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    Future Snowmobile Innovations

    Posted 3 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    AmSnow editors had a chance to to attend Yamaha's annual Editorial Workshop this past week. Here we explored products a little bit deeper, and we are/will be passing all our findings along to our valued readers. Be sure to subscribe here if you haven't already. It also gave us a chance to look a little deeper into Yamaha as a company and find out what the folks at the blue team envision as future innovation possibilities for sleds. Everyone can clearly see technologies migrate and adapt...
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    Meet the Newest Member of the AmSnow Staff!

    Posted 5 days ago by Emily H
    Hey sledders! I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as the newest member of American Snowmobiler magazine. I look forward to meeting and getting to know AmSnow readers, advertisers and partners. For now, though, here's a little bit more about me. Name: Emily Anne Hare Position: Assistant Editor Age: 29 Hometown: Ashland, Wis. Family: Dan (husband), Baby Hare (due July 2015), JoAnne and John (mom and dad), Amanda, Tilly, Becky and Heather (sisters) Education: BA in journalism fr...
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    New POV Camera Mount: RAD3K

    Posted 6 days ago by Emily H
    We’re always leery of these point-of-view (POV) camera mounting kits. The video never turns out the way you planned, and oftentimes it’s a good way to lose an expensive piece of equipment. That’s why we were so impressed when we saw the RAD3K mounting kit. The kit includes RAM mounting hardware – some of the sturdiest and most trusted on the market – and several essential pieces to give you multiple mounting location possibilities with infinite camera angles. It ev...
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    Is Direct Injection The Answer?

    Posted 7 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    Ski-Doo has had direct-injected snowmobiles for almost a decade of model years on snowmobiles. Why haven't other manufacturers followed suit? The biggest reason is money. I was talking to Rob Strauss, owner of Rob's Performance (Ski-Doo Dealer of The Year) in Johnson Creek, Wis., about this very topic. Rob is pretty darn knowledgeable about everything motorsports related, and he has been on Ski-Doo's short list of highly coveted development brains for several years now. His question...
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    Arctic Cat Announces $27 Million in Facility Investments

    Posted 11 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    Arctic Cat has announced plans to invest nearly $27 million in facilities and staffing at its two Minnesota manufacturing facilities.  A statement from Arctic Cat indicates the majority of the investment will be used to improve the company’s Thief River Falls facility where a new production line will be added, along with 39 new jobs. About $400,000 will be invested into its St. Cloud engine manufacturing facility for expansion, as well as adding 10 positions.  “We are exc...
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    Snowmobile Gear Review: HMK Peak 2 Jacket & Pant

    Posted 12 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    We got to test a lot of products over the winter. We'll be sharing a few of our favorites with you here over the next few weeks. We'll have more long-term product reviews in the upcoming season of American Snowmobiler magazine, so be sure to renew or subscribe today to keep up on the latest and greatest! We're kicking things off with the Peak 2 Jacket and Pant from HMK. HMK is viewed by many consumers as a maker of mountain riding gear. That view is not wrong. After all, the company...
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    Snowmobile Storage Wars

    Posted one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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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