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Goodbye-to-2015 Ride in Minnesota’s Bluff Country

12/31/2015 8:29:00 AM

December snow storm ride in Minn. Bluff Country. Pix by Pat Bourgeois &

A good ol' snowstorm dumped 9 inches of snow on southern Minnesota this last week of 2015.

A handful of us celebrated the occasion with a great ride through part the state's famed Bluff Country.

Click for a few pix.

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Such Great Gifts (Merry Christmas)

12/24/2015 8:47:00 AM

Beautiful snowmobile photo by Richard Wulk.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

...a gift that lasted a lifetime.

Here's the story of such gifts.

Merry Christmas everyone. Peace to you and your loved ones.

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Arctic Cat Wishes Happy Holidays to You and Yours

12/22/2015 7:29:00 AM

Once again Arctic Cat delivers an outstanding Happy Holiday video card featuring excellent footage and a song with outstanding lyrics.

From Arctic Cat to you: Happy Holidays!

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First Ride of the Season (aka: If There's Snow, Then Go)

12/21/2015 2:47:00 PM

First snowmobile ride of the 2015-2016 season. Photo by

Winter arrived in parts of Minnesota last week, delivering enough snow to make tracks in the northern part of the state.

Which is exactly what I did last Friday with my friends Tom Rowland and Paul Hein. Which in turn erased all frustration and gloom that h

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Tucker Hibbert's 2015 Fargo Recap Vid

12/19/2015 10:17:00 AM

See and hear the highlights of Tucker Hibbert and his Monster Energy/Arctic Cat racing team's experience at the 2015 Fargo snocross.

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The Fargo Snocross Recap from Christian Brother Racing

12/19/2015 10:13:00 AM

Check it out: two full days of racing craziness condensed into two and a half minutes.

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The (Amazing) Ische Collection: Q&A with Tom Ische, Arctic Cat Collector

12/17/2015 1:47:00 PM

The Ische Collection of vintage Arctic Cat. Photo by

In the world of Arctic Cat collecting, Tom Ische and his wife Nancy and daughter Brianna have amassed a mind-boggling array of racing and performance snowmobiles from the Arctic Enterprises era.

If Arctic Cat built a performance or racing sled between 1968 to 1981, the Isches have it. King Cats, EXTs, Puma mods, Sno Pros...they’re all here at their shop in Glencoe, Minn., most in either original unrestored or perfectly-restored condition.

I caught up with the 49-year old Cat fanatic recently at his shop, where we stared at beautiful machines and discussed how this collection came to be.

Click to see amazing passion, the most iconic musclesleds in Arctic Cat history and the story of Tom's fascination with this stuff.

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Snow Depth Report for Dec. 17, 2015

12/17/2015 6:32:00 AM

Snow depth 12-17-15

Okay, the West has gotten hammered with snow, same for much of Canada, and now parts of the Midwest are finally starting to look like winter.

Let's hope Ma Nature is keepin' it real this time.

Excellent snow depth and analysis HERE at the NOAA website.

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DMC Youth Snowmobile Racing Starts

12/16/2015 5:48:00 PM

Youth snowmobile racing in DMC.

For families interested in snowmobile youth racing, this coming weekend marks the first event of the 2015-16 DMC Motorsports Sno Series.

The 8-race series (four of which are in conjunction with USXC events) offers snow Lemans and short cross-country style courses for young boys and girl, with classes ranging from 120 to 206 Briggs to Transition.

Click for more details and the full schedule.

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Team Arctic Survives (and Thrives) at 2015-16 Fargo Snocross

12/14/2015 1:31:00 PM

Team Arctic's Logan Christian at Fargo.

Team Arctic snocrossers emerged from Round Three and Four in Fargo, ND, this past weekend with eight class wins, 19 podium finishes and two podium sweeps.

It was the best overall performance of any brand.

Click to read the Team Arctic Press Release.

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Waiting on Winter: Pretty Pictures

12/9/2015 10:33:00 AM

Arctic Cat snowmobiles ad daybreak, freshly coated. Photo by

While I'm waiting for Ma Nature to get with the program and deliver us winter, I find myself looking at pictures that capture the magic of snowmobile season.

Here are a few that work magic for me. Hope they do the same for you.

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TGIF: The Dec. 4, 2015 "Screamin' Scott" Edition

12/4/2015 9:10:00 AM

Arctic Cat's Screamin' Scott Eilertson jumps for the crowd in Union Grove, WI, 1975

I'm thankful for the wild and crazy riders who emerge from every generation and do more than just push the boundaries: they completely and literally launch over and/or blow right through them.

I'm thankful for the human spirit that yearns to fly higher, farther and faster.

I'm thankful for Screamin' Scott Eilertson, Arctic Cat District Sales Manager, former racer and jumping record holder, who thrilled the 40,000 spectators at Great Lakes Raceway in Union Grove, Wis., on Labor Day weekend 1975 by launching his 1973 EXT 98 feet (and collapsing the running boards and spraining both ankles in the process).

I'm thankful the power cable didn’t clothesline him.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 (and that Scott is STILL a wild/crazy Arctic Cat guy)!

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Q&A with Brad Darling: VP-GM of Arctic Cat Snowmobiles & PG&A

12/3/2015 4:16:00 PM

Brad Darling, Arctic Cat VP-GM of Snowmobiles. Photo by

As the Vice President-General Manager of Arctic Cat Snowmobiles and PG&A, Brad Darling exerts enormous influence on the machines and gear we ride today, and will ride in the coming years. 

Click to read what the lifelong Arctic Cat man has to say about the company, its machines, the relationship with Yamaha and more.

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The Duluth Report: Observations on the 2016 Snocross Opener

12/2/2015 10:53:00 AM

Duluth Spirit National Snocross 2015. Photo by

The 24th Annual Duluth Spirit National Snocross unfolded in all its potential greatness this past weekend, with Team Arctic delivering a performance that was something we can all be proud and pleased about.

You've read the press releases, now it's time to read the rest of the story.

Show your spirit and click for Duluth download.

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Video Recap: Tucker Hibbert's '15 Duluth Snocross Opener

12/2/2015 10:49:00 AM

Gotta love the sound and fury!

Check out the 2-minute highlight reel of Tucker Hibbert's season opener in Duluth, Minn.

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Team Arctic Wins More Duluth National Snocross 2015-16

12/1/2015 1:21:00 PM

Tucker Hibbert wins again on the Monster Energy Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.

Team Arctic fired the opening salvo in the 2015-16 ISOC national snocross series and emerged with six wins, 21 podium places and a lot to be happy about the new ZR6000R SX race sled.

Click to read the Team Arctic press release, including the top Cat finishers in each class.

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TGIF: The Snocross Kick-Off Edition on Nov. 27, 2015

11/27/2015 12:04:00 PM

Jetstar Snocross Cross-Country snowmobile racer

I'm thankful that the 2015-2016 Snocross season kicks-off this weekend in Duluth, Minn.

I'm thankful that racers will come from all over the world to take a green flag and, hopefully, a checkered flag too.

I'm thankful their bearded ancestors, who raced long ago on iron dogs, were able to stand up and forge a path that would eventually lead to the rock stars and high flyers we enjoy today.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

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You're all Turkeys (and I'm thankful for that)!

11/26/2015 2:18:00 PM

ArcticInsider decal.

If you come to this site, then you're definitely a turkey.

And I sincerely thank you for that.

Grace and gratitude to you and yours on this fine Thanksgiving Day.


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Win C-TEC2 Oil with Tucker Hibbert in 2016

11/24/2015 1:05:00 PM

Win with Tucker Hibbert: Arctic Cat C-TEC2 Oil

The closest thing to a sure-thing is that Tucker Hibbert will win in snocross.

For that reason alone, you should enter to win an Arctic Cat C-TEC2 Synthetic Oil Prize pack, which will be awarded to five lucky fans every time he wins a Pro Open final this season.

That's 17 chances to win Arctic Cat's premium synthetic oil, along with some sweet Tucker swag.

Hurry, the winning could begin this weekend!

Click for the link to enter.

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Colorado Test Trip Report with Team Arctic's Wes Selby

11/23/2015 11:59:00 AM

Team Arctic snocross Colorado test trip.

Team Arctic terrain racer and Arctic Cat engineer Wes Selby and six other snocrossers kick-started their 2015-16 season with a week of riding in the Grand Lake and Winter Park areas of Colorado. 

What did the group do and learn last week in Colorado? And is Selby really racing snocross again this year!?

Race on over to hear what Wes had to say.

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