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    How to Protect Your Skin from the Elements

    Posted 8 months ago by Emily Hare
    After returning from Snow Shoot 2017 in West Yellowstone, Mont., AmSnow editors remarked how the altitude and wintry elements had taken their toll on their skin. Sunburn, windburn, frostbite and blisters are all possible consequences of playing in the powder. For avid snowmobilers and other winter sports enthusiasts, the dermatological battle with Mother Nature is a never-ending one. Here are some tips for protecting your skin before you go out riding: Sunburn & WindburnWhether you’r...
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    Northeast Racing at Its Best!

    Posted 9 months ago by Emily Hare
    It is that time of year again – when you can smell the 2-stroke exhaust and race fuel in the air. It’s also time for two of New York’s biggest snowmobile grass drag events: the Snow Bash in Ohio, N.Y., and the Excell Eastern Nationals in Bouckville, N.Y. Looking for something to do next September? Take a trip to New York and check out some of the best snowmobile drag racing in the country at these two events! Snow Bash – Ohio, N.Y.Put on by the Ohio Ridge Riders, Snow B...
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    Polaris Acquires Transamerican Auto Parts Company

    Posted 9 months ago by Emily Hare
    MINNEAPOLIS — Polaris Industries Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Transamerican Auto Parts Company (TAP), a privately held, vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, retailer and installer of off-road Jeep and truck accessories, for an aggregate consideration of $665 million, subject to customary closing adjustments.  After adjusting for the $115 million estimated net present value of future tax benefits, the purchase price implies a multipl...
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    Race Into Winter! - Fun-Filled Weekend in New Hampshire

    Posted 9 months ago by mboncher
    Epping, N.H. – This past weekend, American Snowmobiler attended Race Into Winter! in Epping, N.H. (Oct. 7-9). The event brought thousands of excited snowmobile enthusiasts out to a little farm in a quaint New England town ... one that just happens to be right on the snowmobile trail! This event is known as the "Hay Days of the East" to many folks, and it certainly does rival any of the largest snowmobile events in the country when it comes to number of vendors and attendees. Jus...
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    New World Record Set at AmSnow Shootout

    Posted 9 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    For the second time in as many years, the asphalt snowmobile world-record elapsed time (E.T.) was broken in the 1/8-mile Outlaw class drag race at the AmSnow / Aeroquip Super Sled Shootout. This time it was done by Todd Serra and his Pro Stock Inc.-sponsored "Diablo" Outlaw sled at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. During the Sunday Outlaw finals, Serra covered the 1/8-mile in just 4.658 seconds at 156.63 mph. It was the second time Serra had lowered the E.T. mark that day...
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    BRP Reports Q2 Revenue, Profit Growth

    Posted 10 months ago by Emily Hare
    BRP Inc. reported its financial results for the three- and six-month periods ended July 31, 2016. All financial information is in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. "I am pleased with the second quarter of fiscal 2017 that has registered strong retail sales worldwide, particularly for Sea-Doo PWC and Can-Am off-road vehicles," said José Boisjoli, president and CEO. "We have good momentum with the Can-Am Defender models, introduced last September, and with the positiv...
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    Hay Days 2016: Top 5 Finds!

    Posted 10 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    The AmSnow crew survived another Hay Days, and one thing is certain - people are excited for snow! Here's some of the big news items we found while strolling around: 1. Race Sled Reveal The race sled announcements from Arctic Cat, Polaris and Ski-Doo always command a lot of attention at Hay Days. Arctic Cat's new race sled includes some significant engine changes such as the addition of electronic fuel injection (EFI) to their snocrosser, and some specially designed parts developed with...
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    BRP Announces New European Management Structure

    Posted 10 months ago by Emily Hare
    On Monday, BRP announced a reorganization of the general management of its Global Sales and Consumer Experience division as well as a new organizational structure for the management of its activities in Europe. Sandy Scullion was appointed vice-president and general manager, BRP Global Sales and Consumer Experience. Scullion is now a member of the company’s Management Committee and will report to José Boisjoli, BRP’s president and chief executive officer. Mr. Scullion ha...
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    UPDATE: BRP Owes Additional $1.5 Million to Arctic Cat

    Posted 11 months ago by Emily Hare
    Earlier this month, a court ruled that Arctic Cat Inc. is entitled to even more damages on top of the $47 million award it won in a patent lawsuit against Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) in June. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that BRP owes another $1.5 million, granting Arctic Cat's request for supplemental damages due to the sale of more infringing Sea-Doo vehicles.In June, a jury found that some of BRP's Sea-Doo personal watercraft vehic...
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    Polaris Names V.P. of Global Safety & Quality

    Posted 11 months ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. today announced that Joel Houlton, Senior Engineering Director, has been named Vice President of Global Safety and Quality for Polaris. Houlton will dual-report to Scott W. Wine, CEO and Chairman, and Ken Pucel, Executive Vice President – Operations, Engineering and Lean. Houlton will lead a newly formed organization focused on the safety and quality in Polaris’ design, supplier development, manufacturing, and post-sales surveillance processes. &ldqu...
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    2016 Snowmobile Hall of Fame Classic Sled Roundup

    Posted 11 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    Dedication to any hobby requires a certain level of commitment. If that hobby is vintage snowmobiles, that level of commitment can be as rational as riding and maintaining a few classic sleds, or as crazy as driving 1,000 miles to your favorite show or swap meet. In this case, relocating to Texas was no reason to miss a weekend as fun as the “Classic Sled Roundup,” hosted by the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis., over Memorial Day weekend. The excitement kicked off on Sat...
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    Camso Introduces Side-by-Side Track System for Snow, Mud and More

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    MAGOG, QUEBEC – Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, is advancing powersports mobility further by introducing the new Camso UTV 4S1 – a track system that allows side-by-side riders to do more in deep snow, nasty marshes, thick mud, or any other type of terrain. “The Camso UTV 4S1 was specifically engineered for the toughest conditions to push the side-by-side riding experience,” says Bruce Dashnaw, Sales and Marketing Director – Powersports at Camso. With rubber da...
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    Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative Awards $80,000+ in First Quarter

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    KENNESAW, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announced that the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) awarded more than $80,000 in funds and equipment to nine grant applicants in the first quarter of 2016. The OAI is dedicated to those who work and play outdoors, including those who rely on OHVs to ride, camp, hunt, fish or farm. “We continue to see projects in need of support from diverse outdoor and land interest groups, which is an encouraging response to the Yamaha Outdoor Access I...
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    Yamaha Releases 2017 YXZ1000R SS With New Paddle Shifting Technology

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    One week after Yamaha released a teaser trailer for the new 2017 side-by-side vehicles, the OEM introduced the new 2017 YXZ1000R SS (Sport Shift), the first and only side-by-side vehicle to combine pure-sport performance with an exciting and high-tech paddle shifting driving experience. Boasting the same industry-first 3-cylinder 998cc engine as the original YXZ, the YXZ1000R SS features Yamaha’s all-new confidence-inspiring Sport Shift technology. The SS technology is defined by a 5-spe...
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    Arctic Cat Wins Lawsuit Against BRP

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    UPDATED June 16, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. CST On June 1, Arctic Cat was awarded $15.5 million in a patent-infringement lawsuit that the company filed against Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP). A Florida jury found that the defendants committed willful infringement of two Arctic Cat patents for personal watercraft (PWC) technology. On June 14, a federal court judge for the Southern District of Florida (Miami) awarded triple damages of $46.7 million in accordance with the law of treble damage...
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    Divas SnowGear Owners to Appear on HGTV Show

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Wisconsin natives Wendy and Travis Gavinski own Divas SnowGear, a company that sells women's snowmobile apparel and gear. Testing new gear out can prove difficult when snow is in short supply, as it was last winter in Wisconsin. So they went in search of a Montana property with access to the backcountry and snowmobile trails. And, in true Divas fashion, they enlisted HGTV to come along with them for the ride. Later this month, the Gavinskis will appear on episode 10 of the second season of ...
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    Yamaha Donates Viking Side-by-Side in Support of NSW

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    KENNESAW, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, again provided a new special edition Viking VI side-by-side vehicle to the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation for auction at their annual fundraiser near San Diego, Calif. The Viking VI helped raise $30,000 toward the organization’s mission of supporting SEAL members’ families. This marks Yamaha’s third consecutive year of backing NSW, raising more than $70,000 in funding for the much-deserved recipients. The S...
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    American Honda Recalls Side-by-Side ROVs

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Honda has issued a recall of about 3,300 2016 Honda Pioneer 1000 side-by-side recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The front door can open unexpectedly while the vehicle is in use, posing a risk of injury to occupants. Honda has received one report of an unexpected door-release incident during a dealer set-up of the vehicle. No injuries have been reported. The recalled ROVs were sold in three-seat and five-seat models i...
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    BRP Recalls Side-by-Side ORVs

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), BRP has recalled about 10,600 side-by-side off-road vehicles (ORVs). The recall involves model year 2013 Can-Am Commander vehicles equipped with Dynamic Power Steering (DPS). The steering coupling can strip on the rack-and-pinion assembly and result in a loss of steering control and crash hazard. The firm has received 29 incident reports, including two reports of minor injuries. Recalled models include: Commander DPS 1000EFI Comma...
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    Will Ferrell to Star in Snowmobiling Film

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    According to a Deadline report earlier this month, Will Ferrell will soon be starring in a movie about a group of Minnesota men who became the first people to ride snowmobiles to the North Pole in 1968. The Sony Pictures film will be produced by Ferrell, along with Temple Hill's Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, and it will be adapted from an article entitled “Ice Pack: An Insurance Salesman and a Doctor Walk Into a Bar, and End Up at the North Pole," written by Guy Lawson for The...
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    Yamaha Issues Recall for Select Side-by-Side Vehicles

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Yamaha Motor Corporation USA of Cypress, Calif., is recalling about 7,000 Yamaha side-by-side vehicles. Water can get into the throttle cable and if it freezes during cold weather, the ice can prevent the throttle from returning to idle, causing the rider to lose control and posing crash and injury hazards. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The recall involves model year 2016 YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SE side-by-side utility vehicles sold in four colors: orange and black, blue and wh...
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    Polaris Recalls Select RZR Models

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries jointly announced with the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that the company is voluntarily recalling certain RZR 900 and 1000 off-road vehicles manufactured since model year 2013 due to reports of thermal-related incidents, including fires. Detailed information about the recall is available here.Polaris conducted a thorough investigation to pinpoint the root causes and put forward a comprehensive solution to address them."One of our foremost guiding principl...
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    Polaris Rampage Prototype Makes Tracks at the North Pole

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The Off-Road Vehicles division of Polaris Industries recently deployed an all-new ORV at the North Pole. It's called the Rampage, and it's a true amphibious, all-terrain, all-season, global-reach platform. The photos show a formidable vehicle with dual tracks for traversing any terrain with ease. Definitely a step up from the average snowmobile! The Rampage was deployed in support of Canadian Operation Nunalivut, an annual sovereignty operation conducted by the Canadian Armed Forces (CA...
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    Snowmobilers Encounter Polar Bear in Labrador

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Over Easter weekend, a small group of snowmobilers got up close and personal with a polar bear in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, according to a recent CBC News story. Edwin Clark, Neko Dyson, Dyson's sister and a friend were riding in Batteau, Labrador, when they spotted the bear. "The bear was walking out towards sea ice," said Edwin Clark, who snapped a photo of Dyson approaching the bear. "He was pretty lazy, just eating snow." &q...
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    Chris Burandt Hosts American Snowmobiler

    Posted one year ago by mboncher
    This past week, AmSnow had the pleasure of riding at Burandt's Backcountry Adventure with legendary tree-negotiating extraordinaire Chris Burandt and his team in Buena Vista, Colo. Editor Mark Boncher and AmSnow's resident avalanche expert Mike Duffy (www.avalanche1.com) enjoyed a weekend of fun at BBA. Chris threw out the red carpet for us and everything from the lodge to the sleds to the riding was top-notch professional. Let us tell you this much: If you want to be pushed to your lim...
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    Introducing the Nissan Murano Winter Warrior

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Haven't you ever wished you could take your car or truck into the pow the way you do a snowmobile? Nissan debuted three snow-tracked Winter Warrior concepts at the Chicago Auto Show last month: the Pathfinder, the Rogue and the Murano. The folks at Autoweek magazine recently had the privilege of testing out the Murano, and needless to say, we're a little jealous. The Murano Warrior is fitted with a set of Dominator Track Systems tread and equipped with a 260-hp V6 engine mated to the...
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    Snowmobile Club Takes New Approach to Fundraising

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Chili dumps, poker runs and frying of odd fish are all staples in the snowmobile club fundraising world, but one club in southeast Wisconsin is taking a fresh approach to fundraising. The Snow Runners LTD snowmobile club is hosting it's third annual Moonlight Meltdown 5K/10K run on April 16, 2016 in Belgium, Wis. The run begins at 8:00 P.M. with registration starting at 6:00 P.M. or you can pre-register online at www.moonlightmeltdown.com. Registration fees are $25 for the 5/10K if you pre-...
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    2017 Snowmobiles: What Would We Buy?

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    We’ve ridden them, tested them, and inspected every element from hood tabs to track lugs. We’ve discussed all our thoughts on the 2017 class of snowmobiles at great length with our entire test crew. That crew is made up of mountain riders, trail riders, crossover lovers, family folks, and testers of all ages. Here are some of our riding impressions along with THE SLED WE WOULD BUY from each of the manufacturers.  Arctic Cat - “The Thundercat is pretty awesome.”...
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    RACE RECAP: Flat Snow Drag, Rennselaer Falls, N.Y.

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    With Mother Nature not playing nice this season, the Stiles family was still hoping their event would happen. This past Saturday, they teamed up with Northeast Snowmobile Drag Racing LLC. (NSDR) for the second annual Flat Snow Drag at the Stiles 500 in Rennselaer Falls, N.Y. The crew worked very hard to get the track built. Without the donation of a new skid steer by Art Bass Concrete, it might not have gotten done. On the morning of the race, the track looked awesome, flat and hard with an ele...
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    Polaris Acquires Taylor-Dunn

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. today announced the acquisition of Taylor-Dunn, a leading provider of industrial vehicles that serve a broad range of commercial, manufacturing, warehouse and ground-support customers. Taylor-Dunn, a privately owned company based in Anaheim, Calif., will join GEM, Goupil, Mega and Aixam, as well as Polaris Commercial Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Sales, in Polaris’ Work & Transportation division, part of Polaris’ Global Adjacent Markets business. The terms of the...

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