It's winter in Thief River Falls (and most of the world, it seems), which I happily discovered during my trip to Arctic Cat this week.
Click to see what's going on at the home of the Cat.
I'm thankful the bitter cold that's enveloped the northland won't penetrate the comfort of my snowmobile cab.
I'm thankful that I can launch off this cornice in full confidence (and if an avalanche does occur, I'm safe inside my own snowmobile's biosphere).
I'm thankful that I can wear my wool suit and cap during this week's poker run.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
Here's the video wrap of Tucker Hibbert's 2013 weekend in Bessemer, Mich., where the Monster-drinking, Hot Stuff Pizza-eating, start-jumping racer notched his 83rd and 84th national career Pro victories.
The victories keep coming for Team Arctic snocross racers. At the second stop of the National Tour, Team Arctic won 10 of 15 finals (with four podium sweeps and 22 of 45 possible podium positions).
Click to read what terrain domination REALLY means.
For the second week in a row, Tucker Hibbert won both Pro Open classes at an ISOC National snocross.
Click to read about his 83rd and 84th national wins.
Christian Brothers Racing raced through another successful weekend of National Snocross.
Check out their report from Bessemer, Mich.
Recently I enjoyed an afternoon in the Wanderscheid Race Shop, where World Champion P.J. Wanderscheid and his brothers Mark and Dave played host to World Champions Jim Dimmerman and Steve Thorsen.
It felt like World Champions' Day!
The conversation was about Champ 440, engine building and of course Eagle River.
Click to go a few laps with these champs.
I'm thankful that aftermarket companies are finally addressing the needs of snowmobilers who are constantly confronting barbed-wire fences while out chasing fox, coyotes and other critters.
I'm thankful I could easily mount this wire-cutter on the hood of my sled, with only a couple lag bolts.
I'm thankful I haven't come to a sudden stop and flopped onto the hood.
I'm no dummy... I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 6, 1971 2013.
Check out Tucker Hibbert's video compilation of his performance last weekend at the Duluth snocross opener.
You know the (outstanding) results for Team Arctic at the ISOC National opener in Duluth, Minn., this past weekend... now hear the rest of the story.
Click for the download.
Team Arctic has a lot to crow about after their performance at the ISOC Duluth opener this past weekend.
Click to read the team's press release.
After Tucker Hibbert pretty much destroyedthe field at Duluth this past weekend, here's the press release report from his Monster Energy/Arctic Cat crew.
Click to lap the field.
I'm thankful some companies are REALLY pushing the envelope when it comes to rider-forward.
I'm thankful we've FINALLY figured out how to solve the decades-old rift between skiers and snowmobilers.
I'm thankful for Ski-Dog.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.
This one is pretty much a no-brainer, must-do opportunity.
And it's pretty simple: Every time Tucker Hibbert wins an ISOC Pro Open final this season, eight people will win a free gallon of Arctic Cat APV oil.
Click to read the slippery details.
Last week I spent a day railing, thrashing, crawling and otherwise trying to beat the pulp out of the just-announced 50-in. wide 2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail.
The result: I surrender... the Wildcat Trail won my heart and mind.
Click for fifty inches of description.
In the 2013 edition of the Alaska Iron Dog race, Team Arctic’s Brian Dick and Eric Quam paired as a potent team capable of winning the rugged event.
Running a pair of Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 race sleds with a host of modifications, the duo were running in second place heading into the final few hundred miles of the event, with a shot at the win, when two component failures ended their bid.
What does it take to build a potential race-winning sled for Iron Dog? Scroll the pix to see and read the modifications that Dick and Quam incorporated into their 2013 sleds.
And be sure to read the update on their sled choice for 2014.
I'm thankful that teaching you how to drive the snowmobile has brought us closer together.
I'm thankful we stumbled upon the stashed fuel in the middle of this wilderness.
I'm thankful our preparation for this year's Alaskan Irondog race is going so smoothly.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, November 22, 2013.
I spent last Thursday and Friday at my favorite place in the world: Arctic Cat.
Click to see some of the stuff that was going on those two days.
Arctic Cat just announced a new 2014 Wildcat X Limited that combines the X-model performance upgrades with additional limited-edition component spec, including:
*Elka Stage 5 Shocks with high and low speed compression dampening and rebound adjustment;
*Sleek molded roof
*True aluminum beadlock wheels
*27-in. ITP Black Water Evolution Tires
Click for more info.
I'm thankful for that "top-of-the-world" feeling I get from being with you.
I'm thankful that, when the snowmobile breaks down, we still have each other.
I'm thankful for the warmth, protection and mysterious confidence that comes from always wearing goggles.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.