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Cory Davis Does Alaska: First Ride of the Season

(11/5/2015)

Okay, it must be "Make Sandberg Wish He Lived in the Mountains" day, because just an hour after getting the pix of Arctic Cat Mountain R&D guys on Two Top, along comes this video of Cory Davis ripping through some meadows in Summit Lake, Alaska.

Filmed just last week, this sweet little slice of winter heaven makes me want to hop on a plane and head for the hills.

Enjoy!

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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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Arctic Cat Partners with National FFA Organization

(11/4/2015)

Arctic Cat HDX 700 working on the farm.

Arctic Cat partners with National FFA Organization (what used to be called Future Farmers of America)...Cool!

I know a lot of farmers and their families who are ATV-ROV users/riders. Snowmobilers too! Connecting with, and financially supporting, this organization makes sense.

Click to read the company press release.

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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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Extra-Extra!: 2016 Arctic Cat Snow Accessory Reference Guide

(10/29/2015)

2016 Arctic Cat Snow Accessory Guide.

Arctic Cat just released their 2016 Accessory Reference Guide for snowmobiles.

This handy reference guide features updated and new products not featured in the color accessory catalog, as well as older products for previous generation snowmobiles.

Click to read a bit more, and to download the guide. You'll be glad you did.

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Product Spotlight: "No Touch" SPEEDPlow System for Arctic Cat ATVs & ROVs

(10/28/2015)

Arctic Cat SPEEDPlow system for ATV and ROV machines.

Hear that? It's Winter, knocking on your door.

Be ready to answer the call by moving the crazy amount of snow that (I'm hoping) will fall this and future winters with the all-new, no-touch SPEEDPlow system from Arctic Cat.

Plow through the jump to see more information.

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ISOC-Approved: New RPM Mechanics Vest from Tekvest

(10/28/2015)

Tekvest RPM vest for mechanics.

ISOC has updated its rules for the 2015-16 season and now requires ISR-approved upper body protection for all mechanics and crew who work area trackside.

TekVest has responded with its new, clever RPM model vest that adds myriad useful features for mechanics and crew members of all snowmobile racers, circuits and the like.

Click and see if it will make an impact on your wallet.

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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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Product Spotlight: FLOAT MTNPRO Avalanche Airbag Vest

(10/22/2015)

FLOAT MTNPRO Avalanche Airbag Vest from Arctic Cat.

For serious backcountry riders, the avalanche airbag has become a no-brainer gear item. They simply use it every time they ride, without a second thought.

Safety first!

There's myriad options to choose from. Here's one of the latest, and available through Arctic Cat dealers and their online store.

Click and BAM!

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Arctic Cat Reports Fiscal 2016 2nd Quarter Results

(10/22/2015)

Arctic Cat Engine manufacturing facility in St. Cloud, MN. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Today Arctic Cat reported its 2016 2nd fiscal quarter financial results:

-Second quarter net sales totaled $211.2 million;
-Net earnings were $0.85 per diluted share;
-Progress made on strategic plans to reposition company for growth;
-Company lowers fiscal 2016 outlook, primarily on stronger currency headwinds

Click to read the full financial release.

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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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THE Quickest-Ever Stock 800 ET?

(10/15/2015)

Team Arctic continued their grass drag domination of the big stock classes, this time in Epping, NH.

Here's Dylan Roes winning a heat en route to a win in all-Arctic Cat Stock 1000 final on his 2016 Arctic Cat M8000.

Roes' 5.19-second run in 500 feet is one of the (and perhaps THE) quickest ETs ever! He's #714 in column 2 on the time slip image below.

Team Arctic also went 1-2-3 in the Stock 800 final.

Congrats on the success (and sorry to anyone not riding a Cat).

Dylan Roes, Arctic Cat, Stock 800 5.19-second time slip from Epping.

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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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Christian Brothers Racing Announces 2016 Team and New Sponsors

(10/14/2015)

Christian Brothers Racing team sponsored by Arctic Cat.

Christian Brother Racing expands its list of racers and sponsors for the 2016 snocross, cross-country and hillcross season.

Jump over to read the press release about the premier Arctic Cat snowmobile race team.

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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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