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    Snowmobile Storage Wars

    Posted 11 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    You splurged for the extra storage bags and fancy riser pouch on the last sled you bought. You thought, ‘What the heck? It’ll be nice having somewhere to put my extra goggles for a change.’ Little did you know, you just volunteered to be the ‘camel sled’ of your riding crew! I kid, I kid… but only slightly. I think there is a certain nobility here because instead of just carrying your belongings, you’ve got yours, his, hers and that guys who doesn&rsqu...
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    Midwest Snowmobile Racing is in the Books

    Posted 14 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    After months of preparation and shadows of doubt creeping into the minds of snowmobile enthusiasts, the Cor PowerSports Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge (MESC) finally took place April 18-19 in Lutsen, Minn.  Saturday arrived with clear blue skies, temps in the 50’s, and some of the most challenging courses seen to date by racers in the Midwest. There has never been a crosscountry race with so much elevation change. It was almost intimidating. Hard fought battles ensued in almost...
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    Snowmobiles and Jeff Gordon!

    Posted 14 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    It was a soggy Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, but that didn't stop the AmSnow crew from enjoying a day of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. Our friends at Klim and 3M hosted AmSnow and a few other select industry folks, as well as the winners of Klim's Octane sweepstakes at the Food City 500. The day's activities included a meet and greet with NASCAR legend, Jeff Gordon, pit passes, the pre-race drivers' meeting and much more. Klim athlete and backcountry expert, Chris Burandt, was t...
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    Polaris Captures 8 Titles at Crested Butte

    Posted 18 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    Polaris snowmobile hillclimbers took home 25 of 36 podium, including eight wins, in RMSHA action at Crested Butte, Colo. April 10-12.  Polaris racer Erin Beukelman won three classes at the event, and Luke Rainey finished in the top three in all five classes he entered before winning the Stock King of the Hill crown. Rainey won the 600 Stock, 700 Stock, and 1000 Stock classes, and took second in both 800 Stock and 800 Improved Stock. Beukelman won the 800 Stock, 700 Modified and 800 Modif...
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    Iron Dog Team Puts Ski-Doo’s Latest to the Test

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    Chad Dow (Nitro Trailers), Tim Lessard (Grip N Rip Racing Products) and Josh Miville (Chase Toys Inc) are fresh off their run in the Iron Dog, and did a little testing for our AmSnow readers upon their return to Maine. How does the 2015 Ski-Doo Iron Dog MX Z compare with the MX Z XRS and the Renegade X? Let’s find out!  This past weekend we had the chance to test run the 2015 Ski-doo MX Z Iron Dog Edition vs. a 120-inch MXZ and a 137-inch Renegade. This was t...
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    Snocross Season Recap

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    Another memorable season is in the books for Amsoil ISOC Snocross Series, and it ended much the way so many others have in recent memory – with Tucker Hibbert (Arctic Cat/Monster Energy/Ram Trucks) topping the point standings of the Pro Open class.  Hibbert capped another stellar season with three first place finishes in Lake Geneva, Wis. over the weekend, giving him three overall points championships in a row. Hibbert, winner of four of the last five points championships, ended the ...
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    Shepherd Takes Second at White Pine

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    American Snowmobiler magazine’s Toby Shepherd notched another podium finish by taking second place in the 600 Stock Pro class at White Pine in Pinedale, Wyo. March 7-8.  The course grew more challenging as the day went on, with rocks, stumps and logs all being uncovered as racers wore through the snow cover.  “Definitely another great race and I was pumped to get a second place in 600 Stock, which is a very competitive class,” Shepherd said.  His oth...
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    New EZRyde Trail Suspension is Here

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    The next great innovation for the trail snowmobiler is here in the form of the EZRyde Trail rear suspension. We had the opportunity to test out this new suspension and it opened our eyes to a whole new ride on the trails!  First, it’s important for the consumer to know this is very different from a stock suspension setup. The geometry is changed, so the skid reacts a little differently in certain situations. It’s also important to note that this is not the same as upgrading y...
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    Epic Snowmobile Adventure: Diary of a Beginner Mountain Rider

    Posted one month ago by AmSnow
    Mountain riding can’t be that hard right? I had been trail riding in my home province of Ontario, Canada since I was a child so I figured I knew how to ride a snowmobile. I realized on my first day riding on a mountain in Halfway, Oregon that I was sorely mistaken. While there was no doubt I was comfortable riding a snowmobile and had the basic skills down, I really wasn’t mentally prepared for the difficult terrain I was about to experience. I remember looking at Stephanie Santefor...
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    Jacob Dahle Takes Two Podiums

    Posted 2 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    AmSnow Racer, Jacob Dahle, took home two podium finishes at the Cor Powersports Crosscountry Circuit races this past weekend at Bark River International Raceway in Bark River, Wis. In his first ever podium finish in his rookie campaign, Dahle took second in Saturday's Sport Improved class, and followed up with another podium showing on Sunday, finishing third in the same class.  With just one race remaining, Dahle is aiming for a top-3 finish in both Sport Improved and Sport Stock. He...
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    Shepherd on the Box at Bear Lake

    Posted 2 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    American Snowmobiler RMSHA racer Toby Shepherd got his hillclimb season off to a fast start last weekend taking 2nd in the 700 Stock class at Bear Lake in Montpelier, Idaho, his best finish in the pro ranks. Shepherd also qualified for the finals in four other classes, placing in the top 10 in the 800 Improved (8th), 600 Stock (5th), 800 Stock (10th) and 1000 Stock (6th). It's an exceptional start to the season considering the growth the circuit has experienced this season. There are 35 new...
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    A Rookie Racer's View of the Soo I-500

    Posted 2 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    For the 2015 season, Polaris racer Andy Wenzlaff had stepped up to the Pro ranks at the Cor PowerSports cross country race series with the ambitions of winning a crosscountry championship and competing at the Soo I-500. Late fall of 2014 Andy was approached to consider joining a team to compete at the 2015 Soo event, so this was something he had not only been hoping for, but working very hard for as well. The start of his 2015 race season had not gone as planned. He struggled and missing the po...
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    Team Arctic Posts USXC Wins

    Posted 2 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    While Team Green snocrossers competed in Deadwood, the cross-country corps stamped out any battle that might have occurred in Park Rapids, Minn. taking 13 of 19 class victories and 37 of 56 podium positions, including eight podium sweeps.  For the first time in his short crosscountry career, Wes Selby achieved victory in the hotly contested Pro Stock class, while his teammate, Zach Herfindahl, led a sweep of the Pro Open final. Team Arctic proved its depth and talent with eleven different ...
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    More Vintage Love in Michigan

    Posted 2 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    For you vintage and antique snowmobile enthusiasts out there, check out the Vintage Snowmobile Show this weekend in Wayland, Mich.  Hosted by the POC Vintage Snowmobile Riders Club, the event takes place at Yankee Springs Golf Club on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 AM to 3 PM. It's free to attend and show your vintage iron. There will be groomed trail rides (weather permitting), food and trophies awarded. It's sure to be a great time! Yankee Springs Golf Club is located at 12300 Bowens ...
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    Cor Powersports takes on Castle Rock Lake

    Posted 3 months ago by AmSnow
    Well we had another highly successful event held this past weekend in Friendship, WI on Castle Rock Lake for Round 6 presented by Yamaha Snowmobiles of the 2015 Cor PowerSports cross country series. The weatherman was forecasting mid 30 temps and clear skies but when daylight started to crack we were presented with clouds and low 20 temps with a slight breeze... With the overcast and flat light we let the racers take an extra sighting lap to check out the course and help work a groove into the ...
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    Shepherd's X Games Journey

    Posted 3 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    The X Games is the pinnacle of a snowmobile race career. It’s a chance to showcase the very best athletes our sport has to offer on a worldwide stage. But, just does it take to be one of the few chosen to compete in X Games? AmSnow’s Toby Shepherd recounts his journey to a dream come true, competing in his first X Games this past January in Aspen, Colo. Here’s how he got there in his own words:  What a great opportunity I had to qualify for X Games! I was extremely excite...
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    Big Moose Shootout Results

    Posted 3 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    It was a brisk Saturday morning in Eagle Bay, N.Y. for the Big Moose Shootout. With temps hovering near 20-below we all new it was going to be cold day on the ice. There were 55 sleds registered to run in the shootout. With six classes to run, they started with the big Outlaw class. Other classes included Lake Racer, Snow Drag, 800cc Stock, Stock Turbo and Mod Stock Turbo. Congratulations goes out to the winners of each class. Ted Jennetty Racing took top honors in the Outlaw Class with their 2...
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    Brandy Floyd takes on the Backcountry

    Posted 3 months ago by AmSnow
    Hey there, Brandy Floyd checking in from Washington State. The winter here has been at a very delayed start which has led to lots of traveling to start this winter off! I think my poor bottom has become a square. Many of the PNW’ers are feeling the crunch but for me the upside to this dilemma is that in a very short amount of time I have managed to ride three of my most favorite places on earth - McCall, Idaho – Halfway, Oregon – Revelstoke, BC. I really can’t complain. C...
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    Klim 4 helmet is bonk tested and approved!

    Posted 3 months ago by AmSnow
    Like most snowmobilers, I know a helmet is a must for safety, warmth and to be legal. BUT, I didn't really consider the importance of a HIGH quality helmet until I had an accident. Klim's F4 aerospace fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar helmet truly was a little life saver. On a recent snowmobile trip I had a small 'get-off' and my head hit a patch of ice. After the powerful crash the helmet came away with only a few scratches and dings. I suffered the bonk on the head but had no...
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    AmSnow's Jacob Dahle in Mid-Season Form

    Posted 3 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    With 130 wins and three national championships to his name, you wouldn’t consider Jacob Dahle a rookie. But that’s exactly what he is in the world of crosscountry snowmobile racing.  You see, Dahle has more than 15 years of race experience under his belt, but they’ve all been of the 4-wheeled variety. That is, until this winter when Dahle traded those four wheels in for a lugged track and skis.  Racing in the COR PowerSports crosscountry race series, Dahle is one of...
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    COR PowerSports XC Weekend Recap

    Posted 3 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    With 4-6 inches of snow on the lake and minimal slush during pre-race setup, the Cor PowerSports crew set up a very technical 6-mile course Rounds 4 and 5 hosted by Birch Island Resort January 24 and 25 in Phillips, Wis. Saturday's racers were greeted with temps in the mid-30's which caused slush issues throughout the day. As most of you know, lake courses are not plowed out as to keep close to a true crosscountry race. The course was rough but still had some speed sections and tight co...
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    WaWa Snow Down coming Valentine’s Day Weekend

    Posted 3 months ago by AmSnow
    WaWa, Ontario, Canada will be hosting the Snow Down snowmobile rally February 14-16... and AmSnow will be there! The rally will include on-trail and off-trail loop rides two out of the three days of the event.Riders can collect points throughout each day by reaching certain key points, answering questions, taking interesting photos / videos, and participating in challenges. An on-trail lunch / snack location will be provided.Submit your scorecards,  videos and pictures for a chance to win p...
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    Borths on Winning Track

    Posted 3 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    American Snowmobiler's Tanner Borths competed in Eagle River (Wis.) this past weekend for TLR Championship Ice Oval Racing circuit and World Championships. In just his second year of competition, Borths has made big strides as a racer. Racing on Dean Sibbald's sled in the Junior II F-500 14-15 class, Borths qualified for Friday Night Thunder, taking 4th, and Sunday's finals, taking 6th. "Even though we ran into a couple obstacles and mechanical issues, and studying for my...
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    Polaris Acquires Brammo Electric Motorcycle Business

    Posted 3 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    Polaris Industries Inc. announced the acquisition of the electric motorcycle business of Brammo Inc. Additionally, Polaris is acting as a leading investor in a recapitalization of Brammo enabling the company to focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric vehicle power trains.  "We have enjoyed our involvement with Brammo Motorcycles over the past three years, and out excitement about their industry-leading lithium-ion electric drivetrain technology has inc...
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    AmSnow’s Kunstman Building Confidence

    Posted 4 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    After a rough start on the national snocross scene, AmSnow Racer, Kyle Kunstman, notched his first win of the season at the regional level just before the holidays arrived.  Racing in the pro ranks at Digger Doug Gust Sno-X in Silver Lake, Wis., Kunstman took a first and third in his qualifying heats. He then came from 5th place in the final to take the checkers in dramatic fashion, passing into the lead with one lap to go.  “I was able to hit my marks for all 15 laps with no m...
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    AMSNOW EXCLUSIVE: Facing Up with Tucker (T-Train) Hibbert

    Posted 4 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    This year at the AMSOIL ISOC Duluth snocross opener, we got the chance to sit down with the Arctic Cat’s main race man, Tucker Hibbert.  He is the 2014 ISOC Pro Open Champion and pilot of the #68 Monster Energy / Arctic Cat Sno Pro, also known as T-Train. We went behind-the-scenes here just before he headed out for the Amsoil Dominator Cup race. AmSnow: So what did you change for 2015 that you think will help continue to have the advantage on the track? T-Train: Honestly, nothing re...
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    What Makes the New Polaris 800 H.O. Go?

    Posted 4 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    Sled engine expert, Kevin Cameron, weighs in on the new Polaris 800 H.O. engine. What makes it go and how did we get there? I'm impressed by the double-gated exhaust valve system on this new Polaris 800 HO, and by the Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (BSFC). I first worked with a variable-exhaust-timing engine in 1981, in the form of Yamaha’s TZ250-H road race engine. It had a spool-valve, which lowered the top of the single large oval exhaust port by about 6mm for an additional sever...
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    Kody Kamm Disqualification Update

    Posted 5 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    Hentges Racing/Polaris’ Kody Kamm’s sled did not pass post tech following Saturday’s Pro Open main event at Duluth. After review, key ISOC and ISR officials determined that his sled's carburetors failed post-race inspection due to the use of a "baffle plate" in the float bowl of his carbs. This plate was designed to reduce fuel sloshing that sometimes occurs when landing off a big jump, which in Snocross racing is sometimes...
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    Intercomp Racing Launches New Website

    Posted 5 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    Intercomp has announced the launch of the completely re-designed intercompracing.com! The site has been updated to improve visitors’ experience by providing a completely revamped look and design, user-optimized navigation, and intuitive information architecture. “It was important to us to keep intercompracing.com visually in-line with our parent company site while providing a unique experience for our racing customers,” said Scott Elmgren, Intercomp Racing Products Market Spec...
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    Countdown to Racing is On!

    Posted 5 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    As soon as the last checkered flag is thrown at Lake Geneva and the race rigs are loaded up, all the race directors at the manufacturers already have their eyes set on how to improve next season. They’ll start testing parts, motors, suspensions and super top secret prototype parts on the test tracks developing a better sled than the year before. Racer’s start working on new contracts, training and doing everything they can to make themselves better to win a championship. Most people ...

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