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    Mid-Season Review: 2016 Ski-Doo MXZ X-RS

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    If you’re an avid AmSnow reader, then you know we’ve always got some variation of the X-RS in our demo fleet! This year it was the 2016 Ski-Doo MXZ X-RS, newly minted in a 129-inch skid, but with all the features we love! One of the big changes for 2016 was the aforementioned track length (15x129x1.25 Ice Ripper XT). Kudos to Ski-Doo for that move, as the 129-inch (and 137-inch) length has become a favorite among our test crew. Stutter bumps are bridged better, and hookup is also im...
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    Mid-Season Review: 2016 Polaris 600 Switchback Pro-S

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    “You can have this sled back when you pry it from my cold dead hands.” That is basically what AmSnow's Associate Editor Ross Halvorson said during our first ride of the season on the Pro-S. When it comes down to it, trail riders want what we’ll call "the 3 Cs": comfort, control, and corner-to-corner acceleration. The 2016 Polaris Switchback 600 Pro-S affirmatively ticks all those boxes. What’s that you say? A crossover? Only in Polaris marketing materials ...
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    Race Recap: Salisbury Ridgerunners Ice Drags

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    This winter has not been very kind to the snowmobile racing world. The Salisbury Ridge Runners where hoping that Mother Nature would cooperate with them as they hosted their ice drags January 23 in Salisbury, N.Y. The track was kept clear of snow so the ground could freeze. With a little luck the weather got cold, the ground froze and 50,000 gallons of water created a fantastic frozen track, and the race was on! The club had planned on a P/S 1000 shootout for big money, but the poor winter kept...
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    Q&A: Mike Schultz, Adaptive Snocross Racer & Prosthetic Engineer

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    It’s been almost eight years since Mike Schultz’s left leg was amputated following a life-changing snocross crash. He’s been keeping busy as ever, competing in paralympic snowboarding and adaptive snocross events, as well as engineering high-performance prosthetic equipment for himself and fellow adaptive athletes on behalf of his company, BioDapt. I took a few minutes to catch up with Mike in an AmSnow-exclusive Q&A session. Here’s what he had to say. Last mont...
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    RECORDS FALL AT NSSR ICE DRAGS!

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Mother Nature finally let National Straightline Snowmobile Racing get its season under way and show off the goods this past weekend in Forest Lake, Minn. And what a good show it was, with three world records falling at the event! Sub-zero temps started the day off slow for nearly 100 Pro racers on the day’s first runs down 1,000 feet of shaved ice on the lake. Another 110 Radar Run racers took to the amateur track, making for constant action throughout the afternoon. The first world reco...
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    SHE SHREDS: Getting Ready for Backcountry Cabin Adventure

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    I am about to take three girls (Jess Kline and Shelby Mahon from Ontario, Canada, and Stephanie Santeford from Washington State) on a backcountry cabin adventure. There is a lot of planning and organizing that goes into a trip like this – especially because I'm bringing people with me who have never done a cabin trip in British Columbia before.  So here is how I prepare as a guide to bring these girls on the adventure of a lifetime: The unwritten rulesWe are very fortunate in the...
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    SHE SHREDS: How to Pack for a Flight to Your Snowmobiling Destination

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Before this year, I had only had minimal experience with flying and found myself nervous and stressed to the max over my flight. How on Earth does anyone ever travel by plane for a snowmobile trip? Now, as our Epic Adventure in British Columbia nears, it isn't the new terrain that's making me nervous. Rather, it's the thought of trying to fly there with ALL of my gear! Safety gear, winter gear, camera gear, clothing and laptop.? When flying out to your snowmobiling destination,...
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    EZRyde Suspension Consumer Test

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    You hear us media types rant and rave over the latest and greatest (or not so great) snowmobile innovations. Consumers are often bombarded with numbers and charts which may only confuse you rather than inform you. That's why it's refreshing when a company like EZRyde offers demo rides of their products to the average consumer.  You can find locations to test their latest products in the trail market at several dealerships throughout the season. Log on to www.ezryde.com to find out ...
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    SHE SHREDS: Preparing for a Backcountry Snowmobile Trip

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    In about a week, I will embark on an Epic Snowmobile Adventure that will take me to a secret backcountry location in the mountains outside Pemberton, British Columbia, along with Pro rider, instructor and guide Julie-Ann Chapman of She Shreds Adventures. Two riders from Ontario will be joining us; Jess Kline, a motorsports enthusiast and promoter, and Shelby Mahon, CSRA racer and photographer, will fly into Seattle, Wash., where I will pick them up on my way to Pemberton. As a sponsored backcou...
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    Our Snowmobile Predictions for Model Year 2017

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    We've been spending the last few weeks learning what the "Big Four" have in store for snowmobilers in 2017, but a month ago, we were just guessing. Taken from the pages of our February 2016 issue, here are our predictions for the new model year: Arctic CatA three-quarter sled is on its way? Gosh, we hope so! It’s time the OEMs, not a Chinese knockoff came out with one! The 65-hp 4-stroke introduced in 2016 in the utility segment might work for the motor. We could easily se...
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    Mid-Season Snocross Review

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Coming into the 2016 ISOC snocross series there was about as much excitement as there were questions in regards to the new qualifying procedure for the Pro Open class, which was unofficially nicknamed the “Anti-Tucker” rule from those in the industry as well as most diehard fans. Without beating a dead horse, basically the entire top ten qualifiers would be inverted for their pick on the start line for the main. So the number one qualifier through heat races received tenth pick. The...
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    SHE SHREDS: The Epic Snowmobile Adventure Continues in British Columbia

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    After logging 2000 miles across three States in just 13 days earlier this year, Stephanie Santeford and Jessica Kline are at it again. The next leg of the adventure takes both women to the backcountry of Pemberton, British Columbia, in mid-February. There, they’ll team up with Julie-Ann Chapman for what is anticipated to be another epic snowmobile adventure. In 2011, Chapman founded She Shreds Mountain Adventures with the primary goal of supporting and teaching women riders how to ...
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    OFSC Urges Riders to Be Cautious of Frozen Water

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    In the wake of a tragic weekend that claimed the lives of three snowmobilers on frozen waterways, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are warning snowmobilers about unsafe ice and urging everyone, including anglers, to stay off lakes and rivers in the Canadian province.    In one incident over the weekend, four snowmobilers went through the ice on a lake in the Haliburton region, and one of them drowned. In another incident, a snow...
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    The Snowmobiling Trip of a Lifetime

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Not long ago, AmSnow editor Mark Boncher received an email from reader. It read: Dear Mr. Boncher,My son Joe, like so many other readers of your magazine, has a true passion for snowmobiling, born at a very early age.  At 2, he was riding his Kitty Cat in circles, tethered to a rope with a rubber band around the throttle ‘til he ran out of gas. By the time he was college age, snowmobiling was not just a hobby, but a career choice. Determined to find a career in Thief River Falls or ...
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    Looking Ahead to Red Bull Snow Boundaries

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Did you hear? Red Bull Snow Boundaries is coming to the ERX Motor Park near Minneapolis this Feb. 20, and it will crown the ultimate snowmobile champion in a race unlike any other! This race is going to be crazy! The 8-mile course is going to have all sorts of terrain including tight wooded trails, high-speed swamps, vertical climbs, frozen ponds and big-air snocross. There are two classes – Ditchbanger for amateur racers who are 18+ and an Open Racer class for professionals. Everyone wil...
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    International Snowmobile Safety Week (Jan. 16-24, 2016)

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Today marks the beginning of International Snowmobile Safety Week (Jan. 16-24), and it's as good a time as any to brush up on safe riding practices. Operating safely can prevent accidents and mishaps, which is great for riders but also good for the future of the sport. According to www.snowmobile.org, safe snowmobiling means you should: Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling. Become familiar with the snowmobile you ride. Operate at safe and reasonable speeds. S...
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    One on One: Snocrosser Shane Sewell

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    As the 2016 snocross season has been getting underway there are some familiar names from other forms of motorsport racing popping up on the results sheet this year catching some attention. Shane Sewell is a 27 years old native resident from Valparaiso, Ind., which is known for its motocross and harescramble motorcycle races at venues such as Ironman Raceway or the Indianapolis supercross, but not for its snowmobiling. Sewell is one of the faces to make the jump from two wheels to two skis. Shan...
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    Winners of AmSnow's Ride More Sweepstakes Announced

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    For months, we've been collecting entries for our Ride More Sweepstakes, and now the time has come to announce the winners! Jonathan Smith of Beacon Falls, Conn., was randomly selected to receive the grand prize, a brand new sled from Arctic Cat. Smith is an avid snowmobiler and a lifelong brand loyalist of Arctic Cat. When given the choice between a ZR 8000 129 Limited and an M 8000 153 Limited, Jonathan chose the ZR, which will be better suited for New England trails.  Jonathan...
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    Covered Bridge Challenge Kicks Off this Weekend at Snodeo

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    If you're heading to New York this weekend for Snodeo and the AmSnow / Dynotech Research Shootout, be sure to stop by the Old Forge Covered Bridge on Saturday around 3 p.m. At that time, there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Covered Bridge Challenge, an event that challenges snowmobilers to ride through 10 of the state's covered bridges along a 663.1-mile route. The ceremony will happen whether there's rain, sleet, snow or sun - so come prepared! Since we first a...
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    Manufacturers Do Their Part to Boost the Snowmobiling Industry

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Do you ever wonder what the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) does? In short, this organization's main goal is to maintain a healthy relationship between snowmobile manufacturers and their customers. These relationships and friendships begin on the trails and in the mountains. The unique partnership between the manufacturers and their customer base began more than 50 years ago, initiated by the common desire to develop a snowmobile trail system and riding areas throu...
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    Tekrider Introduces RPM TekVest for Trackside Mechanics

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Here at American Snowmobiler magazine, safety is always at the forefront of our minds. That is why each of the AmSnow editors and test riders wear a TekVest from Tekrider whenever we throw a leg over a sled. In the world of snowmobile racing, TekVests offer protection for riders and crew members alike. For the 2015-16 snocross racing season, ISOC has mandated that all trackside mechanics and start line crew must wear an ISR-approved upper body protector. In years past, only trackside race offic...
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    Happy Trailering

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Snow is finally flying across the snowbelt, and we’re all excited to load up that trailer and hit the trails. But, nothing ruins a ride quicker than a mishap before your skis touch the snow!  What do we mean? The folks at Caliber explain it best: You had the most epic day of riding - an experience that rates 11 on a scale of 10! But when it's time to load the trailer, that experience is only a 1 or 2 because it's difficult and can be unsafe if not done properly. If you’...
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    Meet AmSnow at the Novi Snow Show This Weekend!

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    In October, we spoke with hundreds of AmSnow readers and snowmobile enthusiasts at the Snowmobile USA Show in Milwaukee. There was a lot of buzz and excitement that weekend, from diehard sledders looking for this year's new gear to beginners and those just looking to get back into the sport. It was a very successful show! If you missed the opportunity to visit the AmSnow booth in Milwaukee, don't worry. We're hitting the road to make it to the Snow Show in Novi, Mich., this weekend,...
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    Bringing New Blood to Snowmobiling

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    There's a big need in the industry to introduce new riders to the sport of snowmobiling. One club in New York is definitely doing their part to bring new blood to the snowmobile community. The Seven Valley Snow Goers of central New York partner with local dealers to host a 'Demo Day' event each season. This year's event will be held in Homer, N.Y., on Jan. 30 (conditions permitting) as part of the town's Winterfest (Jan. 29-30, 2016). As part of the event, club members and d...
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    NHSA Snowmobile Grass & Water Drags Race Into Winter

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Epping, N.H. – Imagine the most imperfect Friday full of torrential downpours and rains. That’s what I landed into in Boston on my way to the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association's big snow show in Epping. Thankfully, the skies did a total 180 for Saturday and Sunday, the two most attended days of this incredible race and vendor show. Scroll down to check out a little teaser video!  If you’ve never been to this event, I highly suggest making the trip. Where else ...
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    Snow Show Season is Here!

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Winter is just around the corner, but on those days when fresh powder feels so far away, we're glad that we have the Snowmobile USA Shows to help us scratch that itch. Billed as "America's largest snowmobile shows," the Snow Shows are the place to go to see all of the latest in sleds, gear, clothing, accessories, performance products, trailers, equipment and more. Join us in getting your snowmobile fix at the Milwaukee Snow Show this weekend, Oct. 16-18. The Wisconsin State F...
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    More Snowbikes?

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Alright, this whole snowbike thing with the manufacturers jumping on board and building them on their own is starting to get all too real! Not that we mind. Growing the 'snow vehicle' industry (as some call it... cough-Arctic Cat-cough), is in all of our best interest both from a business standpoint and a pure entertainment standpoint. I think I speak for most when I say I wouldn't mind taking a rip on any of the new offerings we've gotten glimpses of for MY2017 and possibly beyo...
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    Driven Speakers to Hit the Stage at Hay Days this Weekend

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Hay Days, the largest snowmobile event in the world and the unofficial start of winter and the snowmobile season, is only days away. The two-day show gives event-goers the opportunity to connect with snowmobile athletes and industry professionals. One of the key spots to meet some of these people is at the Driven stage, located at booth #SCS5A.  Presenters on the Driven stage will include: Bret Rasmussen, Backcountry expert for Ski-Doo, owner of Ride Rasmussen Style Jess Kline, Mo...
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    Hay Days 2015: Don't Miss It!

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    If you think that the official start of winter happens on a day in December, then you've never been to Hay Days! This year marks the 49th annual occurrence of this weekend-long event hosted by the Sno Barons Snowmobile Club in North Branch, Minn. Hay Days is always held the first weekend following Labor Day, so this year it runs Sept. 12-13. Hay Days covers 140 acres and includes racing events (grass drags, TerraCross, diesel trucks, RC cars, etc.), motorsports expos, industry-leading vend...
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    Asphalt Drag Selds Coming to Martin, Mich.

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    The biggest asphalt snowmobile race of the season is quickly approaching! The AmSnow / Aeroquip Super Sled Shootout invades US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich., September 25-27.  This must-see event draws the biggest names in snowmobile drag racing as well as some of the baddest sleds! Action on the track warms up with a test and tune session Friday night from 6-11 p.m. Then the competition heats up Saturday with the first time trial and qualifying runs of the weekend scheduled to lea...

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