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    UPDATE: Maine Holds Public Hearing on Two Snowmobile Bills

    Posted 4 months ago by Emily Hare
    UPDATED: March 13, 2017 at 10:07 a.m. According to an announcement by the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), the Legislature's Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee will be holding a public hearing on two snowmobile bills on Thursday, March 9, at 1:00 pm EST. Here is the information on the two bills:UPDATE: LD-483 was approved by the IF&W Committee right after the public hearing and is now on to the full Legislature, where it is virtually assured of passage. LD-483: "An Act...
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    R2R eBay Auction to Benefit Colten Moore and Other Athletes

    Posted 4 months ago by Emily Hare
    Road 2 Recovery, along with many other gracious donors, have come together to offer an eBay auction to benefit Colten Moore and other athletes. This auction is one of the most diverse offerings spanning sports memorabilia and items from snowmobiling, wakeboarding, hockey, moto/supercross, football, NASCAR, Indy Car and so much more. All of the proceeds will go toward the Road 2 Recovery funds of Moore, Jessy Nelson, Ben Leclair and Dylan Slusser. The first item will close on Monday, March 13, at...
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    50-Acre Dealership Complex Opens in Michigan

    Posted 4 months ago by Emily Hare
    Hot on the heels of snowmobile manufacturers releasing their new products for 2018, the world's largest action park and motorsports dealership opened yesterday. Zeigler Automotive Group announced the opening of Zeigler Motorsports, a 50-acre dealership and entertainment complex in Kalamazoo, Mich. Zeigler's first multi-line powersports dealership carries a large volume of Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo and Yamaha powersports products, along with offerings from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Sea-Doo, Can...
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    Textron Completes Tender Offer for Arctic Cat

    Posted 4 months ago by Emily Hare
    Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAT) announced that Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) has successfully completed the tender offer by Aces Acquisition Corp., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron, to acquire all outstanding shares of Arctic Cat at a price of $18.50 per share in cash, without interest and subject to any required withholding taxes.Aces Acquisition Corp. has accepted for payment all outstanding shares of Arctic Cat validly tendered and not properly withdrawn as of the expiration time of t...
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    SnoDeo Returns to New Hampshire

    Posted 4 months ago by Emily Hare
    After being cancelled for the first time in its history last year, NH SnoDeo is back to celebrate its 25th anniversary (March 3-4). Organized by the Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club, SnoDeo is an annual New Hampshire event that allows snowmobilers to test ride the next model year of snowmobiles. All four of the major snowmobile manufacturers (Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski Doo and Yamaha) arrive with their new models. This year, a new company will be offering test rides: Moto-Trax o...
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    Hunter Houle Memorial Fund Will Help Build New Snowmobile Museum

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    ST. GERMAIN, Wis. – The sport of snowmobile racing lost a shooting star when 18-year-old Hunter Houle died while preparing for the season opening USXC cross country race on Pine Lake, Minn., Jan. 6, 2017. The son of Snowmobile Hall of Fame inductee Steve Houle (2016), grandson of SHOF inductee Charlie Lofton (1991) and nephew of Mike Houle (2009), Hunter was following in the tracks of greatness while pursuing his passion to race snowmobiles. His race – his lifetime – ended too...
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    Camso Expands Manufacturing Facility to Meet Snow Bike Demand

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, just completed an expansion of its Shawinigan, Québec, manufacturing facility to support the growing demand of its new Camso DTS 129 snow bike product line. The expanded Shawinigan facility has 25% bigger footprint and 50% larger manufacturing capacity, thanks to the addition of a new assembly line. “In addition to adding an assembly line and increasing our workforce, best-in-class LEAN manufacturing practices were also implemented”, says E...
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    Colten Moore Suffers Spinal Cord Injury at X Games Aspen

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    While trying to land a double backflip during the Snowmobile Best Trick event at X Games Aspen last month, Colten Moore came down hard on his snowmobile and sustained a back injury. The two-time Snowmobile Freestyle gold medalist suffered a dislocated T-12 vertebra, which bruised his spinal cord. Just after the crash, Moore was flown from Aspen, Colo., to Denver and underwent surgery to repair the dislocation. Thankfully, Moore has already been up and walking with the help of his care...
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    MY2018 Snowmobile Sneak Peek Tour Announced

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    Details on the 2018 snowmobiles have started to emerge, and in the coming weeks photos and specs will be readily available. Still, there’s no better way to experience the new models and learn about the latest technology than visiting a manufacturer’s Sneak Peek tour location in your area. This spring Yamaha, Ski-Doo and Polaris are teaming up to showcase their latest snowmobile models with a tour starting in March and ending in early April with 17 stops across the snowbelt. Each man...
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    2018 Ski-Doo Sneak Peek Stops Added to Spring Tour

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    BRP announced that it will be adding some unique Ski-Doo brand-only Spring Sneak Peek tour stops to this year’s schedule of traditional spring shows. The tour will make stops in locations all over the U.S. and Canada.  At these Sneak Peek events, customers will have the opportunity to see the new 2018 Ski-Doo snowmobiles up close. Most of the added stops will also feature a 2018 clothing and accessories display so customers can explore ways to personalize their ride or their style. ...
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    New Route Announced for USXC I-600

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    Due to deteriorating snow conditions, USXC Racing has made a few changes to the route for the I-600 Winnipeg-to-Willmar race. Here's the updated route:Day 1 (Feb. 8) - Race will run from Winnipeg to Thief River Falls (TRF) as planned, with two fuel stops, 200 miles. No changes.Day 2 (Feb. 9) - Race will be a 190-mile loop-type race in the ditches and rivers of Pennington and Red Lake counties, with two fuel stops. Racers will start and end at the Seven Clans Casino in TRF.Day 3 (Feb. 10) - R...
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    X Games Aspen 2017: Day 1 Results

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    In the wake of a series of winter storms that dumped nearly three feet of powder the preceding week, X Games Aspen 2017 celebrated it's 21st year in epic fashion as capacity crowds witnessed the world's best action sports athletes compete at Buttermilk Mountain. Thursday's schedule included the high-octane Snowmobile SnoCross and Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive events.At the end of the SnoCross final, it wasn't Tucker Hibbert who stood atop the podium, but underdog Petter ...
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    Polaris Engineered Lubricants is Looking for Riders to Sponsor

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Engineered Lubricants (PEL) is expanding its off-road and snowmobile rider support for 2017 and is now accepting applications for its ORV (RZR/ACE/ATV) and Snowmobile Rider Support program. The Polaris Engineered Lubricants Rider Support program is available to riders competing in snowmobile and ORV events within North America. Rider applications will be accepted between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2017. Formulated specifically for use in the vehicles Polaris manufactures, PEL have been proven t...
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    Arctic Cat Partners with Octane Ink

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    Arctic Cat has announced a partnership with Octane Ink, which will now be the OEM's preferred supplier and the only one authorized to manufacture and sell custom wraps that include Arctic Cat branding and logos. With its team of innovative designers, production specialists, and installers, Octane Ink uses state-of-the-art equipment and production techniques to deliver high-quality graphics. “Although Arctic Cat snowmobiles look incredible coming off the production li...
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    Polaris Reports Q4 Results

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. reported its fourth quarter 2016 sales of $1,217.8 million, up 10% from $1,105.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 reported net income was $62.6 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared with $110.7 million, or $1.66 per diluted share, for the 2015 fourth quarter. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016, excluding purchase accounting adjustments and certain costs related to the...
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    Textron to Buy Arctic Cat for $247M

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    Arctic Cat Inc. announced that it will soon be bought by Textron Inc. for approximately $247 million in cash, plus the assumption of existing debt. Textron, a global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses, claims more than $13 billion in annual revenues and employs approximately 35,000 people. Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Arctic Cat board of directors, Textron will commence a tender offer to purchase all ...
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    Snowmobilers Look to Land Double Backflip at X Games Aspen 2017

    Posted 5 months ago by Emily Hare
    X Games Aspen 2017 kicks off in Aspen, Colo., on Thursday, Jan. 26. This long weekend of high-octane competition and thrills is always full of surprises, but there's one thing you can probably count on: there should be at least one snowmobile competitor attempting a double backflip. The Snowmobile Best Trick event is back for the first time in four years, and according to a preview article on the X Games website, freestylist Colten Moore has been hard at work trying to perfect the never-bef...
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    X Games Aspen Kicks Off Shred Hate Campaign

    Posted 6 months ago by Emily Hare
    Starting tomorrow Tucker Hibbert will help launch the X Games Shred Hate campaign by visiting three schools in Pueblo, Colo. The anti-bullying initiative aims to tangibly reduce bullying rates in the X Games communities of Colorado and Minnesota, and for X Games fans worldwide. ESPN and X Games have teamed up with some of the most innovative bullying prevention programs in the country – No Bully, GLSEN, DoSomething.org and Crisis Text Line – to launch the Shred Hate campai...
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    Get Ready for the World Championship Snowmobile Derby!

    Posted 6 months ago by Emily Hare
    This weekend (Jan. 19-22), the 54th Annual AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby will take over Eagle River, Wis., the "Snowmobile Capital of the World." Known as the “Indianapolis 500 of Snowmobile Racing,” the Derby attracts more than 40,000 spectators annually. Fans travel from all over the United States, Canada and beyond to watch more than 500 international drivers race their high-tech snowmobiles at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on a solid ice oval...
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    Camso Sponsors AMA Championship Snow Bike Series

    Posted 6 months ago by Emily Hare
    Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, is now a Supporting Sponsor of the AMA Championship Snow Bike Series. The series consists of nine events in seven U.S. states. Riders are challenged by a motocross-inspired half-mile track made up of turns, jumps, banks, whoops and dips. The events draw spectators and fans of powersports, motorsports and winter action sports. “The AMA Championship Snow Bike Series is an official winter sport race, managed by Big Nasty Hillclimb, LLC (BNHC)," says B...
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    Arctic Cat Recalls 20,700 Snowmobiles

    Posted 6 months ago by Emily Hare
    According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Arctic Cat has issued a voluntary recall of about 20,700 snowmobiles with a fuel tank that can crack, causing fuel to leak into the engine compartment and posing a fire hazard. Arctic Cat has received reports of 918 incidents, including 6 reports of fires, with the snowmobiles. No injuries have been reported. The recall involves model year 2007, 2008, and 2009 Arctic Cat snowmobiles, including F models, Jaguar and Jaguar Z1 1100...
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    Yamaha Recalls 400 SR Viper Sleds

    Posted 6 months ago by Emily Hare
    According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Yamaha has recalled a small number of Viper snowmobiles that have the Yamaha-approved turbo kit installed by Yamaha dealers. A total of 400 SR Viper 2016 Model Year snowmobiles are being recalled due to crash and fire hazards. Yamaha has received 40 reports of engine damage due to the turbocharge overboost. No injuries have been reported. The recall involves model year 2016 SR10 SR Viper snowmobiles in several colors, which were...
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    Gates Announces 2017 G-Force Racers

    Posted 6 months ago by Emily Hare
    Gates Corporation, a global diversified manufacturer of industrial, automotive, heavy-duty, and powersports aftermarket products, announced its G-Force sponsored racer lineup for the 2017 season. These sponsored racers participate in an assortment of snow and dirt events, including: snowmobiling, snowmobile drag racing, snowmobile cross-country, ATV, side-by-side, and CVT racing. This year, Gates G-Force is sponsoring 20 race teams from across the USA, including nine female racers and its younge...
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    Houle, Travis Killed in Unrelated Snowmobile Racing Accidents

    Posted 6 months ago by Emily Hare
    This past weekend was full of tragedy for the snowmobile racing industry. Cross-country racer Hunter Houle and oval racer Billy-Joe Travis were both killed Friday in unrelated racing accidents. Hunter, the son of snowmobile racing legend Steve Houle, was involved in a fatal crash on Pine Lake (near Gonvick, Minn.) while preparing for the weekend's series of USXC cross country races. There were no witnesses, but USXC officials responded to a report of a rider down on the course, and they rep...
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    Timbersled Qualifies 3 for X Games

    Posted 6 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    Timbersled snowbike athletes fared well in the first ever X Games bikecross qualifier held at ERX in Elk River, Minn., Dec. 17, 2016. Timbersled racers claimed three of the four available automatic qualifying spots with Nolan Heppner taking the win. Jake Scott and Harris Huizenga finished second and fourth respectively. This week, ESPN also announced they have invited three additional Timbersled racers to compete at X Games: Pro Extreme Enduro Rider for Redbull/KTM Factory Racing Alfredo Gomez...
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    U.S. Riders Wanted for 2017 Canadian Hillclimb Events

    Posted 7 months ago by Emily Hare
    Hillclimb competitions are not just for the mountain sledders out west! If you enjoy speeding up steep inclines in the northeast, then you may be excited to learn about two Sled Peak Hill Climb events scheduled for 2017 in Quebec. The first event will be held at Mont Orignal in Lac Etchemin (March 25-26), and the second event will be held at Mont Grand Fonds in Charlevoix (April 7-9). As of right now, there are 80 confirmed racers for Lac Etchemin and 90 confirmed racers for Charlevoix. Sled Pe...
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    Polaris Grants More Wishes for Canadian Children

    Posted 7 months ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris, in partnership with Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, is working to make the holiday season a little brighter for more Canadian children. On behalf of Polaris, the legendary Levi LaVallee presented a 120 Indy youth snowmobile to Children’s Wish on Dec. 15, through The Weather Network’s Get Out This Winter segments. The segments, which ran throughout the day, were broadcast live across Canada from Polaris dealership Peak Powersports in Barrie, Ontario. LaVallee als...
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    BRP Revenue, Gross Profit Up in Q3

    Posted 7 months ago by Emily Hare
    BRP Inc. reported its financial results for the three- and nine-month periods ended October 31, 2016, and the report includes increases in revenue and gross profit over the previous year.  "I am proud of our excellent third-quarter results for fiscal 2017. We are on track with our plan despite the global context of political and economic uncertainties and a competitive market," said José Boisjoli, president and CEO of BRP. "We ended the Sea-Doo season on a very strong...
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    Team of Four Preps for BRP's Lynx Adventure in Antarctica

    Posted 7 months ago by Emily Hare
    In the latest installment of BRP's Lynx Adventure series, a team of four adventurers plans to set out on a 4,400-kilometer (2,734-mile) snowmobile expedition across Antarctica.  Led by renowned Finnish explorer Patrick “Pata” Degerman, the men will be travel to the South Pole and back in one of the longest snowmobile expeditions ever made in Antarctica. The adventure is scheduled to start on Dec. 21, and the team’s goal is to celebrate the New Year at the South Pole. ...
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    Timbersled Announces Snow Bike Race Team, Contingency Program

    Posted 7 months ago by Emily Hare
    Timbersled announced a new snow bike race team and contingency program. The race team includes five legendary athletes and the contingency program is the largest in the industry, offering nearly $44,000 in payouts. Famed racers Ronnie Renner (pictured, right), Reagan Sieg, Brock Hoyer, Axell Hodges and Jackson Strong will be aboard Timbersleds when snow bikes make their inaugural appearance at the 2017 Winter X Games Aspen in January. “Ever since Timbersled created the original m...

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