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American Snowmobiler

November 2019

Snowmobiling’s best-selling magazine offers the most in-depth, unbiased snowmobile reviews and comparisons. Three exciting shootouts each year provide independent speeds, weights, horsepower, and MPG figures, while each issue features electrifying photos, how-to tech advice, new products, news, vintage sled stories and travel destinations. A detailed Buyers Guide starts each season.

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fall: a season of transition to the best time of year

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, mostly because it is finally the end of summer. I am not made for heat and trying to stay cool in the summer is one of my major pet peeves. Mowing lawns is a terrible way to spend a Saturday. And family bonding on the sideline of a summer soccer tournament in 90-degree weather is not ideal. Fall marks the season where I can stop paying what seems like a million bucks to keep my house cool, where we can happily anticipate winter. Watching my breath as I brush out bucks on the first day of the deer hunt, getting excited about the snow dusting on top of Mount Logan, and Thanksgiving dinner with all my cousins in my grandparents’ house that I now…

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american snowmobiler

Executive Editor Mark Savage Editor Ryan Thompson Art Director Elizabeth M. Weber Assistant Editor Heidi Thompson Technical Editor Olav Aaen Vintage Expert Les Pinz Production Specialist Sue Hollinger-Klahn Test Riders Les Pinz, Ramsey Cearley, Dan Nedeau, Elizabeth M. Weber, Lonnie Thompson, Kevin Thompson Contributing Photographers Rob Budrow, Ryan Thompson Contributing Writers Mike Carr, Jim Czekala Advertising Sales Manager Steve Meni Advertising Sales Representative Michael Wieloch KALMBACH MEDIA Chief Executive Officer Dan Hickey Senior Vice President, Finance Christine Metcalf Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing Nicole McGuire Vice President, Content Stephen C. George Vice President, Operations Brian J. Schmidt Vice President, Human Resources Sarah A. Horner Senior Director, Advertising Sales and Events David T. Sherman Advertising Sales Director Scott Redmond Circulation Director Liz Runyon Director of Design & Production Michael Soliday New Business Manager Cathy Daniels Retention Manager Kathy Steele Single Copy Specialist Kim Redmond TO REACH US Editorial: 262-796-8776 e-mail: editor@amsnow.com Customer Sales and Service: Phone: 877-246-4889 Outside U.S. and Canada:…

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Making a statement Photographer: RLT photos Rider: Shelley Balls Location: Snow King Mountain, Jackson Hole, Wyoming Shelley races her way to Women’s Stock Queen atop Jackson Hole’s Snow King Mountain (fewer than 10 women have made it to the top). “I’ll never forget it. This has been one of my racing goals since I first laid eyes on this gnarly hill as a kid.” She also was voted RMSHA Racer of the Year after taking home all four Pro Women’s classes last season. Making history Photographer: RLT Photos Rider: Keith Curtis Location: Snow King Mountain, Jackson Hole, Wyoming Keith, the other RMSHA Racer of the Year made history by winning the Triple Crown at Snow King Mountain (the first time in the World Championship’s 43-year history that anyone had done that), along with the King of Kings title. “It…

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polaris marks 65th anniversary

Anniversary parties are always a blast, and Polaris knows how to have fun. It hosted a 65th Anniversary party in Roseau, Minn. in August that drew thousands to its home base. The event was full of fun events and activities for all ages and it was great to see all the families in attendance enjoying all the things that were available for them to ride and test, including UTVs, ATVs and other vehicles. Sorry, no snow in August! Polaris plant tours were available for two days and attendees were able to see ATVs and snowmobiles being assembled start to finish, then put into crates for shipping to dealerships. It was super to see how many parts were used in every unit. There also was a Polaris parade that made its way down Main…

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poirier joins woodies racing

Woodies Racing has announced that Theo Poirier of Sayabec, Quebec, has joined its team for the 2019-'20 snocross season. He will be racing in the ISOC Pro Lite class. Poirier, 17, is entering his fourth season racing snowmobiles. Last season, he won the SCMX Pro Lite Championship in Quebec, as well as the two CSRA Pro Lite races he entered. Poirier grew up riding every brand of snowmobile and his racing career started on a dirt bike in Canada’s SXQC Arenacross, where he finished fourth in the Pro class last summer. Poirier also has logged one race on the ISOC tour. In 2018, he finished third at Salamanca, N.Y., in the Sport Lite and Jr 16-17 classes. “Of course, my goal is to be a professional snocross racer in the United States,"…

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latest avalanche fatality report

Mike Duffy of Avalanche1 gives us the following report on avalanche fatalities from this past season. Check out Mike's Facebook page for more compelling and useful information, plus see the Ride Safe column in AmSnow’s October 2019 issue. Consider that 20+ years ago, most avalanche fatalities were due to the unavailability of appropriate gear. Transceivers, shovels and probes were not used by many riders. Without that gear, you have little chance of surviving a full burial or being able to pull off a successful rescue. Unfortunately, a lack of avalanche gear was also the problem that led to most avalanche fatalities in the U.S. last winter. Most deaths were preventable, if only the victims had had proper avalanche gear and avalanche training. United States stats • Avalanche fatalities: 25• Snowmobile avalanche fatalities: 8• Snow…