2018 Ski-Doo MXZ Blizzard 850 E-TEC
Walk into a Ski-Doo dealer right now and tell them you’re looking for a brand new 2018 Ski-Doo Gen 4 REV with the new 850 engine. If you are east of the Missouri River, they’re going to have three choices for you – a Renegade Adrenaline 850 (137”), an... Read more
Custom Sled Build: 2017 Yamaha Sidewinder
As a lifelong Yamaha snowmobile enthusiast (bought my first new Yamaha way back in 1971 as a wee lad in high school) I’ve watched Yamaha along with the rest of the snowmobile industry that has survived through the glory days of the 70’s and 80’s, followed by the lean... Read more
2018 Yamaha Sidewinder S-TX DX 146″
Being able to walk into a snowmobile dealership and purchase a snowmobile that is capable of producing right about 200 horsepower should scare anyone familiar with the sport. Scares us. It used to take quite a bit of talent to be able to build a machine that was capable... Read more
2018 Arctic Cat M 8000 Mountain Cat – First Ride!
The 2018 M 8000 Mountain Cat continues to be the dominant sled in Arctic Cat’s mountain lineup. It benefits from all of the great changes of the 2018 M 8000 Sno Pro along with some additional features and benefits. First and foremost, the 2018 Mountain Cat is even lighter... Read more
2018 Polaris Switchback XCR – FIRST RIDE!
RACE READY TECHNOLOGY WITH MORE TRACTION For 2018 Polaris is following up the introduction of their popular RUSH XCR of last year with a longer-tracked version – the Switchback XCR. It features the same race-bred technology as its short-track brother, but with even more traction. The new 600 and... Read more
Textron Outlines the Future of Arctic Cat
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. has announced its plan for growth as it incorporates Arctic Cat into the company, including its future powersports brand portfolio, and a tease of new and upcoming products across its snowmobile, side-by-side and ATV product lines. Company President and CEO Kevin Holleran welcomed a select... 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
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
Track Length and Lug Height – What’s Right for You?
In a world where track length and lug height on mountain sleds have been steadily increasing, and with so many options currently available, it leaves snowmobilers wondering, “What’s right for me?”. Choosing the proper track length and lug height for your riding style and snow conditions is critical to... Read more
2018 Polaris – Growing the AXYS Family
We will be the first to admit that we really didn’t know what to expect for 2018 Polaris. They had introduced their new AXYS platform for 2015 on their short-tracked RUSH and Switchback models, followed by the strong following of the AXYS RMK models for 2016, and then filled... Read more