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Newsbits 2-11-16: Jump to These for Infotainment

(2/11/2016)

newsbits stories about wonky snowmobilers

They say art imitates life. Please, don't imitate some of this week's featured stories.

Avalanche videos are becoming almost regular nowadays thanks to the proliferation of GoPro cameras. THIS AVALANCHE VIDEO has a happy ending, but it's still a good warning to all mountain riders.

Snowing snowballs?!? While THIS STORY would be 100X better with a picture, it's interesting to know that nature can produce snowballs.

Please, don't ever be THIS GUY, who trespasses with his 12-year-old son on snowmobiles, then flees to leave his son to handle the police.

On the flipside, here's a great story about Team Arctic's Hubert Fixsen, who will be inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame this weekend.

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The Watch-Us-Kick-Butt-Again Recap Video of Tucker Hibbert in New York 2016

(2/11/2016)

Team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat's Tucker Hibbert throws down another beating on the Pro Open class, this time in Salamanca, NY.

Always good so see the master (and master team) in action, doing what they do best.

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Team Arctic Storms New York Snocross, Takes Second at Soo 500

(2/9/2016)

Team Arctic's Logan Christian podiums in NY. Photo by Lissa.

Team Arctic crushed it at the New York snocross, racking up wins in half the classes and taking almost half of the podium positions.

Plus the duo of Wes Selby & Brian Dick finished second in the Soo International 500 enduro.

Click to read the Team Arctic Press Release.

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Team Arctic Hillclimb, XC and SX Win a Pile-O-Races

(2/9/2016)

Team Arctic Hillclimber David McClure.

It's been a great end-of-January, beginning-of-February for Team Arctic.

A couple weekends ago, the hillclimbers and cross-country team combined for a pile of wins, which was bolstered by Tucker Hibbert's gold at the X Games.

Click for the down-low.

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Talking with USXC's Brian Nelson About the Cancelled 2016 I-500 XC

(2/9/2016)

USXC I-500 finish line. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

For the second year in a row, USXC was forced to cancel the I-500 because of inadequate snow cover along the 600 mile route.

I talked with USXC owner Brian Nelson about the decision, his plans for a future I-500 and what it means to the circuit.

Click to read the short interview.

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48th Annual Soo 500 Enduro Weekend Update: Woody's Challenge Winners

(2/5/2016)

Team Arctic's Lance Efteland and Wes Selby win Woody's Challenge at Soo.

Tomorrow marks the 48th Annual Soo International 500 enduro race in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Defending champions Brian Dick & Wes Selby will be there, along with Team Arctic/Christian Bros. teammates Zach Herindahl and partner Brady Dyrdahl.

Arctic Cat teams of Cadarette Racing, Arneson Racing and more are also there and chomping at the bit to win the monument event.

Last night Selby and Lance Efteland won the Woody's Challenge aboard Selby's Soo sled.

Click for more info and how to follow tomorrow's race.

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TGIF: The Feb. 5, 2016 Edition

(2/5/2016)

ArcticInsider wears a one-piece snowmobile suit. Onlookers barf in response.

I'm thankful for that special feeling of going commando while wearing a one-piece snowmobile suit.

I'm thankful for the endless cycles of fashion, and that what once was cool shall be so again.

I'm thankful for furry feet and snow bunnies.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 5, 2016.

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Snow Depth Report for Feb. 5, 2016

(2/5/2016)

Snowmobile snow depth trails 2-5-16

Snow Depth graphic for the U.S. and part of Canada for Feb. 5, 2016.

Click HERE for the NOAA website and all kinds of additional info.

I hope you're riding this weekend!

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Team Arctic's Dean Bulloch 4th in 2016 UTV King of the Hammers

(2/4/2016)

Team Arctic Wildcat driver Dean Bulloch finishes 4th at King of Hammers.

Five Team Arctic Wildcat racers competed in the brutal 2016 King of the Hammers UTV off-road desert race in Johnson Valley, Calif.

After boulders, dust, whoops and general chaos, Team Arctic's Dean Bulloch captured 4th overall, while Sheldon Creed and Robby Gordon finished 18th and 21st respectively.

Click to read a couple quotes from these guys courtesy of off-road.com.

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Lunch Loop: Snowmobiling in 60 minutes or less

(1/31/2016)

Lunch Loop snowmobile ride by ArcticInsider.com

Once a week or so in the winter, I swap the usual weekday lunch break with an hour of snowmobiling.

I call it my "Lunch Loop."

And dang, is it ever deliciously good!

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Newsbits 1-29-16: Jump to These for Infotainment

(1/29/2016)

Yesterday Tucker Hibbert won his 9th consecutive X Games Gold Medal (and perhaps his 1,234,456th Pro Final). Here's a link to watch the entire 20-lap final (or you can just watch it above) Congrats Tucker and team!

Man, they grow 'em tough and hardy in the farth north, as evidenced by this 71-year-old priest who survived a night at -43 C after his snowmobile ran out of gas.

Pretty brazen ride of this guy to ride an unfrozen canal near Cadillac, Mich. Interestingly, he was trying to do so anonymously, but then posts his video to YouTube.

This is a cool story and video showing the recovery of a sunken snowmobile in Latvia.

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Arctic Cat's Fiscal 2016 Q3 Report

(1/28/2016)

Arctic Cat's St. Cloud, Minn., facility. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

On the heels of a few previous tough quarters, Arctic Cat, Inc., posted a rough fiscal 2016 Q3 today.

Indeed, the powersports industry is a tough place to do business at this relative moment in time, due to factors that are beyond the control of any single company.

Click for analysis from the professionals at the ArcticInsider Business School & Online University, and to read the report.

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Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl and Wes Selby Battle at the TRF 250

(1/27/2016)

What does it take to win in cross-country racing?

Skill. Talent. Courage. And, when needed, the ability to risk it all.

Filmed by Cory Loeffler, this short piece of footage from last weekend's USXC Thief River Falls 250 race illustrates the point to perfection.

There's a lot great video where this came from. We'll all get see it (soon, I hope).

In the meantime, enjoy.

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Arctic Cat ZR 120 Giveaway from Christian Bros. Racing

(1/27/2016)

Christian Brothers Racing has teamed up with Arctic Cat and ISOC to give away a new Arctic Cat ZR120 snowmobile at all 8 of the 2015-2016 ISOC National Snocross events this season.

Fans can register any day of the ISOC National Snocross event and any child 10 and under who is present at the time of the giveaway is eligible to win. Sign up at the Christian Brothers Racing merchandise trailer parked near the track.

The four remaining venues where snowmobiles will be given away are:

Salamanca, NY, February 5-6
Mt. Pleasant, MI, February 26-27
Chicago, IL, March 4-5
Lake Geneva, WI, March 18-20

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Snow Depth Report for Jan. 27, 2016

(1/27/2016)

Snow Depth report 1-27-16

An old sage once said, "If there's snow, then go!"

Even if it's not perfect conditions.

Click HERE for the NOAA site to get even more specific info about your area.

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25-Win Weekend for Team Arctic at TRF 250 and Deadwood SX

(1/26/2016)

Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl and Tucker Hibbert.

Team Arctic snocross and cross-country racers brought it to a boil last weekend, burning up race courses in Deadwood, SD, and Thief River Falls to claim 25 wins and oodles-upon-oodles of podium finishes.

Read the release, see the results and applaud Team Green for winning more.

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Tucker Hibbert's 2016 Deadwood Shootout Recap

(1/26/2016)

And just like that, Tucker Hibbert gets poor starts yet guns down his competition to sweep the Pro Open classes, this time at the 2016 ISOC National in Deadwood, SD.

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2016 Deadwood Snocross Recap for Christian Brothers Racing

(1/26/2016)

Christian Brothers Racing survived the 2016 Deadwood snocross, claiming multiple top-10 finishes in Pro Open and Pro Lite. Watch, listen and enjoy their weekend recap.

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TGIF: The Jan. 22, 2016 Bambi-Edition

(1/21/2016)

I'm thankful that a quick gutting can get you eating venison tenderloins as fast as you can say, "Oh $#!T!"

I'm thankful for the nice splatter effect on the camera lens. That's Hollywood slasher movie stuff.

I'm truly thankful that the rider is okay (although the same cannot be said of the deer).

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

(Let's all play it safe out there, 'cause stuff happens.)

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World-Record: 4.36-second Eighth-Mile Run on a Custom Arctic Cat Turbo

(1/20/2016)

Want to see what a world record-setting 1/8-mile drag run looks like?

Check out this 4.36-second, 155-mph run by Danny Steinmetz while piloting Jeff Ratzlaff's wicked Arctic Cat turbo at the Northern Drag Racing Series event in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

During the run, Steinmetz beat the previous record of 4.42 seconds.

Ratzlaff is from Langdon, ND, and his custom Arctic Cat features a ProLine chassis with a Hyperspots-built 9000 Turbo that pumps out 604-hp (thanks to a Precision Turbo boosted to 50 psi).

Don't blink, you'll miss the show.

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