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    Yamaha Viper M-TX First Ride Impressions

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    AmSnow Western Editor, Stephen Clark, had a chance to throw a leg over the 2015 Yamaha Viper M-TX. Here’s his take on his first ride.Mountain terrain has been long-ruled by the 2-stroke engine, and there’s no doubt creating a 4-stroke mountain machine is a challenge for any manufacturer (otherwise they’d all do it, right?). Weight and power delivery are two stumbling blocks that have challenged 4-stroke mountain sleds for years.The M-TX is the first venture into the mountains f...
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    Lake Country Riding in MN

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    It’s no secret that Minnesota’s Brainerd Lakes Area has long been a favorite riding destination for decades, but check out the secret eats we found on the Lake Country trails! Although warm temps and quickly deteriorating conditions made it more of a challenge than we would have liked, we still managed to do some exploring in this sledder’s Mecca of Central Minnesota. Here’s a few of our favorite stops for your next trip to the area. What’s a day on the trail with...
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    Shuffling the Grand Finale

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    "This could be called the Lake Geneva Shuffle," said Carly Aplin, ISOC's announcer, as a racer chased his sled down the first hill on Saturday at the Grand Finale at Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, Wis. The new layout actually felt like a shuffle or musical chairs in the beginning trying to find the regular sights like the VIP viewing area. After attending this event for five years, I have seen numerous interesting sights. From no snow and attendees in speedos one year to torrential...
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    See What I Saw

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    Constant documentation of our miles through life has become a cultural obsession. Snowmobilers may be a bit slower to embrace technology, but it’s obvious the latest tech gadget in our sport is here to stay. I’m talking about the POV (point of view) cameras you see in almost every group while out on your machine. Whether you’re sticking to the trails, boondocking or anything in between, nothing seems to escape the camera lens anymore. What was once viewed as a novelty item on...
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    Up in the ‘UP’

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    With temps climbing and snow disappearing faster than you can say “daylight savings” in southern Wis., it meant it was time to head up North… Waaaayyyy U.P. So we loaded up the sleds, kid and in-laws (Go big or go home, right?) and headed for Hancock, Mich. in the Upper Peninsula’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Surrounded by Lake Superior, the Keweenaw Peninsula is Michigan’s northernmost point and BIG snow country. Measurable snow falls almost daily here throughout the win...
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    2015 - The Coolest of What's Coming

    Posted 4 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    The AmSnow team just returned from five days of riding, evaluating and photographing the 2015 sleds. Here are our top coolest things that are coming for 2015! Yamaha climbs the mountains. By introducing the Viper M-TX available in a 162-inch and 153-inch track, Yamaha has announced it believes its 3-cylinder 4-stroke Genesis engine can be a player in the mountain segment. While they’ve not made the dry-weight of the sled public knowledge, they’ve assured us the weight differential b...
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    Exclusive! Summit X T3 174 First Impression

    Posted 4 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    AmSnow’s Western Editor, Stephen Clark, had first crack at the new Ski-Doo Summit X T3 174. And he’s been nothing but impressed with the capabilities of the first-of-its-kind 174-inch tracked mountain masher! “We really put the 174 through its paces today in some of the deepest, wettest snow I’ve ever ridden in,” said Clark, “Pretty incredible what this thing will do.” Built on the REV-XM platform, the Summit X T3 174 incorporates industry leading inno...
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    HMK Product Review: Team BOA Focus Boot

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    I’m not typically one to get cold on a sled, but there’s one piece of equipment I’m very glad I own.In all the years I’ve snowmobiled, only my feet have really ever gotten cold. I’ve owned dozens of pairs of boots, and I can honestly say I found my favorite this year. The Team BOA Focus Boot is the perfect combination of warmth and comfort for me. I hate the bulky feeling in my feet of wearing multiple socks. As a snowmobiler, I just had to accept it as a fact of li...
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    Warm Weather Blues?

    Posted 4 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    So it’s that time of year again already. The sun’s out longer, temps are starting to warm, but we’re not quite ready to be done with the sleds just yet. Are you? If warm-weather blues have got you down, here’s a couple ideas to keep that snowmobiling blood pumping! Head north! It’s what we love about this time of year. When the snow is already melting in the southern portion of the Snowbelt, there’s typically a few more weeks of ‘fresh’ in plac...
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    Taking Divas to the Trails

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    On Groundhog’s Day Punxsutawney Pete saw his shadow meaning six weeks more of winter. Snowmobilers in the Midwest know that those last weeks of winter can be iffy for snow and temperatures. While family and friends are hoping to start to see the spring thaw, snowmobilers are hoping for those last snowflakes to fall. Southeastern Wis. received a gift from the snow gods, or maybe cupid, right after Valentine’s Day weekend. A fresh 6-8 inches of snow fell covering the trails and lakes....
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    Take A Friend Snowmobiling Week

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    Sunday kicked off the start of “Take A Friend Snowmobiling Week” which runs Feb. 9 – 16. It’s not very often in the state of Wisconsin that you find someone who has never sat on a sled before. But to my surprise, that’s exactly what I had on my hands when my college roommate, Scot, came for a weekend visit!Scot is definitely game for new experiences. He’s a world traveler who’s jumped off skyscrapers in Taiwan and consumed guinea pig in Peru. Snowmobilin...
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    Are You Vintage Enough?

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    Ever wondered how to get started in vintage snowmobiling? You might already be there without even knowing it! AmSnow reader and vintage enthusiast, Tom Anderson, shares how his passion for vintage sleds began. Here’s what he had to say… Vintage snowmobile collecting has become a way of life for most collectors. We live for the hunt of a rare sled or unique find. So, what makes a snowmobile vintage? A vintage sled is a snowmobile manufactured before 1985. I started buying vintage s...
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    2014 Sled Gremlins

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    Production year one of any sled always reveals a surprise issue or two. No OEM is exempt from this as they’ve all had their fair share of unforeseen gremlins come out of the woodwork with first year models. Our latest gremlin happened on the 2014 Yamaha SR Viper, and it is certainly not the first, nor will it be the last to have an issue.  They’ve identified the possibility of the reverse actuator to shift out of forward gear potentially causing gear damage. You may recall a sim...
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    2014 Waconia Ride-In recap

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    AmSnow’s Vintage Expert, Les Pinz, participated in the 24th Annual Waconia Snowmobile Show January 24 – 26 in Waconia, Minn. Better known as the Waconia Ride-In!   Each year this themed event is put together by Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Shows in partnership with the Carver County Sno-Runners, Chaska Sno-Hawks and Westonka SnoBlazers snowmobile clubs. This year’s theme was Yamaha and Yamaha engine snowmobiles. Sleds of all makes are welcome, but there are special ju...
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    Riding in the Snowmobile Capital

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    Just a quick weekend trip and you’ll see why Eagle River, Wis. is the self-proclaimed “Snowmobile Capital of the World.” With a Friday off of teaching for the Mrs., we trailered up early for what we hoped would be a bonus half day of riding before the weekend. As the only day of the trip with a double-digit high temp, we really hoped to make the most of it. Unfortunately Mr. Murphy and his law had other plans. After dropping our traveling companion and her sled off for the Wo...
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    Polar Vortex snowmobiling doesn't require leg hair

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    "How cold does it have to be for you not to go snowmobiling?" Ironically, I received this question from a coworker last week. I told him I would let him know. This past weekend, eighty of the bravest and toughest snowmobilers I have ever met allowed me to tag along on their snowmobiling trip in Eagle River, Wis. They pushed it through temperatures that reached a HIGH of 0 and a low of -15. That's not including the wind chill. They rode around 150 to 200 miles with huge smiles on t...
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    Stay safe snowmobiling

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    January 18 kicked off International Snowmobile Safety Week 2014. So, what do we do to keep it safe on the trails?One of the first things the AmSnow crew always puts on before they ride is a chest protector. This type of protection is often overlooked by riders and simply not worn. This year you’ll see a lot of our riders wearing the SV1 Trail Protective Snow Vest from EVS. These vests are built with a puncture resistant internal EVA and PP armor construction to protect against collisions a...
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    Set it, But Don’t Forget It!

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    Smoother ride, better cornering, easy-to-handle… we all want it, but do we achieve it?‘What a hunk of junk!’ We’ve all said it numerous times after we’ve swapped our ride of choice for a turn on our buddy’s favorite brand. There’s no doubt brand allegiances are fierce in the snowmobile industry, but is a poor ride the fault of the manufacturer or the rider not making the proper adjustment for a comfortable ride?After having the opportunity to ride numer...
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    Krikke Takes Checkers at Vintage Championship

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    Todd Krikke of Hudsonville, Mich. raced his way to the winner’s circle aboard his vintage Polaris at Sunday’s Vintage World Championships at the Eagle River Derby Track.Krikke looked in complete control of the race as he opened up a wide margin on the field of 12 through the first half of the race, but a red-flag crash stopping the race brought the field within striking distance with a staggered restart. With two laps to go, another crash sent a driver sliding into the hay bales and ...
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    Polar testing female snowmobile gear

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    With snowmobile season in full swing, your honey maybe feeling a little lonely and wanting to jump on the back of the sled for some quality time. Before handing her a pair of your old smelly boots and gear, take her to a local dealer and check out the variety of gear that is now specifically made for her! If she feels comfortable and semi-attractive, riding together will have less nagging and more woo-hoos. As a woman on the staff, I have noticed the variety of options and fits for female rider...
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    Canadian Snowcross Season Opener and Twenty-Year Anniversary

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    The 2013-2014 snowcross season is going to be a very special year for the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA). This season marks the Twenty Year Anniversary of the circuit, making it the oldest Snowcross Racing series in North America according to Ken Avann, President and Race Director of the CSRA. In honor of the Anniversary Avann says, “Our sponsors have provided some great prizes this year including a new Harley Davidson Night Rod Special for our Pro Open National Champion, a n...
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    Your First Ride

    Posted 4 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    For me, snowmobiling is always a good time, but last weekend I experienced something truly unique in our sport – taking a youngster for their first ride. Do you remember who took you for your first snowmobile ride? It sounds so simple (and it is), but the smile and joy on a 5-year-old’s face when they take that helmet off after a first run is something that cannot be replaced. And it’s one of the most rewarding moments many of us ever experience on a snowmobile. From the mome...
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    Visit to D&D Powersports

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    When we have the opportunity to travel, we try to make every second count. So I wasted no time in accepting an invitation to visit D&D Powersports in Lowville, N.Y. and an opportunity to hop on one of their turbo sleds earlier in December!The white stuff was falling by the foot and trails had just opened up at the end of whitetail season. We braved the roads (would have been easier to travel by sled) for an hour from Old Forge to Lowville. Upon our arrival at D&D Powersports, we were gre...
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    Top five in-season safe riding tips

    Posted 4 years ago by AmSnow
    You’ve been riding long enough to know that your sled will never fail at the truck, trailer or your house.  It’s going to happen when you are far off on the trail.  To avoid this from happening to you, here are the top five tips to keep your snowmobile working safely and effectively through the season.   -    Check Sliders/Tracks/Studs through the season-  While you may have checked the sliders, tracks and studs at the beginning of the season...
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    Don’t Be an Avalanche Statistic

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    Or if you must be a ‘stats guy’, at least try to be on the surviving side of those stats by attending an Avalanche 1 Avalanche Awareness class as I did. Hosted by Rob’s Performance Motorsports in Johnson Creek, Wis., instructor Mike Duffy shared his 20+ years of backcountry riding and avalanche rescue knowledge with me and 80 of my closest friends this past Wednesday. It was one of those nights you just didn’t want to go out. You know the kind – soggy, dark and cold...
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    NY Shootout Draws Near

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    Waking up to flurries, sub-freezing temperatures and gnarled traffic can only mean one thing… Shootout Time is near! That’s right! The 24th Annual New York Shootout is less than a week out. In short order, the AmSnow staff will make our usual trek to the Adirondacks in Old Forge, N.Y. to join DynoTech Research in welcoming the newest Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha sleds to our 1/4-mile test track at White Otter Fish & Game Club Friday, Dec. 13. Our mission: determine t...
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    One for the ‘Tweeners’

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    The ‘look but don’t touch’ days for young riders are gone! Hot off the assembly line, Speedwerx is proud to introduce the 206RR Arctic Cat 120-size snowmobile. A machine designed to help fill the void between stock 120s and standard size sleds. There’s no doubt the 120 sleds are a great way to introduce your youngsters to the great sport of snowmobile racing, but once they outgrow the 3 hp of a 120 there is little to satisfy their appetite until they grow into a standard ...
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    Winter Driving 101 with Team O’Neil

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    With winter conditions hitting hard across North America, AmSnow asked the driving experts at Team O’Neil Rally School in Littleton, N.H. for their best advice to get around this winter. Here’s what they had to say:Winter driving presents a unique set of challenges, but also gives drivers opportunities to critique their own skills that they may not have year round. We often hear students here at the driving school make comments like “I’m a great driver in the summer, but ...
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    THANKFUL FOR… RACING!

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    Forget the football and Black Friday chaos… Bring on Race Season!It’s hard to believe we’re just a few short days away from the official kickoff to the 2013-14 ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross season on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in Duluth, Minn.Spirit Mountain ski and snowboard recreation area again plays host to this season’s opener. Tucker Hibbert will begin defense of his Pro Open Points Championship from a year ago and attempt to claim Snocross’ top spot for the t...
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    SNOW CONCEPT WANTS YOUR HELP!

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    What is it exactly? I can’t say for sure, but the ‘Snow Concept’ vehicle just might be the future of your snow utility needs and winter enjoyment.Snow Concept idea man Gautier Arcouette dreamt up this latest innovation in snow transportation that seems to be a mix of ATV, snowmobile with a little army tank sprinkled in. While this newest form of snow-ATV is only still in its prototype development stage, it is very intriguing to think about what the demand for such a vehicle mig...

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