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    New CEO Has Big Plans for Arctic Cat

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Chris Metz, a former Black & Decker executive and Arctic Cat's new CEO, has big plans for the OEM. Arctic Cat has struggled to keep pace with the competition in recent years, but according to an article in the Star Tribune, Metz's wants to see 50% growth and $1.15 billion in sales by 2020. He plans to accomplish this goal through new product launches, revamped ads and increased visibility in the industry. “I know all the bad news of the past, and I am not hiding from that...
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    Clean Snowmobile Team Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Have you ever heard of the SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC)? Created in response to the banning of snowmobiles in Yellowstone due to their negative impact on the environment and wildlife, the CSC is an engineering design competition that challenges college and university engineering students to re-engineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise while increasing fuel economy and maintaining high performance. The modified snowmobiles then compete in a variety o...
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    BRP to Sponsor Avalanche Awareness Seminars

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    For the sixth straight year, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is taking the lead in promoting avalanche education and awareness by sponsoring nearly 60 free seminars throughout North America. The seminars offer fresh, renewed and relevant content for riders of all skill levels, and riders of all brands are welcome and encouraged to attend. More than 10,000 attendees have taken part in Ski-Doo-sponsored avalanche awareness seminars since 2009. This season, the seminars have been enhanced w...
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    BRP Announces Partnerships with Tech and Clothing Brands

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) revealed during its semi-annual dealer meeting that it is partnering with Cyclops Gear and Kappa in retail distribution and NASCAR sponsorship deals. As part of the agreement, BRP’s North American dealer network will distribute the CGX2 camera by Cyclops Gear, as well as four clothing collections by Kappa, a well-known sportswear manufacturer. The deal also includes NASCAR sponsorships. BRP’s Can-Am brand will also have the oppor...
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    Norwegian Man Breaks Watercross World Record

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Today, a Norwegian man named Morten Blien hopped on his Polaris RMK 800 and drove about 131 miles – down the Tana River in Finnmark, Norway. The reigning European watercross champion was attempting to break the world record for distance driven on water with a snowmobile, previously set by former European watercross champion Antti Holmberg (180 kilometers, or 111.9 miles). Blien did surpass the mark, but he fell short of his goal of 250 km (about 155.3 miles) when his sled inexplicably sto...
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    Hay Days 2015: 5 Reasons to Go!

    Posted one year ago by AmSnow
    As I sit here looking out my office window on a rainy Friday, I can already feel the excitement of a new snowmobile season starting. In just five short weeks, the AmSnow staff will be walking the grounds of Hay Days 2015 in North Branch, Minn. (Sept. 12-13, 2015). Every snowmobiler needs to experience this first hand at least once. Here's our top 5 reasons to attend (these rarely change), but they get our engines revved just the same! After all, its the "Official Start of Winter!" ...
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    Divas SnowGear Seeks Brand Ambassadors

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Divas SnowGear (DSG) has announced the continuation of their brand ambassador program for the 2015-2016 season. As part of the program, DSG is looking for 24 women from the US, Canada, and Europe to be a voice for the brand within the snowmobile community. DSG brand ambassadors will be given the opportunity to test current and pre-released products, provide feedback, and express their opinions about their experiences with DSG’s outerwear brand.  You do not have to be a professional r...
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    Ingles Performance Team Uses the Off-season to Rest, Get Healthy

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    After earning a second-straight Pro Snocross championship while riding Ski-Doo MXZ snowmobiles last season, the Ingles Performance team is getting some well-deserved rest this off-season, according to a recent report by Powersports Business. Danny Poirier, 35, notched his second-straight and fifth-career East Coast Snocross Pro Open title on March 29, capping a season full of great races. Poirier won 14 of 17 finals on the northeastern regional circuit in 2014-2015. Poirier wasn’t the on...
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    New Product: Dual-Ski Suspension System for Snow Bikes

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    WARROAD, Minn. -- Earlier this week, Raptor Performance Shocks (a leading Minnesota-based supplier of performance suspension products for such noted snow sled brands as Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha) announced the introduction of the X2 Dual Ski Snow Bike Front Suspension kit, and the new product is turning some heads. “When I started at Polaris Industries in 1997, one of the first projects that I ever worked on was a snow bike,” says Jake Anderson, owner of Rapt...
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    Edgy Outerwear Brand Pushes Boundaries

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    We recently became acquainted with a relatively new brand of sportswear and outerwear called Moose Knuckles. This Canadian company does not take itself too seriously and seems to tout a "fun first" mentality. The website states that "Moose Knuckles is inspired by Canadian heritage, personality, sports and leisure from our nation’s obsession with ice hockey, to our reputation as the class clown of the global schoolhouse." If the semi-provocative brand name and logo ...
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    Ontario Increasing On-Road Access for ORVs and ATVs

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) recently announced that the Canadian province is enhancing on-road access for more types of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) while increasing safety requirements for riders.  Beginning July 1, Ontario will implement the following changes to ensure that ORV and ATV riders safely reach their destination:   More types of ORVs and ATVs, including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ATVs and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs),...
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    Connect with Other Action Sports Athletes on Shrick

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    If you're looking for a place to brag about your latest snowmobiling racing results, or post a video of that new snowboarding trick you landed (or hopelessly bombed), then you might want to check out Shrick, a new social networking service specifically tailored to action sports athletes. At the very least, it'll give you a way to kill some time while you wait for the snow to fly again. The name Shrick is derived from a combination of the words "share" and "trick," an...
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    Looks Like a Snowmobile, But It's Made for the Water

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    With the official start of summer just around the corner, you may be starting to experience some snow withdrawals. Personal watercraft (PWCs) can be great for getting your sledding fix during the offseason. The Jet Blade, a unique PWC model created by four engineering students from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., even resembles a snowmobile in its design. Unlike conventional PWCs, which rely on a directional water jet for steering, the Jet Blade is steered by turning the front skis, just ...
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    AmSnow Summer Update: Stephen Clark

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    “What do you guys do all summer?” It’s the second-most common question we get asked around here (right behind, “What’s your favorite sled?”). You mean other than putting together another outstanding season of American Snowmobiler magazine? While that is how we spend a lot of the summer, we do find some time to participate in a few other passions we have. In the coming blog posts, we’ll fill you in on what we’ve been up to, and what you can look for...
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    A Self-Backing Trailer? Yes!

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Snowmobiling is a winter sport. Hauling a trailer is a year-round sport for most of us. Whether your off-season hobby is boating, ATV-ing, camping or fishing, there's a good chance you're towing on the weekends. Ford thinks they've made backing those payloads child's play. Our family falls into any of the above categories (sometimes multiple) on any given summer weekend. There's no worse feeling than having to take several runs at backing your rig in front of an impatiently ...
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    Overcoming Fears to Learn Mountain Snowmobile Skillz

    Posted 2 years ago by AmSnow
    By Jessica RobinsonI sat at the bottom of the hill, staring at the incline.  My heart started racing, my breathing quickened, tears stung my eyes.  Surely they didn’t expect me to go up that.  I couldn’t.  It was too steep.  Too big.  Too far out of my comfort zone.  It wasn’t the first time that day I’d felt sheer terror.  Within 10 minutes of hopping on my snowmobile, my heart was in my throat and I was shaking like a leaf.  ...
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    Backcountry snowmobiling for women takes off in Sweden

    Posted 2 years ago by AmSnow
    XX – The Female ChormosomeFreerider – Passionate people of like mind.Setting - SWEDEN Add these three together and you get an amazing time in a beautiful country where snowmobiling is taking off in a HUGE way. I have had the privilege of traveling again this February to the beautiful village of Saxnas, Sweden to coach at XX Freeride Camp. I had 60 girls distributed through two camps, 6 guides, three photographers/videographers and two amazing ladies who organize us all. If asked ab...
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    Bikini rally raises $5300 for charity

    Posted 2 years ago by AmSnow
    It was the warmest day of the week and the day of the Genesee Sno-Packers Bikini Rally. This was the first annual Bikini Rally and the only one in western NY. The club was having the event to raise money for the club, The Pink Ribbon Riders and for a fellow snowmobile enthusiast Ashley Danielle who was in a serious snowmobile crash early in the season. She is making great strides and has made some huge improvements and the club is hoping the money raised will help.    The Club had...
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    The Commitment Point

    Posted 2 years ago by AmSnow
    There comes a point in every great sledders history that they find that commitment point.  What I mean about THAT commitment point is the point in which you give up all logic and rational thinking and TRUST that your sled will recover any shred of talent you have left in your throttle thumb and pull it's self around to a manageable position and let you ride it out.Each stage of mastering long track mountain/deep powder riding has it's own learning curve.  Some of the video Ninj...
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    Northern Ontario Gets Pounded with Powder!

    Posted 2 years ago by AmSnow
    When we were told 7+ feet of powder existed within just 11 hours from Milwaukee, WI we couldn’t quite believe it, but it is true! Just north of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario (across the Soo Locks from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan) lies the Midwest’s best chance at BIG snow depths. Recently AmSnow visited the little town of Wawa, Ontario just a couple hundred kilometers (2.5 hours) north of the “Soo”.  Wawa is located off of the far eastern side of Lake Superior. What does ...
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    AmSnow Weekend Update

    Posted 2 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    We braved the frigid temps and blizzard conditions last weekend in Michigan's UP to tour the trails and the backcountry in a couple different locations. We started off in Munising and then made our way up to Houghton and South Range. Here's a quick recap of the trip! I'm not sure why more people don't ride in Munising. It used to be THE place to go a few years back and not much seems to have changed. We did our share of riding on the 300+ miles of pristine trails and dabbled a b...
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    Not Time To Go In!

    Posted 2 years ago by mboncher
    How do you know when it is not time to come in from a day of snowmobiling? When the wheel on your sled dolly miraculously disintegrates while you are trying to pull the sled back into the garage. I took it as a sign that I should go back out and ride some more. Hope everyone had a chance to ride this weekend! - Mark Boncher, Editor...
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    Backcountry clinic takes on Copper Harbor with confidence... and some bruises

    Posted 2 years ago by AmSnow
    Backcountry, beautiful and what some of us consider badass... in a good way. All these could describe the women and the terrain they took on at Diva SnowGear's backcountry clinic in Copper Harbor, Mich. Most women on this trip were Divas Snow Gear Ambassadors and they were all beautiful ladies inside and out, but the idea of breaking a nail while shredding the POW definitely didn't deter them. Backcountry guru Stephanie Schwartz flew in from British Columbia to teach these 20 women how t...
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    Back from the AmSnow NY Shootout

    Posted 2 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    We finally touched down back home after a long, but extremely awesome weekend at the American Snowmobiler / DynoTech Research NY Shootout. These were some of the best track conditions we’ve ever had for a snow drag event. Hard pack, 28-degrees and no wind to speak of made for some very quick times down the 1/4 mile.  Our stockers were again supplied by the good folks at D&D Performance (Yamaha, Arctic Cat – www.ddracing.com), Fun Unlimited (Polaris – www.fununlimitedp...
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    ISOC kicks off season in Duluth

    Posted 2 years ago by AmSnow
    The ISOC 2014-2015 season kicked off Thanksgiving weekend in Duluth, Minn.  AmSnow  received these exclusive photos from the event from Lissa Marsolek/ISOC. ...
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    Shopping for a Snowmobiler?

    Posted 2 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    Thinking about Black Friday shopping? Look no further than the AmSnow Store! We've got everything you need for the snowmobiler on your 'Nice List', including hats, beanies, t-shirts and calendars! And the best part is you won't even have to fight an angry soccer mom for a parking spot at the mall! Your order will be delivered right to you door! Less shopping means more riding. So what are you waiting for? Check out AmSnow's online store for that perfect snowmobile gift today!...
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    What's in your garage?

    Posted 2 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    We need your help in outfitting the newest AmSnow garage! Tell us what your must-have garage items are! From tools to tapestry, we want to know what you'd recommend for the ultimate snowmobile garage! Make way for the snowmobiles! There were two things on my priority list when looking for my family's next place to call home: A detached garage large enough for sleds in the winter and boats in the summer, and close enough to the snowmobile trail that we could ride from the yard. I mana...
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    Snow Show Season in Full Swing

    Posted 2 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    Snowmobile industry trade shows are in full swing from coast-to-coast. Just this past weekend alone saw shows in Edmonton, Alberta; Puyallup, Wash.; Augusta, Maine and Milwaukee, Wis. The fun never seems to end this time of year. Next weekend Toronto will welcome hoards of consumers, and more shows will follow right up until the snow flies. I spent the majority of this past weekend at the Snowmobile USA Snow Show in Milwaukee with nearly 15,000 of my closest friends. Shows like these provide a ...
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    See You at the Show!

    Posted 2 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    Need a little shot of snowmobiling in your blood to get you through the last few weeks of fall? Come see us at the Milwaukee Snowmobile USA Show and Sale this weekend, Oct. 17-19 at the Wisconsin Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park. It's got everything you need to save your snowmobile sanity including terrific early season specials on gear, sleds, getaways and more! You can check out the 2015 sleds from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. Saturday features a WI DNR state certified...
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    Get Your AmSnow Gear Today!

    Posted 2 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    The first of American Snowmobiler’s 2015 gear is in! We have a limited number of 2015 AmSnow t-shirts for sale available HERE. With two limited edition designs to pick from, you’ll be looking your best on and off the trail while proudly flying your American Snowmobiler magazine colors! Plus we know snowmobilers, so we know you spent too much time at weekend grass drags and swap meets to do any laundry. Time for a new T! Made in the good old USA, these are a must-have for the snowmo...

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