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Happy Birthday C.J. (and thanks again for your amazing writing)!

(11/12/2015)

C.J. Ramstad drawing as it appeared in Snowmobile Magazine circa 1983.

This coming Saturday, Nov. 14, would have been C.J. Ramstad's 70th 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.

This column from the Dec. 1983 issue of Snowmobile Magazine is a prime example, as he describes a snowmobile association gathering AND a snowmobiler's excitement this time of year in rich detail.

I'm leaving now with my son to go deer hunting for the weekend. I'll be thinking about life, good friends, snowmobiling and C.J.

Happy Birthday C.J.

(Click for his column.)

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TGIF: The Nov. 6, 2015 Edition

(11/6/2015)

Harley-Davidson converted snowmobiles.

I'm thankful that someday, far in the future, motorcycles and snowmobiles will consummate their marriage and produce the perfect hybrid.

I'm thankful that if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand anyway.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

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Fresh Tracks: Arctic Cat Mountain R&D Test Team is Riding!

(11/5/2015)

2016 Arctic Cat M sleds on Two Top mountain on Nov. 4, 2015.

Snow has fallen and tracks are gracing the slopes of mountains in North American, signaling the start of the 2015-2016 snowmobile-riding season!

Arctic Cat R&D Mountain Test Team riders Shay Smith and Todd Tupper took this much-appreciated photo of 2016 M Series machines yesterday on Two Top Mountain, just outside of West Yellowstone, Montana.

Upwards of 24 inches of fresh provided plenty of float for decent early season riding, according to Smith and Tupper. In fact, the pair are out riding again today.

Great to see that snow is falling and people are riding. Let's cross our fingers the rest of us get a taste of winter sooner rather than later.

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Relaunch: Nate Ewing Preps the '95 EXT For Another Duluth Snocross

(11/2/2015)

Fan-favorite Nate Ewing and his 1995 Arctic Cat EXT snocrosser.

With just three weeks to go before the Duluth National Snocross of the season, racers and teams are busy prepping the trickest, coolest snowmobiles ever built. Once there, they’ll deliver thrilling feats of courage and talent while taming a beastly racetrack.

One racer who will be at Duluth with some SERIOUS chutzpah, is Nathan Ewing out of Big Lake, Minn.

Nate’s courage will be other-worldly, as he’ll launch with reckless abandon aboard his 1995 Arctic Cat EXT 580.

Nate’s been busy prepping his steed for the upcoming race. Jump on over to see the progress.

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An Arctic Cat Halloween with Optimus...Skime!?!

(10/30/2015)

Arctic Cat's Corey Friesen is now Optimus Skime.

Arctic Cat employees in Thief River Falls are celebrating Halloween today. This annual tradition always produces some excellent costumes.

And once again, senior stylist Corey Friesen avenges any evil attempts to out-do his excellent creativity by transforming himself into Optimus Prime, er, SKIME!

Yes, like the great Roger Skime, Friesen can now BE the snowmobile.

Great job, Corey!

Happy Halloween everyone.

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A Swedish Arctic Cat Open House Event

(10/26/2015)

Arctic Cat open house in Sweden.

The Arctic Cat Open House season is alive and well in Scandinavia!

Click to check out some sweet pix of Arctic Cat dealer NAVis and their open house in Luleå, Sweden, submitted by ArcticInsider reader (and former CatMaster technician) Erik Jönsson from

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TGIF: The Oct. 23, 2015 Edition

(10/23/2015)

TGIF and the ArcticInsiders are taking pot-shots at snowmobile inventors.

I'm thankful for the improved backcountry flickability offered by a vertical steering post and narrow ski stance.

I'm thankful that both the chain and studded rear wheel are mounted a long way away from any vital body parts.

I'm thankful the jackass at ArcticInsider thinks he's so funny, but has never come close to inventing his own snowmobile.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.

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Flipped: My Mind Switched to Winter this Weekend

(10/20/2015)

Sandberg flips his switch to winter for 2016.

Every year for as long as I can remember, a switch in my brain gets flipped on to Winter mode sometime between August and December.

Different experiences trigger it. This year it was an early snow while vacationing in Ironwood, Michigan, this past weekend.

Click to read a bit about it, and to share whether your switch has yet been flipped for the winter of 2016.

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TGIF: The Oct. 16, 2015 Edition

(10/15/2015)

Long Arctic Cat, lots of friends.

I'm thankful for helmets.

I'm thankful for my friends.

I'm thankful for the optional, extra-early Catillac package available only to spring buyers.

And I'm thankful that tomorrow it will be Friday, Oct. 15, 2015.

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Product Spotlight: Tucker Hibbert Collection from Arcticwear for 2016

(10/13/2015)

Tucker Hibbert Collection from Arctic Cat for 2016

Today's product spotlight is the expanded Tucker Hibbert Collection from Arctic Cat.

Caps, hats, shirts, hoodies...there's something for every fan of #68.

Race on over to check out a few cool items.

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Pix from the 2015 Country Cat Open House

(10/9/2015)

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last Saturday, roughly 1000 people came to Country Cat in Sauk Centre, Minn., for their annual Arctic Cat Open House event. With temps in the 60s and beautiful sunshine, it was a perfect day for hanging out with old and new friends.

Click to see some pix of a great day of all things Arctic Cat.

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Superman Turns 40: Happy Birthday, Blair!

(10/9/2015)

Blair Morgan, snocross Superman.

Today is Superman’s birthday. He’s now 40.

Yep, Blair Morgan has officially joined the ranks of the middle-aged!

Blair, if you’re cruising the interwebz today and you happen upon this place, just know that there’s a whole bunch of fans who wish you the very best.

Happy birthday, Superman!

(Check out THIS INTERVIEW with Blair from 2013.)

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TGIF: The Oct. 9, 2015 Edition

(10/9/2015)

The ArcticInsider TGIF snowmobile goofball show.

I'm thankful that Bunny came to her senses and agreed to take the photo.

I'm thankful she understands that I truly love her as much as I love my hot rod.

I'm thankful there's nothing finer than raw horsepower and bikinis.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.

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TGIF: The Oct. 2, 2015 Edition

(10/2/2015)

TGIF and the ArcticInsiders are riding the river today.

I'm thankful for the Huck Finn-like adventure I feel whenever I ride down the river.

I'm thankful for the impressive control I achieve with my stand-up riding style.

I'm thankful waterproof, breathable qualities of my GORE-TEX lined boots and bibs.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

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You Meet the Nicest People (When You're an Arctic Cat Fan)

(9/30/2015)

The Martens Family of Arctic Cat riders.

Meeting new people is one of my favorite aspects of attending events like Hay Days, races, dealer open houses, pig races and the like.

It's funny, but most conversations I have with fellow riders usually touches on the subject of what machines we ride. And I'm frequently amazed by the sheer number of sleds that so many Arctic Cat riders seem to own.

Darin Martens is one guy I met recently (at Hay Days), and who exemplifies what I'm talking about.

Click to see a true Cat fan.

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It's Open House Time at Arctic Cat Dealerships

(9/25/2015)

Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It's that time of year again...the classic Open House event at Arctic Cat dealerships.

Where the combination of great conversation, great displays and great deals produce the perfect shot of preseason ether to ignite our passion for the coming season.

Like the one at Country Cat in Sauk Centre, on Oct. 3.

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TGIF: The Sept. 25, 2015 Edition

(9/25/2015)

TGIF: The stuck ATV edition.

I'm thankful I can escape all of life's regular trappings by heading out on a nice, enjoyable ride.

I'm thankful I can stop, look around, smell the roses and really absorb all the beauty around me.

I'm thankful that jack-wagon I call my friend will eventually put away the #$@*% camera and help me get out of this mess.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

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Q&A with Doug Braswell, Arctic Cat Director of Snowmobile Engineering

(9/23/2015)

Doug Braswell, Director of Snowmobile Engineering at Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat is a company loaded with talented, creative, passionate and hard working engineers. In the Snowmobile department, Doug Braswell is the person whose job is to direct that amazing engineering workforce to produce the best snowmobiles in the world.

The multi-faceted man was gracious enough to answer key questions about his role, how he’s organized the department and some clues to what we can expect for future product.

Click for the engineer's perspective.

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TGIF: The Sept. 18, 2015 Edition

(9/18/2015)

Vintage snow bike, snow vehicle, snowmobile

I'm thankful there's a wintertime equivalent for those of us who are Born to be Wild.

I'm thankful that no matter if it's one track or two, single ski or more, twist-grip or throttle lever...that we can all just get along as we bang ditches and blast big air.

I'm thankful that what's old is new again.

And I'm thankful that it's Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.

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Guest Commentary: The S.T.I.C.'s Hay Days Perspective

(9/17/2015)

F.H.U.C.-S.T.I.C.S. report on Hay Days 2015

Beer, handlebars, Burger King, brats and more...

...Here's a guest commentary about Hay Days from Rodney Dragan, ringleader of the merry band of snowmobile thugs known the world over as "F.H.U.C.-S.T.I.C.S.".

Click for some clack.

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