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WHIP IT LIKE A GIRL

Excuse me boys. Female talent Nadia Samer has backcountry skills that keep most men on the porch. Clicked in British Columbia this past spring, Nadia is an extreme skier who has also developed a love for snowmobiling and has a feature segment in the latest Boondockers 8 flick. Location: Brandywine Mountain, British Columbia Rider: Nadia Samer Photographer: Matthew Mallory/JoyDigger.com

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hile my sled is currently comfortably residing in Minnesota, Iʼm in Ontario and my seat is somewhere in Wisconsin. I never thought that $5 would have bought so much entertainment. What can you really get for just $5 these days? I sent an email around the office, asking what we could get for $5, and the answers were priceless. Most were related to food… A Subway foot long, the BK Angry Whopper, a pint of Coors Light, Little Caesars Hot ʻnʼ Ready, and the funniest was from Blakoe, “In 1991, a lap dance was $5.” To say the least, $5 doesnʼt really go far these days. Well, earlier this year at Haydays, I picked up a ʼ79 Jag in running order, with a special seat that had a leopard print. Right away, you know the seat is off a Cat, but which one? The guy that sold me the Jag didnʼt know. When I asked him, he gave me some typical Haydays BS sale pitch, “That there is an expensive optional seat boy, right from the factory; an upgrade if you will. No Sir, you will not find another Jag with a seat like that.” Even if he was wrong, I really didnʼt care. What else can you buy for $80 that burns fuel other than a Weed-Whacker? I later found out that this seat is pretty sought after and I should have kept my eye on it. In mid-October, I was at home

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preparing for some snowmobile shows in Canada and the custodians of the sled, Bourgeois and MacDonald, brought it to some vintage rally, somewhere in Middle America. After the success of my new ride in the booth at Haydays, they felt it would again have some good results in their booth. Truth is, it did but Mac ʻnʼ Cheese sold the seat right off it for $75 to some guy from Wisconsin, making my total sled investment a whole $5 bucks. Not bad for a runner that will be WOBLEʼd soon enough.

When we were at the Toronto Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show, visiting the Antique & Classic Snowmobile Club of Canadaʼs booth, I saw the exact same seat that the boys sold from the Jag. The factory upgraded seat was actually off an older Panther, and the leopard or panther print looked damn good. Some might even say sexy, if youʼre into Panthers. I thought about making him an offer for just the seat, but what fun would that have been? To this day, Iʼm still not sure if this was a good thing, not making an offer on the seat as I am currently still seatless. The guys tell me not to worry, they “have plans” for it, which makes me shake my head because I can picture a banana seat with risers. But the entertainment resulting from $5 cash out of pocket has been pretty good so far, and Iʼm pretty excited about what the guys might come up with. With Mac ʻnʼ Cheese, you just never know what or how itʼs going to shake down. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did while putting it all together. As always, your comments are greatly appreciated, and thanks to those that have sent us emails. Until next time, Iʼll be in the garage, thinking of a seat for the old girl, and as usual this time of year, drilling another track and scraping some knuckles while installing some studs. ✪


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From left to right - Ron Potter of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Terry Mattson of Visit Duluth, Greg Sorenson from Minnesota United Snowmobile Association, and Ramstad’s former publishing partner Joel Mellenthin unveiled the first of many dedication signs to be placed throughout the North Shore trail.

CJ RAMSTAD TRAIL FINALLY OFFICIAL After nearly two years of hard work by dedicated volunteers, area snowmobile clubs, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota’s North Shore trail was officially renamed the C.J. Ramstad North Shore Trail in honor of the late CJ Ramstad. Known for its extreme beauty and ruggedness, the North Shore Trail traverses 146 miles of Lake Superior Shoreline linking the communities of Duluth and Grand Marais, the trail was one of C.J.’s favorites, who had ridden snowmobiles the world over. Recognized as one of the sports most prolific and passionate snowmobile advocates and journalists; Ramstad’s name will now forever be linked to his home state of Minnesota and the sport he so dearly loved. For more information on the C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail or to view a virtual tour of the trail, visit www.mndnr.gov

FIST GOES CROSS With a new line of “flatland” cold weather gear dubbed Redline, and looking to gain exposure to the Midwest and East Coast snowbelt markets, MotorFist has teamed up with Judnick Motorsports and their talented trio of riders as they campaign the International Series of Champions (ISOC) national snocross tour. Team Judnick star and past champion Ross Martin, along with fellow Pro Mike Bauer and Pro-Lite rider James Johnstad will wear specially stitched MotorFist gear both on and off the track as the western maker looks to make inroads into the heart of the market. No stranger to the podium, Ross was one of the few riders last winter to make eventual champ Hibbert, work for the top box. To learn more on Judnick Motorsports and MotorFist visit www.judnickmotorsports.com and ww.motorfist.com 18

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WINNING JUST LIKE SHEEN…DUH! Polaris announced the return of their Winning Riders program for seventh consecutive season. The no strings attached grassroots funding program gives donations to 12 Canadian provinces and territories and 25 states based upon the number of Polaris sleds sold within each. The current program runs between April 2, 2011 and March 31, 2012. In the past, donations have been used for membership drivers, trail and grooming programs, legislative efforts and more.


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WOMEN RIDE FREE TOO NEWS

We hope you don’t mind girl cooties; the Ski-Doo Freeride Ambassador is back for another season with a broader range of talented riders and outdoor enthusiast including two women. The seven riders making up the 2012 ambassador program will once again share their experiences and tips, make special appearances at events and riding locations throughout the western snowbelt, as well as divulging insight into their busy schedules. This years riders include extreme riders Dan Treadway, Robb Hoff and Heath Frisby, former snocross racer Calvin Felker, extreme adventure athlete Dave Norona, mountain rider and women rider activist Stephanie Schwartz, and extreme backcountry rider Ashley Chaffin. Ashley was also recently recognized for her skills beyond the Freeride program when she was invited to the annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner in New York City. Chaffin was the first snowmobiler invited to the highbrow event where she rubbed elbows with high profile athletes including professional golfer Yani Tseng, soccer star Abby Wambach, and Annika Sorenstam.

HISTORIC QUADNA ADDED TO USCC SCHEDULE

With the start of the United States national cross-country series about to unfold, some last minute scheduling changes will drop the Munising, Michigan race, which was intended to be an East/West shootout event, in favor of a race at Quadna Mountain Park in Minnesota. According to USCC Race Director Jesse Strege, the distance of the Munising race compared to other races on the USCC schedule, and the opportunity to race at the legendary Quadna facility prompted the change. Fro those who don’t know, Quadna, which is a former ski-hill resort located south of Grand Rapids, Minnesota in the small community of Hill City, was the location where the first ever North American snocross was held in 1981 and has hosted all types of snowmobile terrain racing since. The USCC event is slated for Sunday, February 26th, 2012. For more information visit the USCC site at www.usccracing.com 20

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Word came down from ESPN executives in early October that snocross will no longer be a part of the Winter X Games moving forward. Citing the desire to deliver the most appropriate sports for inclusion in the X Games and to continuously evolve the event to deliver the best product and most value for the athletes and fans. Reading between the lines; rumors of excessive costs to build the track and the unpredictable nature of racing versus the more controllable “made-for-television” nature of Freestyle and Best Trick, were most likely the “real reasons” snocross and Speed and Style were nixed. The move puts added pressure on many teams who leverage the exposure and name recognition of Winter X while wooing big name sponsors for the season. While Winter X prides itself on attracting the best athletes in their respective discipline, its clear this winter, many of the best snowmobile riders in the world will be watching from the comfort of their own home.

TUCKER GOES GLOBAL

Hey we already knew T-Train has become a household name across much of the North American snowbelt. Now it looks like Tucker is reach beyond as he expands he signature line of Monster Energy Castle X race wear, SPY Whip Goggles, and replica graphic kits to Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Hope his passport is current. Visit his online store at www.tucker-hibbert.com and click on the shop tab.

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YELLOWSTONE CHESS MATCH CONTINUES

The battle over winter access to one of the most visited and beloved National Parks in the United States is now approaching 20 years and there appears to be no end in site. In what has become a political chess match between the park service, the feds, environmental groups, state and local governments, impacted businesses, and of course, organized snowmobilers, the 2011-2012 winter season has been officially dubbed a “One-Year Rule” as all sides work towards a new longterm Winter Use Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and regulation. As you may recall, the days of free and open access to snowmobilers to the park have long been over, as caps and restrictions on which snowmobiles can enter have been in effect for more than 10 years. This winter the daily cap will allow up to 318 commercially guide Best Available Technology (BAT) snowmobiles and up to 78 commercially guided snowcoaches per day into the park. Such restrictions proved to be the impetus for many manufacturers to develop a four-stroke specific snowmobile to gain access to the park, with Arctic Cat’s aptly names Yellowstone Special being the first in 2000. For 2012 all four brands have BAT sleds to be used within Yellowstone. In fact Ski-Doo just announced that as many as 10 of their 2012 models, many of which utilize the ultra quiet 600ACE engine, were BAT certified by the National Park Service. To stay abreast of the Yellowstone game visit www.nps.gov/yell Snowmobiles like the Ski-Doo ACE 600 Expedition were recently BAT certified by the National Park Service. The stamp of approval, which signifies the sled has met stringent emission and sound levels, allows the sled to be used inside Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

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With the traditional X-Games qualifier now toast, the crew at ISOC and Duluth National, home to the kick-off snocross race in the states over Thanksgiving weekend, were forced to come up with a new feature event for the opening night party. Enter the Dominator event sponsored by AMSOIL, makers of two-stroke oil of the same name… how ironic. Featuring a field of 16 competitors, the new event will feature two racers going head to head in a two-lap dash. If you win, you move on to the next round, loose and you’re out. With $10,000 cash on the line, you can bet there will be few friends and nothing held back on this sprint cross format. With many of today multi-lap events turning into follow the leader yawners; we suspect everyone will be watching the new format intently.

Just got word our guest columnist and good guy Levi, extended his deal with Loctite for two additional years. While the financial side of the team looks to be in good shape, we suspect team wrench and co-owner Glenn Kafka is more pumped for the never ending flow of Loctite products that will grace the hauler shelves. Hey Glen, can spare a few bottles of Loctite Blue? Thanks pal.

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As we pen this edition of OSM, the impending competitive snowmobile season has most racers, mechanics, team owners, and basically anyone with a pulse and love for winter is eagerly anticipating those first few laps. For racers residing within the snowmobile epicenter, better known as Minnesota and Wisconsin, they’re in luck. Three practice facilities, each with professional snow making equipment and grooming equipment, are located from minutes to just hours beyond the Minneapolis bright lights, and all three hope to be open for practice for riders of all ages before Duluth National and beyond. Both Quadna Mountain Park (www. quadnamountainpark.com) and Planet X (www.scheuring-speedsports.com) are located approximately three hours north of the Twin Cities and offer practice for $100 per day. In addition, ERX Motor Park (www.erxmotorpark.com) is just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, and serves up practice ($100 adults, $75 junior and $50 kids) as well as grassroots racing under the lights on Thursday nights.

We showed you pics of this F1100 Sno Pro getting the John Henry from several iconic Arctic Cat racing legends while we took in the party at the 50 Years of Cat celebration in Thief River Falls this past summer. Now this one-of-a-kind snowmobile will be auctioned off on eBay beginning November 24th, 2011. The sled includes signatures from such legends including Roger Skime, Larry Coltom, Jim Dimmerman, Kirk Hibbert, Chester Boman, Brad Pake, and Brian Nelson; and proceeds from the auction will help support the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wisconsin. To learn more visit www.snowmobilehalloffame.com

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We reported here in previous issues on the continued push by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and likely behind the scene lobbying activities, for increased use of ethanol-blended fuels. In fact last issue we told you E-15 ( a 15% blend of the corn-derived alcohol) was partially approved for use in modern automobiles, while testing continued on its effects on older vehicles and small engines. This past October, the US Department of Energy released two studies on the effects of E15 in marine engines and the results were far from favorable. Results from both reports, which were conducted on behalf of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), showed severe damage to engine components and an increase in emissions and fuel usage. As a result of the tests, NMMA President Thom Dammrich said, “Current proposals by the ethanol industry to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline should seriously concern all boaters and owners of other small engine equipment.� For more information and to read full versions of either report visit www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/52577.pdf or www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/5209.pdf

CHRISTIAN CATCHES DRIFT WITH TROY

Another outerwear company hooking up on the national snowmobile racing scene is DRIFT Racing Gear. The fast growing Minnesota based company has inked a deal with mega team Christian Brothers Racing (CBR). Named Team of the Year in both ISOC and USCC circuits, CBR has one the largest and most talented pools of riders anywhere including last year’s Pro Rookie of the Year Logan Christian, USCC Pro Champion Ryan Simons, defending I-500 champ Brian Dick, 2010 X Games medalist Cory Davis, and 120 Champion Evan Christian. Also joining the Christian Brother’s Racing fold is returning partner Troy Lee Designs, known the world over for their superior style and protection in motorsports. With both DRIFT Racing Gear and Troy Lee Designs in the CBR camp, the tam will support a retail trailers at all ISOC and most USCC events this winter, selling select DRIFT, Troy Lee and unique CBR gear to race fans.

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FROM RUSSIA WITH CROSS NEWS

We received word from Youth Stream; a marketing and television production firm in Switzerland that works closely with FIM in motocross, supermoto, and snowcross, that an agreement was reached to bring the FIM Snowcross World Championships to Russia, something according to the release “has no precedent in history.” Admittedly, our Russian interpretation is marginal at best, the release was unclear exactly when the FIM Snowcross race would occur within the Russian Federation, and if it was an additional race to the existing FIM World Championship, which was most recently held in Tuuri Finland and won by OSM guest columnist Tucker Hibbert. For now we are brushing up on our Russian, learning how to pound Vodka, and wondering how we can smuggle back a We don’t’ know who these dudes are, vintage Russian leaf-spring snowmobile but they look stoked FIM Snowcross is in our luggage. going to Russia soon.

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ISOC LEADERS SEEING RED

Since former snocross racer Carl Schubitzke took over as the dayto-day man in charge of the ISOC national snocross tour, things have been happening at a rapid pace… and all for the better. First all around good guy Jesse Strege, who is the race director for the national cross-country circuit, will also lend his expertise to the ISOC tour when schedules don’t conflict. Next, Carl sent the old timing and scoring system packing, and a new system from E-Score will be implemented. The new system will provide racers and fans alike significantly more information including lap times and live results and points standings as the race transpires. Finally, year-end point leaders will race with a special red background number plate, signifying they are current top racer in the class. All this plus a new website, amore regionally focused schedule, a tighter running order with less down time, and a new video supported opening ceremonies signal a great season ahead. More details can be found at www.isocracing.com

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Former terrain racer turned farmer Jesse Strege will be wearing both USCC and ISOC hats or shirts, this winter as he divides his time between the two circuits as Race Director. Strege said USCC takes top priority if a conflict should arise.

We have to admit, when we saw the new Polaris Adventure buggy last winter, it got our palms sweaty as we began to plan rides to exotic, off-the-beaten-path, or legendary destinations. With the sport touring segment blossoming in the world of motorcycles, Polaris decided to borrow a page from their design manual and apply the same concepts here. Based on the all-new Pro-Ride Switchback, the Adventure combines performance ride traits, offtrail and on-trail capabilities, and integrated luggage for a long haul combination that is frankly new to the industry and one that we applaud. We were so smitten with the ride, we twisted the arm of Polaris to secure not just one, but several Adventure buggies for us this winter as our destination wish list filled quickly. What’s more, we want to bring along a couple OSM readers to one of our favorite riding destinations, the immaculate trails and hospitality of Quebec. To be considered, we want to hear about your dream adventure ride, simply visit the ‘What’s Your Adventure’ sign-up area at www.osm-mag.com and get ready for a trip filled with incredible scenery, immaculate trails, and the new Polaris Adventure snowmobile.

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Longer than a line at Tim Horton’s offering free Double-Doubles, the crowds were thick all weekend long.

Lots of side-by-side vehicles were on display at this year’s show. This tricked out Can-Am Commander was kept meticulously clean by special “waxing” models outfitted with lifted shoes for those hard to reach spots atop the cab.

At times this area resembled a kissing booth with the amount of Arctic Cat followers paying full respect to the new line-up.

Royal Distributing once again had a huge booth at the show and gave away more than $100,000 in gift cards and prizes throughout the weekend. Their big box store style checkouts made for hassle free purchases.Royal also showed their support to organized snowmobiling by donating $8500 to OFSC districts.

The pink alley set the mood in Hall 2 in support of the Kelly Shires Snow Run taking place February 3, 4, 5, 2012 at Hidden Valley.

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The Antique and Classic Snowmobile Club of Canada had a choice display of classic iron on display. No question, old sleds attract a crowd quicker than free denture cream at a nursing home.


The new John Deere XUV-S4 four passenger UTV is big, as illustrated by this excited customer. In between demonstrating moves from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, the boys from Legend trailers showed off their latest aluminum haulers.

Back for a second season, reps from Split Rail Skis discussed the benefits of their dual axis skis. By weekend’s end, all had lost their voice after delivering the golden sales pitch time and time again.

Freestyle riders Mullin, Hoyer and St. John threw down and proved they still look good in pajamas.

An unmolested, still in the crate, 250 S/T Mercury was on display inside the CPI Recreational Products/Phantom Snowmobiles booth. It was NOT for sale.

Woody’s traction products in conjunction with Braand sold these t-shirts and chance to win a custom painted Fly Racing helmet. Proceeds were donated to spinal research in an effort to help athletes recover and ride again.

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Pensioners need not apply, Ski-Doo knew what market would be interested in the Freeride as seen here. If you didn’t know, the available sticker kits should have been a good indication.

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Conceptualization From the early sketches and fabrications of Eliason, Sikorsky, Bombardier and Hetteen, dreaming of the next snowmobile is quite possibly an inherent trait of snowmobilers the world over. While as engineers and riders, we often box in our ideas into a small corner of what we know or can rationalize. For the true dreamers however, the future holds no boundaries, and instead of asking why, they pose to us why not. Flooded by feedback from the solo concept sled, featured in Bourgeoisʼ parting October Float Bowl column (The Next Dimension), we scoured our archives and searched the Internet for more. Here are five fresh takes with over the snow concepts.

Husky SXC The most elaborate concept we found to date is without question this SXC unit, created by young British designer Christopher Wyeth. Sketched with the possible intent of the SXC becoming a future Honda vehicle, Chris created a complete animated, three-dimensional movie that rotates, disassembles and assembles, and even actuates the unique reversed engineered SXC swingarm rear suspension that features a 3-axis system within the rail. Power comes from high-tech Hitachi battery packs connected in series, beneath the seat. To view the entire clip, visit www.huskydesign.co.uk and click on Chrisʼs portfolio.

Dominic Schindler SnowMobile Penned by Austrian design firm Dominic Schindler, this SnowMobile was designed as a reinterpretation of modern transportation found in, and around ski areas. Similar in concept to the vintage Diablo Rouge from Bolens, the Schindler vehicle is far more streamlined and features what we suspect are aggressive, traction laden molded rubber tracks at the front and a composite slider at the rear. Intended to scale steep inclines, the Dominic design could transport snowboarders and their gear to the deep backcountry.

Kvant XPW The fusion of motorcycles and over-the-snow vehicles is one that has reoccurred both in concept and in execution for several years. Designer Patrik Petersson penned the latest blending of these two powersports faves in the form of the XPW 400. The concept was designed to have the flexibility of a motorcycle and the performance of a snowmobile, with power coming from a 400cc motorcycle engine and driving a continuous, molded rubber track.

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Hima Designer Lee Gicas makes the intended purpose of the Hima very clear‌speed. Borrowing significant design and functional cues from Moto GP motorcycle racing, the Hima was sketched to go fast and position the rider over the top of the frame and cowling, similar to a full-race sportbike. According to Gicas, forcing the rider to lean dramatically forward will significantly reduce aerodynamic drag. In addition, the rider would lean left or right in order the initiate a turn, similar to a motorcycle.

Tuvie Many of the concepts we stumble across tout hybrid or electric power such as this stretched and mass centralized concept from Tuvie. Featuring twin rear tracks on a massive single swing arm with a chain center drive, the futuristic vehicle touts a trio of electric motors under the sealed, center cowl. Two versions of the Tuvie showcase a somewhat traditional A-arm front suspension, or a slightly more radical forward link. Needless to say, no passengers are recommended.

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Mickey Rupp, the man behind the now iconic brand, was a passionate racer, whether behind the wheel himself or designing and building what many consider some of the best looking and well thought out snowmobiles during the early 1970s. During that same time, USSA oval racing was king, and Rupp entered the fray in 1973 with three custom built snowmobiles called the 3rd Dimension. Power came in the form of Tahatsu free-air engines; a 340 twin, 440 twin, and a 650 triple. Unfortunately, due to the limited build number, Rupp wasnʼt allowed to race in USSA or any other sanctioned event that year. However, in 1974 a rule change created the Sno Pro series, and with few restrictions, the 3rd Dimension became race legal. Upon learning this, Rupp built two more 3rd Dimensions. Behind the scenes, Joe Hrudka, who eventually bought the company from Mickey, was in charge and made the switch to Kohler free-air engines. However, a lack of money, and the inability to properly clutch the new motors until near seasons end, hampered Ruppʼs chances at victory. In this stunning image of a twin cylinder 3rd Dimension, legendary Rupp racer Gene Bloom negotiates an icy turn with what many consider to be one of the most beautiful factory race sleds ever produced. It is believed only two of the original five sleds are still in existence today.

About the Artist

DAN GILLUND Dan Gillund is a carpenter by trade, but developed a talent for drawing and combined it with his passion for snowmobiles and all things classic. The Ham Lake, Minnesota native has been dabbling in colored pencil sketches like the one you see here for the past several years, and when we spied his work at an area swap meet this past summer, we were more than impressed. Many of his drawings have been at the request of friends, collectors, and past racers. Some of his completed originals and prints are available for sale, and we hope to show you more of them in future issues of OSM. For more information you can reach him at dgillund@msn.com


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Anchor of the Month 1991 Arctic Cat Prowler Special NAME: ________________________________________________________ Deep Cat black, with purple and green accents… COLOR: _______________________________________________________

what else would you expect? ______________________________________________________________ (275.6cm) (105.4cm) LENGTH: 108.5” __________________ WIDTH: 41.5” ___________________________ 47.5” (120.7cm) (197.3kg) HEIGHT: ____________ WEIGHT (DRY): 435lbs ___________________________ of 1990 BIRTHPLACE: Thief River Falls, Minnesota BIRTH DATE: Spring ___________ _________________________ live up to expectations set by my 1990 EXT Special predecessor. AMBITIONS: To ___________________________________________________ William (Captain Kirk) Shatner, The clatter of steel skis TURN-ONS: ____________________________________________________ caressing road shoulder rocks at 80mph plus. ______________________________________________________________ Fixed Windshields, Tree Stumps, and Jack Struthers TURN-OFFS: ___________________________________________________ MY FAVORITE SONGS/MUSICIANS:

Hold On by Wilson Phillips, ________________________________

Gonna Make You Sweat by C+C Music Factory ______________________________________________________________

Skitter, Pod Cat, Arctic Fazer, Wait Till Next Year NICKNAMES: ___________________________________________________ After winning the legendary I-500 cross-country race in DARK SECRETS: ________________________________________________ 1990 with Kirk Hibbert piloting a 1990 EXT Special, a rule change forced Cat ______________________________________________________________ to abandon the successful EXT in favor of a hopped up Prowler, ______________________________________________________________ appropriately named the Prowler Special. While somewhat successful in ______________________________________________________________ consumer trim, the 1991 (shown here) and 1992 Prowler Specials came up ______________________________________________________________ short on the racetrack; most notably during the 1992 I-500 where once ______________________________________________________________ again, Kirk was battling his long-time foe, Jack Struthers. With the finish ______________________________________________________________ line approaching on day three, the Prowler Special suffered a broken spindle, ______________________________________________________________ putting an end to Cat’s hopes. It was after that moment of defeat that ______________________________________________________________ Arctic Cat brass decided to pursue a new competition minded snowmobile, ______________________________________________________________ and the legendary ZR chassis was born.

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TRAIN TRACKS TUCKER HIBBERT

CONTROLLED CHAOS team transporter got a serious overhaul this year. Hereʼs a picture of Rob making last minute adjustments to seat graphics for the new sled.

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love a challenge and nothingʼs more challenging than gearing up for a new race season. To add fuel to the fire this year, Iʼm defending my ISOC Pro Open Championship on an all-new Arctic Cat chassis – the ProCross. It seems no matter how much I plan and prepare, the race season always finds a way to sneak up on me. Fall is my busiest and most stressful time of the year. Amid the tension in the Team 68 race shop, thereʼs a buzz and element of anticipation in the air, making it virtually impossible not to smile. Maybe itʼs the lack of sleep combined with a higher than normal intake of Monster Energy. Whatever it is, itʼs awesome and I wouldnʼt have it any other way. Hereʼs a sneak peak into the controlled chaos that took place in rural Goodridge, Minnesota before we departed for the season opening Duluth National event.

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really involved in the development and styling of the gear, so itʼs always sweet to see the finished product in person.

Weʼve been having Hot Stuff Pizza parties in the race shop for as long as I can remember. Itʼs obvious you eat a lot of pizza when they know itʼs you on the phone before you say your name. “One large Hawaiian and one large pepperoni please!” This little guy keeps us all entertained. Curly was a welcome addition to the team. Heʼs a mischievous pup, but hasnʼt caused too much damage…yet.

One of my favorite preseason tasks is designing graphics. Now I have Rob Dahlen leading the charge and heʼs killing it. The Monster Energy/Arctic Cat

Whatʼs #60 Dan Ebert doing in the Team 68 shop? Heʼs wrenching on a sled for our preseason test trip. Iʼve been ripping around with Dan since he was in pampers and weʼre both “lifers” at Arctic Cat. Not too many riders have that connection.


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For over fifteen years, Fred Olson has spent his evenings and weekends working on Hibbert race sleds. Between my Dad and me, I canʼt imagine how many hours heʼs logged. Fast Fact: The first sled of mine he wrenched on was my 1997 Arctic Cat Puma.

We found a great spot with early snow this year. Deep snow, an awesome track and perfect weather – it made it hard to want to load-up and drive home.

Monster Energy knows itʼs a crazy time of year, so they shipped a pallet loaded with the teamʼs favorite flavors. If you havenʼt tried Rehab, you need to. Itʼs number one on my list!

www.tucker-hibbert.com Amid the cover of darkness, weʼre off to find snow and shake down our 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600s!

If you ask my Dad what his favorite part of the race season is, I can guarantee heʼll say the test trips.

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HOME RUN SHOT Who's excited?! This guy - Levi. Who's embarrassed by the guy next to him - Tess.

Its 355ft to the left field wall . . . I hit a home run on my snowmobile last year!

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icture this – eight of the worldʼs best freestyle athletes, a huge crowd, and the iconic Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs serving as the backdrop. Thatʼs what Red Bull cooked up that brought ʻRed Bull Fuel and Furyʼ back to life this past October. Red Bull came to me with the idea of reviving Fuel and Fury in Chicago and asked if I would host it. Of course I said yes, and at the same time, I thought how cool it would be to also compete in the event as well. However, due to other commitments, (which Iʼll give you the low down on a bit later) I had to settle for MC duties only. Tes Sewell and Tina Dixon joined me as hosts as well, and I honestly think it would have been easier for me to

perform multiple backflips than to try keep up with Tes and Tina on the mic. When it comes to announcing, they are amazing. Imagine you are talking, while some one else is talking to you via headphones, all while trying to pay attention to about three other things. Basically, you are trying to listen to what they are saying; planning what you are going to say next; trying to continue a sentence that makes a little sense; and trying not to drool on yourself because you are thinking about way too many other things…ha ha!! Thatʼs why Iʼm so impressed by Tes and Tina; they can do all of the above while yawning and sipping a Red Bull. On the other hand, I was stumbling on my words so bad that I almost fell out of the announcing booth.

So pumped for Daniel Bodin and his stellar performance at Red Bull Fuel + Fury.

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Nonetheless, it was super fun working with both of them and they were really helpful throughout the event. One of the things that stood out to me about the trip to Red Bull Fuel and Fury was the tour of Wrigley field. Tina, Tes, and I were given a private tour of Wrigley Field and it was insane hearing about all the history from over the years. Did you know that Babe Ruth's famous "called shot" home run was in Wrigley Field?! Also, that the visiting teamʼs club house has been in the same place since Wrigley was built?! Itʼs one of the few things that havenʼt changed since 1914. As we stood in the visiting clubhouse, I started imagining guys like Babe Ruth and all the other legendary baseball players that had been there over the years. It was almost too difficult to comprehend. Another thing that was cool; the left field wall is 355ft from home plate, so last year I "hit a home run" on my snowmobile flying 361 feet. This yearʼs Fuel and Fury was a headto-head, double-elimination competition amongst the eight competitors, to see who could throw the craziest three-jump run. The Team LaVallee crew was pretty excited going into the event because my teammate Daniel Bodin had been practicing at my compound and was looking awesome! Daniel worked his way through qualifying, going undefeated, and was matched up against one of the best freestyle snowmobile riders of all time Heath Frisby. Daniel unveiled a new trick called the “Shoulin Backflip” to beat out Frisby for the win! We were all so happy for Daniel and we know we couldn't have done it without our great sponsors. Speaking of sponsors, we recently scored a title sponsorship with Mystik Lubricants. We are so excited to be working with Mystik and even more excited about the awesome products they have! So whatʼs the big news? This year the


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REWARDS, RISKS & REHABILITATION

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ey all! Itʼs that time again for a little PT11 check-in and update! One would think that life would be slowing down since my injury, but let me be the first to tell you that itʼs been exactly the opposite. I have been traveling all over…still! After Haydays, I had my annual Alaska fishing trip. The Fall Classic is always an

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amazing time. I invite all my sponsors and friends of the industry for fall rainbow trout fishing on the Kenai River. As usual, we had an absolute blast. Johnny Whitlatch and Reel Adventures took great care of us again. The fishing was good and the company was even better! We always seem to luck-out on the weather, and this year was no different. Blue skies

and big rainbow trout were on the menu this year! Since my connection with eLEGS, I have been traveling frequently on their behalf as well. Not only does it give me a chance to go to new places, but it also allows me to walk. You really donʼt realize what you take for granted on a day-to-day basis until itʼs taken away. Being able to stand up and have an eye to eye conversation is a very nice change from craning my neck all day… ha ha. I was fortunate to be invited to represent Ekso Bionics at the TEDMED conference in San Diego. Who wouldnʼt want to spend a week in San Diego? Needless to say, I jumped at the chance and was definitely not disappointed. It was one of the coolest events I have been to outside of action sports. I was thrown right in the fire and had to walk across stage, and even do a little speaking in front of thousands. I was asked the one thing I wished I could do again…it wasnʼt back flips (I am going to do that anyway). I said I wanted to be able to pee standing up! The crowd reaction was priceless. The rest of the conference was day after day of cool inventions and amazing minds. Definitely something I hope to be involved in again. This past weekend I was invited to be a judge for the return of Red Bull Fuel and Fury at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It was nice to see the event that used to be the


leader in freestyle, make a solid comeback. I was stoked to be invited, (even though I am of a competing brand) and the athletes did not disappoint the thousands that came out to watch. Cory Davis had his ridiculous whips; Blaze flipped without incident and managed to take home 3rd place; Jeff Mullin looked solid; Frisby had a solid run, but a mechanical kept him from fully hanging it out, but it was Daniel Bodine who was truly on fire. He was throwing down like I had never seen. Looks like someone was training for Winter X a little early! Before I run out of space, I want to talk about how gnarly our sport, along with action sports in general, is getting, but first I would like to send out my heartfelt

condolences to the McNeil family. For those that donʼt know, Jim McNeil passed away recently at a demo practice in Texas. I had the pleasure of working with Jim at a couple of events, and you will not meet a nicer or more talented individual. Itʼs tragic, sad, and a huge loss to our action sports community. The loss of Jim is just one more tragedy in a long line. While not as tragic as the McNeil familyʼs loss, countless other athletes are seriously injured all too frequently. Just this past week for example, Eric St. John, Ted Culbertson, and Fred Rasmussen all suffered injuries while practicing or performing. I count myself lucky to be in the position I am in. Many are not so lucky,

and the list is getting longer. NO doubt, what we do is far and away, one of the most dangerous sports. We risk life and limb for the love of our sport and the love of the fans. Iʼd like to see the industry step up and start keeping this in mind more. Monster Energy has started an Athlete Recovery Foundation to help athletes with insurance, med jet, expenses, and more. Itʼs an important progression in sports that shows no signs of slowing down. I myself have started a recovery foundation. I have plans to help injured athletes get back on sleds and hope to get the manufactures on board to start catering to disabled folks to return to the sport they love. Lots of work ahead, but I have never been scared of a little hard work! Life continues to move forward at a ridiculous pace, and I am charging with it as always! Until next time, keep ripping PT11

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About the Mac and His Commute Each issue, our resident wrench, OSM fleet manager Jason MacDonald, whoʼs known for his Elvis hair, Bob Dylan impersonations and homemade granola bars, scrawls out his thoughts for our editor in chief Bourgeois to decipher and for you to read. No stranger to the business, Jason has been immersed and frankly, a little unstable when it comes to his love for snowmobiles for nearly as long as he can remember. His first sled was a 1971 Skiroule S-400 that he now hopes to ride again, with me scoring a replacement model at an area swap meet. Since then, MacDonald has done it all when it comes to snowmobiles including; sweeping dealership floors; sales; service; technical diagnosis; technical writing; technical training; and wrenching for I-500, snocross and NSSR competitors. The Mac and Cheese rides our long term loaners to work on a daily basis, and spends his time between the coming and going; boasting of riding skills; stomping on egos; combing his flowing locks, and when he finds time, manages the daily service load of a bustling metro area powersports dealer. In a nutshell, “Mac” has been passionately addicted to snowmobiles for 33 years, worked at dealerships for 16, a manufacturer for 5, and has had grease under his nails and scabbed knuckles the entire time…and thatʼs how he likes it.

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he Ski-Doo ACE would seem to be the obvious choice for my daily commute, considering it arrived in my well-tracked front yard when current fuel prices are leaving my wallet feeling anorexic. Bombardierʼs claims of 29mpg seem too good to be true in a sport where a machine achieving half those numbers is accepted as the norm. Advanced Combustion Efficiency is the way that mileage marker was reached with a 600 cc twin-cylinder four-stroke engine through square bore/stroke numbers, optimized valve angles and even diamond like

coatings (DLC) to get 60hp from this Austrian twin. The group from Valcourt placed this motor in the Rev X chassis, not to cheapen it up, but to have the machine look and feel just like higher end options, in a more economical package. The first thing youʼll notice is how quiet the motor is. We expect this from non oil burning motors, but the ACE brought noise, or should I say the lack of it, to a new level of low. Keeping in mind that this will not be the first sled across the pond that your buddies decide to enhance their egos (or other things) with, like with big


bore machines, but you can still sit back and laugh at the gas station while they fill up. The subdued engine prompts you to experience other noises you may have never heard before. Things like driveline lash, track howl, wind flow, and ski chatter are suddenly front and center. However they still pale in comparison to the typical wail experienced under full squeeze. What really stands out is the smooth operation of the ACE motor, almost as if there was a small electric motor under the hood, happily humming along. With the 600 ACE secured into a Rev X chassis and given the TNT treatment, this machine has a ride like youʼd expect from any current rider forward Ski-Doo, in that it is planted and has a somewhat high posted feeling from the saddle. There has always been a challenge and appreciation for riding lesser displacement machines, in that you need to focus more on keeping up your speed and being smooth, rather than using the power to make up for poor judgment or lack of riding ability. So it seems that ACE also stands for Accelerator Clamped Eternally when riding with larger displacement machines, which is why having the well calibrated suspension tied to the planted chassis, keeps this sled right in the pack at any time, unless youʼre on a lake. In stock trim, the machine failed to offer the best wind protection, and we had some issues with one hand-warmer not working consistently. As has been expected from Valcourt in recent years, fit and finish ranks high, allowing the price point ACE to be mistaken for one of its bigger and more expensive brothers. The seat seemed to offer a fair amount of padding that is firm but not uncomfortable, unless you bottomout the suspension and contact the seat base at the same time. The footwells feel

very large, far forward, and flat to the point that we found ourselves only using them on occasional rough sections of trail. Stock running boards are very flexi-flyers, but were never noticed while riding, but rather when parked and using the yellow buggy as a socializing centerpiece. If the crew at BRP set out to build a high quality machine with good mileage, longterm durability, and an easy to ride manner in a very proven chassis, then they have succeeded. As one of our OSM starving staffers put it, the TNT ACE would be a great sled to have around to take a first-timer riding, or as a great back-up sled for the unfortunate breakdown on a trip. In the long term, the machine would be inexpensive to maintain, easy on gas, and big on quiet. ✪

No question, the highlight of the little TNT is the engine. It works so well, youʼll soon forget about the efficient, high-flow technology that resides inside.

The little 60 pony ACE is so fuel sipping good, youʼll find yourself riding well past curfew.

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WHILE EDGAR HETTEEN AND DAVID JOHNSON WERE BUSY BUILDING ARCTIC ENTERPRISES AND POLARIS INTO SNOWMOBILE EMPIRES, MICKEY RUPP WAS BUSY DOING THE SAME THING IN THE NOT-SO-LIKELY LOCATION OF MANSFIELD, OHIO. SON OF PUMP-BUILDER HERBERT EDMUND RUPP, MICKEY INHERITED HIS FATHER’S GIFT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP, BUT HE ALSO HAD A KNACK FOR SPEED AND A GIFT FOR ENGINEERING. THESE THREE THINGS WOULD ALLOW RUPP TO CARVE HIS PLACE IN SNOWMOBILE HISTORY.

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orn in 1936, by his early twenties Rupp was not only an accomplished racing kart driver, he had started building his own line of racing karts. Founded in 1959, Rupp Manufacturing began by building Dart Karts. Dart Karts used a flexible frame; something that all racing Karts use to some extent to this day. Ruppʼs Dart Karts were fast and quickly became the Kart to have on the racing circuits. In 1960 the company began making mini bikes, and by 1964 it had built a few prototype snowmobiles. The next year, Rupp built 500 snowmobiles, which officially put him on the growing list of snowmobile manufacturers. In his time away from his growing company, Rupp was furthering his racing career, moving from Karts to the USAC Championship Car series. In 1965 Rupp qualified 21st for the Indianapolis 500 and finished 6th just behind Gordon Johncock. His experience in such lofty racing circles was teaching him about materials and the advantages of building a machine as an overall

package. As a result, Rupp snowmobiles benefited early on from the use of lightweight aluminum construction, as well as having the engines specʼd out by Rupp and built by Tohatsu. By 1971, Rupp employed 850 people; boasted a 180,000 square-foot manufacturing facility; a research facility; proving grounds; styling center and was building karts, mini bikes, ATVs and five different models of snowmobiles. In addition, Rupp was director of the International Snowmobile Industry Association. The company was definitely slotting itself as one of the big dogs in the industry, but low snow and too many sleds in the manufacturing pipeline led to bankruptcy. In April 1973, Rupp was sold to an investment group led by a guy named Joseph Hrudka of Mr. Gasket fame. The companyʼs partnership with Tohatsu would end ON SNOW MAGAZINE

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until its demise in 1976. Perhaps Bloomʼs best season was 1972, when he won seven of nine races to claim the championship. At Ironwood that year, he won the 440 class, beating a huge field of factory and independent riders. In the early and mid-1970s, the machines Rupp put on the race track made extensive use of magnesium, aluminum and chrome moly. The brand also boasted some of the best engineering minds in the sport, including Lyle Forsgren (who later worked at Mercury after being fired by Mickey Rupp) and Tedd Pierce, Bloomʼs brother-

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suddenly had more sleds to work with, so they took the opportunity to outfit them with multiple setups that included wide and narrow front ends and various track lengths. Bloom is pictured on at least four different 440 Magnums in 1972-73, and he confirmed that he did ride multiple 440 Magnums during that season. The engine in this sled is stamped “Gene Bloom” and also has a number “7” stamped in it. Leading into the season, the Rupp team would pull the Tohatsu engines right off the assembly line, port and modify them and run them on the dyno. If it didnʼt work, they would grab another one and start over. Bloom says the number 7 probably meant it was the seventh one he dynoʼd. It features many tricks including porting, the crank was drilled to lighten it up and to balance it, and the pistons have spiral cuts in the skirts to help carry lube. The sled features magnesium suspension parts and a magnesium steering support. Of the four 440 Magnums Bloom raced, some had rubber tracks and some had cleats. This sled has an aluminumcleated track. While it may have been raced at other events, this sled has only been confirmed to have raced once, but that race was a big one. Headed into Beausejour in March of 1973, Gilles Villeneuve had been one of the most dominant riders during that racing season. He was set to sweep the Mod finals in 340, 440, 650 and 800 that weekend. His sweep was ruined when Bloom beat him with this sled in the 440 Super Mod final. Not only did Bloom beat one of the best riders ever in Villeneuve, he beat him with his mid-mount Rupp, whereas Villeneuve was on a front-mount Alouette - a far better machine. Ironically, Stull found this sled while racing in Beausejour in 1998. The guy who owned it had bought it straight from Rupp after the 1973 season. He saw Stull racing another 440 Magnum and asked him if he wanted to buy a Gene Bloom 1973, 440 Magnum. The guy knew what he had and wanted a lot of money for it, but Stull wanted the sled bad, so he ponied up the cash and bought it the following year when he returned to Beausejour. Stull restored the sled himself over a three month period. Heʼs talked extensively with Gene Bloom and Bloom has verified the sled as the real deal. It is currently on display at the Snowmobile Hall Of Fame in St. Germain, WI. ✪ ON SNOW MAGAZINE

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Polaris 800 Pro-RMK 163 Many of us who call the On Snow stable home, donʼt profess to be superior mountain riders, but we often hang and ride with some of the best off-trail, backcountry rippers on the planet. Guys like Burandt, Adams, young buck Swarm, and Carl Kuster can manipulate the latest crop of mountain buggies better than most of us can walk and chew gum. Dimensionally speaking, the newest mountain steeds are freaks of nature. Power output often exceeds the 150 mark; exotic materials including carbon fiber and magnesium are more prevalent, resulting in significant weight reductions; and track technology and size have resulted in rampant development of longer, taller, and more effective tracks, consequently propelling riders higher and further into the hidden confines of the back country than ever thought possible.

In addition to these dimensional alterations, the ergonomics of the mountain breed have become specialized for the task at hand. Taller bars, narrowed and sculpted seats, tapered running boards, blunt nosed seat backs, mountain straps, and much more have been engineered for the unique demands of trekking off trail at 10,000 feet; snow measured in feet, not inches. This past spring, we lined up the latest long ones from the big four, broke out our Stanley® tape measure and oversized calipers, and set about collecting bodily dimensions of the breed beyond the factory supplied specifications. We documented running board width, toehold depth, distance from running boards to seat top, grab depth of the rear bumper for when you do need a helping hand, and much more. Turns out, size does matter.

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The seat bun of the Nytro MTX is the widest of our group, and is also the highest from the running board, at the all-important sweet spot standing zone. These two factors will likely make for greater sit-down comfort, but also hinder driver mobility.

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Those who opt for the dealer installed turbo kit on the Yamaha Nytro will have to contend with extended length, making it more difficult to swing a leg over and around the Nytro chassis.

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Superb ergonomics is what truly sets the new breed, deep snow kitty apart from its predecessor. Our only nit is the triangulated, fixed-bend of the mountain bar.

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Cockpit maneuverability is a critical function of deep-powder riding. Seat height and length determines the ease of transition from one side of the sled while negotiating big timber at insane grades.

Seat Width Middle*: _____________________________8.75" Seat Width Rear* (at center of bun) _________________9.25" (*Measured as usable seat) Cockpit Top (at knee junction) ______________________9.5" Cockpit Bottom (at seat base) ______________________15" Seat Height from Running Board to Tank Junction: _______20" Seat Height from Running Board to Middle of Seat: ______20" Console Height from Running Board (seat/tank/console transition):__25" Handlebar Width:_________________________________39" Ski Width Middle: _______________________________5.75" Max Ski Width Front: ____________________________5.75" Front Bumper Width: _____________________________5.5" Front Bumper Grab Depth: _____________________1 – 2.75" Rear Bumper Width: ___________________________2 x 4.5" Rear Bumper Grab Depth: _____________________1 – 1.25" Brake Level Reach: _____________________________3.25" Throttle Lever Reach: _____________________________3.5" Grab Hoop: _______________3.5" (top or arc) – 3.75" (at bar)


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We found all four sleds to measure near equal at both brake lever and throttle lever throw. While the Yamaha touts an adjustable lever, we found the bend on the Polaris to be oh-so-right.

When attempting to develop the perfectly balanced ride that the RMK is now known for, Polaris engineers put a hard stop on running board toeholds, preventing riders from overloading the front weight bias.

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THERE’S A PROBLEM WITH OUR SPORT AND MORE SPECIFICALLY, WITH HOW NEW MODEL SNOWMOBILES ARE EVALUATED. IT’S CALLED SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL; OR MORE ACCURATELY, WINTER IS TOO DAMN SHORT.

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me me explain further. Every spring, the manufacturers invite members of the snowmobile media, from magazines to websites, and showcase their entire forth-coming model year sleds. The event, better known as Snow Shoot, is comprised of five days of technical downloads, photography, and riding. Aside from typically being held at altitude, the new model sleds are often pre-production models; works in progress if you will, especially in critical areas such as fuel, clutching, and suspension calibrations. Despite these shortcomings, many media outlets (ourselves included) evaluate these machines in what amounts to a short two-hour demo ride

aboard several machines, and giving readers our best interpretation and prediction of the production model to come. Whatʼs more, most of these test rides are conducted as if we all have something to prove, or a race to win; riding at aggressive speeds and beyond, and in process, dismissing other types of riders. In short, most new model evaluations is little more than one manʼs or womanʼs opinion based on limited seat time, on a pre-production sled, with little to no test data to support the outcome. Throw Down is our attempt to change that, even if slightly. Leading up to this point, I had always admired how our publishing counterparts in the motorcycle or automotive circles had executed such thorough, head to head tests. They were often a combination of statistical data and extensive subjective analysis from several riders. However, unlike our street based counterparts, we are faced with a sport that is seasonal in nature, often giving us less than three months of time and zero chance of testing a true production sled. Of course, this first go around is far from perfect. The sleds we gathered could be likened to comparing apples to oranges by some, and our goal of including a wide breadth of riders varying in age, ability and gender is still on the horizon. Yet despite this being our first trip to the Throw Down rodeo, we were pleased and confident in the event, the process and the results.

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THROW DOWN 2011

HOW IT WENT DOWN With our mantra being real sleds and real trails, the first ever Throw Down was held on the outskirts of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with ERX Motor Park in Elk River, a year round track featuring snocross during the frozen months, as our home base. Each of the sleds was bone stock, with optional accessories limited to taller windows to shield us from the January chill, and factory fresh wear bars. Each sled was set-up to exact factory specifications for each given rider. From that point, each sled was massaged in term of suspension calibrations in order to achieve optimum ride quality for conditions. Each rider kept notes on things such as spring pre-load and dampening setting for each sled so they could always return to their unique “sweetspot” when swapping sleds. For our first effort, we collected two

different data sets. One was an extensive subjective evaluation form (qualitative) that included 18 categories with a possible 30-points available in each. All told, each sled could receive a maximum of 540 points through subjective evaluations. The second data set involved quantitative data via a timed closed-course bump test built specifically for OSM at ERX Motor Park. The course featured a variety of small to medium bumps from stutters to 8-inch chop. Timing lights were stationed at the entrance and exit of the track, and each rider and sled made multiple trips through the traps, as suspension settings were tweaked for optimum ride quality. All told, the Throw Down took a week to complete, and during that time we took multiple rides, in all types of conditions, terrain, and temperatures. Hereʼs the low down on our first ever Throw Down.

Aside from the closed course riding at ERX Motor Park, we spend the bulk of our time riding the sleds on a wide variety of trails, switching often, making a multitude of suspension adjustments and talking plenty of smack.

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2011 OSM THROW DOWN SUBJECTIVE EVALUATION KEY Handlebar/Control Ergonomics Bend, position on chassis, rotation, ability to adjust, overall reach, pull and shape.

Steering Effort Effort, smoothness, linear feel at both high speed and low speed.

Running Board/ Foot Well Performance Depth, width, toe hold, traction, range of motion, snow build-up, and angle.

Comfort – Ride, Handling and Stability Ability to deliver a plush ride over a wide range of conditions with limited adjustments.

Seat Performance/Seat Comfort Seat shape, height, surface material, foam density, foam comfort, range of motion.

Performance – Ride, Handling and Stability Ability to deliver ride quality over a wide range of conditions with limited adjustments.

Cockpit Ergonomics Relationship of running boards, to knees, to elbows, to hands. Sharp edges/shape

Stutter Bump/Low Amplitude Bump & Hole Compliance Ability to deliver control, confidence, stability and comfort over trail chop.

Low Speed/Tight Trail Handling Performance Predictable bite, degree of counter-steer, darting.

Large Bump/High Amplitude Bump & Hole Compliance Ability to deliver control, confidence, stability and comfort over large bumps/holes.

High Speed/Sweeper Corner Handling Performance Predictable bite, degree of counter-steer, darting.

Fit/Finish/Gauge Package Appeal, seam fit, rattles, paint quality, fasteners, easy to read and understand gauges, gauge capability. Storage/Tool Kit/Ease of Access Quantity and quality of storage; access and standard tools available; ability to access belts, plugs, side panels, etc. Engine Run Quality Overall engine traits including startup, idle, smoothness, burbles, flat spots, etc. Wind Protection/Warmth Windshield and cowl protection. Clutching Engagement quality, up-shift, back-shift, ease of tuning. Brake Performance Brake lever effort, feedback or brake feel, brake fade, noise, etc. Suspension Adjustment Performance/Capabilities Tuning ability, ease of access, range of tuning

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BUMPITY BUMP The bump course was one of the eye opening moments of Throw Down 2011. The test delivered real numbers versus opinions on how a sled was performing. Starting from a dead stop, just before the initial timing beams which got the clock running, each rider attempted to negotiate the bump littered course at the fastest speed possible while keeping their butt in contact with the seat. If at any time a riders butt left the seat, the run was tossed out. Subsequently, suspension

settings were tuned and adjusted time and time again in effort to improve results. Only runs where the driver completed the course in control, with their butt staying in contact with the seat the entire time, were saved into the system. Once a particular sled was calibrated for optimum performance in the bump course, it was then required to complete eight successful runs. Those times were then averaged for the associated chart.

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MACDONALD’S FINAL TAKE Arctic Cat CFR I really enjoyed our time together, much of which was spent throwing petroleum products in one of two places within the big Suzuki, just to calm its appetite. The machine is pleasant to ride with good lighting, and an easy to read gauge package that made the low to snow plush seat, and well-damped rear suspension, iron out all but the nastiest chassis flexing holes. Watching the handlebars perform figure 8's on early morning warm ups, was just a reminder there was indeed a four plug, twincylinder, 163-horsepower lake monster under hood. I know the ProCross chassis is the new kid on the block, but for the old-school rider who wants to drag knuckles and lurk on the edge of the icepack for their next victim, the CFR is your ride.

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I could just be getting old, given the amount of training and high grade supplementation my body now requires to simply make a flight of stairs. But regardless of age, the XRS has all the traits of a purebred Ricky Racer that needs to be ridden aggressively to perform properly. The stiff suspension settings will punish the average rider, and only speed and a mission to punish the terrain will overcome and deliver positive results. Itʼs at this pace that you


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truly appreciate the capabilities of the XRS. The hard pull of the 800 E-Tec is always at the ready, but the ergonomics force you to hang on more with your arms than with your legs, which can be tiresome by days end. The steering effort and handling are tight and precise, but is intended more for the haves who are never willing to lift, than the hasbeens. The Valcourt group did a good job of giving the masses something that can truly be pushed to the limits, and offer great rewards to those willing to do it. Posers need not apply.

Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R First off, I am not a pro. In fact, Iʼm not actually even a semi-pro. Given this tough assessment of myself, I thought I might not be able to live up to the hype of what Polaris claims as the industryʼs first rising rate rear suspension ever put in a snowmobile. Truth is, the machine works well in certain areas as long as youʼve set up the suspension correctly for that particular terrain. I always seemed to find myself softening the spring preloads all the way around, and

using the clickers to control the overall ride quality. The Rush failed to impress on small chatter bumps, where the rear felt rigid. Yet it was remarkable in large holes and road approaches, where it absorbed bumps and flew flat. The retro graphics brought a lot of positive comments along the trails when stopped, which was frequent either to rest my arms from the heavy steering

effort, change the resistor for fuel quality, (this should be automatic) or add more fuel to the tank. Despite its faults, the machine does have panache and emulates the racing heritage of the big P. Throw in more wind protection, improve small bump compliancy, and tone down the steering effort and the Roseau crew will be well on their way to turning everyone pro.

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ERICKSON’S THROW DOWN, LOW DOWN The Throw Down certainly made all us think more and evaluate to a deeper degree than most of us had previously. Yet despite the ranking system, scorecards, and timed courses, some things just canʼt be calculated and must be quantified elsewhere. Iʼm talking about the overall, subjective “feel” of the machines and how they stack up in my brain. If these were the four sleds I had as an option to vie for my cash, here they are in the order I would buy them:

Yamaha Apex SE In a surprise, I believe I would be the most content with the Apex SE. There is a weight penalty in the nasty bumps, but the EPS makes a big difference in overall fatigue and the suspension was the most comfortable over the majority of the trail anomalies we encountered. I t ʼs g o t p o w e r t o k e e p t h e t r a c k spinning in deep, loose snow and I somewhat proved the Apex can hold its own as a ditch boondocker. Plus, with an engine that will last well into the next decade, it scores bonus points given the expense of repairs, parts, and dealer service hours.

Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R The Rush can be a damn frustrating machine to ride. I would rate it “excellent” in handling and suspension one day, and then find myself frustrated during the next encounter. Make no mistake; trailside adjustments are not recommended… they are required. The Polaris suspension calibration guys are a passionate, hard working crew, and the Rush Pro R has the components necessary to make the sled really perform – but the sweet spot is too narrow. Buyers, or those thinking of this machine on the used or non-current market, would do themselves a big favor getting the 2012 updates.

Arctic Cat 800 CFR The Crossfire R is a dart – a speedy, point and shoot, go fast, sleek, frigginʼ dart! Its engine is ornery in a good way, but hungry and subtlety unrefined – which makes it a hoot for wide open stretches of deserted fields and lake-tops. Handling is superb with its low, stable chassis and what felt like a forward bias with weight well centered over the skis for supreme steering. Itʼs great on flat trails, but itʼs a bit of a niche sled – the weight on the front and the burden on the front torque arm makes the CFR unpleasant in a terrain game. Gobs of power, a slippery seat, and little for my size 11ʼs to lock into complete the dart feeling.

Ski-Doo 800 MXZ-XRS The XRS is a race sled with little business on trails – the people who can truly harness what is capable with this chassis have missed their calling as terrain craftsmen. Itʼs tough; itʼs stiff; it hates to go slow; and it mistreats you for wimping out, in an effort to be smooth. Spank this machine – come in and out of the throttle hard, and rip the bars to full lock turns with an aggressive, standing, lean hard over the bars to the inside maneuver for the most effective handling. Get my drift? I looked like a wannabe tool on this machine, and chances are, image-boy buyers will too.

KEHOE’S NORTH OF THE BORDER PERSPECTIVE At the start of Throw Down, it seemed the immediate questions that came to mind and needing answering were: Are you the Poser? Are you the guy thatʼs in charge of hauling Ms. Daisy around? Are you the Show-Off? Do you ride standing-up or is your butt glued to the seat? In short, what type of rider are you really?

Ski-Doo 800 MXZ-XRS If youʼre into cross-country, race-like conditions, the XRS is your sled. The more throttle you and the XRS throw at the bumps, the better it works. In fact, if you donʼt use the throttle youʼll be left bruised, battered, and scratching your head. Plain and simple, this sled needs to be abused, and the 800 E-Tec will help you smoke and crush the bumps at insane speeds. The sled cornered like your typical XP chassis; point, turn, and be rewarded with few surprises, inspiring confidence in heaping portions. That being said, the suspension is way too stiff for the conventional rider, and this sled would be a real mistake for someone pretending to be someone theyʼre not. If youʼre not attempting to win a 200-mile cross-country race every time you ride, this is not a sled you should ever consider.

Yamaha Apex SE The Yamaha Apex SE was the dark horse of the group. If I would have placed a few side bets on this sled, I could have retired, as this sled turned out to be the preferred trail sled of the group. Remember the Throw Down is 86

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…OR WOULD LIKE TO. MacDonald Vintage Leafers…nuff said.

Erickson Late night combos from your local convenience store – 2 cokes, a double dose of Nyquil, a dozen Mentos, Alka Seltzer, a packet of crushed red pepper, and a glass of strawberry milk followed by an aggress 5K run…just to see what happens. about real world riders; the norm if you will. Like most, my riding is on wide groomed trails, and this is what the APEX calls home. I found myself rallying at any and all speeds with the Apexʼs motor in tune with any song I chose to listen to. My favorite thing about the Apex was its Tokyo Drift handling; power slide into the corners and pull out with buttery smooth power. Power steering was the icing on the cake making, the Tokyo Drift even better. The one thing that I didnʼt appreciate for my riding style was that there is zero possibility to ride standing up; even when approaching a guaranteed F-BUMP. Every time we were coming down a hill or a lofter, Iʼd watch the guys ahead of me stand up, pour on the coals, and lift the skis before hitting the “guaranteed F-BUMP”. However, on the Apex I was grabbing the brake, slowing it down, and yelling “F-ME”!

Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R The Rush Pro-R is a sled that requires time in the seat to really make it work right. The suspension works well, but needs to constantly be changed for the type of riding style and conditions. As we all know, one minute you can be pounding down a ditch, the next on a groomed logging road, and ending with a twisty bush trail. The Rush is awesome for pounding down ditches with bumps and craters. It can wheel through under power, making it a very fun sled. It provides a safe “feeling” as

itʼs very predictable when ridden on this type of terrain. But if youʼre heading through tight twisties, you earn every corner. At times my arms felt like Popeyeʼs and I actually began to crave spinach. The predictability of the straight line bumps and whoops are no longer with you in the twisties. To top it off, the Roseau ride didnʼt even have a place to jam a toque, in order to conceal helmet head or male pattern baldness, eh!

Arctic Cat CFR 800 With the CFR being replaced this year, it felt like the old girl was at her last rodeo. Truth is, she was. However, this sled is fast and allows you to throttle past others, wearing a proud smile and snug fitting bibs. Who doesnʼt like being the fastest? Itʼs a fun sled to ride on a long day of smooth trails, and it handled well. It was also very predictable in the corners. You always felt in control, and you could trust it to follow your path. Yup, the CFR was like riding a hybrid “cougar”; she felt a little older, yet got me to where I wanted to be in a hurry. The old girl knew what she wanted and how to get it, and left me smiling from ear to ear after every ride. Although, the CFR made itself known at the pumps, grunting and groaning with hunger pains. But as most men know, “it costs more to make a cougar purr.” Next year AC will be back with a whole new platform that is younger, hotter, and will make your riding friends stare with lust. Weʼll see whoʼs laughing at the pumps next year!

Erickson Other patrons wanted to Throw Down with the damn handsome gents wearing our luscious homegrown T.D. tees. Don't copy them - we'll recognize imposters.

All Litterbugs - After riding miles of ditches during Thrown Down we noticed they are full of trash from highway users!

Bourgeois The Kehoe diet plan which allowed him to throw down an entire pizza every night. According to Rich, he “mixed in a salad”, thereby nullifying the effects of the 2-pounds of mozzarella…no chance.

Macdonald My old school bright orange moto brain bucket is ready for retirement – aside from the stench and the dark yellow stalactites hanging from within, Iʼll buy a new lid as soon as makers add some safety orange to their lids…double throw down.

Kehoe My Canadian passport got thrown down when we were ditch banging at 90mphs following Bourgeois on the Apex. The officer was not amused.

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BOURGEOIS’ BRASS TACKS To say I was shocked by the results of the first ever OSM Throw Down would be a massive understatement. Sure, the objective was to go beyond traditional seat-of-thepants evaluations, test true production snowmobiles in real world conditions, and do so for more than a few hours. But I never expected my ego-tainted expectations to be squashed so convincingly. Iʼll admit that well before the first buggy hit the snow pack, I had determined my Throw Down, dead pool pecking order. I was wrong.

Yamaha Apex SE

Ski-Doo MXZ XRS Considering the XRS for a three-day saddlebag journey, is like bringing a bottle of Jack Daniels to a wine tasting party of suburban housewives. The 800 XP based buggy is brash, extremely capable when driven with aggressive tendencies, and has tools that exceed the skills of nearly every on-trail rider youʼll meet on a Sunday afternoon. I love the 800 engine, E-Tec is nothing short of amazing, and the assured, no doubt point and shoot handling is as precise as it gets, even if a bit tiring. If you eat lightning, crap thunder, and sign your name Joe Ego, welcome to your new ride.

Arctic Cat CFR 800 Time travel is possible, at least if you want to relive the hyper sled craze of the late 1990s. From the V-Max 4 to the Mach Z, and of course, the all-mighty Thundercat, the CFR 800 is all that and box of Thief River Falls glazed doughnuts rolled up into one. Whatʼs different is that this missile is also

I grew up in far northern Minnesota, in the shadows of both Polaris and Arctic Cat. More importantly, it was an area where trails were virtually non-existent, and scorching wind swept, debris filled ditchlines were not only expected, but also considered damn fun. Once I left those frozen swamps, I learned the rest of the snowbelt rides on tens of thousands of miles of groomed trails. Itʼs on these trails where the Apex SE simply stood above the rest. Sure, my racer ego may have taken a hit, but when the mercury dipped low, and comfort and assuredness were in high demand, the Apex was my mate.

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refined. Overlook the low riding position and sloppy foot wells, and youʼll find a very predictable and comfortable, trail mannered scoot. While the CFR is a distant memory for 2012, the blistering speed and abruptness of the 800 mill, returns in even better pastry trimmings.

Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R I really, really wanted to fall in love with the Rush, but the split personality of this particular Roseau girl makes her someone I rather date for benefits, rather than live with for life. Give me a stretch of 2-foot craters and unpredictable backsides of road approaches, and the Pro-R is king of the roost. But the narrow ride bandwidth, and the need for constant adjustments (which can be difficult to make) sours the relationship. Clutching is near perfect; run quality is above average; steering effort excessive; and fuel thirst can be an issue (ironically it barely consumes oil). You get the feeling the Rush is close, but so far, no cigar.


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HEAR YE ALL, ASSEMBLED FOR TODAY’S LESSON. WHETHER STOUT BELIEVER IN THE ARCTIC CAT HISTORY, OR SKEPTIC OF THE LOFTY CLAIMS YOU’VE BEEN HEARING, READING AND REPEATING – TAKE HEED TO WHAT COMETH. at’s striking, new Procross chassis is across its performance segment, which means the aged (by today’s standard) Crossfire machines are only available as non-currents. The new-for-’12 XF series is the Crossfire successor, and the premium package, in LXR trim in this script, is a crossover machine that will have mass appeal. While the engine is the returning (and bulletproof) 1056cc parallel four-stroke twin, it breathes new life sitting in the significantly lighter XF chassis. In the power to weight game, we think things have improved some with the 125 or so horsepower, dragging fewer pounds. Cat is not necessarily open-book about its weight figures, especially on these first year production sleds. We know by comparison that the F series is 50some pounds lighter than the Twin Spars they replace, but no word on savings comparing XF as replacer to M-based Crossfires.

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BORN AGAIN • 2012 XF SERIES The driveline is said by Cat engineers to bring about some new efficiency. As stated in previous OSMs, the traditional chain/gear driveline is not old technology, with its fixed center distance and Torque Control Link. Less friction, therefore less drag is the claim. Perhaps it was us feeling like we were riding the new Holy Grail of sleds – this is a long sermon just to tell you that the new 1100 four stroke

feels like it has new life with a healthy bit of bottom and mid-range torque that pulls smoothly to full shift-out. Its striking appearance draws attention like the burning bush itself. Its attractive, styled lines and body cladding are available in black, green, or a limited version in white and orange, if you were quick to worship and purchased in the spring. Sitting under the XF LXR luxury

packaging is a 141-inch Cobra track with 1.25-inch lugs. It’s a good match for the power and the machine has overall balance and footprint enough for the occasional exodus off the trail into deeper white brilliance. A center grab strap is there for drivers to have added leverage for maneuvers that test faith. The pulpit from where a rider will bear witness to all those seekers of more

Why, pray tell, is it getting so hard to find a snowmobile with a trunk? No worries here. The XF LXR’s rear storage bag adds small-capacity function.

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BORN AGAIN • 2012 XF SERIES information – and they will be asked questions about how it rides and handles – is a comfortable place from which to sing its praises. Ergonomics are refined and shaped around a driver in a way that meets requirements of moder n sleds: sit down/stand up, rider forward with careful attention to comfort. The front of the seat is tapered for easy maneuvering, and the twopiece tapered tunnel has a narrow topside that makes it easier and more comfortable to straddle. Like the other Procross sleds, the front suspension is entirely new and steers predictably, in part due to the super-tall spindles. We like it. The rear is the returning FasTrack skid with several clever updates for durability and just-plain better engineering. A sled with this much new is hardly evolution – why, some may think the mere suggestion is blasphemy. And it’s the sum of the new parts that make us believe it’s born again. ✪

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STOMPER BOOT If your image needs brushing up, consider putting a set of Stomper Boots on the gift list. These boots are a blend of comfort, warmth, durability and ass kicking style. Thereʼs a long list of exclusive feature-benefits like the eVent Waterproof, Breathable Footwear Technology and TecTuff breathable leathers, making the Stomper one of the most breathable (no-sweat) boot on the market. There also available in womanʼs sizes. Makes an awesome gift that will get you bonus points for thinking of her cold feet. www.motorfist.com Who should be getting a set of these? High performance tactical take down teams, the beloved Chuck Norris and wives/girlfriends of smart thoughtful men.

ARCTIVA COMP 6 WOMEN’S JACKET The Comp 6 Insulated gear delivers all of the competition styling of the RR series, but for being out on the trails, itʼs properly insulated to keep you warm and comfortable. On warmer days you may find this jacket excessively warm but with multiple oversized zip-vents it will allow you to set the temperature. Nobody will be disappointed opening up a Womenʼs Comp 6 jacket this season. www.arctiva.com Who should buy this? OSM write Jason Macdonald should step up to the counter and make a purchase for his loved one.

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FXR THERMAL PANT Like everyone, we hate being cold while on our sleds. Get out of the cold and into a new pair of pants! Update your old dusty trackers with a pair of FXR Thermal pants. Made of warm, thick 250g anti-pill micro curl fleece, and topped off with elasticized cuffs and waist band. Yes we said waist band, go ahead order a few more chicken wings. www.fxrracing.com Whoʼs Saint Nick bringing a pair to? All you can eat buffet goers, track pant owners, people that are still wearing checkered flags on their clothing (give it up – itʼs not coming back - ever).

THE LIC SNOW GOGGLE WITH HD CAMERA INTEGRATED If you or someone you know secretly likes to record themselves, then this is your ticket. You can show your friends hours and hours of your so called mad skills. These goggles feature a 136 degree wide angle lens, a hands free 5.0 MP camera mode and a video mode that records HD 720P video at a rate up to 30 frames per second with audio to capture all the action of your favorite Snow Sport. The LIC Goggles even come with a 4 GB Micro SD/SDHC card (capable of recording thousands of photos or hours of HD video), a Rechargeable Lithium Battery (for 1.5-2 hrs in the HD Video Mode) and a High Speed USB cable to download to your computer. The goggle itself is a Summit Series and comes complete with a dual vented lens made of an optical Lexan material which is impact resistant and 100% UV protected. The lenses come with an anti-fog treatment and include Iridium lens coating for accurate Light Transmission. www.dlperform.com Who would be interested? The rider with the latest gadgets.

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Who doesnĘźt like to have a different rumble to their sled and add more power? Hindle Exhaust now offers full systems and slip-ons for your Yamaha, Ski-Doo, and soon Arctic Cat Snowmobiles! With over 35 years of Street and Off-Road exhaust development, Hindle is one of the top Exhaust manufactures in North America and take performance and quality seriously! All systems are available through your local Motovan dealer! Check out www.hindle.com for more details. Who should purchase these? Men that are sensitive to their wifeĘźs needs, people look for weight reduction and a better sound.

MY PACKAGE We never thought that any page in OSM would have mens underwear‌ Ladies yes, but not mens. After trying a pair of My Package delicates we were delighted and felt as if we needed to share the news with the world. Everyone should have a pair, the “Key Hole Comfortâ€? pocket and the 3-dimensional internal pouch provides both unparalleled support and comfort. Yes, you can throw the Gold Bond away for good. These delicates are made of a special blend of Modal (93%) and Spandex (7%), this fabric is 50% more moisture absorbing than Cotton while still being incredibly breathable. www.mypackage.com Who would be appreciative on the 25th? Austin Powers, the group LMFAO should have had some when filming the video for, ĘťI Work OutĘź and any male in the world‌ This is truly a gift from the heavens.

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CASTLE X MONSTER ENERGY SWITCH JACKET If you think looking like Tucker is half the battle to becoming a big deal, or you just think he has it going on so why not you, then here you go. Castle has made it easy with their signature Castle X Monster Energy Jacket. It might just bring you and your skills to the promise land. Not only is this jacket stylish with the Monster Claw all over it, but it features a 421D high tenacity nylon shell which is waterproof and breathable. Add in the zippered shoulder, underarm and back vents and you're ready for the track or trail. Now Go Get'em Tiger! We will have the hot chocolate waiting for you. www.dlperform.com If you live out west check out www.transcanimports.com Who's this gift for? People that like the Monster look, highly skilled people and those of us that like the comforting taste of hot chocolate.

DAYCO BELTS Nothing fills a stocking better or faster than a Dayco Snowmobile Belt! Take our word for it, nothing says Merry Christmas or Honey I love you better than a belt. And remember, itʼs the thought that counts. www.dayco.ca Whoʼs stuffing the stocking? Thoughtful and lazy Santaʼs alike.

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WOODY’S WEAR Men everywhere are waiting patiently for their significant other to purchase them the new Woodyʼs Wear. Studly items are now available from hats to a cold weather jackets. Ladies, donʼt kid yourself, there is something here for every ones stud. www.woodystraction.com Who Mrs. Clausʼs wrapping this up for? Manly men around the globe, guys that need to be toughened up, even Pee-Wee. Weʼre not talking Herman, Pee-wee from the classic Porkyʼs. If you havenʼt seen Porkyʼs – Buy it.

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You don’t have to ride with a fogged helmet shield, eyeglasses or goggles anymore… NO-FOG® offers you the best solution. An anti-fog mask which has proven to have the lowest fog rating at a wintery -50° below. Our 25th Anniversary models have been improved for

2012. NO-FOG® Masks are engineered to be worn with FULL FACE helmets and MX style helmets. Masks are designed to fit human facial dimensions. NO-FOG® can be comfortably worn with or without your favorite balaclava. Industry 1st: Ventilated neoprene for interior helmet climate control. Your helmet has vents right? Well don’t you think your helmet mask needs to vent too? Our new 2012 technology creates the ultimate rider friendly mask for superior head comfort. Only from NO-FOG® USA.

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THE 800 E-TEC NITROUS KIT Looking for the perfect gift for your Ski-Doo guy who has EVERYTHING? Why not put some Noss under the tree? Trust us when we say it would be far more appreciated than slippers regardless of the brand. The 800 E-TEC Nitrous Kit from Straightline Performance includes the patented nitrous injector nozzle and the patented piggy back solenoid. The technology in the nitrous nozzle provides constant and consistent nitrous flow no matter what pressure youʼre running. This system is designed for thel XP chassis, and comes complete with all necessary mounting brackets, 30hp nitrous nozzle, waterproof button, solenoid, and detailed instructions. Giddy up! www.straightlineperformance.com Who should have this under the tree for them? The 800 E-Tec owner that wants to go faster and Vin Diesel.


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TRICKED-TOYS If you like giving shiny interesting gifts then check out Tricked-Toys. With a plethora of possible stocking stuffers ranging from billet pull-cord handles, billet wheels, to our favorite stocking stuffer, the billet nasty nuts. www.tricked-toys.com

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WhoĘźs would like shiny stuff? A rider that owns a sled newer than 1997 and someone that keeps their sled clean.

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STAR TRON “SHOOTERS” Thatʼs right, you can now buy your sled a shot! Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment is now available in a convenient one ounce size. Each one ounce “shooter” treats six gallons (approx. 23 liters) of fuel. Star Tronʼs unique blend of enzymes actually improve fuel quality, even in ethanol-blended fuel, enhancing combustibility for easy starting and smooth operation. It works in all engines, stabilizing fuel, eliminating and preventing debris as well as treating water to help prevent phase separation. For more information, call (800) 327-8583 or visit www.startron.com Who should buy this? Anyone who has dreamed of modifying their sled with a Flux Capacitor, but just didnʼt have the budget. And those out there that like to make their sled run better and more efficiatley.

CORTECH BLITZ JACKET If youʼre thinking about buying a jacket for someone and donʼt want to blow your complete budget on one gift, this jacket allows you to stay warm and in style for stylish price. The Cortech offers a durable 600 denier Carbolex shell and a full removable liner that is 100% waterproof. Other features include two hand warmer pockets, zippered map pocket, mobile phone pocket and an MP3 player insert. What more do you really need? www.gammasales.com Whoʼs it for? Itʼs perfect gift for anyone especially if youʼre helping to retire a leather suit or one with bad checkers.

MOTORFIST SOCK There is no excuse for anyone wearing socks with holes. If you know someone that has socks with holes in them its time to give them a set of new MotorFist Socks which are designed specifically for snowmobilers. Designed to provide a new level of warmth and moisture management so your feet wonʼt smell as bad as usual. www.motorfist.com Whoʼs this perfect for? People that always get black socks for Christmas and people that tend to have cold feet.

PHANTOM SNOWMOBILE If youʼd like to be the one responsible for the scream, “this is the best gift ever” from your kids, then a Phantom Sled will make that a reality. An affordably priced mid sized snowmobile which will provide endless fun with your family this winter is now available. These sleds have even been race proven on the snowcross tracks of the CSRA. The Phantom has a 250cc 4 stroke engine which provides more than enough power for this sized sled. Piggy back shocks are even included and there are a number of different sticker kits to complement anyoneʼs taste. www.phantomsnowmobiles.com Whoʼs buying this? The Hero Mom or Dad.

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HJC IS-16 SCRATH Here is a great full face helmet with an endless list of features. The list says it all and itʼs impressive! Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell; One-Touch Integrated SunShield, AccuSight™ Anti-fog Faceshield, RapidFire™ Shield Replacement System, and the ACS" Advanced Channeling Ventilation System with the SilverCool™ Interior. We asked the new guy what he thought and his reply, “I thought this was a snowmobile magazine not some Latin infomercial”. After being sent to the broom closet to look over our notes, he came back with, “Itʼs a quality helmet that I wonʼt over heat in with a one touch tint shield to help with the sun and glare, and it wonʼt fog. All at a quality price.” Nicely done, just one hiccup… how did he know the price, unless he looked it up online… Way to go smart guy! Now back to the broom closet! www.partscanada.com Who buys this? Anyone in search of a quality helmet without breaking the bank.

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A SLEDDERS DREAM BY SCOTT SPORTS Make your life easier during the Holiday Season and purchase a matching combo. Looking to update your head on the trail this year? Try a Scott Hustle goggle with a custom FIT system which integrates well with the newly designed bad ass 350 Snell2010/Dot approved Helmet. Add in the Wind Warrior Hood Facemask and you have given a loved one a well thought out gift that is ready to rip the trails. Our favorite part about this combo meal is that when wearing only the facemask, you look like Spiderman. www.micasport.com Who wants this? Riders that care about style and gear performance, Spiderman and chubby middle aged men that have ridden the WOBLE…You know who you are.

GO PRO HD HELMET HERO If you get tired of explaining how good the trip was, just show them? The Go Pro HD Hero line up of 1080/960 cameras will capture unbelievable footage that only you can get. You can record up to 2.5 hours on a single charge and up to 9 hours total on a 32GB SD card (not included). Now you can stop making the annoying engine sounds when youʼre explaining your dayʼs ride and let the video tell the story. Included in the Go Pro Hero kit, is a helmet front mount, head strap, two adhesive mounts and video cables. Now go and get one so you can load up YouTube. www.royaldistributing.com Who Should get this? Michael Winslow (sound effect guy from the movie Police Academy), Charlie Sheen could have used this to document what the heck happened to him.

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FLY RACING F2 CARBON HELMET If you want a great helmet that wonʼt break the bank, the F2 Carbon should be on your list. The Carbon/Kevlar designed helmet comes with good graphics and technology that would impress a NASA scientist. The F2 Carbon is race bred, so you know your most important body part is well protected. Riders like Heath Frisby, Kyle Carruthers, Ross Martin and Brett Turcotte are a few that have already trusted the F2 Carbon Helmet. www.gammasales.com Why Kris Kringle should put one under the tree? Nothing is more important than head protection.

SLEDEZ SNOWMOBILE DOLLY Nobody likes the white chalky marks that never seem to go away on the garage floor due to your carbides. The Sledez dolly is like the Ferrari of dollys for your sled. More people should ask for one of these for Christmas. Built out of lightweight materials and featuring large caster wheels to roll over the toughest terrain without any problems. www.sledez.com Whoʼs should ask for this? The one with an awesome shop, the one that always seems to have the best stuff.

PROSKIN PERFORMANCE Luke Skywalker, Yoda and the other Jedi Knights are believed to have channelled the Force through wearing a Proskin performance band. This technology is a titanium infused hologram technology that puts your natural energy field back to operating at its maximum level. Donʼt believe that it works? Neither did any of the guys that got whacked by a Jedi Knight. Truth is, Proskins are said to help the average Joeʼs strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. Try one. www.royaldistributing.com Who should ask for a Proskin? Lord Helmet of Spaceballs, sledders looking for a conversation piece, those with aches and pains.

SKINZ HEAT LOC HAND GUARDS If you know someone that always gets cold hands because they insist on wearing thin gloves, then this is your gift to them. These hand guards fit any type of handlebar without any mounting hardware so they can be quickly and easily installed and they even fit over most plastic hand guards. Itʼs the cheapest way to stop complaints about cold hands. www.royaldistributing.com Who should have these, if they donʼt already? Complainers, long distance riders.

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If you have never worn or seen a NO-FOG, where have you been? Believe it or not, it just got better. Impossible you say? Weʼre saying yes as the new MX Z-Strap™ retro-fits all current NO-FOG® Masks for use with goggles. This handy little strap solves the issue of the exposed skin around temples for riders that use a MX helmet/goggle set-up. This eliminates frost bite, wind and the use of 100 mile an hour tape and still gives you added warmth and perfect vision while riding. Just remember never to wear your NO-FOG mask when grocery shopping, regardless of the temperature. People donʼt find it funny. www.nofogusa.com Whoʼs stocking is getting stuffed? Anyone that wears a moto/open face helmet would be thankful.

SUPERCLAMP II You just know that itʼs better than the original if thereʼs a II in the name. Well itʼs time to step up to the big league of tie down systems. The Superclamp II is a Fiber Filled Composite tie-down system, which means itʼs going to be a lot better than your buddies way of securing his sleds. If you are buying a gift for someone who owns a trailer and a sled, this is perfect. www.superclamp.net Who should be getting a set? The guy that owns that enclosed trailer with all the bells and whistles, Clark Griswold in the original Vacation.

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BIO KLEEN’S SLEDBRITE POLISH AND SEALANT If you choose to spend endless amounts of time in the garage, escaping TV shows like Americaʼs Next Top Model then hereʼs a product to help you kill the time. And when youʼre done polishing and protecting your sled, you can try polishing your helmet, and even metals. Forget Santa, buy this product yourself so you can get out of watching Greyʼs Anatomy and the endless reruns of Sex in the City. www.biokleen.com Who should you buy this product for? Your best friend, guys you care about, but trust us, donʼt buy it for your brother. Let him squirm through the reruns.

THE TRACK BAR If you have someone on your list that seems to have everything, here is something that they probably donʼt have. Itʼs simple, itʼs effective and Santaʼs elves have been using it for years, the Track Bar from Frankensled.com. It provides two secure locations to which ratchet straps can be secured to the track of a snowmobile without any damage to the tunnel or suspension. Once placed on the track the design gives two points for tie down at the back of your sled. No more wasted time looking for where to hook your tie-down to. After looking at this product we couldnʼt believe that we didnʼt invent it ourselves. The Track Bar comes in red, yellow, blue, orange, and white. www.frankensled.com Who would like one of these? Anyone that has ever been frustrated when fastening their sled down.

HARTMAN SUPERCHARGER In 2010 when Santa got pissed off cause his sleigh was losing drag races to the Grinchʼs sleigh, he didnʼt panic, he called up Tom Hartman from Hartman Inc., and ordered up a Supercharger to put some extra jam to his skis. Santa is smiling this year. Hartman now has a Supercharger that will get your Yamaha Nytro to 200HP on pump gas. Hartmanʼs Supercharger kit is a one day installation with a motor tear down and has no heat issues. Each kit is a complete bolt-in kit to make it easier for installation. www.hartmaninc.com Whoʼs getting one? People that want a lot more out of their sled but still want reliability. That lucky guy with the best wife in the world. The Grinch already placed his order.

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THE GOLDEN YEARS MEMOIRS OF AN ADDICT: CHAPTER “15” By Ed Long

BOA SKI – PRE 1971

Henry (Hank) Stewart lived across the street from my in-laws on the south edge of Turneyʼs field in Streetsville, and drove a beautiful matched set of 1971 Boa Ski Mark IIʼs; one with a matching cutter. Turneyʼs field was located at the southeast corner of 5th Line (Erin Mills Parkway) and Britannia Road West, and was a popular riding area before Mississauga and Regional Government ruined our trail system. No matter what the snow conditions, ambient temperature, or driver experience (or inexperience) the Boas just kept running. They generally started on the first or second pull, never blew belts at unexpected times, never shook loose any hardware and always made it home in one piece. I had the opportunity on a few occasions to switch sleds with Hank and was always impressed with the reliability, handling and the fit/finish of these sleds. A 1971 Mark “0” is on my want list. In my opinion, the sleds that are now known as the Baby Boas (1970 and earlier plus the 71 Mark “0”) were the inspiration, and likely the blueprint for the Ski Doo Elan. Right about now the Boa Brotherhood are probably organizing a lynch party for yours truly, and I probably just ruined any chance of being recommended for membership with that last opinion, but I stick by it. In all 108

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seriousness, the full size track, bogie suspension, mid-mounted single cylinder engine and short wheelbase, (distance from the front axle to the ski saddle bolt) which made the Boas a formidable force to be reckoned with, on and off trail, are the same traits that made the Elan the longest running production sled ever. Not to mention they are just damn cute. I am told (thanks to the folks in the Boa Brotherhood) that Jos Morin and Evariste Boulanger decided to build snowmobiles in 1967, and Boa Skis were born. Apparently, Jos designed a unique assembly line which allowed the factory to make 1350 snowmobiles in their first year of production. It is purported some early Boa Skis were shipped to the east coast, sans motors, where the local dealer or distributor installed Sachs engines. The company was sold to Giffen Recreation Company in 1969, and then flipped to Alsport in late 1972/early 1973. In the nine months proceeding January 1969, Boa Ski reported sales of $2,790,000. By 1971, production was up to 40,000 units and the factory employed 350 workers. The sleds were distributed by 14 regional distributors and 1,200 dealers. In 1971, sharp square edged styling had replaced the bubble nose Boas. The Boas built in Quebec Canada were

advertised as the “Charmers” or “Le Charmeur” in French. With a painstaking concern for perfection which distinguishes the greatest names in any field, Boa Ski added the following features: standard speedometer (Mark II and Cobra); 35-watt resister to prevent both headlights from burning out at the same time; set-in auxiliary fuel tank (optional on Mark II and Cobra); automotive type brake; two storage compartments; tinted pre-formed windshield; electric start (optional); hidden gas cap and air scoops for cooling the twin cylinder engines. The Cobra was heralded as the “Luxury Model” and considered a deluxe


THE GOLDEN YEARS MEMOIRS OF AN ADDICT: CHAPTER “15â€? • BOA SKI - PRE 1971 family sled, offering comfort and safety. Both steady and spirited, this snowmobileĘźs every feature was designed to assure enjoyment for the whole family. This model came with some interesting features such as an easy to remove chain-case cover; oil bath drive chain; balanced heavy-duty clutch with security guard; improved skis with reinforced rubber shock-absorbers and stoppers to prevent ski flaps; longer chassis; 18 inch wide track and an elegant appearance. Sturdy; racy; light; lively; powerful; fast; dashing; safe and great fun were the key advertising slogans used to

describe the Mark II. It was advertised as the snowmobile with the sports car prestige. Features included a wide variety of engine options; coloured preformed windshields; speedometer; 3 colour upholstered seat with baggage compartment; 4 gallon gas tank; endless 15.5 inch track with embedded clips; hidden gas tank; automotive type brake; covered front grill and a rear bumper. The Mark I series was the economical choice for those of a sporting nature who also seek relaxation and safety. Advertised as a popular model with those who want an economical and reliable second snowmobile. The Mark I

came with a comfortable colour upholstered seat with built in baggage compartment; a 4 gallon gas tank; hidden gas cap; automotive type brake and an endless 15.5 inch track with embedded clips. The Mark I and II used both Hirth 292cc and JLO 295cc single cylinder engines making 19 HP while the Mark II and Cobra came with optional twin cylinder JLO 338cc or Hirth 340cc to 634cc engines, producing between 20 and 36 HP. The Mark I, II and Cobra, with an all steel chassis were 33 inches wide. However, at 102 inches, the Cobra was 6 inches longer than the Mark series. Mark I and II single cylinder series, regardless of the engine choice weighed approximately 285 pounds, while the Mark II twin cylinders weighed between 330 and 360 pounds. All models came in a predominantly red colour scheme with white and black accents. They were stunning looking sleds, both in the day and today. Not commonly known (as quoted from a trade magazine in August 1970) Giffen Recreation, which includes Industries Bouchard Inc., which makes Moto Ski and Enterprises Lionel Inc., which makes Snow Prince snowmobile brands, in addition to Boa Ski, is currently the worldĘźs second largest snowmobile manufacturing concern. Freud said "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar". I am fairly certain he was not talking about the early Boa Ski, however, his remark is fitting in my mind. âœŞ

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IT’S AN ATTITUDE! 13TH ANNUAL KELLY SHIRES BREAST CANCER SNOW RUN – IT’S ALMOST HERE!

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excitement is building as the 13th annual Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run is just around the corner. This all-women snowmobile event warrants its well known reputation and isnʼt just another one of those snowmobile rides! This year ʼs event takes place over the weekend of February 3, 4 & 5th at Hidden Valley Resort in Huntsville, where once again the group will command the total premises of the resort. Although the main event is the all-womenʼs snowmobile ride, the whole weekend is embraced with activities and itʼs our chance to let our hair down with “Dances like Nobodyʼs Watching” – Kelly style! Last year, the event raised over $440,000.00 for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Chances are that you may have heard about this event and the $2.5 million dollars is has raised over the past 12 years. One big challenge we face is communicating to people where the funds that are raised, actually go. It is a common perception when there is a fundraiser that the money goes to finding a cure, and although we think that research and finding a cure is important, the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run has a totally different mission and mandate. It is a charity that is volunteer based, with just one part-time paid employee who handles the applications from breast cancer patients across Canada. The mission of the charity is to help financially assist breast cancer patients, so their battle with the disease is less challenging. Many people do not realize that a diagnosis and treatment can be very expensive, and not everything is covered by private or public health care systems. We also see many cases where breast cancer patients are not able to work because they feel sick or weak from treatment, leaving them with a reduced or no income. This is where the charity can step in and help them out, so they can focus on their recovery. The idea of the snow run was born when Kelly Shires was diagnosed with breast cancer. She immediately realized the cracks and breaks in the system, and knew right away that she wanted to make a difference. Instead of focusing on

herself, she wanted to help others going through what she experienced and saw first-hand. Thatʼs when she teamed up with Suzy Stenoff, and the charity and event were created in 2000. Unfortunately, Kelly lost her hard fought battle with breast cancer on October 31, 2004. However, the strength of her legacy and dream is carried on with the hard work and dedication of volunteers. Now, letʼs talk about the fun stuff! If youʼve had the opportunity to attend one of the “Snow Runs” over the past 12 years, you will know that the experience is one that is hard to put into words; itʼs just something you have to experience. The weekend is full of laughter and emotion, from the time you arrive until the weekend concludes. We were excited to hear the fantastic feedback from those of you who visited us at the Toronto Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show this past October, and we were thrilled to meet some of the “first timers” who have signed up to participate this year. Have no fear; if you are coming alone, we guarantee you will have a great time and meet some amazing new friends. Recently, we had a chat with Linda Miller, a “newbie”, (her first time participating will be this year) and we would like to share her story with you. Linda shared, “Last year I was introduced to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run, by Jack Summers of Radio World. It sounded like a great idea, but I


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didn't really put much more thought into it. A year later, my mom had a mastectomy. During our trips back and forth from the London Breast Cancer Clinic, I began thinking about the snow run. I decided to participate and put together a team to pull some money together for this organization that puts money directly into the hands of the women that are battling breast cancer. We called our team the ʻRe/Max Ridersʼ.” We love Lindaʼs enthusiasm. You may have someone you are riding for, or maybe you just want to join in on an event where you will enjoy yourself thoroughly. No matter if you have been touched by breast cancer or not; this event is a ton of fun. Want a sneak-peak into the event... keep on reading!

The focal attraction of the weekend is the all-ladies snowmobile ride, but the whole weekend is packed with fun that allows participants to play a part in as much or as little as they want. On Friday, February 3rd, when participants arrive at the Resort, they will be greeted by the most wonderful grounds crew who will help you off-load snowmobiles and help with parking of trucks and trailers if needed, before heading up to check-in at the resort. Early Friday afternoon, the “Pink Market” is open, where various vendors showcase a variety of items that you can purchase to support the cause. In the core of the pink market, you will find our marvellous registration team who get you all organized and set for the weekend, starting off with the fundraising incentive gifts and goody bags. Once ladies check-in to the resort and with our registration team, they have a few hours before the next planned activity starts and are welcome to go for a blast on the trails or relax at the resort. Friday evening, the official ʻMeetʼnʼGreetʼ takes place, hosted by Carey Moran from Kicx FM 106. The idea behind the MeetʼnʼGreet is to get the ladies to mingle, and also allow them the chance to catch up with friends they have met at

previous events. It is a fun-filled evening with a casual buffet dinner, team building games, fun activities and the famous decorated bra contest. Visit the website for contest details, but be prepared to use your creativity to its fullest. The morning of Saturday, February 4th - riders will be treated to a full buffet breakfast before heading out to the staging area. While we are all enjoying breakfast, the grounds crew is ensuring everything is perfect for opening ceremonies, and this is also when the secret panel is out covertly judging the decorated sled contest. This is a great time to take some pictures with your sled and your friends! Opening ceremonies is always a bittersweet time where riders are welcomed,

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and a moment of silence is observed in honour of those who have lost their battle with the disease. Then everyone dances like nobodyʼs watching to the event theme song, “Man, I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain; the song chosen by Kelly Shires. Once everyone is warmed up, the teams are ready to hit the trails. The event has a team for every level of rider, and riders choose their teams based on their riding ability and/or comfort level. 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, your team then heads back out on the trails for a nice ride, ending back at Hidden Valley Resort. When you and your team arrive back at the resort, you will be greeted with coffee,

hot chocolate and treats donated by Radio World and Hidden Valley Resort. While you are relaxing and getting ready for the eveningʼs 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 everyone filled with wonderful memories. It is because of Kellyʼs vision, combined with the hard work of volunteers, partici-

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The New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs La Fédération des Clubs de Motoneige du Nouveau-Brunswick 30th Anniversary Trans Canada Trail Snowmobile Ride, 2012 Anniversaries are about celebrating your past accomplishments. For the NBFSC the earliest of goals and objectives was to establish an interconnecting winter trail system, in fact for many early years, a condition of club membership was that a ‘new’ snowmobile club had to have trails that connected with their neighboring club’s trails. Clubs could not join the NBFSC until they had obtained the authorization to connect trails. The overall accomplishment is what most snowmobilers take for granted now in New Brunswick; 7100 kilometers of interconnected trails including Nova Scotia, Maine (USA) and Quebec. To commemorate one of the NBFSC’s past accomplishments we will be hosting the 30th Anniversary - Trans Canada Trail Snowmobile Ride from March 5th -7th, 2012. The Ride will trace the trails of a national snowmobile ride from 1998; Sackville to Miramichi to Campbellton to Edmundston at the Quebec border. How did we get here? The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO), of which the NBFSC is a national Board member, also had a dream to connect all its members, Provinces

and Territories from coast to coast to coast. In 1998, the Trans Canada Snowmobile Trail approximately 10,000 kilometers or 6200 miles - a snowmobiling corridor connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific coast (with extensions to the northern Canadian Territories) was finally completed. To inaugurate it, the CCSO created Power Streak Rendez-Vous ’98 in which 16 gutsy snowmobilers spent 43 days riding each volunteer Federation’s or Association’s snowmobile trails from Newfoundland to British Columbia. The NBFSC was represented by volunteer and past Vice President Peter Randall of the Miramichi Snow-Goers, NBFSC Club #22. Pete travelled the entire Trans Canada Snowmobile Trail proudly representing the NBFSC and what the CCSO had accomplished in 1998. The CCSO’s Power Streak Rendez-Vous Ride was hosted and guided in 1998 by then President, Mr. Bob Walsh and General Manager, Ross Antworth for three days in New Brunswick of the 43 day trip. The 2012 NBFSC- Trans Canada Ride will attempt to cover the same route as those 16 snowmobilers did in 1998. Day 1 will begin in Sackville on NBFSC Trail #33, and end in Miramichi that evening. NBFSC Trail #52 will be the primary route, ending on Trails #21 and #511. Day 2 will depart Miramichi and conclude in Campbellton later that evening. Riders will be experiencing NBFSC Provincial Trails #21, #52, #23, #19, #22, Local #230 and #17 before the day closes. The last and 3rd day we have options. Our ride will end up in Edmundston but the riders will, after departing Campbellton on NBFSC Trail #17, either travel the entire length of #17 through “Moose Valley” intersecting with #12 or at Kedgwick’s intersection of Trail #17 and #28, ride on to NBFSC Trail #28, #19 and end up in Edmundston on NBFSC #12. Only 50 Riders will have the opportunity to take part in this special recreation of the 1998 Trans Canada Trail Snowmobile Ride, in 2012. Co-chairs Paul J. Robichaud (zone3director@nbfsc.com) our NBFSC Zone 3 Director and Leon Bourque (leonb@nb.sympatico.ca) our NBFSC Past President are planning this wonderful 3-Day Ride as an important event in the NBFSC’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. Registration costs, eligibility rules and financial deposits will all be available through the NBFSC office or at www.nbfsc.com.

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30e Anniversaire Randonnée de motoneige 2012 sur le Sentier transcanadien Les anniversaires sont des occasions de célébrer les réalisations du passé. Dans le cas de la FCMNB, nos buts et nos objectifs dès le départ étaient de réaliser un réseau de sentiers d’hiver interconnectés ; de fait, durant plusieurs des premières années, une des conditions de l’adhésion d’un club était qu’un “nouveau club” de motoneige devait avoir des sentiers qui se connectaient aux sentiers du club voisin. Les clubs ne pouvaient pas se joindre à la FCMNB jusqu’à ce qu’ils aient obtenu la permission de connecter leurs sentiers. La réalisation de l’ensemble de tout ceci est maintenant ce que la plupart des motoneigistes prennent pour acquis au Nouveau-Brunswick, soit les quelques 7 100 kilomètres de sentiers interconnectés, y compris avec la Nouvelle-Écosse, le Maine (É-U) et le Québec. Afin de commémorer l’une des réalisations passées de la FCMNB, nous allons organiser la Randonnée du Sentier transcanadien de motoneige du 5 au 7 mars 2012, dans le cadre du 30e Anniversaire. La Randonnée va reparcourir les sentiers d’une randonnée nationale de motoneige effectuée en 1988 ; de Sackville à Miramichi à Campbellton à Edmundston, jusqu’à la frontière du Québec. Comment en sommes-nous rendus ici ?

Le Conseil canadien des organismes de la motoneige (CCOM), dont la FCMNB fait partie du Conseil d’administration national, avait également le rêve de relier tous ses membres, toutes les provinces et tous les territoires, d’un océan à l’autre et à l’autre. En 1998, le Sentier transcanadien de la motoneige – soit d’environ 10 000 kilomètres ou 6 200 milles – un corridor en motoneige qui relie la côte Atlantique à la côte Pacifique (avec prolongements vers les Territoires du Nord canadien) fut enfin complété. Afin de l’inaugurer, le CCOM avait créer le “Power Streak Rendez-Vous ’98” dans le cadre duquel 16 motoneigistes avec du coeur au ventre ont consacré 43 jours à couvrir les sentiers de motoneige de chaque fédération ou association de bénévoles, de Terre-Neuve à la Colombie-Britannique. La FCMNB fut représentée par le bénévole et ancien vice-président Peter Randall, du club #22 de la FCMNB - Miramichi SnowGoers. Pete a couvert l’ensemble du Sentier transcanadien de la motoneige, représentant fièrement la FCMNB et tout ce que le CCOM avait accompli en 1998. La Randonnée “Power Streak Rendez-Vous” du CCOM fut accueillie et guidée en 1998 par M. Bob Walsh, le Président en ce temps-là, ainsi que le Directeur général, Ross Antworth, pendant trois jours au Nouveau-Brunswick, dans le cadre de cette randonnée de 43 jours. La Randonnée “trancanadienne” 2012 de la FCMNB va tenter de couvrir le même parcours couvert par ces 16 motoneigistes en 1998. Le Jour 1 va commencer à Sackville sur le Sentier #33 de la FCMNB, pour se terminer à Miramichi ce soir-là.

Le Sentier #52 de la FCMNB sera le parcours principal, se terminant sur les sentiers #21 et #511. Le Jour 2 va décoller de Miramichi pour se terminer à Campbellton plus tard en soirée. Les motoneigistes feront l’expérience des sentiers provinciaux #21, #52, #23, #19, #22, de la FCMNB, ainsi que les sentiers locaux #230 et #17 avant la fin de la journée. Le 3e et dernier jour comporte des options. Notre randonnée va se terminer à Edmundston, mais les motoneigistes, après le départ de Campbellton sur le Sentier #17 de la FCMNB, pourront soit parcourir la distance complète du #17 à travers “Moose Valley”, intersectant avec le #12, ou bien à l’intersection des sentiers #17 et #28 à Kedgwick’s, soit emprunter les sentiers #28 et #19 de la FCMNB et arriver à Edmundston sur le #12 de la FCMNB. Seulement 50 motoneigistes auront l’occasion de participer à cette reprise de la Randonnée en motoneige 1998 sur le Sentier transcanadien, en 2012. Les co-présidents Paul J. Robichaud (zone3director@nbfsc.com), notre directeur pour la Zone 3 de la FCMNB, et Léon Bourque (leonb@nb.sympatico.ca), notre Président-sortant de la FCMNB, planifient cette merveilleuse Randonnée de 3 jours comme l’un des événements importants des célébrations du 30e Anniversaire de la FCMNB. Les frais d’inscription, les règlements sur l’éligibilité et les dépôts financiers seront tous disponibles à travers le bureau de la FCMNB, ou bien au www.nbfsc.com.

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WINTER WITHOUT X

The future of snocross never looked brighter immediately following the first ever Winter X Games snocross final in 1998 when Haikonen, Berggren, and Burks celebrated atop the box with medals in hand and the world watching.

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was the winter of 1998, and after a late night drive through a constant cascade of oversized snowflakes, we arrived at the mountain village of Crested Butte, Colorado; elevation 8,885 feet above sea level and home to just under 1,500 residents. However, even with a darkened sky and persistent snowfall, the town was clearly bustling with more activity than its meager population was capable of producing. We had made the trek from Minnesota to Crested Butte to attend and document what was, and has proven to be a significant moment in snowmobile racing history. Only one-year prior, the all sports channels EPSN and ESPN2, expanded on their summer games by conceptualizing and executing the first ever Winter X Games in Big Bear Lake, California. The winter games featured a collection of extreme winter sports comprised mostly of skiing and snowboarding, but along they way included several off the wall combinations including downhill bicycle time trials, extreme ice climbing, and super modified shovel racing (I didnʼt just make that up). In 1998, the games literally added fuel to the mixture with the inclusion of snocross, giving the blossoming sport its biggest

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stage ever with a national television audience. The bright colored sleds, with loud, brash exhaust notes, and the characters of the sport that looked drastically out of place amongst the hip throngs of snow boarders, proved to be the hit of the games that year. Not only did audiences tune in to witness this strange spectacle of snowmobiles soaring at then unheard of heights, but also the athletes of virtually every other discipline were trackside the moment an open-mod racer crackled to life and took flight on the massive Winter X track. The race also proved to be an international affair with the final podium comprised of Swedenʼs Per Berggren finishing third, Dennis Burks of the United States taking second, and the Finish sensation Toni Haikonen winning the first ever Winter X Games snocross gold. By the close of the 1999 Winter X Games, where Chris Vincent edged out Blair Morgan for the gold, snowmobile racing had once again found a showcase event to elevate the sport and its athletes. Prior to Winter X there was the Winnipeg to St. Paul International 500, the Eagle River Derby, and the Jeep 500 to name just a few. Each, unfortunately, had either come

and gone, or in the case of Eagle River, lost much of the allure and luster from its glory years. Still, the passage of time had proven that each had earned their rightful place in snowmobiling history. Now it was time for Winter X to shine. If Iʼve learned anything during my 20 years of photographing, writing, and analyzing this sport, itʼs that everything seems to come full circle. From the rise and fall of cross country, not once but twice, to the rise and fall of oval racing; snowmobile racing has had a history of circuits and events that have risen to the top of the heap, only to come crashing down a few years later – a life cycle if you will. Now it appears as if snocross is currently in the midst of its own version of this life cycle. This past October, ESPN announced that snocross, along with speed and style, would no longer be a part of Winter X Games. In the days following the announcement, the internet was blitzed with feedback from fans and racers alike. Perhaps even more shocked were the owners of the 53-foot haulers, who were preparing their teams for another season of competition, and had Winter X penciled in as the pinnacle of the season. The cancellation of snocross at Winter X had them scrambling behind the scenes, as schedules, contracts, and promises made to big name sponsors suddenly looked a lot emptier. The good news is that the future of snocross has yet to be written. The cycle has a long way to go before potentially hitting the bottom, and the future of closed course terrain racing has plenty of promise if the promoters and sanctioning bodies play their cards right. So far, circuits like the International Series of Champions (ISOC) has taken a step back, returning to the roots of the sport, with more events hosted in areas and communities with a strong sense of snowmobile racing history and an equally strong fan base. Winter X games has long been tagged as an event that brings together the best athletes in their respective sport, and for the past 14 years, it has served that mission incredibly well for the sport of snowmobiling. Unfortunately, come January, at Winter X Games 16, many of the best athletes in snowmobiling will be watching from the sidelines, as the sport they have dedicated their lives to attempts to find its way without Winter X. ✪


Mike Bedard Polaris Industries Some would call Polaris engineer Mike Bedard, the “new” old guard in the snowmobile business. After graduating from college and serving a stint in the United States armed forces, Bedard began his career at Polaris in 1991, working at first wherever he was needed in the back rooms of the snowmobile engineering headquarters in Roseau, Minnesota. It was in many ways a dream job for Bedard, who first became infected with the sport when his father brought home a 1971 Polaris Charger, and the then 5-year-old Bedard got his first taste. Mike is now the Polaris Engineering Manager for Trail Performance, Crossover, and Racing platforms, and he slowed down long enough this past fall for us to capture his last gasp before the snows of the season began to fall. Last snowmobile ride you took? Across Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota this past April. Last thing you had to eat? Coffee… itʼs a food group isnʼt it? Last band you listened to on your iPod/radio? Pearl Jam Last great idea you had? Go to school, get a good education, and go to work for a company that builds kick ass products! I have the best job in the world! Last thing you just sold? A 1957 Farmall Tractor Last time you went over 100mph? On the Yukon River in Alaska between Galena and Kaltag during the 2011 Iron Dog Race, on a 600 Switchback Adventure. Conditions were perfect with great visibility and awesome snow. I can still hear the sound of the engine humming at 8250. Every once in a while I sit here at my desk, close my eyes and click my heels together and repeat over and over…”Thereʼs no place like Nome, thereʼs no place like Nome”. Last near death experience? While rappelling out of a Blackhawk helicopter when I was in the service, I burned my rappel seat off on the way down and hit the ground. I broke my shoulder, collarbone, ribs, nose, and received a concussion. In hindsight, the fall was nothing, as the Army nurse was way worse! Last injury you had? Tenth grade, my ex-girlfriend…she broke my heart. Last thing you killed? A 62” bull moose in Alaska Last wild game you ate? Fresh moose steak just last night.

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Last project you worked on that you were truly excited about? The Rush and Switchback Pro Ride Chassis. It was great to be part of a team that changed the Industry (again). Last animal you petted? The dead 7 point buck my daughter shot this weekend. Last movie you watched? Forest Gump Last time you received an uncomfortable hug? Snow Shoot in 2010 when Pat Bourgeois put his arm around me while singing the famous 70ʼs song “Convoy”. It still haunts me to this day…he knows it by heart! Last time you threw up? Playing hockey at the Roseau arena last year. Last New Yearʼs resolution you didnʼt keep? To eat healthy; I love junk food. Last New Yearʼs resolution you did keep? Ride more miles on a sled than the previous year. Last time you were lost? Never lost, but sometimes a little disoriented. Such was the case during the Iron Dog Race in Alaska last year, on the “trail” from the village of Ophir to Poorman. We were in 3-4 feet of fresh snow, in the dark trying to follow our GPS to find the next fuel stop in a raging blizzard…wish I was there right now! Last time you were scared? Standing in overflow up to my crotch, with three machines sunk up to the handlebars, between Nome and White Mountain on the Bering Sea coast during the 2011 Iron Dog Race. A brutal storm pushed seawater over the coastal shoreline and inland for miles, creating a huge “slushy” that we had to navigate through in the dark, with 50mph winds and zero visibility. The first two times it

happened it wasnʼt too bad, but after we had been in the water for a few hours on the third time, it became a bit “concerning”. Last time you pulled an all-nighter? See experience above. Last time you were inspired? Anytime I hear a story about our troops supporting our country in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere our freedom is being defended. The sacrifices they go through on daily basis is something most people can never comprehend. I received an email recently with a newborn baby sleeping on his Dadʼs uniform who had just given his life defending our freedom. The fact that we have people willing to make that sacrifice for us is very inspiring. We are all very fortunate to live in this great country. Last celebrity you met? Famous Polaris snowmobile racer Bob Eastman while in the Ace hardware store in Roseau last weekend. Last time you danced? This morning in the shower while playing air guitar to Black Sabbathʼs “Paranoid”. Last thing you raced? My Shelby GT 500 Mustang against a guy on Interstate 35W with the scariest car (POS) I had ever seen. He kept rolling up to me wanting to race. I finally left him when he started “sawing” back and forth on his steering wheel trying to warm up his tires. Last vacation you were on? Moose hunting in Alaska in September. Last thing youʼll hope youʼll be remembered for at Polaris? That I made a difference. Last words of wisdom? Take a friend out snowmobiling! Introduce someone new to this sport so they can understand why we are all hooked!


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