• Master The Backcountry The Easy Way: 2019 M 6000 Alpha One

    February 27, 2019 Feature
    (ED—You’ve most likely seen the 2020 Arctic Cat mountain lineup … and probably also noticed there is no mountain 600 for next season. You might remember that Arctic Cat released the M 6000 Alpha One last fall at Haydays in a limited build. So what gives?
  • Beacons and Batteries: The last defense from an ice grave

    February 27, 2019 Published in the October 2018 issue Feature Steve Janes
    How to use avalanche beacons to save your life.
  • Western Chapter Holds Winter Meeting

    February 26, 2019 News American Council of Snowmobile Associations
    The Western Chapter of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations held its annual winter meeting this past weekend in Montana.
  • Rising To The Challenge: Product Tests—IceAge Elevate Kit

    February 26, 2019 Product Tests, Feature Web Exclusive Steve Janes
    The editors of SnoWest Magazine got a chance to put the IceAge Elevate Kit to the test on an exclusive ride. Riding both the Alpha One single-beam rear suspension and the M8000 twin-beam rear suspension, we found that by increasing the ride height, you no
  • Product Test: Fortress BasePro

    February 26, 2019 Published in the October 2018 issue Product Tests Steve Janes
    Steve Janes tests out the Fortress BasePro.
  • HJC i 50 Helmet

    February 25, 2019 New Products
    HJC’s new off-road helmet was designed with the purpose of creating ease and comfort for the rider, so that his or her focus can remain on the obstacles ahead.
  • Rhett Clark's 10 Favorite 2019 Sleds

    February 25, 2019 Published in the October 2018 issue Rhett Clark
    Rhett Clark lists his top 10 sleds for 2019, including Ski-Doo, Arctic Cat, Polaris, and Yamaha.
  • Product Review: Klim 2019 Lochsa

    February 24, 2019 Published in the October 2018 issue Feature
    A review of the redesign of the Lochsa one-piece from Klim.
  • 2020 Ski-Doo Summit Expert explained by its designers

    February 23, 2019 Video
  • Ryan Harris' 10 Favorite 2019 Sleds

    February 23, 2019 Published in the October 2018 issue Feature Ryan Harris
    Ryan Harris list his top 10 machines, including Arctic Cat, Polaris, and Ski-Doo.
  • 2020 Arctic Cat: Alpha Ones All Around

    February 22, 2019 Feature
    Arctic Cat is going all in on its new single beam rear suspension. What does that mean? It means simply that all 2020 Cat mountain sleds will use the Alpha One single beam rear suspension.
  • Arctic Cat Riot: The Ultimate 50/50 Crossover Snowmobile

    February 22, 2019 Feature
    In addition to a trimmed down mountain lineup, Arctic Cat has unveiled its new Riot lineup—the Riot and Riot X—and is billing it as a crossover sled that can attack the trails and deep snow.
  • Product Install: SLP Lightweight Silencer

    February 22, 2019 Published in the October 2018 issue Feature Steve Janes
    Steve Janes installs the SLP Lightweight Silencer.
  • BRP Purchases Select Assets Of Alta Motors As Part Of Its Ongoing Interest In Exploring Alternate Energies

    February 21, 2019 News
    Valcourt, Quebec - BRP has announced the purchase of select assets of Faster Faster, Inc. (Alta Motors) as part of BRP’s longstanding interest in new technologies and alternate energy sources for the powersports industry.
  • Arctiva Introduces All-New Advance Snowmobile Boot

    February 21, 2019 New Products
    Janesville, WI – The all new Arctiva Advance boot is best in class.
  • All the Answers: Mountain Cat VS. Alpha One

    February 21, 2019 Published in the October 2018 issue Feature Ryan Harris
  • Perfect Day For 600s

    February 20, 2019 Feature Web Exclusive Steve Janes
    These are 600 days—the kind that if you’re riding a smaller horsepower sled, you can go full-throttle most of the time, yet maintain a reasonable ground speed to allow your imagination to pick unique lines through the trees.
  • Product Test: Bolt Lock

    February 20, 2019 Published in the September 2018 issue Feature Steve Janes
    Steve Janes tests out the Bolt Lock.
  • Green Groups To Sue FWS Over Loss Of Caribou Herd

    February 19, 2019 News Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press
    Environmental groups said earlier this month they plan to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to prevent the recent loss of the last herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48.
  • Product Test: KneeBlades: Rolling on your knees

    February 19, 2019 Published in the September 2018 issue Steve Janes
    Steve Janes tests out KneeBlades.
  • 2020 Ski-Doo Summit SP

    February 18, 2019 Feature
    The day is not done when the sun starts to set. For a rider on the 2020 Summit SP it means there’s plenty of time and energy left to take in another epic view from the top. When others turn to head for the truck or the trail, the Summit SP is ready to pro
  • 2020 Summit X

    February 18, 2019 Feature
    Pushing the envelope comes standard for a Summit X rider. Climbing farther up an ascent, getting more technical in the trees, going bigger and deeper are the goals of every ride. The X rider lives for the challenge of bettering the last ride and bettering
  • 2020 Ski-Doo Summit: Master Every Challenge

    February 18, 2019 Feature
    The deep-snow riding experience is unlike any other in the world. When it’s done aboard a Ski-Doo Summit, it creates a combination that’s nearly indescribable. Equal parts power and precision, it can take a rider from gracefully carving a powder-filled sl
  • 2020 Summit X With Expert Package

    February 18, 2019 Feature
    The trees are tighter. The hills are steeper. The snow is deeper. The challenge is greater, but so is the reward. Seldom does a sled come along that changes the way a rider interprets the terrain and vastly expands the possibilities of where they can go.
  • Product Install: Ski-Doo Adjustable Ski Stance

    February 18, 2019 Published in the September 2018 issue Feature Steve Janes
    Installing the Ski-Doo Adjustable Ski Stance in 6 easy steps.
  • Snowmobiling Is the Best: As told by a hippie

    February 17, 2019 Published in the September 2018 issue Feature Mandy Fabel
    Hippie Mandy Fabel tries out snowmobiling with a Polaris RMK and shares her experience.
  • Fox Releases the iQS: Exclusive first look, test ride

    February 16, 2019 Published in the September 2018 issue Feature Steve Janes
    A look at the Fox iQS, its modes, and its features.
  • Bell Helmets Names Tim Piver As Senior Product Manager: Piver brings extensive, diverse industry experience to Bell’s product development team

    February 15, 2019 News
    Scotts Valley, Calif. – Bell Helmets, an industry leader in innovative head protection, today appointed Tim Piver as senior product manager, where he will oversee the company’s emerging snowmobile category. The hiring is evidence of Bell’s continued desir
  • Decking Out The Trailer: Product Install—Caliber Traction Products

    February 15, 2019 Product Tests, Feature Web Exclusive Steve Janes
    On our recent install, we weren’t looking to go full-out since we also use our trailer to hall UTVs. But we did want to protect the deck from carbide scratches and allow for easy loading and unloading. So we went with just the Caliber Edge Glides 2.0, Low
  • USXC Manvel Race Rescheduled For March 9

    February 15, 2019 News
    The USXC Turtle River Rough Rider 100 in Manvel, ND, was postponed earlier this year due to lack of snow. It is now rescheduled for Saturday, March 9.
  • Lane Lindstrom's 10 Favorite 2019 Sleds

    February 15, 2019 Published in the September 2018 issue Feature Lane Lindstrom
    Lane Lindstrom lists his top 10 favorite snowmobiles, featuring Ski-Doo, Polaris, Arctic Cat, and Yamaha.
  • Team CC Gearing Up For Iron Dog 2019

    February 14, 2019 News
    Team CC and Ski-Doo have announced their 2019 Iron Dog Race roster of teams. They have expanded to a total of nine teams this year.
  • Steve Janes' 10 Favorite 2019 Sleds

    February 14, 2019 Published in the September 2018 issue Feature Steve Janes
    Steve Janes lists his top 10 snowmobiles, including models from Ski-Doo, Polaris, and Arctic Cat.
  • 6 Tips For Extending Life of Your Gear

    February 13, 2019 Published in the November 2018 issue Feature Klim
    A riding gear maintenance guide from Klim.
  • Go Snowmobiling

    February 12, 2019 News Ed Klim - President, International Snowmobile Manufacturer's Association
    Haslett, MI - The Go Snowmobiling campaign has been supported by the snowmobile community over the years. Clubs, groups and associations across North America have taken military personnel snowmobiling, coordinated enlightenment rides with land managers an
  • Levi LaVallee Kicks-Off Ride With The Champs Weekend

    February 11, 2019 News
    St. Germain, Wis. – The biggest weekend of the year for the Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF) and Museum in St. Germain, WI, is just two weeks away as it honors a new class of inductees.
  • Snowmobile Thefts In The U.S. 2015-2017

    February 09, 2019 News
    Des Plaines, Ill., — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its first report on the theft of snowmobiles in the United States. While not nearly as pervasive as vehicle thefts, snowmobile thefts can impact public safety and basic transportatio
  • Snow Bike Series Continues In Oregon This Weekend

    February 08, 2019 News
    The only snow bike race in the Cascade Mountains—and the only one in the state of Oregon—is Saturday, Feb. 9 at Diamond Lake Resort.
  • Action Is Needed Now: Idaho Non-Resident OHV Sticker Fee: Snowmobilers can help get the word out, let the committee know the OHV/recreation community supports this bill

    February 07, 2019 News Sandra Mitchell, Idaho Recreation Council
    We need everyone to send in e-mails supporting Idaho House Bill 75 that creates a non-resident OHV fee. The e-mail messages needs to go the House Transportation Committee—a separate message to each member please. A flyer is attached above that provides go
  • Ibexx Throttle Block

    February 07, 2019 New Products
    Ever had an OEM throttle get stuck open or break? Not what you want to have happen when you’re weaving your way through the trees on a steep sidehill with no room for error.
  • Plan to Take a Vacation Snowmobiling

    February 07, 2019 News Ed Klim - President, International Snowmobile Manufacturer's Association
    Haslett, MI - I recently attended a tourism planning event and learned that Americans love to take vacations and they say vacations are important to them—and yet more than 54 percent of all North American employees with vacation time leave a considerable
  • Gwynne Shotwell Appointed To Polaris Industries Board of Directors

    February 06, 2019 News
    Minneapolis - Polaris Industries (NYSE: PII) appointed Gwynne Shotwell to the company’s Board of Directors effective March 1, 2019.
  • Ski-Doo X-Team Racers Keep Bringing The Heat

    February 06, 2019 News
    Ski-Doo snocross athletes continued to dominate the track in the latest rounds of ISOC Snocross racing at Mt. Pleasant, MI, Feb. 1-2. Checkered flags were again the theme of the weekend as X-Team racers collected wins in nearly every class on the weekend.
  • Man Test Drives Snowmobile, Never Brings It Back

    February 06, 2019 Feature Web Exclusive
    An Alaska man met the sled's seller, asked for a test ride, then never came back.
  • Day 2 At Brooks Lake Lodge Better Than Day 1? Hard To Believe But Yes

    February 05, 2019 Feature
    As good as our ride on Monday was in western Wyoming near Brooks Lake Lodge dare we say our second day was even better?
  • Snowmobiling TV Series, Boondock Nation, Launches New Digital Mini-Series

    February 04, 2019 News
    Madison, WI. – Boondock Nation gives viewers even more backcountry snowmobiling action with the launch of its new mini-series, “One of Those Days.” This mini-series provides a glimpse behind the scenes and follows the series’ riders on and off the snow as
  • Talk About Perfect Timing: We Hit Brooks Lake Lodge Area Just At The Right Time

    February 04, 2019 Feature
    Yes, our timing was impeccable—this time.
  • Losing Your Line

    February 04, 2019 Feature Steve Janes
    Often when we snowmobile we find that for whatever reason our line has been taken from us. Sometimes it’s a tree you don’t see, sometimes it’s a log, and sometimes it’s a creek that has been expanded by another sled passing over it.
  • Boondocker Releases Pump Gas and High Performance Heads for Polaris 850 Patriot

    February 04, 2019 Feature
    "Nothing is easier than filling up your sled, straight from the pump. It’s the essence of pull-and-go, and is a focus of our company,” says Steven Marlenee, Marketing Director.
  • Product Testing—Klim Storm Jacket

    February 01, 2019 Published in the February 2019 issue Product Tests, Feature
    On a recent ride, Brad Anderson was testing out Klim gear. On this particular day, the temperatures were in the single digits in the morning but climbed to the upper 20s as the day progressed. The key is to wear clothing that keeps you warm when it’s cold

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