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get, sneak out to the garage, invite your neighbor or a buddy, track your sled, clean your sled - snowmobiling is in the air and we’re ready! Around the shop and office, we already have everything raring to go, from the latest gadgets, adding additional storage and saddle…to installing our blow-up Santas on the front lawn. We’ve got it all checked off. Other than labeling a few trail pass permits that have been on my desk waiting, and a change over to winter

sneakers on the big diesel, there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s to wait for the snow to fall. We were all wondering how the recent ISCO opener would turn out. With the new qualifying system, it will be interesting to see where someone like Tucker Hibbert looks to qualify. Qualify first and you get top qualifying points, and as the added bonus, you get assigned the last starting line choice for the final, and that’s where everything matters; the cash, the points and the trophy girls. Tucker won the first race and almost took the second, just behind Kody Camm. I wouldn’t have missed it. It’ll be interesting to see how the season plays out. Until our next issue, I hope the snow piles up where you are, and you get a chance to get out and ride. Remember, nothing says, ‘I love you’ during the Holidays like a snowmobile belt, hand guards or a taller windshield “Bourgeois Style”, wrapped up under the tree! J


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KNOW SNOW BOUNDARIES Last winter, Mother Nature just didn’t want to cooperate with several events and races slated during the heart of winter, forcing the cancellation of many of these marquee events. Red Bull Snow Boundaries was one such “big race”, but those kids from Red Bull are determined to make this first of its kind race happen this winter. Dubbed Snow Boundaries, the cross-country endurance race will be held Saturday, February 20th at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota; a growing motorsports facility 30-minutes north from downtown Minneapolis, and a “home base” testing facility for OSM U.S. based editors. Thanks to recent land acquisitions connected to the original 13-acre park, ERX now has access to more than 300 acres of varied terrain, and the ability to make snow throughout much of the facility. The Red Bull Snow Boundaries race will feature a 13-mile closedloop course, and will include a multitude of terrain types including swamps; frozen ponds; vertical climbs; twisting wooded trails; high-speed chutes and snocross. The race will feature two classes – Ditchbanger for amateur racers and Open Racer for those with sanctioned racing experience. Racers will be randomly seeded for start times and will embark on the grueling course in rows of 10, spaced 30-seconds apart. Ditchbangers will race for 2-hours plus one lap, while the Open Racer class will continue on for a total of 4-hours plus one lap. All told, there is more than $100,000 up for grabs, in what is sure to become one of the most talked about events in the industry for this winter and many to come. Registration is just $125.00, and the event will be free to spectators. You can learn more and sign up now at www.redbull.com/snowboundaries

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CAIN’S QUEST

It is official ladies and gentlemen: Cain’s Quest has just released the routes for this year’s race as well as a very important date change for the start of the race. It’s been labelled the world’s toughest endurance race, and this year’s routes will be as rugged as ever. The pro class racers will now depart Labrador West at 6:00 on march 4th (as opposed to the original announced date of March 5th.) and will pass through a total of 19 checkpoints and cover a mind-blowing 3,500 kms. The trail class option is a recreational route that leaves one day later from Lab West and will take racers through a route that will let them experience the thrill of Cain’s Quest racing at a shorter distance of 1200kms. For more information on Cain’s Quest, including how to register or volunteer, visit. Follow them on Twitter @cainsquest, use #cq2016 or join the conversation on our Cain’s Quest Facebook page.

CUSTOM WRAP YOUR POLARIS

Remember when sleds were just one color and looked damn good? Well, it’s a bold and way more colorful world these days, which is one of the reasons Polaris has further bolstered its relationship with ArcticFX Graphics for the upcoming season. Already suppliers to Polaris with a large selection of graphic wrap options for both AXYS and Pro-Ride chassis sleds, this season the offering just got a lot more custom, thanks to an online graphic experience. Dubbed the SledWrapR application, Polaris owners can now go online and custom build a graphic wrap for their sled. According to ArticFX Graphics owner Jordan Yankee, the number of wrap options is virtually limitless and the online application is free to use. Once a customer decides on a design and places their order, the wrap is custom produced and shipped direct to their door in just a few days. You can access the SledWrapR application by visiting the Polaris website and clicking on snowmobile accessories.

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POLARIS KEEPS ON WINNING For the eleventh year in a row, the kids from Polaris are giving back to state and provincial snowmobile organizations across North America through their Winning Riders program. Polaris has long been one of the leaders amongst the manufacturers when it comes to recognizing the efforts of volunteer clubs, and the work they put in to create the incredible infrastructure of trails and riding areas, not to mention the dirty, behind the scenes work in such areas as land access, legislation, and permitting. The program is simple – for every new snowmobile sold, Polaris will donate a portion of those sales directly back to the state or provincial association that the sale originated from to help support club activities and trail development.

MUSTONEN KTM CONCEPT

For those of you who spend plenty of time surfing the interweb and getting your daily dose of ridiculous statements from anti-social media, you’ve surely seen a few images of this KTM snowmobile concept bouncing about. We did too, and so we did some deeper digging to make sure we could give the pen behind the sexy image some recognition. Turns out the designer is Anssi Mustonen from Helsinki, Finland; a creator and design partner for Pinto Design. In addition to the KTM concept, which by the way has Anssi’s signature adorned on the engine case, he has penned several interesting concepts ranging from a sport watch and a camera, to several cars and other transportation concepts. After checking out his site, we grabbed a few more images of a conversion concept dubbed the X2 that converts from an ATV to a snowmobile and back again. Next time you’ve had your fill of online rants, check out some of his work at www.behance.net/anssimustonen

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Just before this issue went to get fresh ink put to paper, photos of the latest open snocross racer from some Polaris top racers began to hit the interweb screens. While some called the new racer all-new, the sexy buggy is really an exercise in new plastic on a proven design. No matter, it looks damn good and is a move that is long overdue for the IQ racer. In talking with some racers that have the new bodywork in place, the AXYS look racer feels and looks more narrow, and allows racers to get more forward and off to the side of the sled further, with more ease than the previous “bulbous” IQ design. No doubt this look will be standard fare next race season and will finally bring the Polaris sled family, for both on the track and on the trail, into a more unified look.

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WHO DOESN’T LIKE A LITTLE SMOKED MEAT WITH THEIR POWERSPORTS FIX?

OUR BUDS FROM SPLIT RAIL SKIS WERE ON HAND, TALKING UP THEIR INNOVATIVE SPLIT RAIL SKI DESIGN WITH AVID RIDERS. MORE THAN JUST HYPE… THESE THINGS WORK. EVERY SNOWMOBILE REGION IN ONTARIO HAD A BOOTH AT THE TORONTO SHOW, AND EACH WAS BUSTLING WITH SNOWMOBILERS LOOKING TO PLAN RIDES FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON.

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THERE WAS A SPECIAL SPEED MACHINE DISPLAY AT THIS YEAR’S SHOW, INCLUDING GO-FAST SLEDS FOR THE SMALLEST OF RIDERS.

JUST ONE OF THE BIG IRON SLEDS ON DISPLAY AS PART OF THE NORTH BAY SNOWMOBILE SPEED RUN DISPLAY. WITH SLEDS SURPASSING 150MPH, THE BOOTH HAD PLENTY OF EYEBALLS ON IT ALL WEEKEND LONG.

REMEMBER OUR MOTTO KIDS… HYDRATION IS KING WHEN ATTENDING A SNOWMOBILE SHOW.

ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING NEWCOMERS TO THE SNOWMOBILE AFTERMARKET WORLD HAS TO BE GLENN WELCH OF BITE HARDER. ALONG WITH HIS CARBIDE AND STUD SHARPENING PRODUCTS, HE WAS TOUTING A NEW SIDE SUPPORT POLE WHICH IS PERFECT FOR SUPPORTING YOUR SLED WHILE TIPPED ON ITS SIDE. WATCH FOR A FUTURE SHOP HUSTLE REVIEW OF THIS NIFTY GADGET.

THE MAN WHO SERVED US UP SOME OF THE BEST LATE NIGHT TREATS WE’VE EVER HAD AT HAYDAYS, WAS AT THE BIG SHOW AS WELL. STRAIGHTLINE PERFORMANCE OWNER AND OPERATOR JASON HOULE WAS SET-UP INSIDE THE SPRAWLING ROYAL DISTRIBUTING RETAIL BOOTH.

ALONG WITH NEW SLEDS AND AFTERMARKET DISPLAYS, THE TORONTO SNOWMOBILE SHOW HAS MORE TOURISM DESTINATIONS UNDER ONE ROOF THAN ANY OTHER SHOW, INDOOR OR OUT IN NORTH AMERICA. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE DESTINATIONS, THE ABITIBI TEMISCAMINGUE REGION WAS ON HAND, HIGHLIGHTING THEIR STUNNING TRAILS AND ACCOMMODATIONS.


THE VINTAGE SCENE CONTINUES TO GROW IN CANADA, AND SO TOO DO THE VINTAGE DISPLAYS AT THE INTERNATIONAL SNOWMOBILE, ATV AND POWERSPORTS SHOW. THE ARCTIC CAT BUILT SCORPION SIDEWINDER HAS LONG BEEN A COVETED PIECE, AND CONTINUES TO GAIN VALUE.

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OF COURSE, THE SHOW HAS MORE THAN JUST SLEDS, THE CREW FROM CFMOTO HAD A GENEROUS DISPLAY TO SHOWCASE THEIR VALUE PACKED ATVS AND SIDE-BY-SIDES.

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, AS IRBIS MOTORS SHOWCASED THEIR DINGO T150 SNOWMOBILE TO THE TORONTO CROWDS. THE MIDSIZE SNOWMOBILE IS DESIGNED TO BE TAKEN APART AND FIT INTO THE TRUNK OF A CAR. POWERED BY A 9-HORSEPOWER ENGINE, THE VEHICLE IS SAID TO REACH SPEEDS OF 25MPH.

EDDY PLOWMAN OF C&A SKIS WAS BACK AT TORONTO, AND LOOKING GOOD SHOWING OFF THE TRX SKIS, JUST ONE OF THE MANY PERFORMANCE SKI OPTIONS FROM C&A.

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THE OFF-ROAD SIDE OF THINGS CONTINUED TO GROW AT THIS YEAR’S SHOW WITH SEVERAL OEMS STEPPING UP THEIR GAME, INCLUDING KAWASAKI, WHO HAD A HUGE DISPLAY OF THEIR LATEST TWOWHEEL AND FOUR-WHEEL VEHICLES ON HAND.

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OSM EDITOR PAT BOURGEOIS MADE A POINT TO STOP BY AND CHAT WITH THE FOLKS AT ALL OF THE VINTAGE DISPLAYS, INCLUDING THESE RARELY SEEN YAMAHA HYDROSTATIC DRIVE SLEDS.

NEED A HELMET? THE CREW FROM GAMMA SALES HAD VIRTUALLY EVERY BRAND AND STYLE THEY OFFER ON DISPLAY. YOU COULD THEN VENTURE ACROSS THE WAY TO ONE OF SEVERAL DEALERS AND BUY ONE AT A SMOKING DEAL.

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GOING INVERTED VERTICAL DURING A SUNDAY AFTERNOON FREESTYLE SHOW.

MORE OFF-ROAD VEHICLES COULD BE FOUND WITHIN THE HONDA BOOTH, WHICH HAS ONE OF THE NICEST AND BIGGEST CORPORATE DISPLAYS AT THE SHOW.

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THE CREW FROM SUPERATV HAD TWO OVER THE TOP VEHICLES ON DISPLAY, EACH OUTFITTED WITH PLENTY OF THEIR BAD-ASS HARD PARTS.

ANOTHER NEW FEATURE AT THIS YEAR’S SHOW WAS AN IMPRESSIVE SHOWCASE OF MUD AND ROCK CRAWLERS.

PLENTY OF FOLKS WERE JUST “HANGING AROUND” THE KLIM BOOTH, LOOKING TO SET THE BEST TIME IN THE CREATIVE “HANG WITH KLIM” INTERACTIVE DISPLAY.

TRUCK DECK HAULERS ARE STARTING TO BECOME A POPULAR WAY FOR SLEDDERS IN THE MIDWEST AND EASTERN NORTH AMERICA TO HAUL THEIR SNOWMOBILES. THE CREW FROM SUPER CLAMP HAD PLENTY OF INTEREST IN THEIR ARMOR TRUCK DECKS.

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THE KING OF GOGGLES 509 ROLLED INTO THE SHOW WITH THEIR BIG WHEELER AND LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF GOGGLE STYLES AND DESIGNS.

GATES HAD A BOOTH AT THE SHOW AND THEY TEAMED UP WITH SNOWMOBILE RACING LEGEND AND INVENTOR OF THE M-10 SUSPENSION, GERARD KARPIK. GERARD HAS BEEN WORKING WITH THE GATES TEAM IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CVT DRIVE CLUTCH, AND WE SPENT SOME TIME TALKING TO “KING” KARPIK, TO GAIN SOME INSIGHT INTO THE NEW CLUTCH. LOOK FOR A MORE DETAILED REPORT ON THE CLUTCH ONLINE AND IN A FUTURE ISSUE.

THE NORTH BAY SNOWMOBILE SPEED RUN ASSOCIATION HAD GO-FAST SLEDS ON DISPLAY, BOTH OLD AND NEW.

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THE SNOW BIKE MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO EXPAND, AS MADE EVIDENT BY THE NUMBER OF THE VEHICLES AT THE TORONTO SHOW. OF COURSE, TIMBERSLED HAD A VEHICLE ON DISPLAY INSIDE THE SPRAWLING POLARIS BOOTH.

THE BIG SHOW IS SO BIG IT GOES BEYOND THE ACTION INSIDE, AND INTO THE PARKING LOT. LONG TIME ATTENDEE DODGE TRUCKS HAD ACTION INSIDE AND OUT, WHERE YOU COULD TEST DRIVE ANY ONE OF A NUMBER OF NEW DODGE VEHICLES.

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WHAT WOULD A SNOWMOBILE EVENT BE WITHOUT RACING? THE 120 RACES HAD PLENTY OF ACTION ON THE CUSTOM BUILT WOOD CHIP COURSE, JUST OUTSIDE THE SHOW HALL DOORS.

OF COURSE, YOU COULD PICK UP THE LATEST COPY OF OSM AT THE SHOW, AND GET YOURSELF SIGNED UP FOR A DISCOUNTED SUBSCRIPTION TO BOOT!

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Anchor of the Month Aktiv Grizzly NAME: ________________________________________________________

Black with varied accenting colors COLOR: _______________________________________________________ Sweden BIRTHPLACE:___________________________________________________ 827-pounds WEIGHT:_______________________________________________________

Grizzzz, Heav-Tiv, Cement Mixer NICKNAMES: The ___________________________________________________ Heavy D and The Boys and ABBA’s Dancing Queen FAVORITE BAND:________________________________________________ Ingot or greeter at IKEA IF I WASN’T A SNOWMOBILE I’D BE:______________________________ Sea ice vodka boot runner and personal delivery ORIGINAL DESIGN PURPOSE:______________________________________ vehicle, during Absolut Vodka’s early years. ______________________________________________________________

Anything cooked by the Muppet’s Swedish Chef…Bork, bork, bork! FAVORITE FOOD:________________________________________________ To ravage and pillage the rest of the snowmobiling world in ASPIRATIONS:____________________________________________________________

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Getting stuff done WHAT I’M GOOD FOR:____________________________________________ The shapely and seductive Ski-Doo Alpine…meow! SECRET CRUSH:_________________________________________________ My other sled has two skis and one track. OFTEN SEEN BUMPER STICKER:____________________________________ Powered by a Rotax 503 fan and spinning two massive 21” x 151” tracks, it’s safe to say the Aktiv

was named the Grizzly, not because it could outrun one, but because it was as large and as heavy as

one. Manufactured in Sweden from 1979 to 1991, the Aktiv was quite possibly the largest “traditional” in design snowmobile ever produced. The huge tracks and oversized single ski gave the Grizzly tremendous floatation. However, when it came to being nimble, the big Aktiv was far from it. In fact, one Grizzly

owner compared the Aktiv to “an ocean liner with half its rudder missing”. Tagged as the most powerful snowmobile in the world, the marketing hyperbole wasn’t referring to the whopping 38-horsepower

produced by the 497cc Rotax, but rather the Newton force measurement of traction…heady stuff indeed. Still, the big sled sold okay in the Nether-region, where trails are far and few between, and sleds were viewed more as a tool than a machine of recreation. A few Aktivs made it to North America, but it

wasn’t until Polaris Industries produced the sleds under license in the mid 1980s with their own motor and clutching did a few more pop up in our local radar. Most were sold to clubs for use as small trail grooming machines. Today, there is a handful still rumbling about, pulling up tree stumps and still refusing to turn in the hands of collectors. The rest are likely rusting peacefully along a forgotten tree line.

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SNOWMOBILE SONGS

You know your favorite pastime has reached household name status when songs are written about snowmobiling. While that might not hold true today, back during the early boom years of the sport, such songs were written, and not all were part of a larger marketing campaign from a manufacturer. Here are five classic snowmobile songs that will have you humming along and tapping your feet for the rest of the winter.

SNOWMOBILE SONG

BIG JOHN

With lyrics such as “Listen to the sound when the belts go ‘round”, the “Snowmobile Song” is probably the most iconic snowmobile song ever recorded. Old school country singer/song writer Tom Connors, penned this beauty in his classic and unique, poetic style, complete with his iconic cowboy boot stomp as accompaniment. Hailing from New Brunswick, Tom Connors wrote many songs about Canadian lore and history, including The Hockey Song, which is still played in NHL arenas to this day. Tom penned the “Snowmobile Song” in 1971, and it’s found on the album My Stompin Grounds.

Back in 1974, John Deere was pushing all the marketing buttons in hopes of keeping the big green snowmobile ship afloat, as other manufacturers were quickly falling by the wayside. As part of a big promotion for the 1975 model year sleds, John Deere along with RCA Records produced a full length album titled Big John, featuring 10 country artists including Dottie West, Kenny Price, Eddy Arnold, The Ragtimers and Eddie Bruce, who had the honor of singing the title song, The Legend of Big John which was written specifically about John Deere snowmobiles.

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SNOWMOBILING POLKA ROGER BRIGHT

Who doesn’t love a snowmobiling polka song? With mentions of Scorpions Stingers, Fox Trac, Gilson, Vikings, Sno-Jets and more, Roger Bright caps off this bad boy polka with some top notch yodeling, (a lost art form if you ask us). Roger was born and raised in the heart of snowmobile country, in the community of New Glarus, Wisconsin, and produced 15 of his own albums and appeared on more than 35 others. He also hosted his own radio show every Sunday and was inducted into the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame in 2000, before his passing in 2001.

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YOOPER SNOW ROCKET

LITTLE SKI-DOO

Hailing from Ishpeming, Michigan, Da Yoopers have been poking fun at, and making music about life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1975, and have been recording their comedy/ parody based albums since their first release, Yoopanese in 1986. Their two biggest hits, which still receive airplay in several rural parts of the country include “2nd Week of Deer Camp” and the holiday hit “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”. Of course, what band from “da U.P” could complete their catalog without a snowmobile song, and the “Yooper Snow Rocket” fits the bill perfectly. Ya Hey Der!

With a huge storm pummeling Santa and his sleigh, the jolly fat man and his reindeer were forced to make a crash landing near a farmers shed. There he spied a little Ski-Doo, and it was up to the little yellow sled to help Santa get the toys delivered. That was the Christmas story behind this children’s song written by Bert Collins, who lived in Sudbury, Ontario. The song was on a children’s album titled “Imaginary Friends”. Collins passes away on December 1, 2012, but his Little Ski-Doo song is still delivering toys and memories.

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I GET TO Maverick and I agree… the Red Bull Air Race was awesome!

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I went through the photos on my phone, looking for inspiration for this article, I began to think about the power of one’s perspective. This time of the year is always busy for me with the endless work of preparing for the up coming race season, training, prepping sleds, doing any last minute dirt work before the ground freezes, attending the multiple winter snowmobile and trade shows, and many other things that all amount to a very busy schedule. In the past I’ve become a bit overwhelmed by all of this and allowed myself to fall into a less than positive state. As I anticipated the “busy time of the year”, my thoughts were more along the lines of “just make it through it”. It was as though it was a lake of ice water I had to swim across to get to freedom on the other side. I had made the “busy time of the year” into a distraction, which took away from the things I felt I wanted to do. The problem was, I was trying to hurry my way through the “distractions”. To get back to “doing the things I wanted to do”. But the reality of it was, I was hurrying through work, to get back to more work. Instead of looking at it and thinking, “I get to”, I was thinking of things as “I have to”. “I get to go to the baseball game.” “I get to go on vacation.” “I get to go ride snowmobile in the mountains.” “I get to” is something you want to do, something you like to do, and something you go into with a positive mindset. On the

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other hand, when you’re in the “I have to” mode, you’re thinking “I have to go to school before I can go to the baseball game.” “I have to work before I go on vacation.” “I have to load my sled up and I have to pack all my gear before I get to go ride snowmobile in the mountains.” “I have to” is something you go through in order to “get to” do something. As I went through the photos on my phone, I realized that I went to Las Vegas for Red Bull Air Race during the day and Supercross that night. I shot boxes and boxes of clay pigeons with the Team to have a fun day off. I saw the amazing collection of parts, sleds, and anything and everything snowmobile related that Mike and Robin Ingle have at Ingle’s performance in Up State New

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York. I experienced a 5 star resort near Grand Junction, Colorado with many other Red Bull athletes for the Red Bull Athlete Summit, which included hiking, laser tag in the woods, archery, and seeing the collection of amazing cars owned by Discovery Channel Founder John Hendrick. His collection includes a “one of a kind” 1954 Oldsmobile F88 concept car that is estimated to be worth over 10 million dollars! I had the chance to go back out to Las Vegas for the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) show and hang out with the Mystik Family, while getting to meet and talk with some really great people. I had the opportunity to share racing stories with Milt Reimer (Founder of FXR) in Saskatoon, and hear how FXR has been able to grow so rapidly, without losing their focus on producing the best products year after year. On that same trip to Saskatoon, I had the honor of talking with the legend himself, Blair Morgan... Of course, I couldn’t let him leave without getting his autograph! All of this sounds awesome right? It was! But believe it or not, a year ago I was getting stressed out with the “busy time of the year” because of my perspective on what it was. It’s sad to think I’ve had a “have to” instead of a “get to” attitude, and it kept me from experiencing everything to the fullest. I was more worried about tomorrow; next week; next month; or next year, instead of living each moment to the fullest. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you have to look to the future to plan, schedule, and be prepared for what’s to come, but think about the things that need to be done with the idea of “I get to”, and be thankful that you get to, because no matter how bad you may think the task is, someone out there would love to be able to do what you’re doing right now. I’m trying to pay attention to what I “get to do” as it’s happening, and really do it to the fullest... Because life is better when you live it to the fullest! J

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Can you imagine what 12 Red Bull athletes, running through the woods playing “war” is like? In a word… INTENSE!

As I talked to Blair I couldn’t help but think, “you’re talking to a legend!” Such an honor!

I went huge at Ingle’s Performance this year!

Awesome to see the wall poster at Adrenaline Unlimited in Saskatoon.

The orange LaVallee shirts worked awesome ensuring no one was mistaken for a clay pigeon.


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or many snowmobilers the story is the same - a simple, single-cylinder sled, often considered “mom’s sled” or “the kids’ sled”, served as an introduction to a lifetime of snowmobiling. Overlooked, but never forgotten, these sleds come in many forms and with many brands on the hood, but one that survived longer than any other was the Ski-Doo Elan. The Elan had a quarter-century production run, where it remained virtually unchanged, save for color, graphics and subtle redesigns, from 1971-1996. A no-frills machine, the Elan featured a leaf spring front end, bogey wheel rear suspension, (except the racy SS which boasted a slide rail skid) and no CDI or oil injection. But you can’t look at the Elan for what it wasn’t, you have to look at it for what it was - a simple, virtually indestructible snowmobile that ran every time you pulled the cord. And if it didn’t, it was usually cheap and easy to fix.

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Around 1970 Ski-Doo looked into building a children’s sled. What they found was they could build a simple, lightweight, full-sized sled for just about the same cost. Thus, in 1971, the Elan was born. Once built, it weighed in at a feathery 246-pounds - lighter than the “lightweight” Olympique, which tipped the scales at 295. It was cheap too, coming in at around $650.00. The next year, Ski-Doo made

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improvements to the steel-chassis Elan, reinforcing certain parts as well as gifting the SS model with the same 292 engine found in the TNT. This engine produced 22-horsepower, nearly double the base Elan, and made the SS a real rocket by single cylinder snowmobile terms. By 1974 the Elan was firmly on the map - at least as far as Ski-Doo was concerned. It was available with a 250 single and a 250 twin, which produced

19-horsepower. The Elan SS became a serious machine featuring a steel slide rail suspension, hydraulic front shocks and a two-roller clutch. It was also the heaviest Elan ever built, weighing in at 330-pounds. By the mid-1970s, the Elan had found a new market - Europe. By 1978, Sweden featured more Elan models than North America. That extra model? A long track version complete with gear rack on the back of the tunnel. The Elan Deluxe now came with an aluminum slide rail rear suspension, an improvement over previous steel slide rail versions. Another benchmark year - 1980, saw the twin cylinder engine disappear, never to return. Ski-Doo also made the switch from Tillotson carburetors to Mikuni, which also meant a separate fuel pump and primer instead of a choke. This year the Elan also got a new seat and new, thinner windshield. Nearly a decade into its run and the Elan still featured the same look it did when it was introduced in 1971. Fifteen years into its production the Elan had been slotted beside the Alpine as more of a trapper and rancher machine, or as referred to today, a utility sled. Maybe rightly so as snowmobile design was moving into more racy, liquidcooled, independent front suspension designs. By comparison, the Elan was a dinosaur. But it worked, and people kept buying it so Ski-Doo kept building it. One could imagine that their PR department struggled with how to market this unsexy, yet mighty little machine that still boasted rather hefty sal es and product ion numbers when compared to the rest of the lineup. Heck, by 1988 Ski-Doo wasn’t even bothering to update the graphics! If you walked into a Ski-Doo dealership


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in 1996 it was quite possible you would see a Mach Z with its liquid-cooled, triple-piped three cylinder engine sitting alongside another brand new 1996 SkiDoo with distinctively different focus and looks - the Elan. The Elan stood in stark contrast to the racy new machines ushered in by the 1990s. Ski-Doo (and everyone else) was being forced to play catch-up with Polaris and its fast-selling fleet of Indy machines. Unfortunately, the Elan just didn’t fit into the strategy to keep up with the market. Indeed, 1996 marked its last year of production. The Elan had finally outlived its service life. It would be replaced by the Tundra II, an equally capable machine featuring a strut type front suspension which, compared to the Elan’s leaf springs, was cutting-edge technology. Though more modern, the Tundra II carried on the Elan’s spirit a lightweight, simple, easy to ride sled that was as at home on a trail, as it was

picking through deep snow in the forest. By the end of its production run, the Elan featured a totally different hood design than when it was first introduced, yet somehow it managed to hold on to the same “bubble hood” look that makes it so easy to identify. It’s difficult

to measure the impact the Elan had on the sport of snowmobiling, but how many people got their feet wet in the sport because of an Elan? We’ll likely never know. The Elan will forever be upstaged by snowmobiles deemed more important or noteworthy than it, but in reality the sport owes a great debt to the Elan. It signifies what snowmobiling is all about - just getting out on a winter day and having fun in the snow. The Elan pictured here is a 1974 SS model, featuring the 294cc fan-cooled twin and steel slide rail suspension, and it still bears the original paint and graphics.

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future is now, at least in the mind and designs coming from Charles Bombardier and his team of designers who put mind to pen and pen to paper, to dream and develop futuristic vehicles and ideas for the snow and beyond. This season we’ve asked Charles if we could share several of his ideas with you. Charles is the grandson of Joseph-Armand Bombardier, and was previously employed with BRP, where his vision and skills were put to use towards such vehicles as the Can-Am

Traxter, the Ski-Doo Elite and the Can-Am faster, evolve and even become reality. Spyder. Charles is now deeply involved within In this installment of Future Tense, Charles From thewith mind Charles Bombardier the global design community, and acts as shares us aofcontinuation of a series of and an expert consultant to support inventors, his team ideas of that“dreamers”, pertain specifically future design this to season we take companies, and basically anyone interested ina look considerations Charles at the ‘notforsosnowmobiles. out of thisAs world’ future new applications for mechanical engineering. puts it, he started snowmobiling on a Ski-Doo of snowmobiles. From the probable to the You can learn more about his endeavors, Elan when he was six, and has ridden every winter sinceimpossible, on dozens of different machines. and the designs and ideas stemming from his seemingly could these ideas community of designers at his website www. He had a lot of ideas back then to improve end up on a future trail near you? charlesbombardier.com. His open innovation snowmobiles, and now almost 40-years later, forum allows his team to share concepts with he still has new ideas, some of which he the world, so the ideas and designs can grow would like to share with you now.

The Ideas

Extending Bumper Handle: If you snowmobile, eventually you will get stuck, not if. To make getting out a bit easier, we devised a slide-out bumper handle that increases the leverage to lift the sled up and out of your predicament. This handle could be latched with a clip or rubber strap, and it could be made to slide into the snowmobile’s frame. Of course, you would want this at both the front and rear of the sled.

Integrated Track Stand: One thing we had a problem with back in the early days, and still do today, was the fact that the snow on your sled would melt into water after a ride, and pool underneath the snowmobile. The water would accumulate on the track and freeze overnight. In the morning, you had to break away the ice before you could get going again. Failure to do so would result in a burned belt. Of course, the icing situation depends on many conditions, (if you store your sled in a covered garage or not, the temperature, etc.) and there are several freestanding track stands on the market that solve the problem. But what if you are in a location where you can’t bring along your track stand, or you are on a point-to-point ride? For those situations I came up with a simple fix. It would consist of a retractable track stand that would pull out from the sled. This stand could also be used to heat up your engine, clutches and belt in the morning. ON SNOW MAGAZINE • VOL 30 • ISSUE 3

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The grandson of Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Charles has a wealth of experience in the design and engineering of vehicles during his time at BRP including the Can-Am Traxter, the second generation Ski-Doo Elite and the Can-Am Spyder Roadster. In 2008 Bombardier founded a private Research and Development Center and developed electric urban transporters and electric ATV prototypes. With a passion for innovation, Charles is deeply involved within the design community and acts as an expert and a consultant to support inventors, companies and basically anyone interested in new applications for mechanical engineering. His website www.charlesbombardier.com promotes open innovation and along with a team of designers they are constantly dreaming, innovating, and creating new concepts and publishing them for all to see. As Charles puts it, “Our mission is to inspire kids, students, inventors and tinkerers to improve existing modes of transportation and imagine what the future holds for us. We share our concepts with the world so they can grow faster, evolve and become a reality one day.”

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Morphing Windshield: I once had a Mach 1 with a small black windshield. It looked really cool, but trust me, when the temperatures dropped I was freezing to death, even with one of those bulky leather suits that were popular in the 1990s. Today’s windshields often come in a variety of heights, but in order to change from one to another, you need to remove the windshield entirely and replace it with another. What if you designed a windshield that could extend up and to the sides? Similar to some adventure touring motorcycles, the windshield could be raised electronically on the fly like a power window. Would it be possible to use smart plastic to alter the transparency of the windshields, thereby adequately shielding the rider from the wind stream, and extending the riding season into those frigid January days?

Special Thanks Exoskeleton: t’s always a challenge to find the perfect place to latch your snowmobile on your trailer. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some visible anchor points on the sled? It would be cool to see the frame stick out on the front of the snowmobile like an exoskeleton, similar to many cutting edge motorcycle designs. The exposed frame would not only create a new minimalistic design, but the frame could also be used to secure the sled, or as an attachment point for towing or retrieving stuck sleds.

Charles would like to thank Boris Schwarzer who created these concept renderings. Boris is based in Michigan where he went to the College of Creative Studies. Other creations by Schwarzer include the Spike commuting car, the Joust personal transporter and the Urban Link tuk-tuk. To view those and other concepts, visit www.charlesbombardier.com/archives Do you have a vision for a future over the snow vehicle, a new generation snowmobile, an innovation, or maybe just a “what if” idea you’ve been dreaming about? Tell us about it, and Charles and his team of designers and dreamers just might bring your idea to life in future designs and sketches. Drop us a line at editor@ osmmag.com and if your “dreams” are selected, you’ll find them right here in a future issue of OSM.

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he paths to this sport are varied, but for many, our early snowmobiling roots can be traced back to those early days, when the machines were much simpler, as too was life. For Eugene Bradford of Burtts Corner, New Brunswick, his early snowmobile memories go far back to when most snowmobiles were home-built ideas, made in farm shops or small town fabricators, by folks who simply wanted to break the chains of winter. Such was the case for Eugene, who sent us this collection of photos for this installment of “Roots”, and recollects memories of his first snowmobile, which he built himself back in 1963. According to Eugene, that first sled started a love affair for this sport that continues to burn strong today, and as these pictures give testament to, Eugene and his family have embraced the sport through countless machines and even more importantly, through countless memories. Do you have an early snowmobiling “roots” memory and photo you’d like to share with us? We’d love to see it and share it with the OSM family. Email us at editor@osmmag.com

Here’s a photo of my home built snowmobile with my wife at the helm and our two sons enjoying a tow in our backyard. It was a very modern 6-horsepower, 4-cycle powered sled, with the exhaust coming out the back.

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Here we are all loaded up on our 18-horsepower Ski-Doo, heading to camp once again. Our two boys are standing near the sled and my wife is in the sleigh, holding our new 4-month old son.

Our family heading to camp on the Nashwaak River, using my 15-horsepower Sno-Prince.

Moving up to twin-cylinder power, here I am on my 340 Polaris Colt.

Fast forward a few years, and here I am at our camp with my 340 Polaris Indy Lite GT. The Nashwaak River is in the background.

Finally, here is my latest snowmobile, a 1998 Polaris XLT. This sled is like an old friend to me. Here in New Brunswick it’s registered as a classic, and since I’m nearly 80 years old, I guess you could say I’m a classic as well. Looking forward to another winter!

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hocks…every sled has them, and in today’s world of modern buggies with high-zoot suspensions and top-shelf dampers, maintaining them is without question, one of the most important things you can do to ensure top suspension performance. Whether you’re looking for supreme comfort, precise control or both, shock maintenance is critical…even if you are a casual trail rider or only ride your sled a few times a year, the ravages of time can take their toll on your top dollar shocks. In this installment of Shop Hustle, we actually left our personal confines and journeyed to Baxter, Minnesota, home to FOX Shocks Midwest

The FLOAT 3 is really little more than a standard nitrogen charged, rebuildable shock, with an air-chamber wrapped around the outside. The airchamber takes the place of a traditional coil spring.

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Service Center and their crazy crew of dedicated service technicians who know there way around the plethora of shocks offered by FOX, better than grandma knows the recipe to her famous chocolate chip cookies. Our long term Yamaha Viper sled had spun the odometer a good deal last winter, and with some spare time this summer, we figured it was a good idea to get the now year-old gal in tip top shape for the coming season. To do so, we removed the front suspension FLOAT 3 shocks and headed to see our friends in Baxter. According to the boys and girls at FOX, a nitrogen charged shock should be serviced every year, even if that means you just need to have the shock checked out. Simple things like heat cycles from riding in sub-zero weather to late spring rides can have an impact on your shocks, and a simple service will ensure your seals and ice scrapers are in good shape, are properly greased and your oil is fresh. One of the biggest contaminants in shock oil is water, and since snowmobiles are used in snow which eventually melts, water is everywhere when you ride. When water contaminates a shock, you end up with a muddy oil stew that looses its capacity to properly control the shock, not to mention the damage the water will do to the metal portions of the shock body through corrosion. While shocks are relatively simple devices, the tools required to properly disassemble and reassemble them are very unique, and failure to use the right tools can easily result in far greater damage to the shock body, the valves, shim stacks, seals and the shock rod itself. A shock service performed through FOX ranges from just $20 for air sleeve maintenance, to about $145 for the top of the line FOX X EVOL units, not including parts. What’s nice about having the kids

After unscrewing the end cap from the outer air-chamber sleeve, the shock rod can be exposed. Special shock rod clamps are used to hold the shaft in place without damaging it, while the standard FLOAT 3 end cap is removed.

at FOX do the work for you, aside from the assurance that certified professionals are doing the job right, is they have a wealth of tuning knowledge to go with it. Looking for more comfort from your sled this winter? They can recommend a valving stack to get you there and install it at the time of service. Or maybe you want improved performance in the big bumps; they can help you out there as well. What’s more, you can simply fill out an online service form, or call them directly and talk with a real person, who not only knows the ins and outs of the shock, but is a real snowmobiler as well. In our case, we were looking for some improved performance from our FLOAT 3 front shocks, and to get there we opted to have the EVOL (Extra Volume) upgrade kit installed. At just $350, you not only get the entire EVOL kit installed, but it also includes a complete shock rebuild as well…bonus! We’ve talked about the benefits of the EVOL chamber in other articles in the past, but here’s a refresher. The added air volume of the EVOL chamber helps to further control the final portion of shock travel, thereby helping to eliminate harsh bottoming,

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The end cap is screwed onto the end of the rod, and once broken loose, can be simply unscrewed from the end of the shaft.

while at the same time, allowing you to have a plusher ride in the initial stages of travel. With more pressure in the EVOL chamber, the spring rate curve of the shock becomes more progressive, giving you greater spring rate as the shock nears full stroke. In short, the addition of the EVOL chamber will give us more adjustability for more varied terrain, rider weight and/or riding styles. Aside from shock service, the installation of an EVOL chamber is relatively quick and easy, provided you have the right tools. With a price of just $350 bucks and quick turnaround, having the crew at FOX do the work for us was a no brainer.

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The beauty of air shocks is they are infinitely tunable, unlike a coil spring, but knowing where to start and how much pressure each chamber should have is one of the most often asked questions from owners. Fortunately, the FOX website at www.ridefox. com has a host of tuning and setup recommendations as well as Frequently Asked Questions. You

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FOX Float EVOL Upgrade

The heart of the EVOL kit is the new end cap with the extra volume chamber. The end cap has a casting that holds the EVOL chamber to the side of the primary air chamber, once everything is secured back in place.

Of course, before we got to this step of reassembly, the crew at FOX completely disassembled our shocks, checked over all the seals and ice scrapers, changed the oil within the shock, greased the seals and recharged the primary body with nitrogen.

can download manuals, set-up sheets and application guides, print them off and have them at the ready in your trailer, shop or toolbox. Once you get the base settings in place, it’s a good idea to keep notes on different pressure settings, trail conditions and ride temperatures. Eventually you’ll have a really good idea of what type of pressure you’d like to run for all conditions, and how much you may want to change it to fine tune the ride.

many of the latest new offerings from several of the manufacturers. Frankly, we love the range of control of the QS3 compared to shocks with 20-clicks of control. The settings are easy, simple to tune, and each stage can be easily felt from the saddle, even for riders less in tune with how their suspension is reacting to terrain. The FOX website has yet to show the QS3 kit, but simply give them call to learn more at 1-800369-7469 extension 4619. You can also email the Baxter Service Center at psservicemw@ridefox.com

OTHER UPGRADES

Aside from the EVOL kit, FOX also offers a Kashima Upgrade kit that converts your standard finished shocks to the super slippery and tough as nails Kashima coating. The stuff is incredibly durable, resisting chips and dings, and the slippery surface delivers improved performance through reduced “stiction” (the initial resistance a shock has when making an initial movement from a static state). Also new for 2016 will be a Quick Switch 3 Upgrade, allowing you to convert your shocks over to the latest, easy to adjust, 3-position compression control found on

Once completed, we were blessed with a new set of FOX FLOAT 3 EVOL shocks and the added adjustability and control of two air chambers, the primary chamber as before, and the now added EVOL chamber to fine tune the final progression of the stroke.


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ow, the Lawn Ornament submissions have been pouring into the OSM office this fall at a crazy rate. Seems just about everyone in every corner of the snowbelt, and sometimes beyond, has lurking hunks of aluminum and plastic laying in the weeds. We are happy to say this month’s installation of Lawn Ornaments is entirely reader submitted…nice work gang! Now that snow is here, or soon to be, some of these sleeping beasts just might rumble to life again…others not so much. No matter, keep those photos and notes coming. Send us your “finds”, along with a quick note and look for it in a future issue of OSM.

Congrats to last issue’s winner Erica Stoll. Every issue we select one random Lawn Ornament submission to receive a freshly screened OSM #RUNSONSPRAY t-shirt. Send those pics to editor@osmmag.com.

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ere at OSM, we’ve grown to like the hushed tones of today’s modern snowmobiles. The manufacturers have put significant time and resources into making the latest scoots not only nimble, comfortable, powerful and reliable, they’ve also gone to great lengths to make them much quieter than those buggies of yesteryear. This change has been prompted by customer feedback, along with standardized sound requirements. Several states and provinces have noise ordinances in effect, especially in areas where trails travel close to densely populated areas. While many of today’s riders prefer the quiet tones of modern four-stroke and two-stroke sleds, the exhaust system remains one of the best bang-for-your-buck areas to see performance gains, not only in modest horsepower numbers, but also in weight savings. From mild to wild, leading aftermarket companies continue to put a great deal of emphasis in developing performance exhaust systems, especially for modified applications such as deep snow sleds or sanctioned racing events where noise is less of a factor.

One of the easiest and most affordable exhaust modifications remains the silencer, where subtle power gains are complimented by significant weight loss numbers, and are melded with a revised exhaust note that can range from a sweet rumble just above stock, to an all-out auditory assault. Knowing this, the crew at OSM gathered up a smattering of performance silencers from some of the better known snowmobile go-fast shops, for a comparison by the numbers. With most aftermarket companies claiming gains in the 2 to 3 horsepower range, and the ability to “tweak” dyno-numbers by the same range, we passed on the sticky task of attempting to garner true horsepower gains, and instead focused on four key areas: weight, sound, price and installation. Each silencer was weighed and then installed into a 2015 Polaris AXYS Switchback 800. Weights were recorded using a certified scale from our pals at Intercomp, which is accurate to within 1/10th of a pound. We then took three decibel ratings – at idle, 5,500rpm, and at full shift or approximately 8,000rpm.

HERE Is WHAT WE FOUND

2015 Polaris Switchback Pro-S Weight: 17.5lbs Idle - 69.7db 5500 rpm - 95.2db Max rpm - 102.2db

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MSRP: (black) $249.95 (ceramic coat add $39.99) Horsepower Claim: N/A Weight: 5.5 lbs Idle - 83.7db 5500 rpm- 100.3db Max rpm - 139.7db Fitment: Uses existing mounting locations with a sturdy oversized bracket resting on the front bulkhead casting. Features a large, oversized exit flange for superb sealing against the pan.

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MSRP: (black) $299.95 (ceramic coat add $50.00) Horsepower Claim: N/A Weight: 9.8 lbs Idle - 73.2db 5500 rpm - 95.6db Max rpm - 115.6db Fitment: While larger in size to the Powder-Lite can, the Velocity mounts in similar fashion with a sturdy oversized lower bracket, and also features an oversized exit flange for super exhaust exit sealing.

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MSRP: $299.95 Horsepower Claim: 2-horsepower Weight: 7.4 lbs Idle - 79.4db 5500 rpm - 96.9db Max rpm - 110.7db Fitment: Of all the silencers we mounted, the SLP can was the most complex to mount. Instead of using existing mounting tabs and springs, the SLP system requires the removal of a few bolts, and installation of additional spring tabs. Once installed, it produces a snug fit that won’t knock loose in rough terrain, but the lack of an exit flange did leave a gap at the exit hole where snow and debris could enter the compartment.

Both Bikeman cans featured a robust mounting tab at the bottom that fits over the lower casting, similar to stock. The silencers also featured an oversized flange at the bottom exit for an improved seal, and to prohibit snow from entering the underhood area.

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Unlike other silencers in our test, the SLP silencer required the removal of a chassis bolt and the installation of a secondary lower spring tab.

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MSRP: $399.00 (Polished Stainless Steel) $199.00 Horsepower Claim: 3-horsepower Weight (titanium): 2.8lbs (stainless): 5.4lbs Idle - 83.7db 5500 rpm - 97.1db Max rpm - 113.6db Fitment: The SSI can is small in size and reuses stock mounting springs and locations. A small bracket rests in the same place as stock, and like the Bikeman design, features an exit flange for an excellent seal against the pan.

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No surprise, the all-new titanium silencer from Speed Shop Inc. took top honors when it came to weight savings, tipping the scale at just 2.8lbs, a whopping 14.7lb savings over stock.

We used a professional sound level meter that was positioned on the exhaust exit side of the sled, at 3-feet off the ground on a tri-pod, and exactly 10feet away from the center of the handlebars. Testing was done on a grass/sand surface, and all sleds were tested on the same day, with as close to identical conditions as possible.

How loud is loud? Decibels are a measurement of sound and it’s important to note that a decibel scale is not a linear scale. For example, if total silence is 0 dB, a sound that is 10 times more powerful is measured at 10 dB, and a sound 100 times more powerful than near total silence is 20 dB. This reference chart gives you a perspective on how intense different sounds are. Of course, the distance from the sound and other conditions such as snow pack can dramatically affect the forcefulness of the sound.

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The appeal of riding off trail has perhaps never been stronger. The variety of deep snow capable sleds from the manufacturers has made trekking places never before thought possible a reality. Of course, some of the kids “out west” will brag about their “epic” powder rides and off-the-charts “boondocking” opportunities, and in the same breath look down their nose at any sledder east of the Rocky Mountains. Of course, thinking we don’t have equally “epic” off-trail riding opportunities in “flatter” parts of the Snowbelt couldn’t be more wrong. Truth is, some

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of the best riding to be had off-trail can be found in places like Michigan, Manitoba, Minnesota and New Brunswick to name just a few. What’s more, unlike a day in the trees, these off-trail locations allow you to stretch your legs and journey from point to point while rarely catching a whiff of a trail, road or gas station. It’s no secret that both the deep snow and crossover markets have seen tremendous growth from increased popularity, as well as increased focus on new models from the manufacturers. If you combine both categories, the sheer number of

models is daunting. The good news is such model proliferation has created a number of sleds that walk the line between sheer long-tracked western models and the more traditional trailfriendly crossover sled. The kind of sled that loves to beat down the willow brush, skirt across a frozen beaver pond, and explore abandoned logging roads, and still tout a track length that is manageable on the trails. Given that, we gathered our posse of experienced riders and set them loose for a day of off-trail exploration, to get their personal take on four of the latest brush busters.


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THE RIDERS When we head west for a weekend or better yet, a week of deep snow riding, we call upon our ace rider Tyler Swarm to lead the charge. We first met Tyler when he was working as a sled wrangler for Dan Adams at his Next Level Riding Clinics. In need of a rider for a photo shoot, Dan recommend the eager lad and he’s been a part of our team ever since. The kid can flat out ride, and after a few lessons, he’s gotten pretty damn good on the trails too. Last winter we were in need of a few more mountain jockeys, and in came Jacob Travers and Jordan Hammack, two more western born and raised kids who dip, dive and dodge their way around a mountain side with the best of them. To keep these kids on the straight and narrow, we rounded out the crew with our wellseasoned, past professional racing champion, and cross-country racer extraordinaire Dan Skallet. When it comes to going fast, picking lines, and sticking sleds into places most mere mortals wouldn’t even consider, Dan is the man. Add to this his wealth of mechanical knowledge regarding snowmobiles and a savvy suspension and clutching tuning sense few will ever master, and you have the makings of an off-trail testing group that is unmatched. With that said, here are their thoughts on this collection of off-trail trekkers.

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here’s plenty of newness going on with the 2016 Yamaha MTX models, and we honed in on the MTX 141 for its combination SRV-M front suspension with its new slimmed and tapered spindle design in a wider 40 to 42-inch stance. While the narrower and longer tracked M-TX models might be ideally suited for true, deep snow backcountry riding, trekking off-trail in other parts of the country often means you’ll be running trails as well, so this combination is ideal. A 141-inch PowerClaw track with 2.25” lugs provides the lift outback, while new Mountain skis with a tapered design that is 7-inches at the tip and then narrows to a still high-flotation 6.5-inch, helps to keep the four-stroker atop the white stuff. The MTX 141 SE is a unique buggy in that it is unique to the Yamaha squadron; whereas Arctic Cat offers only longer track length models with Yamaha power in these partnership engineered and built models. Of course, we had to pump up the jams with the SRViper by opting for Yamaha’s factory approved turbo kit from Mountain Performance Inc.

TYLER Swarm I don’t think I’ve met anyone that isn’t absolutely impressed with the violent power delivery from a turbo, especially like the one on the Viper MTX. If you don’t have time, or simply don’t like working out those biceps or lats at the gym, throw a leg over the turbocharged MTX and hold on! When the boost kicks in, so does warp speed! While the addition of turbo power makes this sled more capable than ever, it’s not just sheer horsepower that has me impressed with this sled. While some might frown at the added weight of a four-stroke under hood, it’s unreal how this added weight allows for fast and controlled cornering at big digit speeds. This sled does require more than just a small amount of effort to ride in off-camber terrain, but once you get accustomed to the sled and find the balance points, you can rally this beast on one ski through those nasty tree’d up sections.

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DAN Skallet The fun this sled brings on-trail far outweighs the off-trail attributes for me. Dropping the hammer on this turbo charged 180-plus horsepower sled makes me feel like I’m driving a Corvette ZO6 or the Bugatti Veyron sports car on snow. It will broom and polish any trail corner and virtually chew-up and eliminate any exit corner bumps. The sound this turbo charged motor emits is just plain sweet music to the ears. Just get it through the corner and then let it rip. In the deep, offtrail side hilling snow, this sled had a steeper learning curve for me to get accustomed to; however, I saw this sled do amazing things in the hands of younger, more talented deep powder riders.


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JACOB Travers When you want to be the first one to the play area or first one to the top of the hill, pack an extra pair of underwear and squeeze the throttle of the turbo charged MTX. The Viper 141 really did well on the trails; it absorbed bumps and handled corners with ease. Yet, when it came to technical riding through the trees, the Viper does have a steeper learning curve than most. Not a necessarily a bad thing, you just need to get happy with the sled and it will reward you. Once you do, simply point this buggy up the hill and tail-stand to the top with your butt puckered all the way. Frankly, this sled surprised me with its ability, and I’d rank it number two in this selection of four brush buggies.

JORDAN Hammack I have never been much of a four-stroke guy, but this sled has given me a whole new level of respect for the “stroker”. Coming stock with Fox Float Evols, and outfitted with the Yamaha approved turbo makes it virtually unnecessary to invest in any additional aftermarket parts,…it’s basically modded out of the box. Handling on the trail was amazing due to the four stroke motor. There is obviously more weight in the front end, keeping those skis on the ground when you are passing that group of rental sleds at eighty, on a decreasing radius turn. The suspension soaks up bumps, jumps, and groomer-neglected trails like your parent’s old waterbed, making for an exceptionally smooth ride. It’s got boost too! There is a surprisingly even transition between 0 mph to almost violent, raw power without sacrificing response, making it enjoyable to throw around in the timber. I would not hesitate to pilot this sleigh off some backcountry booters, but make sure you got some buds along in case you do get stuck on those fresh powder days. Still, with a turbo on tap the Viper is faster than you know what, and I’m pretty sure it’s the reason my manhood finally dropped this past March. ON SNOW MAGAZINE • VOL 30 • ISSUE 3

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he push is on inside the walls at Arctic Cat to dramatically improve their deep snow offerings for 2016. After launching the ProClimb chassis to mixed reviews, engineers knew they needed to start refining the deep snow capabilities of the chassis and shed some much needed weight in the process. With those two challenges in front of them, the 2016 M series has done just that with a dramatically revised suspension with sculpted spindles; revisions and weight savings applied to the FloatAction suspension, and new Pro-Climb 7 skis, to name just a few. Joining those big ticket items is new drive and driven clutching, developed in coordination with TEAM. The new clutches are a dramatic improvement over the past design, especially when spun by the burly 800cc twin Suzuki motor. While Arctic Cat offers an overabundant number of crossover sleds for 2016, we gravitated towards the much lighter and more advanced design of the M8000 for this comparison. We knew it would likely result in less than ideal on-trail characteristics, but we were more interested in seeing how the deep snow changes would impact the M sled in the untracked meadows and spruce swamps.

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ARCTIC CAT M8000 Sno Pro 141 JACOB Travers I knew going in that the M8000 wasn’t to be viewed as a true crossover sled; Arctic Cat has plenty of sleds to fill that need in their XF offerings. That being said, the M is far more happier off-trail than it is on. Where this sled really shined was in technical off-trail riding…dipping in and out of the tress and through ravine bottoms was a breeze with this sled, so much so that I’d rank the M8000 141 as the best sled for technical riding.

TYLER Swarm I was a bit surprised the M8000 wasn’t all that enjoyable to ride on the trail, even though it was an off-trail specific sled. This could be contributed to calibrations, or the notion that this sled appeared to have lived a very hard life before the OSM crew had a chance to sample it for the day. What the green machine lacked on the trail however, was compensated for and completely erased from my memory banks by its ability to side hill steep terrain. I could choose the most technical line possible through the trees -…a line I’d never consider on the other models. The 141 M was able to perform the tightest, slow speed U-turn when you needed it most, which we all know is very important in gnarly situations. This sled is definitely the technical off-trail king in this grouping.

DAN Skallet This sled really surprised me in the off-trail sections, and while I was expecting the M to come up a bit short during our on-trail runs…it didn’t. The M8000 141 was all Arctic Cat, in that the handling was controlled by super light steering effort, and just a slight hint of inside ski lift as you pushed the sled into high speed twisted trail mode. Calibrations for the day were slightly busy at the pace we were turning on the way back to the compound, but that could likely be easily rectified with a bit of quick, trail-side tuning. The handlebars and grip size are one of my favorites, and the most comfortable bar bend found on any sled. The motor is snappy and just sounds happy as an 800. The new sculpted, tall ski spindles didn’t seem to drag the front end in deep snow as they had in their previous form.

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JORDAN Hammack During the winter months of my younger years, visiting with my great grandparents was something I’d look forward to. Often times the conversations would start by Grandpa Jack asking me, “Have you been out snow cattin?” I would smile and think to myself, “If you only knew old man.” He would tell me about the time he broke trail to the ten mile at Trestle Creek (Sandpoint, Idaho) on his Puma 340, with a foot of fresh powder along with numerous other extreme snowmobiling stories. Grandpa Jack’s snow “cattin” career was epic, but it came to a sudden halt one day when he was going like hell through an open field, unaware of an inconveniently placed irrigation ditch. He had ‘er held wide open, but not getting enough lift out of the first bank naturally led to plowing the front end of the machine into the opposing side which resulted in total destruction of the Puma, and some equally bad destruction to Grandpa Jack’s body. Now Grandpa lived to continue to spin those “cattin” tales, but I like to believe his sacrifice is reason in part for such future innovations including the “front flip”, full-face helmets, and FOX shocks like those found at the front of this bad-ass Arctic Cat. When you pull the trigger on this machine, you can expect an instant reaction, which is essential when you are nosed up to that 40’ cornice drop, or simply need a little lift to get you over that irrigation ditch in a modern, graceful fashion. The nimbleness and maneuverability of the M8000 141 makes every thought an action, turning those hairy situations you are probably used to digging yourself out of, into a thousand hits on YouTube because a tail stander never looked so good. Not everything was rosy however, as some of my riding partners alluded to; on-trail manners are nothing special and the motor had this shake, rattle and roll feel to it that left me feeling it might come into my lap when I least expected it.


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ith news of the new AXYS chassis being migrated to the RMK line for 2016, there were plenty with high hopes that the transformation to the lighter, and more nimble chassis would include popular models such as the extreme crossover Assault models. Alas, it did not, and knowing this, Polaris gussied up one of their more popular backcountry thrashers in what they call Terrain Dominator Limited Edition Trim. Yes, it’s a mouthful as far as names go, and if you can overlook the over-the-top and somewhat cartoonish graphics package, this 2016 model is outfitted with a smattering of accessory extras to make sure it gains plenty of eyeballs in a year that is sure to be one of transition for the Assault line. Built upon the Pro-Ride chassis and powered by the “older” 800 twin, the Switchback Assault still deserves plenty of attention for those looking for a backcountry brush bomber. The combination of wide “trail” stance, top-shelf shocks and a balanced 144” track with 2” paddles, has this sled hitting the sweet spot for off-trail shenanigans.


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POLARIS 800 Switchback Assault Terrain Dominator LE TYLER Swarm I was really hoping Polaris would have released an AXYS Assault Switchback for 2016. No matter, the 2016 Pro-Ride Assault delivered outstanding results on the trails and off. A determined rider can hold an awkward line through offcamber climbs littered with obstacles with very little effort, even with the wide and stable front end. With the ability to conquer hair pin turns, blast through big G-out bumps, as well as having the maneuverability to attack very challenging big mountain terrain, you won’t find a better all-around, more versatile off-trail sled, direct from the factory.

JACOB Travers No surprise here, the Assault gets my vote for best allaround sled in this mix. This sled impressed me no matter where I was at, from sidehilling and bombing across open creeks, to negotiating tight trees and brush and making time on the trail. The power mixed with the nimble chassis made for a fun ride, picking lines of deep powder in tight confines. That being said, the compliance of the suspension in big bumps and firm square edged holes came up short. I tried a few different settings with the adjustable Walker Evans shocks, but no matter the setting, the vehicle appeared to be sprung too stiff, making for a ride where I was tossed about more than I would have liked. Still, I give the Assault the nod for the best all-around sled in the group.

JORDAN Hammack DAN Skallet This is probably the one sled in the group that I’m the most familiar with. The on-trail and off-trail capabilities of this sled can change dramatically, based on set up. While my younger riding partners were more than pleased with the off-trail capabilities of the Assault, on this particular day I found the on-trail set-up was considerably off. But you have to remember this is an off-trail sled first and foremost, and once we left the beaten path, the Assault quickly redeemed itself. The firm set up was exactly what was needed in the crusted, over snow conditions. The old style chassis was a great sled in its time, and it’s still a good crossover sled, but there is a new and better chassis and a livelier motor in the Polaris line up that I wish was a replacement for this sled. I still love the Pro Taper handlebars, but hate the slippery, plastic bar hooks.



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Out of the box, this machine comes decked to the nines with everything a rider needs for the ultimate on-trail or off-trail experience. The chassis design and wider ski stance positions the rider’s weight over the skis and allows for smooth, tight, high speed cornering and control through those gnarly whoop sections. There is a slight track and tunnel pitch that gives you the option of throwing your weight back, wicking the throttle, and having a pretty enjoyable dangle session in the trees. The combination of Walker Evans shocks, along with reinforced running boards, makes this machine pretty well bomb-proof. If you’re holding the title to one of these bad boys, chances are you’re banging more ditches than you can handle. Yet, like many I was really hoping Polaris would build the Assault in the AXYS chassis, but as Editor Pat told us, these things take time and you don’t want to show your entire hand in one season. So, looks like 2017 will be the year of the AXYS Assault, which means this sled will likely only get better. Even in the Pro-Ride chassis, the sled just feels natural and it’s hard to find too many faults with the overall package. This one gets my vote for best all-around bombing sled in the group.


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hile we could have easily chosen a short track Summit model for our Ski-Doo entry in this off-trail romp, we gave the nod to the Renegade Backcountry, largely in part due to Ski-Doo’s move to position this sled further into the off-trail, backcountry world of sleds. To get there, they outfitted the Renegade Backcountry with their deep snow focused tMotion 146” rear suspension and Cobra FlexEdge track, with a more trail friendly 1.6” lugs. We knew going in that the Renegade would likely shine on the trails and have some ground to make up once we hit the backcountry, especially when compared to the more deep snow focused M8000 and Assault. The reasons for this can be found quickly, once you start to analyze the specs. Aside from the track and rear suspension, the vast majority of the Backcountry is pure on-trail Renegade equipment, including the Pilot DS 2 skis, wide stance suspension, and Rev XP sit-down seat.


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JACOB Travers If you’re looking to rail corners with extreme comfort and style, and occasionally hop off trail and carve some nasty power turns when you’re feeling adventurous, then the Renegade Backcountry is the sled for you. Compared to others in the group, this sled felt like the ultimate on-trail Cadillac. Given that, I thought there was no way this sled would have much merit off-trail, but when we came to our play area my thoughts instantly changed, as I was able to dangle this sled up through the trees with relative ease. For certain it was the best sled ontrail, and it did more than hold its own off-trail, despite being stacked against some stout competition.

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JORDAN Hammack Saddle-sore, no more. Prepare yourself for the most comfortable, off-trail focused sled you’ll ever throw a leg over. I’m talking the type of Cadillac-smooth your grandmother would enjoy. I’d have no reservations putting my grandma on this stallion of a snow machine. When she decides to put the spurs to the Renegade Backcountry, she’s in for one buckin’ good time! The Ski-Doo Renegade is surely geared more towards the trail riding aspect of snowmobiling. Predictable power from bottom to top, great corner handling, all around comfort, and faster than hell. Though this buggy felt more at home on the trail, I had the pleasure of leading her into my comfort zone which was the side hills and tight tree creek bottoms of the backcountry. In short…I was thoroughly impressed. The Renegade had the throttle response, power, and nimbleness required out of a mountain sled for those wide creek gaps, and negotiating between those stubborn pine trees. Here’s the thing, you can transform this sled towards your end goal with just a few accessories. For example, add a set of mirrors, automatic social media updates and a framed portrait of Justin Bieber, and you suddenly have a buggy for your 14-year-old daughter. Or, as it relates to our mission here, raise the handlebars, swap out the seat for a firmer, more mountain oriented design, and if you really want to go into the powder, upgrade the track to a taller lug. Still, in its out of the box factory tune, this sled was the best on-trail by a mile, and impressive off-trail.

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TYLER Swarm This strong running machine will leave you wanting more. Not only will you be impressed with the high speed handling on rough trails and corners, wait until you experience what it has to offer up on the slope! With the T-motion suspension, you’re able to really slow things down on thick, heavily tree infested technical side hills, while maintaining complete control, providing the confidence you need to choose the best lines for what lies ahead. The narrow control arms (compared to a true on-trail sled) were surprisingly stable while powering through rough corners. On the flipside, minimal effort is required offtrail, to perform one ski maneuvers.

DAN Skallet This is one fine on-trail sled; lower handlebars and rider forward give this sled great trail handling over the others in this group. Plush suspension settings and lower handlebar position hindered the side-hilling in the tree infested off-trail riding area, as too did the shallower lug-height. Outfit this sled with a track with lugs closer to the 2” mark and raise up the handlebars, and you would have a viable contender in the offtrail category as well.


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is regarded as the most talented and successful snocross racer in the history of the sport. Tucker Hibbert’s list of accomplishments are nothing short of amazing with 13 X Games medals- 9 of which are gold, 108 National Pro snocross wins, and 9 national Pro snocross championships to his credit. His accomplishments would likely be even more impressive if not for a seven-year stretch where he focused on national motocross and supercross, and raced snocross part-time. Yet, despite his off-the-charts accomplishments, he remains a very private individual, intently focused while at the track and dedicated to family and friends off it. For most professional snocross racers Tucker’s age, (he turned 31 this past June) many would have him considered “past his prime”, but Tucker isn’t any other racer, and he remains the most dominant rider and odds on favorite to win it all again. Another season, another championship... It was an impressive season to say the least, another X Games gold, your 100th professional win…what stood out for you personally from last season? Well, like you mentioned, getting that 100th win was really big…it was a milestone for us, not necessarily a goal, I mean my goal is to win. It got a little more exciting than I had planned when I didn’t win for a couple weeks in a row and was stuck at 99 for a while, so that made it a little more exciting when it finally happened. It turned out to mean more for me that I thought it would…it was cool to hang out with everyone after the race and talk about the good old days and all the fun we’ve had racing over the years. The friends, family and those memories, that’s what makes this (racing) so fun for us. It’s a remarkable achievement, are there any races or moments from all those wins that really stick out for you or are special? There have been a lot of races that were pretty exciting for me…races where I’ve won from the back row, or even the race to get to 100 was special. I think racing against my dad in the 2000 Winter X Games and winning my first (X Games) gold medal is probably one of my most memorable. Just having him and my family there, and how the entire weekend unfolded made it pretty special.

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In other sports such as baseball, some players can remember every pitch and every nuance of the game, from what the count was to what kind of pitch was thrown. Do you have that sort of recollection from certain races? No, unfortunately I don’t…I wish I had a better memory but I usually don’t remember much about a race when it comes to specifics. Most of the time when I come back into the trailer after a race and we will be talking, someone will say that was a really cool line in that one section…but I don’t remember it. Sometimes the next day it will come back to me, but I guess I’ve got too much going on in my head and trying to stay so focused that I don’t remember those details.

tive as he was. Of course we were also good friends off the track, so it was a lot of fun to race against him. Today I’d have to say Ross (Martin) is the most consistent challenger…I have to stay focused to stay ahead of him. He’s consistent… he’s solid…I know his team works super hard, and he’s fun to race against. I don’t have a real relationship with him (Ross)…not like Blair and I had, but I do respect Ross a lot, and the fact that he is a clean racer, he doesn’t give up, and you can count on him being there all the time. Aside from him there really isn’t anyone that’s super consistent and challenging race in and race out.

You’ve raced against a lot of big names over your career with obviously Blair Morgan being one of them. Who was your favorite person to race against, and who right now is the one racer you know is going to be a challenge when you come to the line? Blair would be my number one pick, in terms of being a competitive challenge; there hasn’t been anyone as competi-

You bring up Ross being a clean racer; obviously there are other racers that are not as clean. I don’t like to use the words dirty racer, but do you have to get into a different mindset if you know you’re going to battle a racer who might not be as clean? It definitely plays into the race and it varies depending upon what part of the race you’re approaching…the beginning, the middle or the end. I’ll take different approaches to different guys for sure. It’s not always that they are clean or dirty riders…but you just have to aware of where you are on the track all of the time, especially when it comes to racers that are new or you haven’t raced against much. But there are definitely riders out there that you have to aware of because

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of their habits on the track, or you know they are racing at 110% versus within their limits. But then there are racers who you just know are not going to do anything crazy or surprising, but the mix of those riders is just part of racing. You just have to be aware of your surroundings and adjust accordingly. I think that is something that I have a pretty good handle on, and is an advantage for me since I’ve raced against most of them for so long. I’ve also raced in a lot of different situations, which allows me to predict what might happen, but there are some new guys that still surprise me every now and then. Duluth National is just a little over a month away, (at the time of this interview) obviously, you’re a competitor at heart, but does it get harder to gear up for another championship run, season after season? You know, it’s different every season. It’s not like I’ve had a steady change season after season where I’m less motivated. Every year is different and unique for different reasons. Right now I’m in kind of in a medium space, if that makes sense…I’m not going bananas trying to get ready for everything, but I’m still really focused and still hungry and motivated. This year the weather has been so nice that I’ve been riding a lot of motocross, and my brain hasn’t totally switched over yet…but it will.

It’s hard to say who was happier when Tucker earned his first Winter X Gold, as Kirk gives his son a bear hug celebration, just as the race completed.

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Clearly your family has been instrumental in your success. Is it still just as fun or exciting to go to the races every weekend with your dad as it was when you were younger? Actually, I think it’s more fun now. As a kid you’re involved in sports or whatever, and that father - son relationship can be challenging…you have that tension between having fun during the race, but then if you do something wrong, there’s dad to point it out after the race. When you’re younger, like your late teens, you think your dad is just a dork and you don’t want to listen to him and that was no different for me and my dad… we went through those things. We never fought or anything like that, but we had that same dynamic that anyone else would have. But now I’m having more fun racing with him than I’ve ever had; that’s probably what has been the best part about the last two to three seasons, is having him there and having everyone on our team together. Obviously, winning and having success is fun, but overall, we (the team) have found a good


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groove and we just have fun together… being at the track and stuff. That’s what I get more excited about every season; we make so many great memories together. Yeah…, it’s said parents and their kids drift apart for a while, and then as you get older you grow closer and you realize that your parent’s weren’t really such dorks. Oh, they’re still pretty dorky, (laughter) but you just learn that everyone is dorky (more laughter). It’s just a lot of fun right now, and that’s what I’ll miss the most whenever I do decide to quit racing. It’s that relationship with my dad…my wife Mandi…with Rob, (Tucker’s Race Manager) and everyone on the team. That will be the hardest part I’m still excited about racing and it’s still fun. I still get nervous and all that same stuff before a race, but at the same time, you race so much. But as a team…all those different situations that we encounter as a group…those are the memories that we all remember and that I’ll miss the most. I know that racing professional motocross was a dream for you…you even retired from snocross to pursue that dream. Do you ever wish you pursued that dream earlier instead of snocross? The only thing that I wish I would have done differently, and I think everyone does this to some extent, is when I was taking it (racing motocross) more seriously and doing it full time, I wish I knew what I know now. I wish I had this experience you know…it wasn’t for lack of effort or focus or anything like that…I was all in when I was racing motocross and supercross, but I just didn’t have the experience that I have now. So no, I don’t wish I would’ve done things differently, you just wish you could do things better. But I’m still having fun with it (motocross)…I love racing motocross, it’s something I’ve done my entire life and I just can’t get myself to quit. Some days I’ll be in the trailer after a race, be it motocross or snocross or whatever, and you wonder why the heck you’re still doing this to yourself. You work so hard at it, and at the end of a race you’re just spent and you wonder why you do it…but the next day you just fire up and do it again because you love it!

Hindsight is 20/20…looking back on your career thus far, do you have any regrets? No, not at all, nothing huge that jumps out. I think we all have regrets, almost very day there are small things that happen where you’re like, oh I messed that up, but there’s nothing that I’m super bummed about, where I made a bad choice or did something wrong or missed out on something. I’m really happy so far where racing has taken me…it’s pretty much shaped my whole life and who I am. Your success has developed a fan base that seems to either love you or hate you (due to your success). Do you pick up on that, and does it influence you in any way? Yeah, I definitely pick up on it and I know that people don’t like that I win as much

as I do, but I don’t get mad about it. But yeah, it bums me out sometimes because I feel like what I’m doing and what I’ve accomplished, and some people don’t give you respect for it, but I don’t let it bother me that much. I really love being around the fans, especially the kids, and I’ve spent a lot of time these last three or four years interacting more with the fans, and that’s been a lot of fun. It’s pretty crazy because you’ll get a five-year-old kid and his dad who is maybe 30 or 40 and they’re both huge fans. Or you’ll get an 18-year old kid and his 75- year old grandfather…it’s just such a wide variety and so cool to see all the different people who are at the races. To see a four, five or six year old wearing a shirt with my picture on it and they are so excited to be at the races and meet you…that’s cool and very rewarding.

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I think you knew this conversation wasn’t going to end until I brought up the rule changes in ISOC, specifically qualifying and the inversion rule, better known amongst your fans as the Tucker Hibbert Rule…your take? (Editor’s Note: This season the International Series of Champions (ISOC) the governing body of the AMSOIL Snocross Series has implemented a rule where the number one qualifier will get last pick on the starting line.) Well, I think you probably know how I feel about it…I’m not mad or feel like everyone is against me, and you’re not going to hear me complain about it either. When it comes to racing, there’s no reason whatsoever that you should ever try to change the outcome of race by trying to level the playing field… that’s not racing. Racing is won and lost by those who work hard and deserve to win or don’t deserve to win. I think it’s pretty lame for people to try to mix that up, whether it’s trying to keep me from winning, or just trying to make the racing more exciting. Racing needs to be racing…not something that is altered even before it starts. But at the same time it doesn’t matter…we’re going to do everything we can to win no matter what…it just makes things a little different. At the end of the day, I don’t think it’s going to change things much. Does it put a chip on your shoulder at all? No, but it will make us go out and work harder in certain areas. It’s no different than any other rule that we’ve had to overcome. I think at the end of the weekend, the guy who is supposed to win, is going to win. By snocross standards, you’re nearing the point in your career where we’ve seen other racers slow down or lose that competitive edge. Obviously, you’re still performing at a championship level, but you alluded to it earlier about retirement. How long do you see yourself still competing at this level? Yeah, I definitely have been thinking about it more in the last year or two. I don’t have any answer, other than I don’t think I’ll be

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racing for more than five years. So it’s going to be something between one to five years, and I’m just waiting for that time when it feels right to be done. I don’t want to wait until I’m too old and slow…I don’t want to do that. It all depends on what happens each year. The biggest thing is my team and everyone that is part of our program…we all have work so hard and sacrifice so much to make this possible, and it’s getting more and more difficult each year to keep everyone fired up. We’re all getting older…everyone has families…and my dad likes to take naps (laughter). It will get to a point where I know I won’t want to force the issue, when it won’t feel natural to go racing with all the guys. I’m not interested in going racing without my dad…I’m not interest in racing without Rob and everyone else on our team. I’m not going to keep racing after they’re ready to be done, and that time is getting somewhat close for all of us. When you are done do you have any idea what you’re going to do next? No, not really. I’ve thought about it a lot over the years and I go through phases where I’m like, I got to figure out what I’m going to do when I’m done racing, but other times I don’t want to worry about it. I don’t have any desire to continue racing with my own team or anything like that; not that it won’t happen, but it’s not something I’m really fired up about, so I don’t really know…it will happen when it happens. Thanks for the time… good luck this season and we’ll see you at Duluth. Yeah, I appreciate it.


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with taller lugs; and an overall state of tune that was more appropriate for bombing road approaches and tackling insane terrain. It made sense on paper, but after riding both versions back-to-back, most came to the consensus that the Pro-S was simply the better sled for the masses…and it was and still is. Conversely, we felt the Pro-X could have been better. For certain it was a big crater buggy, thanks in large part to its 1.5” taller front shocks and what was described to us as a sway bar that served up reduced torsional rigidity, allowing the front suspension to work more independently. Yet, the 2014 Pro-X lacked the cornering prowess of the lower slung Pro-S, as well as the ability to soak-up more “normal” trail bumps and square-edged chop. Still, we wanted to give the Pro-X another chance. After all, the “X” insignia alone had most hardcore trail jockeys drooling, and our egos had a hard time accepting that the biggest, baddest short tracker in the Polaris stable wasn’t for us.

We raised our concerns with Polaris this past spring during the new model evaluations and photo rodeo, known within the industry as Snow Shoot. Turns out our opinions weren’t that far removed from some Polaris ride technicians and engineers, and in fact, the Pro-X went back in for some additional ride calibration work prior to final production in model-year 2014…shame on us for not asking sooner. Thus we needed to get back in the saddle of the Pro-X, and we’re glad we did. For certain there remains a distinct difference between the two ride iterations. Clearly, the ride height of the Pro-X is taller. This distinction, coupled to the more aggressive 1.75” lug track which also serves up greater side-bite, has a distinct affect on the cornering capabilities of the Pro-X. The big X does require a more active rider to make the sled hone corners as well as the Pro-S, and that should be expected. But where the revised calibrations really made our eyes open up was in how it handled more traditional trail junk.

The Rush Pro-X is at home in big terrain, where standing-up and hitting off-camber holes is the norm versus the exception.

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The recalibrated Pro-X in 2015 trim was just as compliant as the Pro-S in most situations, and for riders who like to push the envelope, the X was actually better than the Pro-S. We could charge hard into corners and enter oversized braking bumps with confidence. Of course the taller, more aggressive track also delivers greater braking confidence, allowing you to come in hotter and exit quicker…and who doesn’t like that?! The rest of the Pro-X is virtually identical to the Pro-S, including the Polaris Interactive Digital Display, complete with interactive GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. We’ve said it before, this gauge is the future and we expect not only all Polaris premium models to flaunt this technology in the very near future, but the entire industry will need to adopt similar technologies if they want to keep pace…yes it’s that good. We admit it…we misjudged the Pro-X in 2014, so much so that we put the big trail bump machine on our long term loaner list for this winter. After experiencing a sled that sacrifices little on the trail and allows us to hit the local snocross track for open track days, or make blind bombing runs down rutted out ditchlines, we couldn’t help ourselves.

ABOVE AND BELOW: These two photos showing the 2014 Pro-S and Pro-X front suspensions side-by-side shows the additional 1.5-inches of front shock travel, shown above the coil-over spring.

ABOVE: The other key difference of the Pro-X is the more aggressive, snocross inspired Backcountry X 1.75” lug track. This track shreds the snow pack and offers superior traction in both acceleration and deceleration, compared to the 1.25” Ripsaw II found on the Pro-S model.

LEFT: After a season on the snow and several thousand miles, the new 800 mill is a winner. While we experienced some initial teething issues with our particular unit, the motor by season’s end was a stallion. Thanks in part to the lightweight crank, which shed 2.5lbs compared to the old Polaris 800. Frankly, nothing revs quicker. Plus, the big digit speeds we attained while honing the wide open trails of New Brunswick last winter is testament to the “legs” this engine has as well.

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ny good snowmobiler knows quality windshield time is part of the big picture snowmobile experience, or as me and Beerstein like to call it, ‘road trippin’. Now, that may seem like a pretty common term to use for drivin’ to your favorite ridin’ spot, but it actually comes from this one time when Beerstein got some funky-colored pills from a greazy trucker at one of those big rig, 24-hour fuel stops in North Dakota. Guy told him those things would make him as alert as a Jackalope in rut. Old Beer, he wasn’t himself after taking those blue buggers, he kept humming old Grateful Dead tunes, which he hates by the way, and talking about the northern lights. Funny thing was, it was cloudy out if I remembers right. Anyway, that’s where road trippin’ started, for us anyways. The other day that big brown UPS truck pulled up to Beer’s shop, I figured it was probably those new fangled carburetors he’d been spouting off about finally showing up, but turns out it was a box of road goodies the young kids at the big OSM office had sent our way to try out on our next road run to the ice drags near the “big lake”. That got us to thinkin’ about a few other times we had some road treassures and such, so here goes…

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As my pal Goodwood likes to tell ya, I like my beer… preferably cold and open. Now I’m a bit seasoned, so I know road trippin’ after, or while tipping back a cold one is a bad idea. But after a long pull on the road, I like to wash away the road scum with some nectar of the pilsner gods. Now this Wailing Wench brew they sent us you see, reminded me of my ex wife…the packaging had me a thinking ya know, but once I opened her up she was a bitter pill to swallow. These damn young beer snobs probably have never tasted a good old-fashioned beer like Hamms…if they had they wouldn’t be making stuff like this.

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Let me tell you about gas station deli sandwiches. Here’s a tip: Stay away from any sandwich with “salad” in the name. Chances are this thing’s got mayo in it and you don’t want to mess with bad mayo. Get some bad mayo and you’ll be spendin’ some quality time in the crapper at the next stop down the road. Best thing to do is stick with the basics - ham and cheese, turkey and Swiss - you know, down home stuff. And always remember, these things are tastier warm, so crank up the defrosters and toss ‘em on the dash for about 10 miles. Come out steamin’ hot, just like Mom used to make.

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Now, any good snowmobiler worth his salt knows that chasin’ snow can bring you to some God-forsaken places. Places where eatin’ out means something you wish you never witnessed. And sometimes you go to check into a “hotel” and find out you’re really just sleepin’ in some bed someone set up in gramma’s old room. But hey, when there’s a couple feet of fresh white stuff covering the trails, where you sleep falls pretty far down on the priority list. Me and Beerstein, if we got one thing in common, it’s we get pretty focused when we’re headin’ for a destination. Heck, sometimes we forget we left the last place with any decent food a half hour behind us and it’s gettin’ way past closin’ time. Well, one of these times, uh, let’s just say the local gas stop put their priority on stockin’ shelves with stuff to keep your rig goin’ and not the guy drivin’ it. But this one guy, well, he had himself a little side business and said he’d hook us up with some vittles no problem. Beerstein and me went to bed awful hungry that night - just couldn’t bring ourselves to see what the heck was actually in this can. And that guy runnin’ the gas station? Well, he swore they were gonna be the next big thing. “Bigger’n them ess-car-gots they sell in those fancy French places in the big city,” he boasted.


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As you pretty much might figure, me and “Wood”, well we know people…and well. More importantly, people know us and all. Now I keep telling Goodwood it has to be that rack of drag trophies I gots in the shop from that big methane Moto-Ski rig I was running that one winter it was so damn cold. Thing ran like a skunk in a perfume store…I mean she was purrty fast. Anyways, when you are a kind of a big deal, you gotta be prepared. So we keep a couple of these classy shirts in the bottom drawer of the trailer tool crib. You can pretty much show up any of those local pretty boys at the honky tonk with one and it’s way more comfortable than one of those rental shop jobs…heck cheaper too. We picked up our latest “dress” threads at some fancy all-night truck stop in northern Manitoba last winter and my little buddy Goodwood wore his to his high school reunion…reckon he was the best dressed sledder in the room.

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If there’s one thing me and Goodwood likes just as nearly as much as sledding, is staring down a hole in the lake. You see, round our parts fishing’s more than just a past time, it’s what some call one of those religious experiences. Now I’m here to tell you…most fellers who fish in the winter, they don’t give a damn about catching any. Nope, most are just out there to get away from the other half, tip back some cold ones, and talk about how fast they were. Now as Goodwood will tell you, when it comes to sleds we’re pretty fast - got a sled with like 600 chisels in it to prove it. So this fishing thing you see, sooner or later someone’s gonna ask to see your catch. We got a case of these fish backsides from an old Inuit woman near Resolute on Cornwallis Island, that one time the diaphragm fuel pump went out on the Alpine. So you see, if you hide the can and gets these little buggers piping hot on the barrel stove, the whole damn ice shanty smells like one of those fancy fish shops with the bed sheets on the tables and such. Goes damn fine on some of those salty crackers, and it’s perfect for serving to that one guy who ONwon’t SNOW MAGAZINE • VOL 30 • ISSUE 3 shut the hell up.

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We been sharin’ stories with you OSM readers for a few years now, so I figure we’re on pretty good terms. I’m gonna let you all in on a little secret - we didn’t used to be Goodwood and Beerstein. Nope, we used to be Goodwood, Beerstein and McDougal. Sounds like one of those divorce commercials they run with the soaps during the day, huh? Anyway, yeah, this McDougal character, he wasn’t no beer drinker like us, in fact he ain’t no drinker at all now, not after that one time. We took our annual Jackpine Savage ride into our ‘ol buddy Shooter’s cabin. Now, this place is off the grid, as those crazies on those preppin’ reality shows say. ‘Ol McDougal, he don’t get away much and his wife, well, let’s just say she ain’t gonna win no Miss Congeniality award. Well, McDougal brought hisself some of this blueberry-flavored moonshine stuff, and let me tell you that stuff went down smooth. The end of that weekend, we dumped McDougal out at the end of the driveway, pushed his sled off the trailer and hightailed it outta there. That’s how me and Beerstein became a pair. You don’t want that kinda trouble.

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Back in our younger days, me and Beerstein used to do pretty well with the ladies. Didn’t take much, little talk about the buggies we had at the time, maybe a trophy next to us on the bar, and they just came a-flockin’. Heck, we didn’t know what we had until years later, of course. Now, this one time, well, Beerstein latched hisself onto this saucy little number from just outside Sprite Lake. You might notice ‘ol Beerstein’s been wearin’ the same ‘ol bomber hat since before we started runnin’ those fancy new power valves in our engines. That there’s a special hat. See, like Beerstein’s story before this one, we like to do some ice fishin’ once in a while. This new number, she comes out with us on Sprite Lake right after Beerstein first met her at the Legion meat raffle. We had the old wood stove just chuggin’ along in the ice shack that weekend and our shack’s pretty nice – got carpet and all that. Beerstein told her the walleyes were hittin’ minnows and she comes out to the fish shack. Well this girl she musta been one ‘o them nudist free spirits or somethin’ cuz all she wore all weekend was that same ‘ol bomber hat Beerstein wears all the time. After that weekend we never saw that ‘lil number again, but ‘ol Beerstein he keeps hopin’.


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In the shop we get people over, ya know, lookie loos tryin to figure out how our snow buggies are so damn fast. Well me and Goodwood, we know how to put on a purty good poker face, GW calls it starting fluid in the nostrils look… ya that stuff burns like hell but that’s another story. Anyhoo, being sort of go-fast celebrities, we gets these fellars over to the shop when the snow starts to fly, and I mean we’re friendly guys for the most part…I mean, I aint never seen a beer I never liked, and pretty much the same goes for other sledders - cept for that one kid at the swap who tried to low-ball my asking price on set of hand fabricated 22-inch bar risers. Damn punk didn’t know who he was dealing with. But like I said, we get all these folks milling around our shop, so I tells Goodwood we need to make sure we have some sort of hospital-tea area ya see. So we gets our local butcher near Cloudy Lake to can up some good meats that we find on our way to get firewood for the shop, he even drew up some labels for the can that Goodwood came up with. Just pop the top, peal the label off so no one knows about our secret blend of herbs, and open the damper on the barrel stove. We even had some of those suit and tie fellers over from one of the big OEMs one winter, asking questions about how Goodwood tuned one of their problem child, new models. Old Good just smiled and offered them some stew…funny, them fancy pants kids ain’t been back since.

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Brand new to Canada this Christmas season is the SNX Pro Jacket from Fly Racing and if you are thinking about wrapping up a new suit for the sledder in your life, then you should take a serious look at this bad boy. Constructed with a breathable material that is fully waterproof along with strategically placed rugged material panels, the SNX Pro will stand-up to whatever abuse you find out on the trails. Some other cool features; the intake and exhaust vents when things heat up, and fully insulated liner that can be zipped in when the temps drop. The pants are constructed from the same material as the jacket and are available in either an insulated or lite shell version. Check your local Gamma Powersports dealer for complete details. www.gammapowersports.com

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Here is an item from IceAge Performance that you may want to throw onto the ol’ list to Santa. The Hillclimb Brace Kit is carved from 6000 series aluminum and adds serious strength and badass style to your stock rails. The Hillclimb Brace has proven itself on the toughest of racecourses and is available in polished aluminum or an array of high quality powder coated colors. This kit will fit on Polaris AXYS, Pro RMK and Assault in 155” & 163” lengths and Arctic Cat Pro-climb in 153’ & 163” lengths, and also comes with all the rivets and drill bits needed for a seamless install. Rumor has it that even St. Nick has already installed a set on his sleigh. www.iceageperformance.com

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We are pretty confident that even Santa uses this product. The Lead-Dog helmet light is a gift that anyone who rides sleds at night would appreciate receiving. The light hooks directly into your existing wiring on your sled and has a quick release system (like that of a heated visor wire) that allows you to click plug and unplug the light with ease. One of the main benefits we see of having a light mounted to your helmet is the fact that you’re shining light where you are looking. That helps immensely when you are ripping through those tight trails at night because you are going to light up the corner before you get there. The Lead-Dog light is also constructed of red plastic material that glows red to help the guys behind you see you better. The brake light feature is activated when you apply your brakes. So get out there and be the Lead-Dog with confidence. For complete details head over to www.helmetlight.com

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Nothing says loving like a shiny pipe under the tree – Exhaust pipe that is. GGB makes a ton of silencers for a ton of sleds that in some cases boast We have featured these items in previous issues this year from Bite Harder, but we wanted to give over 14lbs of weight savings. That is big weight savings, and think about it, you a great idea for the perfect gift under the tree. The Bite Harder Pack wouldfrom include carbide if you Gift shave 14lbs theastock pipe by upgrading to an GGB exhaust it grinding tool, a stud sharpener, a side support tool and the allkinda new 12v Grinding Give thisagainst gift nets out asTool. a ‘win-win’ the extra pounds you put on at pack to the sledder in your life and he/she be able to corner better, get faster ontelling the hard Youhole justshots keep yourself that when the second helping of Christmas. by…Available fromNow your local Gamma dealer: pack and all that can all be accomplished right on the side of turkey the trail goes or in the hotel parking lot. www.gammasales.com that is a gift that just keeps on giving. Check out www.biteharder.com for details. Team Industries Tied Clutch Extended belt life with Team’s    new efficient driven clutch.     We  carry all  of your clutching   needs. we will  Contact  usand  be glad to help.          

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We know the struggles that riders who wear glasses go through when you are blasting down the trail. Either you are trying to jam your existing glasses under your goggles, which is not ideal, or you simply don’t wear your glasses and lets be honest that’s really not ideal. Sportviz goggles answers both those problems and the concept is simple. Pick your “core” goggle (they offer both snow and dirt style goggles) then send along your glasses prescription with your order. When your goggles arrive, there is an insert that snaps into the goggle frame that matches your exact prescription. So you could order a snow, dirt and even water goggles, and then order one prescription insert, and you now have three different goggles that are tailored exactly to what you need to see better out on the trail. We have ordered a set for Muff of Month celebrity rider Fluffy, who is our resident glass-wearing rider, and we will let you know how they perform in an upcoming issue. Pretty cool gift item. To check it out head over to www.sportviz.com and see what they have to offer.

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Designed by one of the industries most renowned backcountry athlete, Dam Adams, comes the NXT LVL bar from Fly Racing. By lowering the center of gravity and the specific bend, these bars will help improve handling and let the rider feel more in control of the sled because the machine tends to fell less tippy. Made from high-grade aluminum, the bars even include predrilled holes to accept several different style handlebar hooks and they even include adjustment “cutlines” etched into the end of the bars so you know exactly where to cut for that complete custom feel. Really, what serious snowmobiler wouldn’t want a new set of bars complete with a big red bow on Christmas morning? For complete details, head to your local Gamma Powersports Dealer. www.gammapowersports.com

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Just as this issue of OSM hits the newsstands, our Ontario Event Committee will be in full swing setting up for the upcoming 17th Annual Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run, taking place the weekend of Feb 5, 6 & 7, 2016 at the Hidden Valley Resort in Huntsville, Ontario. It has become well known throughout the years with its unique all-women snowmobiling theme (but let’s make sure we give credit where its due to our amazing fella’s that come out and support us but the ride is just for the ladies). While this event has gained attention over the years, we would like to tell you the story on how it came to be. It was Christmas 1996 when Kelly Shires found a lump on her breast, she didn’t procrastinate, she immediately visited her doctor and they determined right away she had

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breast cancer. Kelly was also newly pregnant at the time and the doctors decided it was necessary to terminate the pregnancy and began a whirlwind of surgeries and on-going chemotherapy. From the beginning Kelly experience firsthand all of the realities that come along with a diagnosis and treatment plan. Kelly wanted to do something right away to the help others in the same or similar situation. She immediately found the gap in the system for financial support for those battling breast cancer. This is where the idea for the ‘Snow Run” was born and that is when Kelly and Suzy Stenoff teamed up and launched its first Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run for fun in January 2000. Kelly’s vision was to have an all-women snowmobile ride in support of financial assistance for breast cancer patients. The concept

and planning for the first annual event took place late fall of 1999 and within a few short months the event planning was well on its way. It putting together an event of this degree wasn’t enough on its own, good ‘ol Mother Nature decided to throw in a little extra challenge. She decided that the end of January was the perfect time to rain! The first “ride” was officially “rained out”, but this did not deter Kelly nor the 55 participants who signed up for this inaugural adventure. In its first year people quickly realized the importance of this event, so even with no snow and no open trails the ladies forged through the weekend. Instead of riding their sleds however, the ladies rode the route on a bus, where at the designated lunch spot they were treated with live entertainment and fun contests. The entire group who attended had a fantastic time and the first annual event raised $10,000! Much has changed since that first year, the momentum for the charity continued to grow over the years. Kelly’s cancer was in remission for a short time but then came back and this time also moved into her bones and liver. She never stopped her chemotherapy. There was no way that Kelly was going to let cancer stop her love of life, she fought back hard. 2004 was the last event that Kelly rode in, she wasn’t feeling well but she never let that get in the way, and was always smiling no matter what. Not only did she ride in this event, she led one of the teams and at her last Snow Run she would see it raise over $250,000. A big leap from the $10,000 raised just 5 years earlier. On October 31, 2004 Kelly lost her long hard battle with breast cancer but continues to be an inspiration to us all. Losing Kelly was a devastation to everyone around her but it was also a lesson in determination, strength and that together we can accomplish anything. In 16 years, this “small” volunteer driven charity, the enthusiastic snowmobilers who


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participate, the incredible sponsors and amazingly dedicated volunteers have raised over $4.2 million dollars to help financially assist those battling breast cancer across Canada. The charity exists and is run through the hard work of dedicated volunteers and just one parttime paid employee who helps manage the applications received for assistance from breast cancer patience. Part of Kelly’s dream was to see additional chapters of this charity and event in other provinces. In 2006 this dream was realized when Isabelle Dusastre (who participated in a few Muskoka and after befriended Kelly) took on the challenge of starting the Quebec chapter, recently the Quebec chapter teamed up with Ruban Rose for offering financial assistance. Since this partnership in mid 2014, they have regrouped and are now known as “Les Anges De Kelly Shires” translated as, Kelly Shires Angels. They will their next annual event on February 22, 2016 in Chicoutimi. Expanding Kelly’s dream. In 2010 an ATV Jamboree event was added to the annual list of events in support of the charity (www.trax4bc.com). The 7th annual TraX4 Breast Cancer event will take place May 2016 with location TBA. Last year the Ontario Snow Run event raised over $370,000.00 thanks to the hard work of our participants and generous Sponsors. Many people do not realize how expensive a diagnosis/treatment can be, it is a commonly believed that private or public health care systems will cover all of your costs and this is not the reality. We all know that stress is not healthy and that is where the charity can help alleviate the financial stress so those who are fighting for their lives can focus on their recovery. Kelly’s dream pulled together 3 incredible concepts. Firstly, giving female sledders an avenue to have their own sledding weekend and letting loose, secondly raising breast cancer awareness with such a unique event and last but not least raising much needed funds that directly goes to those battling breast cancer. Although the theme is “women helping women” there are ways for everyone to get involved. We are lucky to have the most wonderful male volunteers who work tirelessly in the cold to ensure that we have a fantastic day on the trails. They do everything from helping to park truck and trailers, load and unload sleds topping up our fuel at the lunch stop– they treat all the

riders with VIP status and we are so lucky to have their support. Some of them have also come up with some very unique ways to help raise money for the cause because they realize breast cancer isn’t a battle one fights alone. Helping someone through their journey takes a team of people from their medical team to their family, friends, and co-workers rallying around them with support – it affects us all. There are many reasons why someone may want to get involved or why they would want to come and participate. You may know someone who is battling or has battled the disease, you may have lost someone to breast cancer or maybe you just want to come and participate in an event that is like no other. The journey that this event will take you on is one that will leave you with memories and a feeling like no other. The event is set up in a way that allows you to make it a full weekend event or just for the day. You can participate in as much or as little as you want. You can choose one of four different teams to ride on, depending on your riding ability and/or comfort level – every level from the extreme (Hooter Haulers) to the more laid back (Team Turtle), so you can ride in a group atmosphere but at your comfort Level. Upon arrival at the resort, participants are greeted with by the amazing grounds crew who will help as much or as little as you want (we realize that some of you are very independent women and have no problem backing up your truck and trailer and off loading your sled) but for those who need a hand these guys are there to assist! Friday afternoon kicks off with the opening of our Registration where our Registration team will check you in and get you settled. Friday evening consists of a Meet’n’Greet where you get to meet your fellow teammates and other riders, have some laughs together and enjoy some good food. Hosted by emcee Carey Moran of KICX 106. Food, games and fun! Saturday morning riders are treated to a full buffet breakfast before heading out to the staging area. While participants are enjoying breakfast the grounds crew is ensuring everything is perfect for opening ceremonies and this is also when the secret panel is out judging the decorated sled contest. Opening ceremonies is an experience all on its own that is hard to put into words. A moment of silence is observed

in honour of those who have lost their battle with the disease, then everyone dances like nobody’s watching to the event theme song “Man, I feel like a woman” by Shania Twain (the theme song was chosen by Kelly Shires). Teams then are ready to hit the trails. (Teams are cheered on as they leave the staging area and head out on the Muskoka trails). Teams head off on their designated routes and all meet up at the lunch destination where everyone enjoys a delicious lunch. After lunch, teams head back out on the trails. When teams arrive back at the resort they are greeted with coffee, hot chocolate and treats donated by RadioWorld and Hidden Valley Resort. While participants are relaxing and getting ready for the evening’s festivities, the volunteers are busy inside setting up the silent auction and banquet for the evening. The evening is always filled with fun, silent & live auctions, awards and raffles. For those still roaring to go, the dance floor is ready for you to dance the night away. The weekend concludes Sunday morning with a buffet breakfast and full with wonderful memories. We are excited to announce that this years theme will be “Ride This Country” with a country and western vibe. Many years ago, Kelly picked out the rides theme song to be “Man, I feel like a woman” by Shania Twain. Our theme was picked in recognition of Shania’s farewell “Rock this Country” tour. So ladies, pull out your cowboy hats, boots and gear and let’s “Ride this Country!” Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Toronto Snowmobile, ATV & Powersport Show this past October! It was great to see so many familiar faces and make some new friends. Thank you to Wellington Motors in Guelph for wrapping the pink Viper for us and allowing people to leave a message on it if they purchased a raffle ticket. Congratulations to Chuck Kenny of Stoney Creek who took won the early bird draw and took home a 2015 Can-Am Outlander XMR 650 courtesy of Factory Recreation in Midland. Tickets are still available at Royal Distributing locations for only $10 for your chance to win: 1st prize – 2016 Ski-Doo MXZ 900 ACE donated by Factory Recreation in Midland 2 n d - $ 5 0 0 G i f t C e r t i f i c a t e at R o ya l Distributing donated by Royal Distributing 3rd – One night stay at Hidden Valley Resort donated by Hidden Valley Resort Over the years the charity has grown and has helped hundreds of breast cancer patients across Canada. Kelly had that something special about her, an ability to pull people together, to have a great time for a fantastic cause. In honour of all those who we have lost to breast cancer, all of the courageous warriors currently battling the disease and in memory of Kelly, we are going to continue doing this Kelly style and that means “‘Dancing like Nobody’s Watching”. To find out more about the event, register or make a donation please visit www.breastcancersnowrun.org For information on the financial assistance program please visit: www.kellyshiresfoundation.org ON SNOW MAGAZINE • VOL 30 • ISSUE 3

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“300 plus kilometers” of New Trails / Mt. Carleton/Christmas Mountains Region For 2016, the NBFSC’s provincial groomed trail network will break the 8000 kilometer plateau. With the addition of over 300 kilometers of new groomed trails both inside Mt. Carleton Park and on Crown Lands surrounding the wilderness Park, the new loops and opportunities are plentiful, including the highest trails accessible now in the Christmas Mountains. The major improvements and additions in Mt. Carleton Provincial Park are; New On – Groomed Trails  A New groomed trail leaving NBFSC Trail #149 between the Park’s south-western boundary and Riley Brook will now access the plateau (but not peak) of Mt. Carleton, just 400 meters from the very top of the highest point in the Maritimes.  A New groomed and virgin cut-out trail for a section of NBFSC Trail #19 between the Park Administration (Hub) and St. Quentin’s north-western side of the Park has been created. This will prevent a large section of formerly plowed road/trail (#19) and bring all riders directly to fuel access and the summit’s access.  A New groomed trail completing the connection of NBFSC Trail #504 with the addition of the two new Trail bridges. (The bridges are being constructed at Moose Brook and the headwaters of the Nepisiguit River) This will allow direct access from the south-eastern boundary of the Park at Popple Depot (Trail #23) and connect directly to the center of the Park, summit and fuel access on Trail #19.  A current section of Trail #19 departing north-east to Campbellton and Bathurst has been widened and enhanced.  A New groomed trail will completely encircle Nictau Lake to create a loop within the Park for multiple views of Mt. Sagamook, 777 meters...

Carleton’s peak connecting NBFSC Local Trail #149 with Provincial Trail #23 at two separate points to the east and the west of Provincial Trail #58. This new trail system will also contain the third new Warming Hut.  Another New section of trails to the south of Mt. Carleton will enhance the riding from current NBFSC Provincial Trail #58, which connects southern New Brunswick trails to this region from Boiestown, Doaktown, Blackville and Fredericton. New trails will extend NBFSC local Trail # 111 (at Serpentine Lake) with Provincial Trail #58 of the Plaster Rock-Renous Highway and Provincial Trail # 23 just north of Riley Brook.  A section of trails to the south-east of Mt. Carleton Park will enter and open up the Christmas Mountains. Many of the highest peaks in all of Eastern Canada are here and currently the forestry road known as the “Blitzen Shortcut” is the highest road (elevation) in all of New Brunswick. New trails will connect NBFSC provincial Trail #58 with NBFSC Trail #23 at two new intersections. In the middle of all this will be outstanding views of Bald Peak and the location of the fourth Warming Shelter. New Off – Trail Riding  Off Trail riding outside of the Park has been opened up tremendously. With most of the new groomed trails being established on forestry roads and not plowed, the number of options for new powder only riding, clear-cut’s and riding is literally 1000’s of new acres. The difference now is that when the off trail riding is satisfied all the new groomed trails will lead back to the Hub or existing surrounding businesses that provide shelter, food and fuel for all riders. Trust we will see you this winter!

Off - Trail  Off Trail riding is not desired or encouraged within the Park. The major improvements and additions outside Mt. Carleton Park bring many new groomed trails but also 1000’s of acres of off-trail riding areas previously only known by a few. These new trails are; New On – Groomed Trails  A New section of trails to the north of Mt. Carleton Park will connect NBFSC Provincial trail #22 with Provincial #19 with Provincial #17. The majority of these new trails are on 60 foot wide forestry roads that will not be plowed. These trails north of the Hub will also be the home of two of the new Warming Shelters.  A New section of trails to the south of Mt. Carleton Park will create some of the most spectacular views of Mt.

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« 300 kilomètres de nouveaux sentiers de plus » Région Mont Carleton/Monts Christmas Shortcut » est le chemin le plus élevé (la plus haute élévation) de tout le Nouveau-Brunswick. De nouveaux sentiers vont relier le Sentier provincial #58 de la FCMNB avec le Sentier #23 de la FCMNB à deux nouvelles intersections. Au beau milieu de tout cela seront les vues exceptionnelles du Bald Peak et l’emplacement du quatrième abri.

Pour 2016, le réseau provincial de sentiers surfacés de la FCMNB va dépasser le plateau des 8000 kilomètres. Avec l’ajout de plus de 300 kilomètres de nouveaux sentiers surfacés, à la fois à l’intérieur du Parc du Mont Carleton et sur les terres publiques (couronne) autour du parc à l’état naturel ; les nouveaux circuits et les opportunités sont multiples, y compris les sentiers les plus élevés maintenant accessibles dans les Monts Christmas.

Hors sentiers  Les promenades hors sentiers ne sont pas désirables, ni encouragées, à l’intérieur du Parc.

Voici les améliorations majeures et les ajouts dans le Parc provincial du Mont Carleton :

Nouveaux sentiers surfacés  Un nouvelle section de sentiers vers le nord du Parc du Mont Carleton va relier le Sentier provincial #22 de la FCMNB avec le Sentier provincial #19 et le Sentier provincial #17. La majorité de ces nouveaux sentiers se trouvent sur des chemins forestiers de 60 pieds de large qui ne seront pas déneigés. Ces sentiers au nord du Carrefour seront également l’emplacement de deux nouveaux abris.  Une nouvelle section de sentiers au sud du Parc du Mont Carleton va créer certaines des vues des plus spectaculaires du sommet du Mont Carleton, reliant le Sentier local #149 de la FCMNB avec le Sentier provincial #23 en deux emplacements séparés à l’est et à l’ouest du Sentier provincial #58. Ce nouveau réseau de sentiers va également contenir le troisième abri.  Une autre nouvelle section de sentiers au sud du Mont Carleton va améliorer les promenades à partir du Sentier provincial #58 de la FCMNB, qui relie les sentiers du sud du Nouveau-Brunswick vers cette région, à partir de Boiestown, Doaktown, Blackville et Fredericton. De nouveaux sentiers vont prolonger le Sentier local #111 de la FCMNB (au lac Serpentine) avec le Sentier provincial #58, près de la Route Plaster Rock-Renous et du Sentier provincial #23, juste au nord de Riley Brook.  Une section de sentiers au sud-est du Parc du Mont Carleton va entrer et ouvrir les Monts Christmas. Plusieurs des plus hauts sommets de tout l’Est du Canada sont ici et, présentement, le chemin forestier connu sous le nom du « Blitzen

Nouveaux sentiers surfacés  Un nouveau sentier surfacé quittant le Sentier #149 de la FCMNB, entre la limite sud-ouest du Parc et Riley Brook va maintenant donner accès au plateau (mais non au sommet) du Mont Carleton, seulement à 400 mètres du plus haut point aux Maritimes.  Un nouveau sentier vierge surfacé a été créé pour une section du Sentier #19 de la FCMNB, entre l’Administration du Parc (Carrefour) et la limite nord-ouest du Parc, du côté de St-Quentin. Ceci va éviter une large section du sentier sur un ancien chemin déneigé (#19) et amener tous les motoneigistes à un accès direct au carburant et à un accès au sommet.  Un nouveau sentier surfacé complétant la connexion du Sentier #504 de la FCMNB, avec l’ajout de nouveaux ponts de sentiers. (Les ponts sont en construction à Moose Brook et dans les eaux d’amont de la rivière Nepisiguit.) Ceci va permettre un accès direct à partir de la limite sud-est du Parc, à Popple Depot (Sentier #23), et relier directement au centre du Parc, au sommet et à l’accès au carburant sur le Sentier #19.  Une section courante du Sentier #19, partant en direction nord-est vers Campbellton et Bathurst, a été élargie et améliorée.  Un nouveau sentier surfacé va complètement encercler le lac Nictau pour créer un circuit au sein du Parc pour des panoramas multiples du Mont Sagamook, 777 mètres...

Les améliorations et additions majeures à l’extérieur du Parc du Mont Carleton amènent plusieurs nouveaux sentiers surfacés, mais aussi des milliers d’acres de zones de promenades hors sentiers, seulement connues de quelquesuns auparavant. Ces nouveaux sentiers sont :

Nouvelles promenades hors sentiers  Les promenades hors sentiers à l’extérieur du Parc ont été ouvertes énormément. Avec la plupart des nouveaux sentiers surfacés étant établis sur des chemins forestiers sans déneigement, le nombre d’options de randonnées sur de la nouvelle neige poudreuse, dans les coupes à blanc se trouvent littéralement sur des milliers de nouveaux acres. La différence maintenant est que lorsque le désir de faire du hors sentiers est satisfait, tous les nouveaux sentiers surfacés vont ramener au Carrefour ou aux commerces des environs qui fournissent de l’hébergement, de la nourriture et du carburant pour tous les motoneigistes. On espère vous rencontrer tous cet hiver !

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President’s Report…

NBFSC Trailers highlight Partnerships and New Brunswick A new wrap on the NBFSC’s 4 place snowmobile trailer has been added for the 2016 season. On both the 4 place and 2 place trailers that we use all season long there has also been added a new wrap for both of the back doors on both NBFSC trailers. The sides of the 4 place - 30 foot trailer have multiple images from the New Brunswick / NBFSC Tourism photo shoot taken in the Christmas Mountains region and Mount Carleton Park in the winter of 2015. With anticipation and now approval of the Mt. Carleton-Christmas Mountains Grooming Hub, the panels of our largest trailer now promote and represent some of the newest riding areas, both on trail and off trail that will be accessible in 2016. It should also be noted that in order to obtain the wonderful images you will see on the 4 place trailer and in numerous other print medias this season, the 2015 Tourism Photo Shoot would not have been possible without the physical presence and support of our snowmobile District Sales Managers (DSM’s) last February. As President, I wish to give a large thank you to Chris Thebeau (DSM) representing Arctic Cat, Pat Hicks (DSM) from Yamaha, Martin Maltais (DSM) from Polaris and Rick Lingley (DSM) of BRP-SkiDoo. Also assisting with logistics last winter was Mark MacDonald of City Argo & Motorsports in Miramichi and Guy Hache who provided a Yamaha sled from West End Sports in Beresford. The back doors of both trailers are a LARGE THANK-YOU to all of our Corporate Partners in 2016 who partner with us at Level 1, Level

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2 and Level 3. These three levels of partnership encompass twenty eight (28) of our 2016 Corporate Partnerships. The background of the back doors is a magnificent photo of all four OEM’s sleds just off trail of a brand new groomed trail in Mt. Carleton Park that will join two current NBFSC snowmobile trails with access to the Christmas Mountains from the center of the Provincial Park. Other graphics on the NBFSC snowmobile trailers continue to highlight the important messages that are endorsed by the NBFSC; Safe Riders, Zero Alcohol, Snowmobilers care about our Environment, Go Snowmobiling and Rider Responsibility. Last, I wish to recognize the significant contribution that our partnership with Tourism, Heritage and Culture (THC) provides. It is because of this partnership that we have the ‘cool’ photography we have to make the trailers stand out. On almost a daily basis, year-round Mr. Carl Lavigne, THC assists me or our staff-office with our joint files. For the 2015 THC / NBFSC Photo Shoot last February, Ms. Alanda Banks-McLeod, THC was directing “traffic” for those three days in the region to ensure our joint success. Thank you to everyone at THC who believes in what the NBFSC does. I hope you get to see the new photos and new trails that I am raving about and we hope to see you within our activities this season.

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Rapport du Président…

Les remorques de la FCMNB mettent en vedette les partenariats et le Nouveau-Brunswick Un nouvel affichage publicitaire sur la remorque de motoneiges à 4 places de la FCMNB a été ajouté pour la saison 2016. Sur les remorques à 4 places et à 2 places que nous utilisons durant toute la saison, on a également ajouté un nouvel affichage publicitaire sur les deux portes arrières des deux remorques de la FCMNB. Les côtés de la remorque à 4 places de 30 pieds ont de multiples images de la séance de photos effectuée de concert entre la FCMNB et Tourisme Nouveau-Brunswick dans la région des Monts Christmas et du Parc du Mont Carleton durant l’hiver 2015. Dans l’anticipation -- et maintenant avec l’approbation -- du Carrefour de surfaçage du Mont Carleton et des Monts Christmas, les affiches de notre plus grande remorque font maintenant la promotion et représentent certaines des nouvelles zones de randonnées, à la fois sur sentiers et hors sentiers, qui seront accessibles en 2016. Il faut remarquer qu’afin d’obtenir les merveilleuses images que vous verrez sur la remorque à 4 places et dans de nombreux autres médias écrits cette saison, la séance de photos de Tourisme en 2015 n’aurait pas été possible sans la présence physique ou l’appui de nos directeurs commerciaux de district (DCD) en février dernier. En tant que président, je veux exprimer un gros merci à Chris Thebeau (DCD) représentant Arctic Cat ; Pat Hicks (DCD) pour Yamaha ; Martin Maltais (DCD) de Polaris ; ainsi que Rick Lingley (DCD) de BRP-Ski-Doo. Du côté logistique durant l’hiver dernier, nos remerciements à Mark MacDonald, de City Argo & Motorsports à Miramichi, et à Guy Haché qui nous a passé une motoneige Yamaha, de West End Sports, à Beresford. Les portes arrières des deux remorques affichent un GROS MERCI à tous nos

partenaires commerciaux en 2016 qui nous appuient au Niveau 1, au Niveau 2 et au Niveau 3. Ces trois niveaux de partenariats incluent vingt-huit (28) de nos partenariats commerciaux pour 2016. L’arrière-plan des portes arrières est une photo exceptionnelle des quatres motoneiges des différentes OEM, juste à côté d’un tout nouveau sentier surfacé dans le Parc du Mont Carleton qui va relier deux sentiers de motoneige actuels de la FCMNB, avec accès aux Monts Christmas à partir du centre du Parc provincial. D’autres graphismes sur les remorques des motoneiges de la FCMNB continuent à souligner les messages importants qui sont approuvés par la FCMNB ; Motoneigistes prudents, Alcool Zéro, Les motoneigistes ont a coeur l’environnement, À vos motoneiges, et Responsabilité au conducteur. En terminant, je veux souligner la contribution importante de notre partenariat avec Tourisme, Patrimoine et Culture (TPC). C’est grâce à ce partenariat que nous avons la photographie attrayante pour attirer l’attention à nos remorques. Sur une base presque quotidienne, et à l’année longue, M. Carl Lavigne, du TPC, aide notre personnel de bureau ou moi-même sur nos dossiers communs. Lors de la séance photo 2015 TPC/FCMNB en février, Mme Alanda BanksMcLeod, du TPC, dirigeait « la circulation » durant ces jours-là dans la région afin d’assurer notre succès commun. Merci à tout le monde du TPC qui croit dans ce que fait la FCMNB. J’espère que vous aurez l’occasion de voir les nouvelles photos et les nouveaux sentiers que je vante, et aussi de vous rencontrer dans le cadre de nos activités cette saison.

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announcement over the arena’s public address system echoed that magical four letter word…snow. It perked up my ears as I was sipping on suds between periods, while attending my favorite National Hockey League team’s early season game. Snow was in the forecast and it was early November, and things were looking up for winter’s arrival. But as soon as those thoughts were secured within my grey matter, and visions of drifted ditches and wind swept frozen lakes brought a smile to my face, the winter dreamscape was interrupted by a chorus of “boos” throughout the arena. “What the hell?” I muttered under my breath. Last time I checked, I live in Minnesota, often times referred to as “Minne-snow-tah” on souvenir t-shirts down at the big mall by the airport. I took a quick check around the arena to ensure I was sitting amongst fellow Minnesota Wild fans, and then shook my head in disgust. The way I see it, I live in a state with four seasons, my favorite of which is winter, because like any good snowmobiler, I love winter. I like a good snow storm and the swirling snow that accompanies it. I like the crunch of frozen snow underfoot, and plowing a foot of the white stuff from the drive. Heck, I even welcome a week of subzero temperatures, knowing it will result in good ice, and soon I’ll be trekking across frozen lakes on my sled, or perhaps staring down a hole in the ice, hoping to pull up a few Walleyes. The crowd’s discord over the eminent arrival of winter reminded me of an article I had stumbled across a few weeks prior while traveling. The story recounted

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research done by Kari Leibowitz, a student at Stanford University who had spent nearly a year in a small, northern town in Norway called Tromso. In this community, the sun never climbs above the horizon from late November to late January, seemingly making the long and often cold winter even more difficult to endure. She went there to study the residents overall mental health, because here the seasonal depression rates were much lower than one would expect. The very notion of seasonal depression is real, according to several studies. The combination of reduced daylight and colder weather does in fact have a negative impact on many individuals. However, in this small community, seasonal depression was nearly impossible to find. Looking for answers, Leibowitz started asking people the question, “Why weren’t more of them depressed?”, and if there were lessons to be learned. However, it didn’t take Kari long to realize she was asking the wrong question. When she did ask people why they didn’t have seasonal depression, the answer

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was often the same, “Why would we?” What the people of this small community in Norway discovered, was that winter was going to be a part of their lives, and they couldn’t change that hard and cold fact. Instead of dreading the dark and cold months, the residents of Tromso viewed winter as something to cherish and enjoy. That simple state of mind, according to Leibowitz’s final research paper, makes all the difference in the world. As snowmobilers, we too embrace winter, and I’m not telling you something you don’t already know. For us, winter is that magical time of the year when we can experience a vehicle that is like no other on earth. Snow by its very nature is a unique substance, and no other motorized activity can come close to replicating the feeling of riding a snowmobile. Of course, we’re not alone in embracing winter – skiers; skaters; winter campers; hunters; anglers; snowboarders; fat tire mountain bikers; dog sledders; and many other outdoor recreationalists embrace the dark and snowy winter months, just as we do. According to Leibowitz, the people of Tromso are simply enamored with the beauty of the season - from the soft light the sun casts from just above the horizon, to the stunning northern lights that streak across the sky at night. In Norway, people celebrate the things they can only do in winter. In fact, they have a saying that is often heard during the winter months: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” With that, I say bring on winter…the sooner the better, and for those who dread its impending arrival, the message is simple…cherish it. You just might discover a new found appreciation for one of nature’s most majestic times of year. J


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