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TGIF: The April 8, 2016 Edition

(4/8/2016)

TGIF and were snowmobiking into spring

I'm thankful there's a way to extend the snowmobile season into spring (and even summer).

I'm thankful for this whole, new snow bike craze that has everyone fired up.

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

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 8, 2016.

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What OSM Magazine Has to Say About Arctic Cat's 2017 Sleds

(4/5/2016)

OSM Magazine on the 2017 Arctic Cat Thundercat

What can sometimes get lost in our insatiable desire for all-new stuff, is the top-level performance and calibration that occurs on machines that have been around the block once or twice.

To wit, from the editors at OSM Magazine:

"In fact, after our second go around with the sleds during the annual spring Snow Shoot evaluations and photography session in West Yellowstone, Montana, it was Arctic Cat who delivered the most consistent ride quality and handling characteristics over any other brand when viewed from top to bottom. No matter the sled grouping or category, our riders pointed to Arctic Cat as the one sled to consistently perform with predictability and comfort…a bold statement and no small feat given today’s broad swath of models."

CLICK HERE for their full story about the 2017 Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

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Vintage Arctic Cat Snowmobiling in West Yellowstone

(4/5/2016)

This beauty from Arctic Cat circa 1976 about snowmobiling in West Yellowstone is funny, nostalgic, weird and wonderful.

Definitely worth watching, even though it cuts out at about 10 minutes!

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No More Mr. Fool

(4/1/2016)

ArcticFool

Six years of April Fool's prank attempts here have finally cast a light on who the real fool is: Me!

Well...no more Fool's pranks!

Click to read some background, and my plan to bank some credibility for myself and this site.

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Just Released: 2017 NxTLvL 860

(4/1/2016)

Is this the NxTLvL 860 snowmobile?

Just announced: the limited production 2017 NxTLvL 860 in the GameChanger 2.0 chassis!

As anticipated, this all-new machine delivers the next level of riding performance.

Click to read all the juicy details.

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fool 2

(3/31/2016)

Is this the NxTLvL 860 snowmobile?

Just announced: the limited production 2017 NxTLvL 860 in the GameChanger 2.0 chassis!

As anticipated, this all-new machine delivers the next level of riding performance.

Click to read all the juicy details.

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fool

(3/29/2016)

ArcticFool

Six years of April Fool's prank attempts here have finally cast a light on who the real fool is: Me!

Well...no more Fool's pranks!

Click to read some background, and my plan to bank some credibility for myself and this site.

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King Cat's of Jackson Hillclimb World Championships

(3/29/2016)

Kyle (R) and Russ Tapio, Arctic Cat hillclimber honchos!

Team Arctic racers turned the gnarly Snow King Mountain at Jackson Hole into their own stomping ground, winning seven events including the ultimate King of Kings title.

Pretty amazing performance by Kyle Tapio and the rest of the crew!

Click to read the press release.

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Leadership Changes at Arctic Cat: Erik Nelson to Lead Snowmobile Division

(3/29/2016)

Erik Nelson, Arctic Cat VP-GM of Snowmobile Division

This morning Arctic Cat announced two significant changes in company personnel, including naming Erik C. Nelson Vice President and General Manager of the snowmobile division and international sales (a job that was previously held by Brad Darling).

Patricia L. Jones was also named the new Chief Human Resources Officer, replacing Bill Nee.

Click to read the press release.

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Tucker's Take: The 2016 ISOC Geneva Recap

(3/29/2016)

Tucker Hibbert's recap video of the final race of the 2015-16 ISOC National snocross series, at which he locked up his 10th Pro Championship and 120th national victory.

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Winter in Spring: A Snow Storm with Perfect Timing

(3/23/2016)

Snowmobile spring break snow storm in Minnesota. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It wasn't looking good for my family's planned spring break snowmobile trip to Lutsen, Minn., last week. Warm temps and a lack of recent snow suggested that we were going to go sightseeing rather than snowmobiling.

And then Ma Nature dumped 18 inches of snow, and we were treated to some of the most stunning winter visuals (in my) recent memory.

It was so beautiful that my wife even stopped wishing she was in some warm weather beach location.

Click for some pretty pictures of what snowmobile sometimes looks like.

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Swedish Arctic Cat Party

(3/21/2016)

Arctic Cat show in Sweden.

Recently Swedish Luleås Arctic Cat dealer Navis (Ronny Rönnberg) and SMP Performance shop (Patrik Löfdahl) put together a party at the local Måttsund ski hill that included 2017 model Arctic Cat sleds, Wildcats, hill-drag races (under the lights!) and more.

Erik Jönsson attended and sent the following pix. He reports that it was a fantastic event, with great people and excellent racing.

Click to see a few pix.

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Team Arctic Wins 8 Classes and Two Points Championships at 2016 ISOC Lake Geneva

(3/21/2016)

Team Arctic's Montana Jess and Tucker Hibbert Claim ISOC Championships. Photo by Lissa Toncray.

Eight class victories, 22 podium finishes and both the Pro Open and Pro Lite points championships.

Yep, I'd say that was a heckuva weekend (and season) for Team Arctic at the ISOC season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Click to read the team's press release.

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Marching Forward: Two Days with Arctic Cat in TRF (and nearby)

(3/21/2016)

A trip to Arctic Cat. pix by ArcticInsider.com

Recently I was fortunate to spend a couple days at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls (and the surrounding area), where I checked in on some of the people who make our snowmobiles, ATVs and side-by-sides.

There was the usual buzz of production, engineers testing snowmobiles, interesting creativity and Team Arctic snocrossers pounding out laps in nearby Fertile, MN.

Click to see some of the action.

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Tucker Hibbert Aiming for 10th Championship and 200th Start

(3/15/2016)

Tucker Hibbert going for 200th start, 10th Championship.

If things go according to plan for Tucker Hibbert at this weekends ISOC season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis., he'll lock up his 10th Pro Snocross Championship title and his 200th career start.

Click to read a few more amazing stats about the indomitable Hibbert.

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Season Finale? North Shore Ride with the Chumps

(3/14/2016)

2016 North Shore Ride with the Chumps

Last week eight friends and I gathered for day of snowmobiling on the CJ Ramstad North Shore Trail.

There were World Champs, I-500 champs and one media guy who has no credibility. In other words, we were a bunch of chumps.

As per usual, shenanigans ensued, hamburgers were consumed, animals were harmed in the making of the show and we somehow managed to log 120 miles without catastrophic failure (I think).

Click to read about our Ride with the Chumps.

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A Tribute to Roger Skime

(3/10/2016)

Honoring the man, the legend. The one and only, Roger Skime.

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Newsbits: Off-Road News That's Weird to Print

(3/8/2016)

Smart snowmobile?

Seriously impressive job by this guy who turned his Smart car into an enclosed sit-in snowmobile.

Guy walks into a store with an axe. Clerc asks, "Why the FXR gear?"

Click for more newsbits.

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Does Being the Fastest Matter?

(3/8/2016)

Arctic Cat drag race.

For the better part of 50 years, snowmobile one-upmanship has been predicated on who's fastest across the lake.

I asking you now: Does it matter?

Click to read and answer the question.

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34 Wins and 83 Podiums for Team Arctic SX, XC and Hillclimb

(3/3/2016)

Team Arctic Cat racer Zach Herfindahl wins Warroad cross-country. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last weekend, Team Arctic hillclimb, cross-country and snocross racers scored a grand total of 34 class wins and 83 podium places.

Translated: They kicked butt!

Click to read the Team Green press release.

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