Emily Hare
    Camso just released its 2018 iteration of the DTS 129, a dirt-to-snow bike conversion system. The snow bike kit was originally introduced last year, and after receiving feedback from riders, Camso has made improvements in responsiveness, handling and overall performance with the MY18 version. “Camso pushed the ride further this year with a new suspension in this 2018 model," said Colton Sturm, snowmobile and motocross athlete. "You notice it instantly when running over logs...
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    Next Stage Gauges Updates NS1 System

    Posted 22 days ago by Tyler Nelson
    In the Spring 2017 issue of American Snowmobiler, we showed readers how to install one of these NS1 Gauge Systems on a 2017 Arctic Cat 8000. Since then, Next Stage Gauges has been making improvements to this system to make it even better. Improved Vehicle CompatibilityThe last 5 months have been all about increasing the number of supported vehicles. Arctic Cat sleds with the new 600 and 800 C-TEC2 engines are now compatible, as are both Arctic Cat and Yamaha snowmobiles with the 998 motor,...
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    Klim Releases New F5 Helmet

    Posted 24 days ago by Emily Hare
    Custom engineered to allow top riders to ride all day, the new Klim F5 helmet is built to expel heat and provide next-level comfort.  This begins with keeping a cool head and killing fatigue. The F5 (MSRP: $499.99) does that by revolutionizing the way a helmet is engineered and constructed. A full Klim Carbon Fiber shell makes the F5 very lightweight. Eliminating that bulk from on top of your head makes you more comfortable and gives you more energy. And more energy at the end of the...
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    Polaris Reports Sales Increase in Q2 2017

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported second quarter 2017 sales of $1,364.9 million, up 21 percent, from $1,130.8 million for the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted sales, which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles net sales for the second quarter of 2017, were $1,358.8 million compared to $1,130.8 million in the prior year period. The Company reported second quarter 2017 net income of $62.0 million, or $0.97 per dilu...
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    Textron Reports Q2 Results Impacted by Arctic Cat Acquisition

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Textron Inc. just reported its second quarter 2017 financial results, and a lot of the differences from Q2 2016 were attributed to its acquisition of Arctic Cat earlier this year. The results for Q2 2017 include an increased revenue of $3.6 billion, up 2.6% from the second quarter of 2016. Textron segment profit in the quarter was $295 million, down $33 million from the second quarter of 2016. “Revenues were up in the quarter primarily driven by the Arctic Cat ac...
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    Camso Unveils New ATV Track System

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Snowmobilers know better than anyone that where tires sink, tracks provide much-needed flotation and superior traction. Whether it’s heading off to that remote hunting cabin, checking the farm fence line, or exploring the backcountry on the weekend, tracks outperform tires in snow and mud. For some owners of older or smaller all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), however, track system options are somewhat expensive for their intended use. Camso hopes to change that with its new ATV R4S (recreationa...
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    AmSnow TV Wins Prestigious Telly Award

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    We at American Snowmobiler Magazine are proud to announce that an episode of our online television series, AmSnow TV, has won a Telly Award. Produced by Dobson Entertainment, Inc., AmSnow TV Season 3: Episode 4 earned a bronze award in the category of General-Web Series under Digital & Streaming Video / Shows / Segments. There were nearly 1,500 applicants in the running for this category, and AmSnow TV was competing against video programs produced by the likes of NBC, CBS, Disney and many mo...
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    DSG Outerwear Now Accepting Sponsorship Applications

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    At the end of June, DSG Outerwear announced an updated sponsorship and ambassador program. Within the program, there are three different levels of sponsorship available for the 2017-18 riding season.  The goal of the multiple sponsorship levels is to accommodate as many women as possible who are passionate about the sport and want to be a part of the DSG Outerwear team.   DSG Outerwear will accept applications until July 31, 2017. More information is available here. ...
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    BRP Names New Senior VP

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Following a reorganization of its product management structure, BRP has announced Bernard Guy as its new senior vice president of Global Product Strategy, effective immediately. Guy will report to BRP's president and CEO, José Boisjoli. In his new role, Guy will lead product orientation for all BRP vehicles under the Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo and Can-Am brands. “We continue to build on our strategic priorities to support our growth and strengthen our leading position in the p...
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    Tucker Hibbert Continues Make-A-Wish Efforts

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    For the second consecutive year, champion snocross racer Tucker Hibbert will lead a team of his fans, friends and family at Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s Walk for Wishes event. Last year, Hibbert’s Team 68 raised over $10,000 to help fund the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions.  “I’m really excited to get Team 68 together again to raise money for Make-A-Wish Minnesota,” Hibbert said. “I was blown away by the success of la...
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    Zeigler Motorsports Adds Polaris to its Mega-Dealership

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    Ziegler Motorsports held a grand opening for its huge, 85,000-square-foot facility in Kalamazoo, Mich.,yesterday. As part of the festivities, Zeigler Automotive Group announced the addition of four new vehicle franchises as well as the opening of an on-site Tap House tavern/restaurant, the third of its kind in the Kalamazoo area. Several hundred off-road enthusiasts and business people attended the grand opening. Billing itself as the "first of its kind," Zeigler Motorsports aims to...
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    EVS Sports Promotes Todd Lentz to Senior Vice President

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    EVS Sports announced that it has promoted Todd Lentz from his position as Global Director of Sales & Marketing to Senior Vice President. Although the company is chiefly known for its protective motocross and street bike gear, EVS also manufactures snowmobile racing products like helmets, safety vests, collars and knee braces. Lentz has worked at EVS for more than 18 years, joining the company as one of its first four employees. Throughout the first few years, Lentz handled marketin...
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    Arctic Cat Recalls 2,700 Models Due to Impact Hazard

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    Earlier this week, Arctic Cat issued a recall on about 2,700 snowmobiles from model years 2017 and 2018. The drive clutch on the affected sleds can fracture and fragments can escape the snowmobile shielding, posing an impact hazard. Arctic Cat has received one report of a clutch failure and flying pieces. No injuries have been reported. The recall involves all 2017 Arctic Cat 9000 turbo models, including the Thundercats, as well as 6000, 7000, 8000, and 9000 models from model year 2018. Af...
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    BRP Reports Record Revenues in Q1

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) just released its financial report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, and it includes some good news for the powersports company. In the three-month period that ended April 30, 2017, BRP experienced record revenues in the amount of $956 million (CAD), a nearly 3% increase over last year's first quarter.  “I am very pleased with BRP’s performance in the start of this new fiscal year, with excellent first quarter revenues and pro...
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    OFSC's TOP Trails Named 'Ontario Trails of Distinction'

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), but they have more than one reason to celebrate. For Ontario Trails Week (May 29-June 4), the province of Ontario has announced that it is honoring the OFSC’s Trans Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trails as the “Ontario Trails of Distinction” (OTD). The recognition falls under a new program that is launching this week. According to Eleanor McMahon, the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport f...
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    SHOF Looks to Break Ground on New Building

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    The vision of a beautiful new building that displays historic snowmobiles and memorabilia is almost ready to happen at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF) in St. Germain, Wis.  With the Classic Sled Roundup weekend festivities just one week away, the SHOF hopes meet its building fundraising goal before hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, May 27. “We are so close to our goal of $350,000 that we can taste it,” said Craig Marchbank, SHOF President. “Thanks to so ma...
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    DSG Releases Dates for 2018 Backcountry Riding Clinics

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Ladies, whether you're an off-trail novice or a seasoned backcountry rider, you might want to sign up for one of the Backcountry Riding Clinics hosted by DSG Outerwear and pro rider Stephanie Schwartz. Several new locations have been added to the 2018 schedule, and DSG just released the dates. This will be the fourth season that DSG Outerwear has offered riding clinics. The goal of the clinics is to get more women involved in snowmobiling and to help them gain more confidence in their abili...
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    Judnick Motorsports Signs Young Snocross Racer

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Judnick Motorsports announced today the signing of Carson Alread to pilot a team sled in the Sport class for the upcoming Snocross season. Alread, a Gaylord, Mich., native, was crowned the champion in the Jr. 16-17 class this past season.“Carson had a great season last year winning the Jr. 16-17 class championship and finishing a very close second in Jr. 14-15,” said team owner Scott Judnick. "We watched his progression closely throughout the year, and his second place finish in...
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    Straightline Performance Acquires Mountain Performance

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Straightline Performance Incorporated (SPI) will be joining forces with Mountain Performance Incorporated (MPI) in a gradual merger as the two companies come together under the Straightline Performance umbrella. During the transition, the two brands will work together to establish a new level of sales and technical support for customers. The partnership will further advance the already popular and race-proven MPI Ski-Doo 850 E-TEC high elevation turbo system. It will also add a new, low-elevati...
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    Polaris Recalls 2017 Snowmobiles

    Posted 3 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    Polaris announced the recall of 2017 Polaris RMK, Pro-RMK, and SKS snowmobiles sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from May 2016 through March 2017. The recall involves a weld on the steering post that can separate, resulting in loss of steering control and posing a crash hazard. So far Polaris has received 13 reports of a steering post weld separation, but no injuries have been reported. Consumers with vehicles impacted by the recall should stop using their snowmobile immediately and...
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    ISR Sets New Pro Open Snocross Rules

    Posted 3 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    Big changes are coming to Pro Open Snocross racing for the 2017-18 season.  At the ISR meeting this past week in Bloomington, Minn., it was announced that for next season all Pro Open sleds will be required to run the “stock” Pro Lite engine and chassis. According to ISR, the rule change was made with the goal of lowering the costs that they believe inhibit teams from entering the Pro Open class.  AmSnow Race Contributor Todd Myers was in attendance at the meeting.  ...
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    Speed Limits Will Be Increasing in Michigan's UP

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Snowmobilers who trailer their sleds to Michigan's Upper Peninsula may be interested to know that certain highway sections will have increased speed limits soon. That means you'll be able to get to those trailheads just a little bit faster - we're okay with that! According to an article by WLUC-TV6 in Negaunee, Mich., the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) says it will increase speed limits to 65 miles per hour on nine sections (900 miles of Upper Michigan state highways b...
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    Polaris Reports Q1 Sales Increase

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    According to its recently released financial report, Polaris Industries Inc. sales totaled $1,153.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, up 17% from $983.0 million for Q1 of 2016. Adjusted sales, which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles net sales for the first quarter of 2017, were $1,158.9 million compared to $983.0 million in the prior year period. Polaris also reported a Q1 net loss of $2.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $46.9 million, or $0.71 ...
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    U.S. Officials & Industry Leaders Discuss Recreation Expansion

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at Shenandoah National Park yesterday. Their goal: discuss improving visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters. The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) was among the organizations in attendance to represent the outdoor recreation industry. The meeting was hosted by the Outdoor Recreation In...
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    Electric Snowmobile: Here to Stay?

    Posted 4 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    The drive for electric snowmobiles has been ongoing since the EPA decided it should regulate the snowmobile industry. Quebec-based Taiga Motors thinks it may have finally come up with an electric sled consumers will accept, and the market is already buying in.  Taiga Motors claims it has the world’s first production electric snowmobile, producing zero emissions, requiring zero maintenance and offering zero compromise in performance. Those are some mighty bold - and border-line unbeli...
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    Judnick Motorsports Signs Jake Angove as a Pro Open Racer

    Posted 4 months ago by Emily Hare
    Judnick Motorsports has signed 2017 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite runner-up Jake Angove to ride the team’s Jack Link’s/Axalta/Polaris Pro Open race sled during the 2017-18 racing season. “Jake has continued to surprise us with his effort and results since joining the team as a Pro Lite rider in 2015,” said team owner Scott Judnick. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him, including improving on his fitness and consistency from 2016 to 2017. We ...

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