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Swedish Arctic Cat Party

3/21/2016 9:30:00 PM

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 9:02:00 PM

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 12:06:00 PM

A trip to Arctic Cat. pix by

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 10:06:00 PM

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 1:58:00 PM

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 7:05:00 AM

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 7:32:00 PM

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 2:55:00 PM

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 9:11:00 PM

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

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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Technology: Inside the 2017 998 Turbo on the 9000-Series Arctic Cats

3/3/2016 12:26:00 PM

Look inside the technology that Yamaha and Arctic Cat have created in the new 998cc C-TEC4 turbo triple that powers the 9000-Series sleds for 2017.

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2017 Arctic Cat ZR Model Technology

3/3/2016 12:22:00 PM

Here's a sweet video recap of what's new on the ZR line of 2017 Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

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2017 Arctic Cat XF Model Technology

3/3/2016 12:18:00 PM

A nice, tidy summarization of the 2017 XF family of crossover sleds from Arctic Cat.

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Ode to the Legend: 2017 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 Roger Skime-Edition

3/2/2016 7:44:00 AM

2017 Arctic Cat Roger Skime Edition ZR 6000

There's no way to fully honor a man who has so singlehandedly shaped both Arctic Cat and the snowmobile industry.

But there IS this stunning, cool and commemorative Roger Skime-Edition 2017 Arctic Cat ZR 6000!

It's (very) limited, it's in the new body plastic and it's just the kind of lightweight, premium-performance snowmobile that the legend himself has pursued for 55 years.

Click for the info.

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Arctic Cat SVX 450 Snow Bike

3/2/2016 7:28:00 AM

Ride along with Tucker Hibbert, Dave McClure and Rob Kincaid as they rail, roost and launch the new Arctic Cat SVX 450 snow bike.

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2017 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Intro Edit

3/1/2016 10:10:00 PM

See the process and the machines!

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16 Things You Need to Know about the 2017 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

3/1/2016 2:44:00 PM

2017 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

At last, Arctic Cat has launched their 2017 line of snowmobiles!

It will be a year that throws more than one surprise, both for what machines it is offering (new Thundercat!) and for what it isn't (read the story).

There's a lot more to say about the 2017 Cats, and I'll have full-feature stories in the coming days and weeks.

For now, here are the 16 things you must know about the Arctic Cat for 2017.

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Tucker Hibbert's 2016 Michigan Snocross Recap Vid

3/1/2016 12:34:00 PM

This is what it's like when your proverbial engine is firing on all cylinders... when the team runs like clockwork... when you've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's.

When you're the best snocross racer in the world.

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2016 USXC Warroad: It Was the Best of Times for Team Arctic

2/29/2016 9:24:00 PM

Team Arctic wins 18 at 2016 Warroad XC.

It was the best of times for Team Arctic at the 2016 USXC cross-country in Warroad, Minn.

There was (mostly) blue skies... plenty of snow... rough ditches...high-speed lake... and 18 class wins (out of 21) for Team Green.

Click to read about it.

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TGIF: The Feb. 26, 2016 Edition

2/26/2016 9:32:00 AM

TGIF and the streets are safe for snowmobiling.

I'm thankful the roving band of thugs who had been terrorizing innocent neighborhoods have been displaced by men on snow machines.

I'm thankful the streets are (finally) safe.

I'm thankful I'm NOT the guy sitting backwards on the Diablo Rouge that's leading this hit parade.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

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Newsbits 2-26-16: Jump to These for Infotainment

2/26/2016 8:43:00 AM

Snowmobile softball...of course! Actually, this is pretty dang cool. And I can imagine some pretty funny situations occurring, especially someone trying to steal home.

One GREAT time to have a 10-plus-10-equals-20-in. handlebar riser is when a deer jumps between you and your windshield.

Click for more...

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