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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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Product Spotlight: Wildcat Hard Cab with Soft Doors Kit

(11/11/2015)

Arctic Cat Hard Cab with Soft Doors Kit for Wildcats.

There's a lot to appreciate about a hard cab/soft door kit for Arctic Cat Wildcats and Prowlers:

Less noise; practically no dust swirl; increased warmth when you want it; and customizable airflow.

Jump over to see some details of this cabin cruiser.

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Product Spotlight: The Latest Cat Wrap Graphics for Sleds

(11/11/2015)

2016 Cat Wrap graphics packages from Arctic Cat.Riders who want to set their sled apart from other Arctic Cat machines can opt for one of nine different Cat Wrap graphics packages for 2016.

They're cool, unique and built from the same quality vinyl as the OE graphics.

Make the jump to see some examples.

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Arctic Cat-AmSnow Ride More Sweepstakes

(11/6/2015)

Arctic Cat and American Snowmobiler Sweepstakes

You would look GREAT riding a 2016 Arctic Cat ZR7000 Limited or M8000 153 Limited.

Arctic Cat and American Snowmobiler magazine agree, which is why they're offering a chance to win either machine (plus a $2,000 MotorFist gift card) in their Ride More Sweepstakes.

In fact, I just talked to AmSnow editor Mark Boncher, who promised me he will do everything in his power to pick you. And if he somehow makes a mistake, he promises to wash your truck.

I call that win-win.

So do yourself a favor: CLICK HERE to launch the AmSnow site, fill out the form, then kick back in the comfort of knowing you'll either be riding new iron this winter or driving around in a clean truck.

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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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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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