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    Wisconsin Snowmobilers Fight for Trail Through Blue Mound State Park

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a public hearing to discuss a proposed master plan amendment to the recreational trails of Blue Mount State Park west of Madison, Wis. The plan would establish 1.4-mile snowmobile route. The connector trail would utilize a segment of the bike trail that connects the Military Ridge State Trail to Blue Mound State Park. The addition of a snowmobile trail in the park has been a topic of heated debate in recent years, as ...
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    2015 AmSnow / Dynotech N.Y. Shootout in the Books

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Inlet, N.Y. – Despite an unseasonably warm start to winter, the 26th Annual American Snowmobiler Magazine / Dynotech Research Shootout took place Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 in Inlet, N.Y.  Lack of snow did little to deter a crowd of well over 1,000 spectators from showing up to see which of the four OEM stock sleds in box stock form, right out of the crate, could stake claim to being the quickest and fastest of the 2016 model year.  Stock sleds from CJ Motor Sports (Ski-Doo, Boonvil...
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    COR Powersports Cancels First Races

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    The first race cancellation domino fell this morning as we received word the first scheduled races of the COR Powersports Series are officially canceled. "It is with great frustration that we must announce that the races in Lac Du Flambeau, Wis., Jan. 9-10 have been canceled. We have had numerous meetings over the past two weeks with the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino staff and the Lac Du Flambeau Tribal DNR officers; unusually mild weather has resulted in conditions that are unsuitable...
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    Tucker Hibbert Releases 2016 Merchandise

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Still looking for the perfect gift for that special racer on your list? Well, you're in luck, because Tucker Hibbert’s official 2016 merchandise is now available. Just in time for Christmas, all new clothing for men, women and youth are in stock and ready to ship. “I think the 2016 line is the best looking to-date," said Hibbert. "Last year, we introduced a little bit of orange to tie in the orange of my race suit and helmet. It was a big hit. With the extra orange inc...
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    BRP Expands Racing Sponsorships with XPS Lubricants

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    BRP announced today that it is sponsoring the Warnert Racing snocross team and the United States Cross-Country (USXC) racing association with its XPS Lubricants brand. XPS Lubricants joins Makita Industrial Tools and GMC Trucks – both recently re-signed to multi-year partnerships - as major sponsors of the 2015-2016 Warnert Racing team. The brand has had a storied history with both snocross and the Warnert Racing team, including being a huge part of its five natio...
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    Race Report: Highlights from the Fargo Snocross National

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Conditions were far from ideal in Glyndon, Minn., for the Makita Snocross National this past weekend. Temps were unseasonably warm all weekend, so the track at Buffalo River Race Park and the racers were covered in sloppy, muddy slush for rounds three and four of the ISOC National Snocross tour. Event organizers had their hands full trying to produce enough man-made snow. They even incorporated a rare flat, high-speed corner into the track. The nice weather also brought a multitude of fans out t...
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    X Games Aspen to Feature Four Festival Villages

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    In addition to the competitive athletic events at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. (Jan. 28-31), there will be four interactive festival villages that will complete the family-friendly cultural experience at Buttermilk Mountain. When you're not watching he talents of the world’s best action sports athletes compete for X Games medals and prize money, you can enjoy a blend of acclaimed musical artists, interactive gaming, athlete meet ‘n greets, giveaways and more.After four...
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    Hibbert Will Enjoy Home Advantage this Weekend

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The second stop of the ISOC National Snocross tour will be close to home for Tucker Hibbert of Team Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck. The Buffalo River Race Park (BRRP) of Glyndon, Minn., is located less than 30 miles from rural Pelican Rapids, the hometown of the defending Pro Open Champion. “It’s a rare deal to be home on a race weekend," said Hibbert. "With all the travel we (racers) do throughout the winter, I definitely consider having the opportunity to sleep ...
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    Michigan Closes Connecting Stretch of Trail Near Munising

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The Michigan Snowmobile Association (MSA) has announced that a 2,000-foot stretch of trail #422 will be closed due to denied permission by the Alger County Road Commission. The trail segment is located on H-58 near Munising, Mich., and it stretches from Trail #8 to Miner's Castle in the Pictured Rock's National Lakeshore. The scenic trail is maintained by the Munising Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCVB). The reason for the denial stems from a 2013 claim to the DNR that snowmobi...
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    BRP Makes Helmet Improvements

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    BRP's Modular 3 and BV2S helmets have been consistently popular among avid snowmobilers, but this year, BRP has made a few changes to both in an effort to make them even better. In 2014, BRP took the Modular helmet and reworked it with a new shell and improved visor. Now in 2015, the helmet receives further upgrades. When the Modular was first introduced in 1998, it was the first helmet designed specifically for snowmobiling with a standard dual-pane visor and breath evacuation system, alon...
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    KLIM Expands Idaho Facilities

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Yesterday, KLIM Technical Riding Gear opened an impressive facilities expansion at its headquarters in Rigby, Idaho, celebrating the milestone with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. KLIM CEO Justin Summers spoke on the history and future of the company, and speeches were also delivered by representatives from the City of Idaho Falls and the Chamber of Commerce. This Friday (Dec. 4), KLIM will continue the festivities by holding a public open house and factory sale at the new, 16,000-square-fo...
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    Test Drive Ontario Trails for Free

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Have you ever felt the slightest pang of jealousy while thinking about the annual snow totals in Ontario? Well, now you can get a taste of what it's like to play in the Canadian powder without having to purchase a trail permit. During Feb. 13-15, 2016, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is inviting American riders to test drive the province's uncongested 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails at no charge. The limited-time Try Our Trails Permit is available for those who pre-r...
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    New York Shootout is Just Days Away

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Do yourself a favor: Don't look at the forecast! It doesn't really even matter. The annual AmSnow / Dynotech Research Shootout is just days away, and this thing takes place rain or shine (believe me, we've done it all before) in Inlet, N.Y. The race action starts at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015! (Dec. 12 is the backup date.) Although the long range forecast doesn't look all that promising for Old Forge, N.Y.'s annual Snodeo weekend (Dec. 11-13), there's still ple...
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    BRP Recalls 2016 Ski-Doo Snowmobiles

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    BRP U.S. of Sturtevant, Wis., is recalling about 2,800 Ski-Doo snowmobiles due to internal damage to the fuel hose, which can cause a leak and pose a fire hazard. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The recall involves 68 models of 2016 Ski-Doo snowmobiles equipped with a 600 H.O. E-TEC engine or an 800R E-TEC engine. The VIN is scribed on the vehicle description decal, which is located on the right hand side of the tunnel. The models came in various colors. The snowmobiles were manuf...
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    Mystik Announces Sponsorship of Colten Moore

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Colten Moore who will be defending his title in snowmobile freestyle at Winter X Games this year, and he'll be backed by Mystik Lubricants, which announced an expanded sponsorship of the three-time gold medalist.  Moore recently participated in the North American fall tour of Nitro Circus, a daredevil stunt show that wrapped up Nov. 21 in Las Vegas. His performance included high-flying jumps and tricks on a quad and snowmobile. The tour has proven to be a great training ground for ...
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    Polaris Releases New Snowmobiling App with Trail Map Feature

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. has just released a completely redesigned mobile application called "Snow Trails by RiderX," and the most intriguing feature is an interactive trail map that was developed with feedback from over 250,000 hardcore riders. The map also features a toggle function for revealing nearby fueling stations. Backcountry riders will be glad to know that the app was designed with offline functionality in mind, and its new mapping engine was specially created to work areas ...
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    Hibbert Has Strong Showing at Snocross Season Opener

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert wasted no time getting on top of the ISOC National Snocross Pro Open points championship leaderboard this past weekend at the 2015-2016 season opener in Duluth, Minn. In front of a maximum capacity crowd, Hibbert relied on his experience to pull off a big win on Saturday night. A fifth-place start in the Pro Open final forced him to push hard in the opening laps on Spirit Mountain ski hill’s icy, rough track. Nine laps into th...
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    SNOWfest Returns to Wahkon, Minn.

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    On Dec. 12, the small town of Wahkon, Minn., will be the site of the third annual SNOWfest, a celebration of snowmobiling wrapped around a snowmobile film festival. (SNOW stands for "Somewhere North of Wahkon"). “SNOWfest features the best snowmobile action films," said Steve Dubbs, event organizer and Chairman of the Wahkon Arts & Film Board. "This year’s films literally bring the art form to a higher level with tighter chutes, bigger drops, and the best rid...
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    Red Bull Signs On with Team LaVallee

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Team LaVallee has announced a multi-year sponsorship contract with Red Bull energy drink. Red Bull has been a longtime sponsor of Team LaVallee co-owner, Levi LeVallee. The new contract adds the energy drink as a sponsor for the entire stable of Team LaVallee pro riders. “Red Bull has been a long-time personal partner of mine and I couldn’t be happier having them come on-board and be apart of our snocross team," said LeVallee. "Red Bull is a “think-out-side-of-the-bo...
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    SNOWMOBILE CLUB LEADS LAWSUIT AGAINST NORTHERN REGION FOREST PLANS

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    According to the following press release from the BlueRibbon Coalition, the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club is leading the charge in a lawsuit filed on behalf of several snowmobile and recreation organizations against the U.S. Forest Service. MISSOULA, MT (November 23, 2015) --Various organizations, led by the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club, have filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. Forest Service planning efforts on the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The complaint, filed on November 12, 2015,...
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    Airport Drags in Kutztown

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    It was a brisk Saturday in Kutztown, Penn. which made for some great racing. This great event grew out of a customer appreciation race for Kurtz Performance in a field behind their shop, but for the past four years it has been at the old Kutztown airport. The event is now put on by The Fly by Night Racing Association and they are working to make it bigger and better every year. This year’s event brought 90 sleds and 36 ATVs, which added a ton of excitement and to this small, local event. ...
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    Villeneuve to Compete in the Ski-Doo Grand Prix de Valcourt

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    All over North America, fans of extreme winter motorsports (Hello, AmSnow readers!) are anxiously awaiting the 34th running of the Ski-Doo Grand Prix de Valcourt in Valcourt, Quebec, scheduled for Feb. 12-14, 2016. Jacques Villeneuve, who recently announced that he is returning to racing, has confirmed that he will be racing in Valcourt this year. The 62-year old veteran retired last year during a fight with cancer, but he has been medically cleared to race. Other top-ranked ice oval track rac...
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    First Wave of Invited Athletes Announced for 2016 Winter X Games

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    On Jan. 28-31, 2016, ESPN's Winter X Games will return to Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Snowmass for the 15th consecutive year. In addition to action sports competition that will be televised live on ESPN and ABC, the event will feature world-class musical performances and a festival village. General admission is free to the public. The current list of 83 invited athletes that will compete at the X Games includes all 2015 medalists with sport disciplines returning in 2016. One such athle...
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    AmSnow Names Ryan Thompson Western Editor

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Waukesha, WI – American Snowmobiler strives to give the snowmobile enthusiast the highest quality product with the most unbiased, independent, professional, and exciting content available. Naturally, our ability to give readers and partners the very best experience starts with our Editorial. Therefore, it is with great excitement that we congratulate Ryan Thompson on becoming the new face and voice of our Western Editorial team. As the Western Editor, Ryan replaces Stephen Clark, who has ...
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    New Polaris Snocross Race Sled

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    It's been a decade since Polaris redesigned their snocross sled and introduced the IQ Racer. It looks like they're finally at it again with this photo from a recent Polaris Snowmobiles Facebook post.  Much is still unknown about this newest snow buggy, as Polaris is extremely tight lipped about it so far. According to the post, the new race sled, "... will feature an all-new body style, engineered by utilizing AXYS design philosophies & race-inspired, improved ergonom...
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    Hibbert Announces 2015-16 Snocross Program & Schedule

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Few racers have ever been as dominant as Tucker Hibbert. This season, he'll have his proven crew and sponsor lineup behind him as he defends his ISOC National Pro Snocross title and tries to extend his gold medal win streak at X Games in Aspen, Colo. For the 10th consecutive year, Hibbert will ride for and operate Team Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck. Alongside a trusted crew, he continues to oversee everything from team personnel to marketing while serving as the team’s sole ...
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    Enduro Racing Will Have 'Snow Boundaries' in Elk River, Minn.

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Red Bull recently announced plans to host a multi-discipline endurance snowmobile race in Elk River, Minn., on Feb. 20, 2016. It's called "Snow Boundaries," and it will feature snocross, hillclimb, cross country and ice racing elements, all of which will take place on a 13-mile loop through the Elk River Extreme Motor Park. Open to both professional and amateur racers (ages 18 and over), the event will require competitors to navigate a variety of technical terrain, including cha...
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    Polaris Named Official Partner of Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. announced today that it will be a founding partner of U.S. Bank Stadium and an official partner of the Minnesota Vikings. “As a Minnesota-born company, Polaris is thrilled to partner with the Vikings and support the new stadium," said Scott Wine, Polaris Chairman & CEO. "On Sundays during the football season, if our customers aren’t out riding, they’re likely cheering on the Vikings. Vikings fans are our current and future customers &ndash...
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    Boyesen Launches Arctic Rage Sweepstakes!

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    American Snowmobiler and snowmobile performance heavyweight Boyesen have teamed with some of the best companies in the industry to bring you the Arctic Rage Sweepstakes! This 4-month-long contest is FREE to enter and features great monthly prizes from companies such as CastleX, Divas Snow Gear, 509, Bikeman Performance, Elka Suspension, C&A Pro Skis, HMK, MBRP, Hygear Suspension, Amsoil, American Snowmobiler magazine, Stud Boy and more! The grand prize winner will take home a complete FXR ...
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    Free Quebec Trail Pass with Purchase of a New Arctic Cat Sled

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    During October, Arctic Cat gave its customers a free trail permit with every 2012-2015 Arctic Cat snowmobile in Ontario and Quebec. Now, Arctic Cat is extending the Quebec trail pass offer. For every 2012-2015 Arctic Cat snowmobile sold (excluding 120s, race, rental, government and special services models) during the month of November, Arctic Cat will issue a refund to the consumer for the amount of $310, the cost of a Quebec Snowmobile Trail Permit. In order to qualify for the refund, each con...

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