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Happy New Year (on an Arctic Cat)

I woke up early this morning, intent to write a story about a fantastic snowmobile ride I enjoyed with some friends a few days ago. I thought that would be a perfect first post of 2014.

But every time I started to write about the ride, I kept thinking about this place. And by “place,” I mean ArcticInsider.

I launched this website in the summer of 2009. It was an experiment of sorts. It still is, actually.

I won’t bore you with the play-by-play of all that’s happened here during the ensuing 4.5 years, other than to say this: I’m entirely grateful for the amazing people, machines and experiences that I’m able to write about, and for all of you who stop by here to read about them.

I think of ArcticInsider not so much as a website, but as a connection between people who are passionate about the sport they love. Thanks for being part of that energy… that family.

This morning, I raise my coffee cup to the New Year. Wherever you are on the trail of life, and no matter where your tracks go, I sincerely wish you the best now and in the adventure that awaits.

Happy New Year.



  1. John I look at your site everyday. I truly look forward to it. There is a magic to Arctic Cat that is enhanced and captured here. Happy New Year and keep the great work!

  2. As the needle heads to 30 below tonight here in northern Maine, Best wishes to all Arctic Insiders for a very healthy and Happy New Year! Ok John, I saw something you wrote above that would make a great story, how you came up with the idea for Arctic Insider, how it has grown in past 4.5 years and where you would like to see it go in the future! Your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated! happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. I have been following AI several times a week for two years. In that time I have seen some amazing pictures, and read many great things. Happy new year to you all.

  4. Happy New year to you all! And thanks John for all your good work on this site! Too many good things about it to mention!!

  5. John, I have followed your site from the beginning and have enjoyed every article and especially the factory write-ups witch I find myself re reading each morning when checking to see what is new on here.And another thing I keep thinking about is how lucky us Arctic Cat folks are to have a guy like you with so many connections at the factory and in the snowmobile industry.I am pretty sure there is not another site like Arctic Insider in existence that follows or brings updates/info from any of the other 3 manufacturers….Thanks again John

  6. Great site John, thank you for your great articles.also would like to purchase some ArcticInsider decals. Thanks Again and Happy New Year

  7. Awesome job as always there Johnny! Tip of the touque to everyone at ArcticInsider. May the new year bring you much maple syrup and many checkered flags.

    Sorry about the USA juniors loosing to Russia. Really thought they were one of the strongest teams in Sweden this year!

  8. Happy New Year to John and all others who visit AI. This is an awesome website for us Cat enthusiasts. This site also gave me the opportunity to purchase a legendary sled, to meet some great people, and was a catalyst in pursuing additonal Cats for our small collection.

  9. All the best in the new year to you John !
    thank you for your commitment to anything that has to do with snow and an engine
    machinery aside what makes this sport have so much meaning is very simple..
    the great people like you that we meet along the journey
    keep up the great work and catch you on down the trail
    ps speaking of hockey looks like our jrs are peaking at the right time maybe see yours in the final lol

  10. happy new year John!
    love this site and check it daily for something new and exciting!
    (cat related of course!)
    keep up the good work!
    Long may you run!
    thanks again

  11. Best snowmobile website out there! Fresh articles at least three times a week! Always something new and insightful to read! Love the site keep it coming!

  12. John, thank you for all do you for this site! For those of us that bleed green this is a fantastic gathering space to get the latest info and talk sleds all year!

    Keep up the great work and if you ever need a hand, I’m just on the north side of the cities and would be more than happy to.


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