1973 Alouette Super – “Villeneuve Magic” is Born
January 1974, Eagle River Wisconsin. The World Championship flag traditionally drops at 3:00 pm sharp. Giles Villeneuve eased up to the start line with his 650 cc Alouette Super racing against the likes of Factory Polaris riders Bob Eastman and Stan Hayes, Yamaha Sno-Pro team members Wayne Trapp and... Read more
Summit or Freeride? – Is the Freeride really worth the extra cash?
This has been brought up several times since Ski-Doo announced their new 850 G4 Freeride models with a 36” front end and reinforced chassis, so it’s a really good question. The easy explanation is the Freeride is to the Summit what the X-RS is to the MX Z or... Read more
Arctic Cat King Cat – The Mother of all High Performance Snowmobiles
Arctic Cat has never been a company that follows. Since the day Edgar Hetteen rolled into Thief River Falls and set up shop, Arctic Cat has always led the industry with some of the most creative and off the wall sleds to hit the snow. Ski-Doo had been dominating... Read more
2018 Polaris Titan – A New Breed of Extreme Utility Crossover Sleds
Designed to perform reliably and dependably for riders in the world’s most unforgiving winter locales, the Polaris Titan is a new breed of extreme utility crossover sled with unmatched capabilities and ground-breaking innovations. Built on the Polaris AXYS chassis, it features extreme capabilities including leading carrying and towing capacities,... Read more
2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Sno Pro 137″ – 1,800 Mile Test Report
The new 800 DSI engine is an excellent motor in every regard. Power up top indeed seems to every bit as strong as our beloved Suzuki 800, with quicker responding pick-up at partial throttle settings through the low end and midrange, in addition to improved fuel mileage and reduced... Read more
2018 Ski-Doo Renegade Backcountry X 850 – 1,000 Mile Test Report
Not quite a mountain sled, not quite a trail sled, rather a new breed of extreme crossover – getting closer and closer to that one sled that can truly do it all. If you’re a true 50/50 on-trail/off-trail crossover rider, you want this sled. Really bad. It’s that good.... Read more
2018 Ski-Doo 850 E-TEC Driveline Update
Ski-Doo recently announced several driveline changes for their 2018 models. Changes to these 2018 models include; * Finned fixed pDrive sheave – (improved heat dissipation and cooling) * Revised CVT Calibration – (improved belt traction, less heat generation) * New drive belt – (longer lasting, better heat resistance) *... Read more
SNOPRO 1974 – Does Racing Improve the Breed?
It’s hard to believe but 43 years ago this past fall the snowmobile world was abuzz with a new race series called SnoPro. We all recognize SnoPro as the name used by Arctic Cat on a number of its sleds, but in reality the label “SnoPro” was proposed by... Read more
2018 Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS
The “Tour de Force” of Crossover Sleds When Ski-Doo introduced their new Gen 4 REV platform last season, Ski-Doo riders everywhere immediately knew there was a new standard being set with the next-generation REV platform, powered by an all-new 850 E-TEC 2-stroke powerhouse. But, as with so many new... Read more
First Ride!  2018 Ski-Doo Summit X & Freeride
By Jerry Matthews / SnowTech Western Test Staff – When we were invited to the Ski-Doo Sneak Peak of the 2018 mountain models back in December, we wondered what Ski-Doo had up there sleeve that was important enough for us to head up to CKMP (Carl Kuster Mountain Park)... Read more