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    Timbersled gets Mod-ed Out!

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    The snow bike craze is hitting fever pitch. Just transforming your bike for snow use is no longer enough... you've got to add mods too! Check out what KLIM Product Line Manager Evan Hoge came up with when he set out to build the ultimate Timbersled snow bike using a chassis from a 2003 Honda CR125 and an engine from a 1997 CR500. The custom bike was mated to a Timbersled Long Track Mountain Horse kit which uses a 137-inch track with 2.5-inch lugs. cs_setInnerHtml('video_4d73...
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    Timmy's Snowarama Raises Money for Easter Seals in Saskatchewan

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Every year for the last 39 years, the small town of Yorkton, Saskatchewan (pop~16,000), has hosted Timmy's Snowarama, a family-oriented fundraising event that combines winter fun and community spirit in support of Easter Seals Saskatchewan. Over the years, the event has grown into the biggest fundraiser event in Saskatchewan. This past weekend, a total of 161 riders still attended the 39th annual Snowarama held at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton. Although a lack of snow shortened the snowmo...
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    Pink Ribbon Riders Hosting Snow Runs in February

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    If you're looking for some snowmobiling fun and philanthropy in next couple of weeks, then get your butt out to a Snow Run hosted by the Pink Ribbon Riders (PRR)! The PRR will be hosting back-to-back Snow Runs in the next couple of weeks, one in Eagle River, Wis. (Feb. 12-13), and one in Old Forge, N.Y. (Feb. 19-20). At these weekend events, the PRR raises breast cancer awareness as well as funds to help offset the medical costs for men and women who are battling the disease.  Each tw...
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    Hibbert Looks to Carry Winning Momentum to Deadwood, S.D.

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Tucker Hibbert (Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck) is hoping to continue his winning ways this weekend in Deadwood, S.D., during rounds seven and eight of the ISOC National Snocross tour. Hibbert has recorded some of his most memorable races at Days of ‘76 Rodeo Ground’s bullring-style track, including his jaw-dropping last-to-first place rally last year that marked his 100th Pro National win. “I don’t know what it is about Deadwood but there’s always wild ra...
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    Why We Love Vintage

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    The February issue of American Snowmobiler is arriving to our loyal subscribers as I type. In it, readers will find our special Vintage Section we run in that issue each year. It's one of my favorite issues to put together each season, as I'm always amazed at the cool sled finds our contributors unearth each year for us. Spoiler alert: This latest Vintage Issue has some of our most unique finds yet! This issue always comes out right around the time of our club's (Hill and Gully Snow...
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    Track Preparations are Underway for the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Opening day of the 34th running of the Grand Prix Ski-doo of Valcourt presented by Intact Insurance (Feb. 12-14) is less than a month away, and volunteers are hard at work on Circuit Yvon Duhamel to get it ready for the big event. Mother Nature has not been too cooperative lately, but all the rain that has fallen in southwestern Quebec over the past few weeks is actually beneficial for the Grand Prix, because it filled the lake located on their land. All this water is now being turned into fresh...
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    Arctic Cat Launches #20FootTucker Giveaway

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Arctic Cat announced today that it has launched the #20FootTucker social media promotion, which will coincide with ISOC’s remaining National Snocross races. To participate in the giveaway, fans attending the races will have to locate a 20-foot-tall inflatable version of Tucker Hibbert, which can be found near the Arctic Cat merchandise trailer. Once you find the 20-foot Tucker, take your best selfie next to it and post the photo to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hash...
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    Arctic Rage Snowstakes: December Winner Announced!

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The second monthly winner has been announced for the Arctic Rage Snowstakes, brought to you by Boyesen, FXR and American Snowmobiler magazine. December's lucky winner is Kevin Keesler, Jr., of Endicott, N.Y. Kevin is the proud owner of a 2005 Ski-Doo 600 H.O. SDI. November's winner was Dan Bill, who lives in Michigan and owns a 2012 Arctic Cat ProCross XF 800 Sno Pro. For each month during the Arctic Rage Snowstakes, one winner will be randomly selected to win products from some of th...
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    BRP Teams Up with Performance Icon Ken Block

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Last week, BRP announced that it has a new agreement with Ken Block, racing icon and star of the viral "Gymkhana” videos that showcase high-performance motorsports. BRP anticipates that the agreement between the two high-octane brands will bolster the Can-Am authority in the off-road powersports and performance enthusiast industries. Block, who is a talented World Rally Championship racer, X Games medalist and viral video trailblazer, is now an official ambas...
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    Looking Ahead to the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The Grand Prix Ski-doo of Valcourt (Feb. 12-14, 2016) is less than two months away, and the organizing committee has been hard at work to make the 34th running of the event a success. This past week, the committee announced a major change for the ice oval ATV and motocross races: Entrants from each series will compete for top honors on two different tracks. Aside from the traditional race on the Yvon Duhamel ice oval track, competitors will face new challenges in their second event of the weeke...
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    Agreement Reached in Paris to Limit Climate Change

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Many parts of the U.S. have been feeling the effects of climate change this winter. We definitely are here in southeastern Wisconsin, where we still have green grass in the middle of December. World leaders are starting to take notice, however, recognizing that we all need to do our part to limit the disastrous effects of climate change. At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) on Saturday, Dec. 12, world leaders  accepted a final agreement to limit climate ...
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    Safe Riders! Campaign Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Initiated in 1995, the "Safe Riders! You Make Snowmobiling Safe" campaign has been going strong for 20 years now. The safety campaign began as a partnership with the "big four" snowmobile manufacturers as well as state and provincial snowmobile associations and clubs located throughout the snowbelt. The goal of the campaign is to keep safety a "top of mind awareness" subject while snowmobiling. Over the years, the campaign has been very effective, sending free educ...
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    Arctic Rage Snowstakes: 1st Monthly Winner Announced!

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The first monthly winner has been announced for the Arctic Rage Snowstakes, brought to you by Boyesen, FXR and American Snowmobiler magazine. This month's lucky winner is Dan Bill of Michigan. Dan is the proud owner of a 2012 Arctic Cat ProCross XF 800 Sno Pro. For each month during the Arctic Rage Snowstakes, one winner will be randomly selected to win products from some of the best brands in snowmobiling. The 4-month-long contest is FREE to enter and features great monthly prizes from co...
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    Race Report: Duluth ISOC Snocross

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Here we are, just days after the start of the 2016 snowmobile ISOC snocross season, and even though riders that live out west are enjoying some early snow, the majority of snocross racers live here in the Midwest, where temps are still in the 40s. Luckily for us, the snow guns were blazing in Duluth just in time to kick off the snocross season. We have spent the past few weeks reaching out to manufacturers and many of the Pro and Pro Lite teams for updates on the new season, and we gathered a f...
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    When Tucker Hibbert Wins, So Could You

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    With more than 100 victories to his credit, Tucker Hibbert is the winningest racer in pro snocross history. Now racing fans can take advantage of his success. Whenever Hibbert wins during the 2015-2016 snocross racing season, fans can win too. During the 2015-2016 ISOC season and Winter X Games, every time Hibbert wins a final, five people will win a C-TEC2 prize pack as part of the "Tucker Hibbert Wins – You Win Giveaway." The prize pack includes a pouch of Arctic Cat C-...
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    Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling in Ontario!

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Snowmobiling is a big industry in Ontario. The sport contributes $1.7 billion annually to Ontario's economy, and there has been a 30% participation increase over the past two seasons. Already this year, the number of permits sold prior to Nov. 1 increased by 12% over last year's sales. To celebrate this success and the coming sledding season, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) and its member clubs are observing "Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Ontario Week" thi...
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    Menards Rewards New Arctic Cat Consumers

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    All too often, snowmobiling gets put on the back burner because we have to get caught up on pressing house projects. Well, now Menards and Arctic Cat are teaming up to help you find more time to play in the powder. From now through the end of 2015, anyone who purchases a new 2016 Arctic Cat machine (500 model class or larger) will receive a $250 Menards gift card. Snowmobiles, ATVs and side-by-sides are all included in the promotion (spring buy is not). To claim your gift card, send a copy of ...
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    NY Covered Bridge Challenge: Do you have what it takes?

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    If you enjoy riding trails through covered bridges and exploring new destinations by snowmobile, then you might be intrigued to know that the state of New York is hosting its first annual Covered Bridge Challenge (CBC), a 663-mile route that spans 14 counties and crosses 10 different covered bridges. The event is a collaborative effort among several of the state’s snowmobile clubs, tourism offices and Mohawk Valley GIS, creators of NYSnowmobileWebmap.com. Arctic Cat is the main sponsor.&nb...
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    VIDEO: X Games Medalist Goes for an Early-Season Ride in Alaska

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    On Oct. 31, X Games medalist Cory Davis left his hometown of Soldotna, Alaska, in search of snow. He headed north to Summit Lake (home of Arctic Man) in the Alaska Mountain Range. Although Cory normally rides within an hour away, the nine-hour commute for an early ride was worth it. The parking lot had only six inches of snow, but after ascending 1,000 feet, Cory was relieved to find even more. Cory described the October ride as surprisingly good for this early in the season. “The perfec...
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    Polaris Recalls RZR ROVs

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., recently recalled about 53,000 RZR recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The vehicles' fuel tank vent line can be misrouted, causing it to become pinched. This can cause the fuel tank to pressurize and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.The company has received four reports of RZR 900s with fuel leaks and two reports of the vehicles catching on fire, one of which included a minor burn injury to a consumer. The company also received 25 reports of RZR...
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    BRP Recalls Youth ATVs

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Earlier this month, BRP US of Sturtevant, Wis., recalled about 240 Youth Model Can-Am all-terrain vehicles. The company has received eight reports of the fuel filter breaking and leaking at dealerships, which poses a fire hazard. No injuries have been reported. This recall is for the model years 2015 and 2016 Youth Model Can-Am TMDS 90TM and DS 90TMX ATVs with 90cc engines. The vehicles came in black and yellow. “Can-Am DS” and the engine size are painted in white on both s...
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    Ski-Doo X-Team Snocross Seminar Scheduled for 2015

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The Ski-Doo race department announced that it will host a seminar to familiarize racers with the updated 2016 MXZx 600RS snowmobile. The event will take place in Aurora, Minn., on Nov. 21, 2015, in advance of the ISOC season opener in Duluth, Minn. (Nov. 27-29). The three-hour seminar will focus on snocross sled setups and include coaching and tips from Ski-Doo factory personnel and pro race teams. Cost is $25 per person, and advance registration is required by Nov. 13. ...
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    Arctic Cat Sales Drop 19.6% in Fiscal Q2

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    For its fiscal 2016 second quarter that ended Sept. 30, 2015, Arctic Cat Inc. reported net earnings of $11.2 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, on net sales of $211.2 million. That's a decrease of about 19.6% over the previous year. In the prior-year quarter, Arctic Cat reported net earnings of $15.4 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, on net sales of $262.5 million.  “The company executed well in the second quarter on our strategies to reposition the business for a ...
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    Arctic Cat Adds New Member to Board of Directors

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Arctic Cat announced the election of Andrew S. Duff to its board of directors. Duff is chairman and CEO of Piper Jaffray Companies, a NYSE-listed investment bank and asset management firm. He also will serve on Arctic Cat’s audit committee. With this addition, Arctic Cat now has eight board members, all but one of whom are independent. “Andrew brings a stellar reputation and keen understanding of board governance and financial oversight," said Kenneth J. Roering, Arctic Cat&rsq...
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    Polaris Reports 12% Sales Gain in Q3

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. reported a record third quarter net income of $155.2 million for the quarter that ended September 30, 2015, an increase of 10% over the prior year’s third quarter net income of $140.8 million. Earnings per share were a record $2.30 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $2.06 per diluted share for the same period in 2014. Sales totaled a record $1,456.0 million in Q3 2015, an increase of 12% over last yea...
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    Winnipeg to Willmar Race Slotted for February 2016

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Snow totals permitting, the largest snowmobile race in the country will run for the 42nd time in 2016. The Seven Clans I-500 Winnipeg to Willmar race is scheduled to start in Winnipeg on Feb. 10, 2016, and end in Willmar on Saturday, Feb. 13. Last year, the race had to be rerouted due to low snow conditions. Over 300 entries are expected for the fifth race on the USXC Racing circuit, with racers coming from all over the U.S. and Canada. The total purse should be close to $100,000, and the winne...
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    Intercomp Releases New Racing Catalog

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Intercomp Racing announced the release of its new Racing Products Catalog, which covers the company's complete line of Billet Scale Systems, including RFX™ Wireless Scale Systems, Engine Tools, Chassis Setup Equipment, and the new SW656 iRaceWeigh Scale System (a convenient method for scaling your car using a mobile device). Intercomp offers an extensive array of racing tools and equipment. We at American Snowmobiler use their scales at the Real World Shootout every year. You can vie...
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    Excitement at Grass Drags in Upstate New York

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    In upstate New York, the arrival of autumn means the start of the snowmobile grass drag season, and two of the best events take place during the last two weekends of September. They are the Snow Bash in Ohio, N.Y., and the Excell Eastern Grass Drag Nationals in Bouckville, N.Y. Snow BashThis is hosted by the Ohio Ridge Riders and sponsored by Blizzard Mfg. This past year’s Snow Bash had a large turnout of sleds and spectators. There were 434 entries, including 117 amateurs and an impressi...
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    New TV Show Highlights Backcountry Snowmobiling

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    On October 10, a new TV show called Boondock Nation will air in select markets, bringing the thrills of backcountry snowmobiling right into living rooms across the Midwest. Created, directed, and produced by Madison-based production firm Discover Mediaworks, the same folks who worked on Discover Wisconsin and Into the Outdoors, Boondock Nation will highlight the extreme sport of boondocking and its growing popularity in the Midwest. In the pilot episode, Dylan Rose, Jack Sarama, Ryan Barr, and C...
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    'Learn to Ride' at Togwotee Mountain Lodge in Wyoming

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    If you are a beginner snowmobiler or know someone who would like to get introduced to the sport, you might be interested to hear that Togwotee Mountain Lodge and Togwotee Adventures in Jackson Hole, Wyo., are hosting a Learn to Ride getaway. The trip includes three-night cabin accommodations at Togwotee Mountain Lodge, two full days of instruction and riding, equipment rental, round-trip airport transfers and a welcome cocktail reception. Cost is  $1,166 for two people (only offered to par...

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