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Northern Michigan’s snowmobile trails played host to five Michigan House lawmakers for a two-day tour, Feb. 20-21.

House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer, Reps. Wayne Schmidt, Marty Knollenberg, Tom Pearce and Phil Pavlov, along with Michigan Snowmobile Association Executive Director Bill Manson, made the trek around several Northern Michigan communities aboard snowmobiles.

The state lawmakers make the trip annually to see for themselves how the snowmobile industry contributes the area’s local economies.

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Polaris is clearly giddy about its new 800 Pro-RMK and it has produced a couple of videos to let you know exactly what it can do. You can see both videos below the jump

The first video is all about freestylers Dan Adams, Chris Burandt and Randy Sherman and what they think of Polaris’ new steed. The second video features the Polaris engineers who designed the new mountain sled.

Since both of these videos are courtesy of Polaris, you can expect everything to paint a pretty rosy picture. Regardless, hearing from some of the top riders and engineers responsible for the sled does offer some interesting insight.

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Matt Weidinger of Toronto, Ont. has set an unofficial, new world record for distance covered on a snowmobile over a 24 hour period.

Riding the new, power-steering equipped 2011 Yamaha Apex, Weidinger covered a record-breaking 2,904.6 kilometers (1,804.9 miles).

In order to qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records, Matt ensured all criteria were met, including a professionally measured course from the Ministry of Transportation, full digital and manual lap tracking, and witnesses that include “people of notoriety” such as town councilors, police and firefighters. He is now going through the submission and evaluation process with Guinness to be officially recognized.

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An electric snowmobile developed by McGill University carried Olympian Julia Murray in the Olympic torch relay.

Murray, a Ski Cross athlete, had undergone surgery shortly before she was to ski her portion of the relay. Instead, she got to ride the electric snowmobile before handing off to Canadian skiing legend Steve Podborski.

The snowmobile was built by McGill’s Faculty of Engineering in Montreal, Quebec. Simon Ouellette, who helped in the development of the snowmobile, was also involved in organizing its part in the torch relay.

“Personally I was nervous about the relay,” says Ouellette. “I kept thinking ‘what if for some reason the snowmobile has a technical problem?’ We did 3 trial runs on the previous day and everything went well. So that calmed me down a bit. However on the day of, it was just crazy to see how many people were there waiting for the flame. There were 10 000 people waiting for the flame!!! I walked through part of the crowd and it was amazing to feel their excitement and hear their genuine enthusiasm.”

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You may never be able to ride like Tucker Hibbert, but you can at least make your sled look like his. Hibbert, along with Digital Ink Design & Graphics, announced the sale of the Tucker Hibbert Monster Energy/Arctic Cat 2010 Replica Graphics Kit.

This is the first time officially licensed Monster Energy snowmobile graphics are available to the public. The graphics kit is specifically designed for the Arctic Cat Sno Pro chassis and is a replica of Hibbert’s current race graphics. The Tucker Hibbert Monster Energy/Arctic Cat 2010 Replica Graphics Kit features the logos of: Monster Energy, Arctic Cat, Castle X Racewear, Stud Boy, FOX Racing Shox, Speedwerx and Digital Ink Design & Graphics.

“I’m pumped about partnering with Digital Ink to create my replica graphics kit,” says Hibbert. “Now, riders can have the same look on the trail as I do on the racetrack. The graphics are printed on the same vinyl I race with so I can guarantee it’s a quality product that will hold up to the extreme conditions of snowmobiling,”

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