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2013 Arctic Cat Sneak Peek Tour

(3/9/2012)

2013 Arctic Cat F800 Sno Pro RR snowmobile

 

Where to see, touch, taste and smell the 2013 line of Arctic Cat snowmobiles?

Click to find out

 

 

 

 

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Winter Exists!: Three Days & 400 Miles of Snowmobiling

(3/6/2012)

Riding the Arctic Cat snowmobiles on the C.J. Ramstad North Shore Trail

Real winter finally arrived in full-glory across a large swath of Minnesota (and the Midwest) last week. I knew I had to get out and ride before it melted.

Three days later, I’ve nearly forgotten just how lame most of the last three months have been.

 

 

 

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The 2013 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Engine Family

(3/2/2012)

Arctic Cat 2013 1100 Turbo snowmobile engine

 

I was looking at the six engines that, together, power all of the 2013 Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

Which sparked my curiosity...

Click to see what I mean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New-For-2013: Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

(2/28/2012)

2013 Arctic Cat snowmobile line

 

After a year in which Arctic Cat unleashed three new platforms, 2013 is understandably a model year in which the company is catching its breath just a bit.

Still, there are new models and improvements to existing machines.

Technology marches forward.

Click to read.

 

 

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2012 Snowmobile Hall of Fame Weekend

(2/20/2012)

2012 Snowmobile Hall of Fame, photo by ArcticInsider.com

I (barely) survived the 2012 Snowmobile Hall of Fame weekend, including the Ride With the Champs and the induction of two friends.

Click to read the story.

 

 

 

 

 

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2012 TLR Cup Winner: Q&A with P.J. Wanderscheid

(2/17/2012)

P.J. Wanderscheid 2012 TLR Cup winner on Arctic Cat

This past weekend Team Arctic oval racing phenom P.J. Wanderscheid captured the prestigious TLR Cup Championship and the $25,000 check that went with the title!

I talked with him about the win, his Champ sled, Eagle River and the outlook for his career.

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Tough Choices: Q&A with Tucker Hibbert

(2/15/2012)

Tucker gets a group-hug from the Russians at the 2011 World Championships

With the rescheduled ISOC New York National happening on the same weekend as the FIM Snocross World Championships in Russia, Tucker Hibbert was forced to do something he hated: choose.

After much agonizing, he’s opted to compete in the World Championships.

Click to read the interview.

 

 

 

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Q&A with Greg Harris, Service Guru at Arctic Cat

(2/10/2012)

Greg Harris, Service Instructor at Arctic Cat, photo by Duane Rux

If your Arctic Cat snowmobile or ATV has ever needed service work by a dealer, chances are the procedures they used were developed by this guy, Greg Harris.

He was gracious enough to answer some questions about his job and his 31 years at Arctic Cat.

Click to read the interview.

 

(Special thanks to Arctic Cat's Duane Rux for providing most of the photos!)

 

 

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A Tribute to Edgar Hetteen

(2/7/2012)

Edgar Hetteen Tribute Plaque

Carved from granite and depicting a classic image of the "Grandfather of Snowmobiling" this plaque is a tribute to Edgar Hetteen from Gary Koska and others.

Click to read Gary's story of why he wanted to honor Edgar.

 

 

 

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Brian & Paul Dick's Iron Dog Sled Prep

(2/2/2012)

Brian & Paul Dick's 2012 Arctic Cat Iron Dog race sleds

Just after winning the first USCC cross-country of the season, but before he jetted off to contest the Soo 500 enduro, Brian Dick (L) and his dad, Paul, prepped and shipped two race sleds for the upcoming Alaska Iron Dog race.

Here are some pix of their specially-built race sleds.

All photos courtesy of Joe Lesmiester (thanks Joe!)

 

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Waconia Vintage Ride-In 2012

(1/31/2012)

Waconia Vintage 2012 photo by arcticinsider.com

I took my annual trip-back-in-time this past weekend.

Yep, Waconia.

Click to see some pix.

 

 

 

 

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The Sights, Sounds & Smells of Eagle River 2012

(1/24/2012)

Start of the 2012 Eagle River World's Championships

After a 14-year absence from the Eagle River World Championships, I revisited this iconic event with the goal of learning something new.

Click to see if I made any progress.

 

 

 

 

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The Dante Froese Story

(1/18/2012)

Dante Froese Story

 

I had the great privilege of reading this beautiful, heartbreaking story about Dante Froese, written by his mother, Carolyn.

She gave me permission to share it with everyone here.

Click to read Dante’s story.

 

 

 

 

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Q&A with USCC Pine Lake Pro Winner Brian Dick

(1/17/2012)

Arctic Cat engineer and racer, Brian Dick

On Sunday, Team Arctic racer (and Arctic Cat engineer) Brian Dick scored the win in Pro 600 at the season-opening USCC cross-country in Pine Lake, Minn.

The win capped a powerful showing by all Team Arctic racers and confirmed that the new Sno Pro 600 race sled is a force to be reckoned with in cross-country.

Click to read the interview.

 

 

 

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Champions Never Stop Working: Brian Nelson is Back at It

(1/5/2012)

Brian Nelson is race-prepping an Arctic Cat Cross-Country El Tigre

 

Champions never stop working.

And once again, Team Arctic legend Brian Nelson has been busy race-prepping a fleet of 1979 Arctic Cat Cross-Country El Tigres for the upcoming USCC I-500.

Click to see his progress.

 

 

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End of the Year Randomness

(12/28/2011)

Eric Rouland from Arctic Cat, testing...

It's almost the end of 2011, and I have some random photos that I'd like to share.

 

There's even a very brief quiz.

BONUS PHOTO (as a hint for the quiz) just added!

Click to see.

 

 

 

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Where Do They Go?: Snowmobile Tracks in the Snow

(12/24/2011)

Snowmobile Tracks

Where do they go, these snowmobile tracks in the snow?

(Merry Christmas everyone!)

 

 

 

 

 

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Arctic Cat's Happy Holidays Card

(12/19/2011)

Happy Holidays from Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat has a nice Happy Holidays video for all of us.

CLICK HERE to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Snow Depth for 12.9.11: C'mon Mother Nature!

(12/9/2011)

snow depth 12-9-11

Here's the snow depth report from NOAA for Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

I know it's pretty normal for this time of year, but I'm not happy.

C'mon Mother Nature, bring us some snow!

 

 

 

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Racing Opener: Better Days Ahead

(12/8/2011)

Team Arctic's season opener at Duluth

How bad was the race season opener? Why? And what should we expect in the coming months?

I have a few thoughts to share.

 

 

 

 

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