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    Manufacturers Do Their Part to Boost the Snowmobiling Industry

    Posted 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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    VIDEO: Ski-Doo Releases New tMotion Adjustable Limiter Strap

    Posted 2 years ago by Emily Hare
    Now you can tune your sled’s handling with the flip of a lever that you can access with your foot. The new tMotion Adjustable Limiter Strap from Ski-Doo allows mountain riders to choose whether they have more or less chassis transfer to keep their skis higher or lower depending on snow conditions, terrain or riding style. A shorter strap keeps the front end lower and improves track approach angle, while a longer strap lifts the front end a bit. The adjustment amount is equivalent to two h...
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    UFC Champ Builds Sleds

    Posted 3 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    What do you do when you after winning nine titles in the UFC octagon? Try your hand at snowmobile assembly! Arctic Cat hosted nine-time UFC Welterweight Champion and Hall of Famer, Matt Hughes, as part of an UNCAGED episode of his un-scripted reality show that’s based on his life and hunting adventures. Typically, Hughes travels the world in pursuit of some of the world’s most challenging big game species, but the half-hour UNCAGED program, which airs on the Sportsman Channel, follo...
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    New York Summer Snowmobiling

    Posted 3 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    The second weekend in June we headed to the Tug Hill Plateau in upstate New York for the first water cross event for the New York State Water Cross Association (NYSWCA). This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Spring Classic event held at the Flat Rock Inn in Lowville, N.Y. The crew at the Flat Rock Inn put on three great water cross events during the summer. Each event is held the second weekend of June, July and August. These events have a huge following of racers from all over. There ar...
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    Watercross Racers Put on a Show in Roscoe, N.Y.

    Posted 3 years ago by Emily Hare
    It was the first weekend in June and we were off to Roscoe, N.Y., for a snowmobile event. Snowmobile event you say? Yes! It was the 2nd annual Delaware Valley Ridge Riders (DVRR) watercross event, put on with the help of North East Watercross (N.E.W.). Unlike last year's event, which featured both watercross and grass drags, there would only be watercross racing, but the DVRR were still hoping for a huge turnout. On Friday, the N.E.W. racers started to roll in ready to get wet (or not!). Wa...
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    IWA Racing Series Kicks Off the Season in Moose Lake, Minn.

    Posted 3 years ago by Emily Hare
    MOOSE LAKE, Minn. -- Despite a weekend of up and down weather, from thunderstorms to sunshine, the racing at the IWA Racing Series season opener did not disappoint. Fans who lined the shore of Moose Lake on Saturday were treated to a day of clean, fast racing. One of the most exciting moments happened when International Watercross Association (IWA) President and Pro Class racer Shawn Zurn showed us how to take a corner a little too tight, piloting his Ski-Doo 800 Mod over a course marker, which...
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    New Snowmobile Exhaust from EZRyde

    Posted 3 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    We love it when new snowmobile parts and accessories hit the market, especially when they add horsepower, and are quick and easy to install! Meet the new Performance Exhaust slip-on muffler from EZRyde.  Currently, the Performance Exhaust is only available for a number of UTVs, but ATV and snowmobile versions of the product are coming later this summer and fall. What type of performance will your sled see from this new exhaust? If it's anything similar to what UTVs have seen with the E...
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    Future Snowmobile Innovations

    Posted 3 years 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 3 years ago by Emily Hare
    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 3 years ago by Emily Hare
    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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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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