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GREETINGS ALL SLEDHEADS AND SND MEMBERS! It snowed three inches Saturday Oct. 27 and I’m not ready to ride. LaDona and I are building a new home in Garrison Bay. I know I’m going to miss being next to the trail system in Granville. Ted calls me and says, “we’re going to miss you riding every day we have snow.� I’m thinking he is exactly right, maybe it’s time to start a club in Garrison. They have fun runs in the area and cross country to Plaza, Benedict and Max. Brainstorm a trail from Bismarck to Minot. How many people will support that trail? I know a few, yet we always run out of volunteers. We can


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thin nk still think about it! This may be part of the future of snowmobiling in North Dakota, I’m sure 110 miles would not be hard to sign and we are supporting a few towns on the way. Good gas stops and restaurants, I have visited a few snowmobilers from Bismarck and they have ridden that route many times. What do you think? Our SND ofďŹ ce and Board members are up and running like a ďŹ ne tuned engine. New improved articles and graphics for our SND magazine, many committee meetings, board meetings, web site, paying bills and ďŹ nalizing the new trail map. We are also reviewing the new strategic plan with NDPR. Getting ready for the ďŹ rst bench mark and paying bills. Makes your head spin just thinking about it, all we need is snow, then the fun will really begin. We can’t forget


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Hi everyone, We are all praying for snow. Right?! I hope everyone had a great time at the convention in Rugby, ND. At the convention a person was able to see the vendors and take part of the classes that are available at the convention. There was also an avalanche class, so for the people that ride in the mountains I hope you were able to go to the class. The next event for SND will be the Pink Ribbon Ride at Lake Metigoshe on January 11 and 12. Please come and join us. The money raised goes for a great cause; to help men and women who are going through breast cancer. This event is two days with a welcome party Friday night, and an organized ride on Saturday and a dinner banquet Saturday evening. Snowmobilers and non-snowmobilers are welcome to join the event. The Pink Ribbon Riders is a 501C3 nonproďŹ t volunteer organization. We raise funds through the pledge program. 84 percent of the funds go to the cause, 6 percent to fundraising and 10 percent to management. Last year we raised over $40,000 for North Dakota and we didn’t have any snow! It would be great to beat our record from last year. The registration for the snow run is $115 a person if you sign up before December 1, and $130 a person after December 2. Space is limited so register now. The website is: www.pinkribbonriders.com I hope to see you there! The SND board agreed to have a rafe and the drawings will be held at the SND State Ride. There will be three cash prizes. The ďŹ rst prize is $4,000 cash. The second prize is $4,000 cash. The third prize is $2,000 cash. Just think if a person buys at least three tickets they have a


chance to win $10,000.00 cold hard cash. WOW! Contact your local club members for a ticket. Each ticket is $20 and there are only 1000 tickets sold.

Last but not least is the SND State Ride. The state ride will be held in Fordville this year. It will be great and the trails are awesome. At the state ride we will be drawing for the rafe tickets. So instead of being called by SND saying you won the money, why not come to the state ride and get your winnings right away. SND is introducing another program for memberships. There will be three prizes given away; a two-way headset communicator, camera to attach to your helmet or sled and a True Adventure Gear bag. The program is set up to get new members involved in the snowmobile clubs. Each person belonging to a snowmobile club will have their name entered in the drawing. Then for each new person (family) that the snowmobile member recruits they will get to have their name put in the drawing. The snowmobiler member that recruited the new person will also get their name put in the drawing again. (Example: Joe is a member of a snowmobile club he gets one entry. then Joe gets two new memberships, so the new members, one per family, will get one entry and Joe will get two more entries.) The deadline is April 13th 2012. Snowmobilers start recruiting, we have great prizes.

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Hello snowmobile friends! I’m happy to see you here! It has been a very busy summer and I’m excited to be back at SND for my eighth season. With any luck we will have a huge snow year with many buried signs! Over the summer I did get a chance to research some things that can help some streamline some procedures we follow with our trail program. I think we can also enhance the experience of the fellow riders that utilize our trails. I’ve been working on some more downloadable maps for smart phones using some free apps such as Google Earth, Backcountry Navigator and several others. We already provide the opportunity to download our maps to a smart phone using a QR code we generate. These can be found on our new maps and brochures. By scanning the QR code with your phone, you are

referred to our website where you can download the KML files to your phone which then open in Google earth. The GPX files can be opened in numerous free applications available for a smart phone. We continue to improve on this and are working on more uses for the QR codes. I have also been looking in to the possibility of employing wireless cameras for the trails. There are a number of applications that allow us to use remote cameras with the use of cell phones. At the time I am writing this, we are working through some of the logistics involved in putting them to work for us. Every day there are more technological tools made available to us. You don’t need to be a techno geek to take advantage of them either. After all, I’ve been able to use at least some of it! I realize by this time most of the signing is done but please remember—Sign it like you never rode it before. Thanks for all you do out there! Hope to see you out on the trails!

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Special Merit Award for Leadership Any North Dakota Parks and Recreation classified employee may nominate a person or group of persons for a Merit or Special Merit Award. Eligible candidates for Merit Awards include current departmental employee(s); temporary or classified. Special Merit Awards are intended for volunteers, friends groups, individual members of friends groups or other agency employees. The nomination should be based on performance considered to be “above and beyond” the position standards, task performance, peer review or written expectations. In the fall of 2011, due to a procurement issue, North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) needed to conduct a snowmobile groomer field test to determine if the procurement specs needed to be modified. NDPRD and SND worked together to plan and conduct North Dakota’s first ever head to head snowmobile groomer field test. A committee made up of Keri Wanner, Todd Thronson, Tari Norby and Erik Dietrich developed measurable tests to conduct on North Dakota’s state trails. This type of challenge had never been done before. Because the pending groomer purchase was to be funded by the Recreational Trail Program, the groomer testing had to be designed, scheduled and completed within a short seven month window to comply with the grant deadline. On March 9 and 10, NDPRD and SND held the first ever Snowmobile Groomer and Drag Equipment Field Test in Bottineau, ND after being rescheduled twice before due to last winter’s lack of snow. The only three known manufacturers of snowmobile trail groomers (Pisten Bully, Prinoth and Tucker) were invited to participate with all three coming to Bottineau. Also, six drag manufacturers were invited to participate and five responded. Representatives from Mogul Master, Arrowhead, Dubie, Trail Master and Trail Tamer brought drag equipment and participated. All pieces of equipment were tested and judged against each other on established criteria. This was quite the accomplishment because all pieces are different in some way. SND selected six experienced groomer operator’s to judge each piece based on the testing criteria that was developed. Everyone involved with the field test agreed that it was a huge success, including the manufacturers, who indicated that they had never went head to head in a field test before. After the testing was complete, NDPRD’s current procurement specs were upheld, resulting in our ability to purchase the proper equipment for the snowmobile trail system. Other state snowmobile programs have contacted SND and NDPRD to learn more about our testing process as most have never done anything like this themselves. SND’s crew and volunteers handled this field test very well and showed outstanding leadership. Their performance is a testament to the organization’s work ethic and their enduring passion for snowmobiling in North Dakota. They are a great asset to the sport of snowmobiling as well as an asset to the NDPRD.





January material for the Sno-Dak News due: December 1st, 2012 SND Annual Convention: December 1st, 2012 Rugby, ND Dakota Trailblazers Fun Run: December 8th, 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Surrey, ND Towner Fun Run: December 29th, 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Towner, ND

Magic City Driftbusters Fun Run: January 5th, 2013 4th Annual Pink Ribbon Riders ND Snow Run: January 11th & 12th, 2013 Bottineau, ND Gasmann Coulee Cruisers Fun Run: January 19th, 2013 SND State Ride: February 16th, 2013 - Fordville, ND

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Groomer Gr G roo oom me er Operator Operrat Op a or off the th he Year Y arr Ye Randy Knain has been chosen this year as Groomer Operator of the Year. Randy is from Rugby, ND and is a member of the Northern Light Trail Blazers. He has been grooming trails for the past 10 years and has been head groomer for the last five years and is extremely active with club events. The first groomer Randy ever operated was a Gilbert. Randy is always looking for new members and even gives out memberships as gives to introduce new members to SND. Currently, Randy is working on renovating one of his trail system’s warming houses. Associate Member of the Year The Rugby Eagles have been chosen this year as the Associate Member of the Year. The Rugby Eagles host the Northern Lights Trail Blazers snowmobile club meetings every month. Also, as a member of the Northern Lights Trailblazers for the past ten years, they sponsor many local snowmobile events. The Rugby Eagles is the trailhead for the local snowmobile trail and serves as a gathering area. This organization has donated more than $3,000 to the Northern Lights Trail Blazers. The most memorable snowmobile event the Rugby Eagles participated in was the State Snowmobile Run in 2011 because it was so full of excitement and energy. Snowmobile Family of the Year The Swanson family from Rugby has been chosen this year as the Snowmobile Family of the Year. Laura and Mike Swanson and their children Jay, Shannon, Jonathon, Thomas, Kelly and Jack are all incredibly active with their snowmobile club, the Northern Lights Trail Blazers. As a family, they attend meetings, sign trails, maintain warming houses, attend SND events and much more. Snowmobiling has taken the Swanson family to many different places including Montana, Minnesota, Wyoming, Idaho and most of North Dakota. Theirr fa favorite place excursions they make sure to favo vori rite te p lace to ride is in the Rugby area. When they go on snowmobiling ex check out checck out the local restaurants in the area. o

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on s n o r h Volunteers T ey by Chels and has been riding snowmobiles for eight years. Her first snowmobile was a Ski-Doo Mini 2 and she helps out her local club by recruiting new members, going to all the events, and participating where she can. Bailey helps others learn how to ride safely also helps out with the snowmobile newsletter and mailings to other members. Snowmobiling has taken Bailey to Bottineau and other local trails. Her favorite place to ride is Balta so she can have lunch with her family. Someday, Bailey hopes to ride snowmobile in Yellowstone, Wyoming. Scholarship Recipients The following individuals are each receiving $300 from the 2012 SNDRhoda Greenup Scholarship: James Anderson Sydney Kraft Taylor Boeder

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James Anderson has been snowmobiling since he was seven years old and started out riding an Arctic Cat 340. He belongs to the Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club and assists with his club by putting up trail signs. James takes friends with when he snowmobiles to show them how great the trails are. James has been to Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan for snowmobiling adventures. Sydney Kraft has been riding snowmobiles for six years and started out on a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;97 Arctic Cat Cougar. She is a member of the Northern Lights Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and is from Rugby. Sydney attends local events and takes her friends with on snowmobiling trips. Taylor Boeder is from Bismarck and has been riding snowmobiles since 2003. Her first snowmobile was a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;94 Polaris Indy 440. Taylor is a member of the Rough Rider snowmobile club and attends events in the area. She likes to take her friends snowmobiling and has been to Mahnomen, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, Minnesota and also to Kindred and Bismarck North Dakota.

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What is your favorite type of terrain to ride and why? Back country - off trail stuff, I like taking my sled places you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t normally go. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what snowmobiles were originally built for, right. What is your favorite food? BBQ, I love a good smoked brisket and BBQ ribs with slaw and cornbread. What age did you start riding? I was 20 What are you best known for? Probably being a bit smiley and laid back Do you have a nickname? If yes, what is it? No Besides snowmobiling what is another favorite hobby? I really enjoy ďŹ shing, spending time on the lake and spending time with my family in the summer is my off-season passion. What are you most afraid of? That itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to snow.

Gabe Bunke What is your favorite race you competed in? Well thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a no brainer, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been the most successful and had the most fun at the Soo I-500 Describe the moment you decided to follow in your fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps in Bunke Racing. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start racing snowmobiles until I was 20 and when I started it was amazing and I realized it was really who I was. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at home on the racetrack and racers are my family. Would you consider yourself a snowmobiling celebrity? No What is one safety tip you would give to young riders? Ride with a buddy, race your buddy at the racetrack and wear your helmet. What rider accessory (gloves, magic coin, lucky underwear, etc.) can you not live without? My helmet, heck Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ridden in jeans and a sweatshirt no gloves with sunglasses and sometimes no underwear on but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never ridden without a helmet.

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North Dakota Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Recreation

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Got snow? Here is hoping for a great snow season after our nonexistent snow year last season. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! You know what comes after Thanksgiving? That is right, snowmobile season! Trails open December 1, but remember there needs to be a MINIMUM of four inches of groomed snow to drive on the trail.  $%$&'  *  +$  courses are going strong this winter. A HUGE thanks to all

the clubs and associations who have helped to get these classes scheduled so far! Remember, anyone 12 and older is required to have either a snowmobile *   +$  / $  valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license to operate a snowmobile on any public lands including the state snowmobile trails. I have listed some snowmobile tips to get you ready for the season:

 0    $ snowmobile is in tip top running condition, especially because most of you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to run your snowmobiles much last year. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to start out the season with a snowmobile that stops running when you are out on the trail. Make sure you are starting out with fresh spark plugs, fuel and check your belt for any cracks or wear. Also, double-check your spare plugs and belt!


   $%$&' ($'/ be packed with a small winter survival kit. These can come in extremely helpful if you do become stranded.  '$     $ helmet is ready to go, that there are no cracks or fatigue in the helmet. If there is, you need to get it replaced. Also, a helmet should '%+$ 9$;<9(=  Remember, anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a DOT approved helmet. If you have any other questions please feel free to call me at 701-328-5357. Be safe and I look forward to seeing you on the trail!

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Hello fellow snowmobilers from the Roughriders! What a great month! On October 27th the Roughrider club put on the second annual Show ‘n Shine at the Gateway Mall in Bismarck. What an awesome event! I would suggest this type of event to any club to try as this event not only brings the club together, but the enthusiasm and camaraderie are second to none. This event shows the community that we have a club in place and also shows the community what we as a club do. A quick run-down of the event: We had over 35 sleds on display. We invited our dealers to participate, we had the Parks & Rec simulator on display, we invited Keri and Tari from Snowmobile North Dakota

to join us and also had a swamp meet. We had a lot of people interested, the feedback and questions all day long were great. Now if only Mother Nature would provide the snow for us, we would be on our way! The morning of the Show ‘n Shine there was a glimmer of hope as the snow started to fall, perfect timing! This event is also a very good time to do a membership drive and also get the old members to join in. We had 18 membership sign ups total, five of which have never been a member of our club. We hope to have membership drives every chance we can. We created a new trail map, posters and banner, which we had a chance to show off. We hope all enjoy and make use of the new trail map.

get new members on board. In doing so, I saw my club members also enjoying themselves, thanks to a great turn out and food and beverages in the mall area.

I think I can speak for myself and club members, that we are all ready for a good snow now. We are now working on the next event upon many events. Please visit our club website and Facebook page for more exciting pictures of the Show ‘n Shine. I would like to thank our Gold sponsors, Matt with North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, Keri Wanner and Tari Norby with Snowmobile North Dakota, and the entire Roughrider club members for making this a great second annual event. President - Al Hoesel

Of course there is work involved to get this event up and running, but again the camaraderie of the members and the people you get to meet make it all worthwhile. As the president, I was busy all day selling the club and trying to

Gasmann Coulee Cruisers Gasmann Coulee Cruisers Welcome the SNOW â&#x20AC;Ś Well, lets hope that it stays and we continue to get more and more of it! The Gasmann Coulee Cruisers have had a busy year already. Welcome to our new members and welcome back to our previous ones. Our trail has been marked and ready for riders, and with that we are busy planning our fun run and other rides.

As the convention for the year approaches we all prepare to make the trip to Rugby for some fun and extend our time to three fun filled days! Lets hope we can do some riding while we are there. ou The GCC members are wishing you nd the best snow, smooth trails and ar, the best running sleds for the year, nd hope to see you on the trails and at the convention! Crystll Kuhnhenn

Magic City Driftbusters As we approach another winter season with the expectation of snow and getting together with our snowmobiling friends at many of the activities state wide, club plans are being made for fun runs, radar runs, state convention, Pink Ribbon Riders weekend, out of state trips and club events. Trail signing is underway with completion expected in a couple weeks. We have some new road construction on our trail system that may require some minor

changes in the routes we sign that may not show on the map. For more information contact SNDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vice President Laura Forbes, DirectorAt-Large Byron Norsby or Region 1 Directors Dale Deibert and Dean Forbes. A new club event for young riders is being considered, that is a Fun Run for them. Plans are still in the works and of course it will depend on snow conditions. There will be more information on this as things develop.

A radar run is also in the works and will be held the Sunday after a Saturday Fun Run to give riders a two day event, there will be more on this later. Enjoy the trails, thank those that make them possible, be courteous to others, ride safe and register your sled and promote sled registration. Jerry Lawson

Dakota Trail Blazers Hello Fellow Snowmobilers! Greetings from up North! Our club had our first meeting of the year and it was good to see a great turnout. Club events and dates were discussed along with our local donations that we do every month. Trail signing started this last weekend, and what a change from last year. Everything that we had to go around last year, we now just

had to change the signs and could go right through. We got a good jump on our assigned trails and we were informed that the other local clubs were doing the same. Our Activities Committee met a couple of weeks ago and worked on the schedule of the club events for the coming season. When you start figuring in all the local fun runs, state events and other commitments, the winter is full of a lot of fun times, as long as

Mother Nature helps out. All for now. Hope to see you on the trails this season! Sherman Pladsen Dakota Trailblazers

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Hello fellow snowmobilers, welcome to the winter season. Dale Deibert reporting from Region 1 from Snowmobile North Dakota. As I write this article at the end of October it is snowing, but will probably not stay as the forecast is reporting warmer weather next week. The local snowmobile clubs have been busy preparing the snowmobile trails for the season and getting the signs in place. Signing is a little earlier this year with much lower water levels in the low areas. Most local clubs have started meeting for the winter season and have scheduled Fun Runs for the season. The Dakota Trailblazers Fun Run is on December 8 and ends at Bottoms Up in Surrrey at 5 p.m. The Towner Fun Run will be on December 29, hosted by the Mouse River Sled Runners. The Magic City Driftbusters Fun Run will be held on Saturday, January 5. The Gasmann Coulee Cruisers Fun Run will be held on January 19 and ending at the Pit Road in Carpio at 5 p.m. I would like to remind everybody of the Pink Ribbon Ride for breast cancer at Lake Metigoshe held on January 11 and 12, 2013. I also would like to remind everybody to register and license your sleds. This is how the snowmobile trails are funded. Also be sure to have liability insurance on your sleds. Hope to see you on the trails this winter. Bye for now.

Snowy greetings from Region 5. Well I am hoping for some anyway! We encourage our clubs out there to try to put on some rides inviting those that may not be club members yet. I still continue to hear people selling their sleds because they have nobody to ride with and therefore loose interest. Hopefully we can catch their interest. SnowJam reminder! Mark your Calendars for Jan. 19, 2013. It is always a good time! Vintage riders, come on over for the vintage ride. Lets show and remind everyone out there those good old sleds that we grew up with from way back! The mighty Colt 244 will be back leading the pack for 2013! It is ironic however that my 12 year old tells me that HE is the one driving it this year! Please also try support your clubs in your neighboring areas. Be respectful when planning things like your club trips so that they do not fall on days when nearby clubs are hosting some of their fundraisers. As I have said before this is my last article for good old Region 5. In two months your new Region 5 director will introduce themselves! Happy sleddinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and hope to see you on the trail!

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PRESIDENT Marty Malachowski PO Box 172 Granville, ND 587414 701-728-6350 (H) 701-720-6350 (C) lmmala@srt.com

PROGRAM MANGAER Keri Wanner 1600 E Century Ave, Suite 3 Bismarck, ND 58503 701-328-5377 701-328-5363 (F) keri@snowmobilend.org

REGION 1 Dale Deibert PO Box 99 Surrey, ND 58785 701-852-9378 (H) 701-857-1617 (W) vdeibert@srt.com

VICE PRESIDENT Laura Forbes 45 Rolling Hills Dr Minot, ND 58703 701-839-1050 (H) dlforbes@min.midco.net

PROGRAM ASSISTANT Tari Norby 1600 E Century Ave, Suite 3 Bismarck, ND 58503 701-328-5377 701-328-5363 (F) tari@snowmobilend.org

Dean Forbes 45 Rolling Hills Dr Minot, ND 58703 701-839-1050 (H) dlforbes@min.midco.net

SECRETARY Sheri Hoffmann 4320 Camp Ave Larimore, ND 58251 701-397-5260 (H) nwhoff@polarcomm.com

TRAIL INSPECTOR Todd Thronson 1600 E Century Ave, Suite 3 Bismarck, ND 58503 701-328-5377 701-328-5363 (F) todd@snowmobilend.org

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Byron Norsby PO Box 914 Minot, ND 58702 701-728-6688 (H) outbackautobody@srt.com

MARKETING SPECIALIST Chelsey Thronson 1600 E Century Ave, Suite 3 Bismaeck, ND 58503 701-328-5377 701-325-5363 (F) chelsey@snowmobilend.org

Cattail Snoriders Scott Erickson PO Box 174 Hope, ND 58046 Dakota Trailblazers LaDona Malachowski PO Box 1012 Minot, ND 58702 Flatland Trailblazers Joey Schimelfenig 2363 46th Ave NE Harvey, ND 58341 Gasmann Coulee Cruisers Brandon Bock PO Box 14 Burlington, ND 58722 Ghost Riders Alden Hollenbeck 4647 14th Ave N Velva, ND 58790 Jim River Driftskippers Dennis Sand PO Box 1764 Jamestown, ND 58402 Lake Region Mark Shipley PO Box 981 Devils Lake, ND 58301

REGION 2 Mark Shipley PO Box 493 Devils Lake, ND 58301 701-662-6896 (H) marley493@yahoo.com

Little Missouri Snowmobile & ATV Club Mike Storley 1491 1st Ave E Dickinson, ND 58601

Brian Sauer 1405 9TH Ave. E Langdon, ND 58249 701-256-2824 (H) 701-256-5499 (W) bnc@utma.com REGION 4 Dan Tveito PO Box 747 Linton, ND 58552 701-254-4433 (H) Brad Rodin 408 2nd Ave Marion, ND 58466 701-669-2308 (H) 701-669-2386 (W) bvrodin@drtel.net

Tonia Dosch 626 6th St SE Rugby, ND 58368 701-776-5230 (W) toniab@gondtc.com

REGION 5 Troy Klevgard 601 Cottonwood Dr Casselton, ND 58012 701-347-9867 tklevgard@gmail.com

REGION 3 Perry Brintnell 12668 57th St NE Fordville, ND 58231 701-229-3267 (H) 701-229-3683 (W) xcr600pb@polarcomm.com

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North Valley Riders Mark Briese 14399 County RD St. Thomas, ND 58276

Ridge Runners Perry Printnell PO Box 132 Fordville, ND 58231

Magic City Driftbusters Laura Forbes PO Box 1094 Minot, ND 58702

Northern Exposure Snowmobile Club Kyle Teubner PO Box 102 Leeds, ND 58346

Roaring 20’s Loren Johnson Green Acres #4 Bottineau, ND 58318

Marion Snoriders Kevin Isakson 10510 63rd St SE Litchville, ND 58461

Northern Lights Trailblazers Joanie Bruggeman PO Box 191 Rugby, ND 58368

Rough Rider Snowmobile Association Al Hoesel PO Box 4162 Bismarck, ND 58502

Tri-County Trailriders Christian Larson PO Box 55 Park River, ND 58270

May-Port Sno Travelers Greg Thykeson Box 221 Portland, ND 58274

Northwest Trailblazers Jason Brenno 9451 101st Ave NW Columbus, ND 58727

Rural Cass Snowmobile Club Jason McSparron PO Box 58 Casselton, ND 58012

Turtle River Roughriders Brandon Thorvilson PO Box 131 Manvel, ND 58256

Minto Area Joy Riders Albert Haugen PO Box 84 Minto, ND 58261

Pembina Hills Trail Riders Tod Soeby PO Box 825 Walhalla, ND 58282

Sargent County Snowmobile Club Lori Yagow PO Box 166 Milnor, ND 58060

Valley Snow Drifters Gene Loftsgard 125 Manvel Circle Grafton, ND 58237

Moonlighters Snowmobile & ATV Club Randy Bata 9453 104th Ave NE Langdon, ND 58249

Ransom County Driftskippers Todd Rasmusson PO Box 365 Lisbon, ND 58054

Mouse River Sled Runners Mike Bryn PO Box 523 Towner, ND 58788 Nekoma Trailblazers Bob Wilhelmi 212 Main Nekoma, ND 58355

Red River Sno-Riders Brian Mullenberg PO Box 2295 Fargo, ND 58108 Red River Snowmobile Club Steve Magnuson 225 Plain Hills Dr Grand Forks , ND 58201

Seldom Seen Snowmobile Club Myra Mattson PO Box 1093 Rolla, ND 58367 Sheyenne Sno-Drifters Joel Iverson PO Box 342 Valley City, ND 58072 Sno-Busters Dirck Nash 609 Ivy Ave Oakes, ND 58474

Southern Valley Trail Riders Association Joel Sirek 17290 78th St SE Wahpeton, ND 58075 Tri-County Snow Dusters Bev Bachmeier 10517 55th St NE Brocket, ND 58321

Walsh Coulee Cruisers Chad Lindell 7101 123rd Ave NE Adams, ND 58210 Williston Trail Riders Dustin Johnsrud PO Box 235 Williston, ND 58801

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Market Place Motors 332 Hwy 2 W Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Women’s Gear Review By Keri Wanner

Being fortunate enough to ride snowmobile and enjoy the outdoors for almost 30 years, means years of winter clothing that either failed miserably or outshined my every expectation. I remember Mom buying some of my first winter clothing at stores like Herberger’s only to find out the products didn’t stay dry! I still remember Mom enforcing the “stay on the snowmobile” rule when we’d make a pit stop along the trail in hopes I’d stay dry. But Mom quickly learned the snow was too enticing and building the latest snowman or climbing the closest hill was way more exciting. She also quickly learned this made for a miserable trip home as I complained of being “too cold” because every inch of

my snowmobile gear was soaked! We played this game for several years before Mom realized two things. One, I’m not going to stay on the snowmobile and two it was time to find snowmobile gear that worked. The truth is today’s products are exceptional and it all comes down to the best fit, warmth and don’t forget to “Rock the Look”. This is why year after year I’m constantly looking at new products for features and fit and checking out which companies have the newest features. Now I’m a snowmobiler that is constantly asked what I like and to provide recommendations. I’ve come a long ways from those Herberger’s days! This season I’m fortunate

enough to work with Castle on their latest and greatest women’s snowmobile gear. They provided an opportunity to review Castle’s top of the line women’s products including the Caliber jacket, Factor bib, Rizer G5 glove and the Barrier boot. I was hoping by the time I had to write this article, I would have had the chance to ride in the gear testing it in the elements. But Mother Nature hasn’t been so kind to us snowmobilers yet, so instead I’ll review the comfort and fit and bring you more news later in the season. Caliber Jacket As I ripped into the bag to open the Caliber jacket, I was instantly intrigued by its subtle but very trendy look. The details add so much to this jacket and make it a

that fits every female rider. This is an excellent jacket for women needing extra room in the hips. It features a zipper on each side of the jacket giving every women the option to make more room but even better, the zipper still opens to a lining making sure to protect the rider from getting wet.

contender in one of the best looking snowmobile jackets for the season. One feature I absolutely love are the vents. I love vents in my snowmobile jackets but there are a few companies on the market that don’t place a lining as a shield for the rider when it’s open. Castle nailed this feature and placed the vents in the chest, underarms and the back of the jacket. Another great feature is the zip-out liner. Perfect for those colder days when you need a little extra warmth and great for those blue bird days where the snow, visibility and riding is perfect. Women come in every shape and size making it hard to make the perfect product

It does feature a pocket for media players which are becoming a very common standard in all jackets. But two things that really stood out to me included the goggle pouch and zip out powder skirt. It used to be common for snowmobilers to place their goggles on their helmets and wear them the entire day. The new standard is to carry a spare set in case they get wet or if a different lens is needed for riding during the day. The goggle pouch is a perfect match for snowmobiling females looking to carryy that extra pair of goggles when riding. The powder w skirt is meant to stop snow from shifting up your jacket. This is a nice rider protection feature making sure to keep her dry.

However, not every day requires a powder skirt so Castle gives you the option if it’s needed or not. The best part is, it doesn’t take up lots of room and can be easily placed in a backpack or storage compartment. Factor bib The Factor bib was an adjustment for me. I’m used to wearing pants instead of bibs and keep telling myself it’s going to be hard to think about wearing a bib again. However, I’m willing to try! One feature I loved on the bib was the zip-out liner. I’ve never seen this in a bib

or pant before and normally wear a mid layer and uninsulated pants to keep warm and feel comfortable. This provides a two in one option so you only have to buy one product making it a little cheaper. I also liked the fact that the zippers went all the way to the hip making them easier to get on and off. An absolute must in any riding pant or bib I buy is that they have to attach to my boot to make sure they don’t ride up. This is a must when you hop off your sled to help a friend become unstuck. I just wish they were lighter but I still can’t wait to try these out on the snow! Rizer G5 Gloves Gloves have always been a tough fit for me. I have very tiny hands and usually wear

an extra-extra to an extra small. I’ve noticed even in the extra smalls my fingers still don’t reach the tips of the gloves. So I was very excited to try these gloves on and find they fit my hand. The Rizer G5 glove has one feature I really liked, an opportunity to tighten the wrist if need be. They are a little longer and make a perfect match to fit over any snowmobile jacket and keep the snow away from traveling up your glove or wrist. And it also has the one requirement I look for when buying a warmer glove, a drawstring bottom making sure there is no sneaky snow. I’m looking forward to trying these gloves out this winter.

I’m so used to tying, tying and more tying my boots on every snowmobile trip and it still seems I never get them tight enough to last the entire day. The quick connect buckle system will eliminate those troubles for any rider. The next feature that stood out was the snow shield gaiter with a drawstring cord.

I’ve noticed with some of the warmer and thicker gloves that my hands tire faster during a day of riding because you are using extra strength to move all that fabric. I have a suspicion this glove will walk that fine of line of keeping the rider warm and still being comfortable during a day of riding.

Yes, there may be such a thing as being too over cautious with all these features but over the years I’ve noticed each of these over cautious features complement one another and make sure to keep the rider warm, dry and comfortable during their ride.

Barrier Boot The Barrier boot looks good and the first feature that instantly stood out was the quick connect buckle system.

Castle, thank you so much for this opportunity and I look forward to providing more information to riders on these exceptional products.


With a podium sweep in the final race of the day, BRP’s Ski-Doo X-Team racers completed a performance that was nothing short of dominant at the ISOC snocross series opener in Duluth, Minnesota. There were four Pro and Pro Lite classes up for grabs and Ski-Doo racers took wins in all of them. Robbie Malinoski had a phenomenal weekend as he led the Ski-Doo/Scheuring Speed Sports podium sweep in Pro Open Sunday afternoon, adding to his Saturday night win and establishing a substantial points lead. Having a great weekend of his own was defending Champion Tim Tremblay who claimed a 3rd on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday with rock solid rides every time he hit the racetrack. Completing the Sunday sweep was Darrin Mees, who claimed his first Pro podium in 3rd, backing up an 8th place run on Saturday. Everyone suspected the Scheuring Speed Sports team would be tough and saw the potential for a podium sweep, but most wouldn’t have expected it so early in the season – congrats guys on spectacular weekend! The Pro class results sheets show the strength and depth of Ski-Doo X-Team riders and teams plus the quality and performance of the sleds they were on. To experience so few problems on a season opening weekend is a testament to the hard work and thoughtful engineering that has gone into our production based Open Mod and stock class racing sleds. That same engineering that is applied to Ski-Doo trail sleds year after year.

In the Pro Lite class David Joanis brought home the gold on Saturday and Renaud Alexandre took care of business on Sunday, with Dylan Hall covering second position, to complete the Ski-Doo Pro class sweep. New to North America as a racer, Marica Renheim came over from Sweden with brother Adam when he joined the Warnert Racing team as a Pro rider. Marica put on a show in taking the Pro-Am Women’s class – she’ll be one to watch, for at least one more round unless she cancels plans to return home at Christmas. In the hotly contested Sport class, with over 100 entries both days, Jesse James Bonaduce gets a shout out for a flawless ride and race win on Saturday. Thanks to all the Ski-Doo X-Team racers and their families and crews for a great start to the snocross season. We appreciate your support and we’ll continue to support you with the best race sleds possible.

TRACK TALKS. . . . . . about service school

Track Inc. offers a 1 ½ day training seminar at our facilityy in Bloomington MN. This class is held in October and is free to anyone who wants to participate. Attendees are supplied with a maintenance manual that covers: new product development, operating and safety tips, lubrication, cab accessories, drive shaft, transfer case, disc brakes, differential, suspension and carriers, hydraulics, wiring diagrams, warranty and torque specifications. Vehicles are pulled into the shop with various components disassembled for discussion. The group also spends time troubleshooting some common issues. For groups that are not able to attend our class in Bloomington, Track is now able to take an abbreviated version on the road. All we need from the host is a space and seating to accommodate

the group. Last year we held a 1 day class in Seney Michigan. This year we are planning a 1 day seminar in the Bemidji, MN area and a 4hour version in Iowa. The classes are provided at no charge because Track Inc. considers training as an investment. Well maintained vehicles retain a higher trade in value, which makes upgrading more affordable for the clubs. A well maintained vehicle performs better and increases customer satisfaction. Last, a well maintained vehicle is easier to refurbish and sell. We are currently asking for feedback on the following questions: what time of year should we offer a second class, does it need to be on the weekend – or does a weekday work, and do we need to host additional classes in other states? Visit our website at www.trackinc.com or call us at 952.888.7372 – ask for Lorene. If you want help with current service questions or problem – call Brett Gibson at 952.888.7372. During the grooming season, our phones will transfer to our homes and cells phones during non-business hours. Our goal is to be available when you need us and to get your problems solved as quickly as possible. Lorene Hanson President, Track Inc. lorenehanson@trackinc.com

Prairie Women on


Who we are... Prairie Women On Snowmobiles is a non-profit organization whose annual Missions are provincial awareness events that are designed to focus attention on breast cancer and the recreation of snowmobiling as well as raise the much-needed funds for breast cancer research. PWOS has contributed 100% of the funds raised in the past twelve Missions for research raising more than 1.8 million dollars to date. Each Mission consists of a group of 10 volunteer snowmobilers who travel across Saskatchewan, passing through many cities and towns in eight days and covering approximately 1800 kms. Volunteerism is the whole picture of PWOS women dedicating their time, resources, and sleds to help make the Missions so successful. Prairie Women On Snowmobiles was formed when two friends, one a breast cancer survivor, decided to snowmobile across Saskatchewan to raise funds for breast cancer research. Together the two planned, organized and implemented PWOS. The goal since conception is to have this Mission go across Saskatchewan each and every year to raise the funding for breast cancer research. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian women and the second most common cause of cancer death in women. You do not have to ride a snowmobile or even own one to be a member! If you want to support PWOS, you are welcome to join.

News... It is that time of year again, where the Prairie Women On Snowmobiles find themselves starting to organize for the next Mission. We are very excited this year taking Mission 2013 to places where Prairie Women have not travelled in the previous 12 years. Places such as Moose Jaw, Chamberlain, Holdfast and Imperial. We are also looking forward in going back to Craik, Kenaston, Outlook and Rosetown as it has been awhile since we ventured out that way too. For the full mission route please see our web site at www.prairiewomen.ca . Let us introduce you to the Core Riders for Mission 2013: Gerri Moeller from Meadow Lake, Connie Steen from Meota, Jeannette Ens from Warman, Shari Kidney from Tisdale, Jami Sumlic from Tisdale, Holly Brotzel from Prince Albert, Diana Desjarlais from Buffalo Narrows, Diana Darbyshire from Big River, Candace Blair from Star City, Amber Edmunds from Tisdale and our alternate rider Liz Paradzik from Buffalo Narrows. You can also check out their bioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make a pledge on www.prairiewomen.ca . We are excited to announce and also would like to thank Pam and Jim Smith for donating a 1966 Olympic Ski-Doo. Proceeds raised from the ticket sales will be going towards purchasing a piece of equipment for the Cancer Centre in either Regina or Saskatoon. For tickets on this sled please call Carol at 1-306-961-1994 or Shannon at 1-306-789-2329. Prairie Women On Snowmobiles would like to thank all of our Corporate sponsors as well as you the citizens of this wonderful Province for the support over the last 12 missions. It is with your continued support that we will one day find a cure for this dreaded disease.

Polaris’ Ross Martin takes the second annual AMSOIL DOMINATOR! AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Traxxas, opened its 2012-’13 competition season with a spectacular one-on-one match race competition dubbed the AMSOIL DOMINATOR® playing in front of a packed house at Spirit Mountain and foreshadowing what is certain to be two more thrilling days of snocross racing at the Duluth National, presented by Bully Dog. Sixteen of the world’s fastest snocross racers lined up in two-man, side by side two-lap match races, winding down a bracket of thoroughly exciting racing action for the AMSOIL

Championship Snocross fans at Spirit Mountain on Friday. And in the end it was Polaris’ Ross Martin defeating Arctic Cat’s Tucker Hibbert for his second-straight $10,000 AMSOIL DOMINATOR® championship. Handed a custom-made trophy crafted by the folks at AMSOIL from spare parts from all three brands (Polaris, Arctic Cat and Ski-Doo) that brave the AMSOIL Championship Snocross circuit, Martin was asked what he thought of the smartly crafted piece trumpeting his big win. “Yeah, I got a perfect place for it ... right next to the

other one,” said Martin laughing. The Wisconsin native got past Garth Kaufman (Arctic Cat) in the opening round, then bested rookie sensation Kody Kamm (Polaris) - last year’s ACS Pro Lite champion - in a spectacular quarterfinal race. Martin then met he 2011 AMSOIL DOMINATOR® nemesis Ski-Doo’s Robbie Malinoski - in the semifinals ... a rematch of their inaugural AMSOIL DOMINATOR® final last year. The two (Martin and Malinoski) would collide in the first turn after matching starts, Malinoski going high and Martin

low. Martin got the better of it and put the hammer down, railing to victory in the two-lap sprint race. Hibbert, the 5th seed overall (based on last year’s Pro Open class o/a finish), would reach the finals via an opening round win over Logan Christian (Arctic Cat), then beat 4th seed Darren Mees (Ski-Doo) in the quarters. The night’s most electrifying race would come in the semis of Bracket One when Hibbert met Levi LaVallee (Polaris), who had previously upset No. 1 seed Tim Tremblay (SkiDoo) - last year’s overall Pro Open champion. Hibbert and LaVallee got virtually equal starts coming down the hill on the front straight, with Hibbert thumbing the throttle for just a click longer over LaVallee - the snowmobile

distance jumping world record holder - on the finish line jump and taking the lead into and out of the first turn. But the fan-favorite LaVallee wasn’t about to pack it in and literally berzerked his Polaris up the back straight and dive-bombed Hibbert in the left hander at the top of the hill - knocking Hibbert off his sled and himself (LaVallee) in the process. Bedlam ensured as the two combatants re-mounted their sleds and pull-started them to life at the exact same time. Hibbert, though, had the benefit of being the front sled and, as LaVallee tried to make a pass on the outside

line, Hibbert returned LaVallee’s previous turn effort by casually - and legally - cutting LaVallee off to the side of the track - holding his lead line and eventually sewing up the win. Action gets back underway tomorrow at the Duluth National at Spirit Mountain with the opening round of 2012-’13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Traxxas.

Interview Here is the interview continued from the printed magazine:

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THE LATEST FROM DRIFT The Stud Boy Traction/Goodwin Performance/DooTalk.com Race Team is excited to announce that the team will be staying warm and dry this season thanks to the support of Drift Racing. Drift Racing has their focus set on the track as well as the trail. Their “Race On” logo is boldly positioned on their clothing line and you know they have put in the hard work it takes to make this clothing line a winner. Drift racing has chosen to support racing and their commitment to the sport is a testament to proving the durability and function of their product. “In the sport of snocross race clothing that protects it’s user from the elements and does in style is very important. The Drift Racing lineup offers leading edge designs with top of the line quality that is up to the job,” states Zach Pattyn the team’s top Pro racer. “Additionally a racer is always looking for that perfect fit to keep the focus on the race and not on clothing that is restrictive or uncomfortable in anyway and Drift Racing has really brought a great race suit into the game”.

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Avalanche Safety Awareness Guidelines 1. Take an Avalanche

7. Practice with your own

Skills Training (AST) course.

rescue gear at least once a month. Good search and rescue technique saves lives. Focus on quick transceiver search, effective probing and efficient shoveling.

2. Carry Avalanche Safety Equipment: Transceiver (beacon), shovel and probe – AND KNOW HOW TO USE THEM.

3. Check the Avalanche bulletin and plan your trip according to current conditions.

8. Match terrain selection to what the avalanche danger will allow. Read the bulletin and plan your day to avoid the avalanche problems that are highlighted.

4. Don’t group up in terrain that is threatened from above; allow a wide margin of safety around avalanche run out zones.

5. Speak up when you see others grouping together in avalanche threatened areas.

6. Don’t tolerate fellow riders not being prepared with rescue gear.

9. Understanding the type of avalanche problem is as important as knowing the danger rating. Example: managing Considerable Danger due to a deep slab requires different technique than managing Considerable Danger due to wind slab.

10. Strategic shoveling saves valuable minutes. Learn the best shoveling

techniques. And carry a strong shovel that you have tested on HARD packed snow.

11. Post the Avalanche Bulletins on your Facebook page or garage door. Make sure your Dealer and friends get the Bulletins.

12. Know the terrain rating with the current danger rating. This provides you with good decision making guidance.

13. For current class offerings, other tips and snow conditions bulletins, review these two web sites:

United States: www.avalanche.org Canada: www.avalanche.ca

Avalanche! By Lauren J. Frei, Safety Chair, Idaho State Snowmobile Association “Avalanche! Start your sleds and get out of here,” yelled Royal. I turned and looked back up the slope. “Oh crap,” came out of my mouth. “I’m hopping on with you,” said Mickey. After three great days at the Idaho State Snowmobile Association’s State Ride in the Island Park area, Royal Kingsley and I headed down Monday to spend a few days at Montpelier to do some more snowmobiling with Mickey and Lonnie Sutton, and also getting together with Sharla and Lin McKay. Tuesday, Royal and I went out to take a ride and do a little playing in the snow. We were not sure how to get where we wanted to go, so after a couple of hours we decided to head back to the cabin and wait for Lonnie and Mickey to arrive. That way we would have a guide. The plan worked out great! Lonnie found some new areas that we could play in and also be able to test snow conditions. Snow conditions were real stable and no indication of having any trouble other then three sleds in front of me trenching the path between trees with no other route to proceed except in their tracks. All in all a good day for sledding!

The following day, Wednesday, the four of us headed out a different direction going north toward Sherman Peak. It froze hard Tuesday night, so we all put down our scratchers until we were able to get into a little fluff. The wind had been blowing all night and so far all day which caused hard pack and deep fluff in the same areas. We do a lot of boondocking when we ride. (In fact the last time I was in this area was for the State Ride three years prior. I told Warren Wilde then, “They had the best groomed trails that I have ever seen! That is the four times that we crossed them that week.”) We tested the snow conditions all day long and paid close attention, even doing a little sidehilling on small slopes just to make sure. (That is the only reason I can see for sidehilling, unless you are in deep fluff. I hate it!) There was once again no sign of trouble on that particular day. After riding for about two hours we headed up to Sherman Peak. Lonnie, Royal and Mickey arrived first as I was lagging behind due to my sled not running well. (This time it was not operator error!) Royal and Mickey were sitting in a fairly flat area watching Lonnie starting up the slope. I arrived about the time he made his turnout and came down to meet us. We turned off the sleds and started to B.S. for a couple of minutes. Lonnie then said he was going to give it another shot before moving on to our next destination. Sitting there watching him, I could hear the sled working hard only to make it to about a 20 degree slope when he turned out and started back down. Lonnie was about half way back down from his climb when I turned away looking back at my sled. “Avalanche! Start your sleds and get out of here,” yelled Royal. I turned and looked back up the slope. “Oh shit,” came from my mouth. “I’m hopping on with you,” said Mickey. Pulling the rope I saw where the slab broke about 150 feet above Lonnie’s highmark. Then about that fast another slab broke about 50 feet above that. Again another slab two and a half to three feet thick covering 600 to 700 feet across about 150 feet up the slope from the last break, it decided to come down also.

“Are you on Mickey?” I didn’t hear her. “Are you on Mickey?” Again, I didn’t hear her. “Are you on?” This time I could feel her holding on to me with a death grip. We started down to the left still trying to get Lonnie’s attention. It looked like to me the avalanche was only five feet behind when he noticed what was going on and then accelerated rapidly. Needless to say, I did the same and I could see Royal off to my right following suit. I look back a couple of times to keep an eye on Lonnie and then headed for cover. I got off the sled and could see Lonnie making a turn heading back up. A few seconds later Royal went up, Mickey and I were soon to follow. We arrived at the debris field and saw where Mickey’s sled was rolled over, buried and about 100 feet from where we left it. Lonnie dug down to get my camera out from Mickey’s sled so I could get some pictures, (this kept me from having to dig out the sled). I was feeling a little nervous because there was still the cornice and about 50 more feet of slab underneath it that could give way. This is the second avalanche that I have seen happen, but by far the largest. Like I said, it was about 600 to 700 feet across and about a two and a half foot slab that broke. That my friends is a h&%# of a lot of snow! As many of you know I keep harping for everyone to go to Avalanche Classes at least once every two years. This true story is proof why you should. If we were not carrying out safe snowmobile practices that we learned in class, none of us would be here to write this article. That being said, we did make one mistake however, that was not having our sleds runningg when Lonnie made the run. Going to class will not make you perfect, but the more you go to the classes and practice, the better your odds you will do the right things in case something unexpected like this happens. It’s has to be a reflex, you may not have enough time to think about what you should do! So please, please, please go to an Avalanche Class this season for you and your buddy’s sake!

2012-’13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ Rd. 2 @ Duluth - Malinoski does it again!

And that time was Sunday at the Duluth National, presented by Bully Dog.

race in this h hemisphere, h h Robbie Malinoski (SkiDoo) made it two-in-arow by pulling the Stud Boy Holeshot and leading the weekend’s final race wire-to-wire for the win. Malinoski was joined on the box by teammates Tim Tremblay (2nd), who also podiumed on Saturday (3rd), and a first-ever Pro Open podium finish for Darrin Mees (3rd).

Wrapping up the CJ Ramstad Cup weekend at Duluth’s Spirit Mountain in front of one of the largest crowds to gather for a snowmobile

And in Pro Lite racing action Canada’s Andrea Renaud (Ski-Doo) would take advantage of a late race crash by Sweden’s Marcus Johansson (Polaris) to win

It was only l a matter off time before Scheuring Speed Sports - snocross’ version of the NBA’s Miami Heat - put all three of their superstar racers up on the box in an AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Traxxas, event.

his first-ever AMSOIL h fi Championship Snocross main event. Pro Open Quite literally, there was no stopping Ski-Doo’s Robbie Malinoski this past weekend at Duluth. The powerful veteran racer - who hadn’t doubled up at an AMSOIL Championship Snocross weekend since 2006 swept both Pro Open main events at Duluth in convincing fashion, taking the points lead into rounds three and four of ACS in Bessemer, Mich., along with making a serious statement in regards to whether Malinoski still had what it takes to win at snocross’ highest level. “With everybody up here from Scheuring Speed Sports - this is pretty exciting,” said Malinoski. “Everybody came through. Darrin’s up here with this first-ever podium. Tim raced great - again. My

Ski-Doo pulled another great holeshot ... I’m speechless!” When the green light shone on the start of the weekend’s final even Malinoski was gone. Down the Spirit Mountain straight like he was racing against a field of stock sleds. Malinoski railed into the first turn and rode mistake-free, through countless lapped riders in the lack-ofsnow-shortened race, and through cleanly to the checkers. There was never a doubt. Behind Malinoski early were Mees and Polaris’ Justin Broberg. Two relatively new guys up front in the pack, mainly because the usual frontrunning suspects - Martin, Hibbert & Tremblay started outside the top four. Polaris’ Martin, the winner of Friday’s $10K AMSOIL DOMINATOR®, was all the way back in 12th qualifying position. Tucker Hibbert (Arctic Cat) and Tremblay would collide on lap one, though both managed to rail back

out of the turn where they got together. But this set the multi-time former ACS champ Hibbert back to 8th place early on in the 24-lap contest ... a position you don’t want to be in on such a small track with so many sleds (15). Tremblay, who qualified back in the 9th position, had a much better run at it, moving up to 3rd before getting past Mees for 2nd on lap 13 of the roughly 24-second laps. As the podium position leaders spread out, Martin put on the best charge at race’s end as he moved past Broberg into 2nd and set his site on Mees. With two laps to go Malinoski had all but checked out and the

fans’ attention focused on Martin and Mees - with Mees holding off the hardcharging Martin for his first-ever podium. Hibbert then managed to round out the top ten. Final 1. 4 Malinoski Robbie SkiDoo Lino Lakes MN 2. 11 Tremblay Tim SkiDoo Ste Jeanne D’Arc Quebec 3. 9 Mees Darrin Ski-Doo Stanchfield MN 4. 837 Martin Ross Polaris Burlington WI 5. 68 Hibbert Tucker Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids MN 6. 27 Ohman Emil SkiDoo Pitea Norrbotten 7. 168 Broberg Justin Polaris Waukesha WI 8. 93 Hayden Iain Polaris

Chatsworth Ontario 9. 167 Allard Dave SkiDoo St. Felcien Quebec 10. 43 Christian Logan Arctic Cat Fertile MN 11. 99 Pattyn Zach SkiDoo Ravenna MI 12. 106 Ellis Derek Arctic Cat Fargo ND 13. 999 Crapo Colby Polaris St.Anthonyy ID 14. 62 Thomsen Cody Arctic Cat Nisswa MN DQ - 311 Renheim Adam Ski-Doo Sweden Overall Points (after two rounds) 1st Robie Malinoski, 89 2nd Tim Tremblay, 75 3rd Ross Martin, 71 4th Tucker Hibbert, 67 5th Darrin Mees, 64 Pro Lite A similar scenario played out in Sunday’s AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite main event that had transpired on Saturday - with one rider dominating early, then wadding up and opening the door for another to take his place atop the podium.

Rocketing out to the Stud Boy Holeshot in Sunday’s Pro Lite main was the #722 Polaris of Sweden’s Marcus Johansson. Having not even made the Pro Lite main the previous day, Johansson took out his aggression on the massive

Duluth National finish line tabletop jump - tripling out into the first turn and easily putting distance between himself and his pursuers Canada’s Andrea Renaud (Ski-Doo) and Dylan Hall (Ski-Doo), along with Saturday’s Pro Lite podium finisher Andrew Lieders (Ski-Doo). Noteworthy early on in the race was that Saturday winner, David Joanis (SkiDoo), jumped the start and was black-flagged early in the race. Joanis would pull

off the track and take a DQ for Sunday’s Pro Lite main. On lap 14 - and with the race seemingly in control Johansson made a massive mistake on the uphill rhythm section, blew off his sled and handed the lead over to Renaud. Hall and Lieders ripped by as well and, by the time he got going again, Johansson was all the way back in 6th place. Things wouldn’t change on the last lap as Renaud, Hall and Lieders held their podium positions - with Sweden’s John Stenberg (Ski-Doo) and New York’s Todd Corin (Polaris) rounding out the top five in 4th and 5th, respectively. Said Renaud following the win, his first ACS career Pro Lites win; “The track was especially difficult. I tried to ride with no mistakes and I got my opportunity and felt I could take it. (It) Feels really good to be up here.”

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