From a bird's-eye perspective, it's looking like winter in the U.S. and Canada.
For more in-depth snow analysis, CLICK HERE to jump to the NOAA snow depth web site.
Check out the video recap of Tucker Hibbert's 2016-2017 ISOC Duluth weekend.
(Loving the sound of that engine!)
Click to read the Christian Brothers Racing race recap from the 2016-2017 ISOC season opener in Duluth.
Last weekend marked the 25th Annual Spirit National snocross in Duluth, Minn. And like every preceding year, it brought chaos, uncertainty, excitement, some great racing and, perhaps, a peek at what to expect for the rest of the season.
Click for a photo essay and the observations of a hack who's been to all 25 of these events.
I'm thankful that on this Thanksgiving weekend, family and friends gathered to celebrate.
I'm thankful that those who celebrated with Canadian Club did NOT have to earn it the hard way.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.
How to get your favorite Arctic Cat rider a sweet gift for the holidays AND avoid getting trampled by a Black Friday rush for a discounted television:
Cat's Pride Club membership!
You give (or get) a quality performance pullover; hat; and membership pin with free shipping.
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This Friday, Team Arctic snocross ace Tucker Hibbert will hit the gas on another season as the absolute commander of professional snocross racing, having won more races and championships than anyone in the history of the sport.
It's GO! time with the 68 team, with just days before the green flags drops.
Yet somehow in-between building race sleds, stocking the race semi, testing and gearing up for Duluth, Tucker found time for an interview.
Click to see how things are shaping up for the champ.
I spent a day at Arctic Cat in TRF last week, where people were fired up about an impending snow storm coming to Minnesota and a winter that was about to begin in earnest.
Engineering...production...test riding...all the good stuff!
Click to see what was going on Arctic Cat.
I'm thankful for joy I feel on a color-coordinated ride over hill and dale.
I'm thankful for the wind-cheating qualities of 100-percent polyester.
I'm thankful the skis only appear to be stuck where the sun doesn't shine.
And I'm thankful it's Nov. 14, 2016.
The new Arctic Cat Black Cats video. Sweet!
Oh my! Check out the sweet Colby-drone footage of the 200-plus antique and vintage snowmobiles that are up for auction on Nov. 26 in Zumbrota, Minn.
Then click for more info.
Arctic Cat recently attended the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, where several custom-built machines were on display along with demo rides of the new Wildcat X with RG Pro suspension platforms.
Click to see some of the machines.
In the early 1960s, the premier snowmobile race in North America was the Rhinelander (Wis.) Hodag Marathon.
A cross-country race, the Hodag ran through the Wisconsin Northwoods, including going down main streets in towns like Eagle River, Three Lakes and others.
It helped set the stage for the first derby on Dollar Lake near Eagle River in 1964, which would become the Eagle River World's Championship.
Click for some great pix from the 1966 edition of the Hodag, and check out the sweet Model 100 and 140 Arctic Cats!
Today (Nov. 14) would have been C.J. Ramstad's 71st birthday had he not died in a tragic automobile crash with his son, J.J., in May 2007.
C.J. was an outstanding writer because of his ability to capture the essence of whatever he was writing about.
His column (click for it) from the Jan./Feb. 1982 issue of Snowmobile Magazine is a prime example, in which he describes a tribute to Edgar Hetteen, the so-called Grandfather of Snowmobiling.
It's an especially timely column because of the recent passing of David Johnson, Edgar's brother-in-law, who plays and important role in the story.
Happy Birthday C.J.
And thanks for all you gave the sport of snowmobiling.
Are you interested in racing an Arctic Cat SVX snow bike this winter? If yes, Arctic Cat is interested in you.
Click for more details.
Seeing this makes me feel good.
Soon...winter will be here.
Today Arctic Cat Reported its Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Results.
Summarized by a non-financial writer who barely made it through high school math classes: the company is still losing money as it faces tougher circumstances than originally forecast; the powersports market is still soft; there is still too much dealer inventory.
Here's how Cat says it:
-Second quarter net sales totaled $164.6 million;
-Net loss $0.98 per share;
-Continued progress made on strategies to reposition company, including signing two strategic partnerships;
-Commitment letter signed to extend and increase revolving bank agreement to $130 million year round to support future growth initiatives;
-Company lowers fiscal 2017 revenue and EPS outlook on weaker powersports market, increased promotional costs and unfavorable product mix
I'm thankful for the great, extended season of snowmobiling that saw us eke out one final ride on July 4, 2016.
I'm thankful for the incredibly short off-season that snowmobilers must suffer through while #waitingforwinter.
I'm thankful that we'll all (potentially) be riding in
We're now seeing the fruits of Arctic Cat's partnership with off-road racing champion Robby Gordon that was first announced roughly 14 months ago.
First came the new-for-2017 Wildcat X models featuring the RG Pro suspension.
Now comes a full line of SPEED accessories for Wildcat enthusiasts developed with both Gordon and Todd Romano. This premium stuff is aimed at the hardcore rider and racer, as well as those aspiring to be.
Click to read Cat's announcement.
There's no denying the added comfort a windshield offers on side-by-sides. If you're skeptical, think about the last car you bought that didn't have a windshield.
Arctic Cat offers all kinds of windshield options for its various sport and utility side-by-sides.
Here is the Flip-Up Polycarbonate option for Prowler and HDX models. Click for more info.