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    While most snowmobilers are enjoying a late summer BBQ on the deck or a boat ride, six members of the Polaris Snowmobile Test Team recently returned from a 14-day trip to the rugged Andes mountains in South America.

    Eight off-the-line production sleds of the 800 Rush Pro-R and 800 Pro-RMK were air freighted to South America for final confirmation in real world conditions. Polaris testers experienced true “winter” riding conditions, including deep powder, in August!

    “We’ve ridden in places all over the world, and what we found in the Andes Mountains of South America were areas where no snowmobile has ever been before,” Polaris says in a release. “We put the eight sleds through their paces over thousands of miles during the trip. Upon their return, the test riders declared both models winners and confirmed they are ready to ship.”

    “The sleds worked great and consumers are absolutely going to love them,” says Scott Swenson, general manager of the Polaris Snowmobile Division.

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      The Slednecks crew is at it again with its new film – Slednecks 13. If you like extreme snowmobiling, you’d be hard pressed to find anybody that does it any better than these guys. Check out the trailer below.

      Here’s what Slednecks has to say about the new project:

      “Once again the Slednecks team has taken snowmobiling to a whole new level. Slednecks 13 features some of the most progressive riding our cameras have ever caught on film. Heath Frisby returns to the film series with the goal of winning Gold at X. Chris Burandt’s technical tree lines will leave you speechless. Paul Thacker and Cory Davis turn Alaska into a playground. Dan Treadway, Chris Brown, and Geoff Kyle rip up some of the deepest powder ever to hit British Columbia, while Cody Borchers and Brett Turcotte take freestyle tricks to the backcountry. Slednecks 13 also introduces a new star, Kalle “KJ” Johansson, that is redefining backcountry riding with amazing drops and technical lines. Shot on beautiful High Definition, the cinematography is almost as good as the riding. Slednecks 13 is the best film we have made in years!”

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        You see a lot of cool cars when you go to an event like the Woodward Dream Cruise, but what you don’t see much of are snowmobiles cruising down the road in August alongside classic Detroit muscle.

        One industrious gentlemen was spotted riding a Ski-Doo converted into a three-wheeler by the folks at Jalopnik. We’re not sure if he was inspired by the somewhat similar looking Can-Am Spyder (perhaps the folks at BRP were inspired by him?), but either way it’s a damn cool thing to do.

        If you want to stand out at a classic car event, a three-wheeled snowmobile is not a bad way to go.

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          We know its August and you’re probably pining for the snow to start falling so you can get out and ride again. Well, that’s not going to happen for a while, so how about you just relax and watch somebody else play in the snow.

          What we’ve got here, however, isn’t your typical snowmobile video. In fact, there is not really a snowmobile anywhere to be seen. What we do have is a Subaru Impreza WRX STI outfitted with snowmobile-like tracks and tearing up the snow like few vehicles could.

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            The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) welcomes Ontario’s new Zero-Alcohol Limit for riders 21 and under.

            The OFSC has been promoting Zero Alcohol for all riders since 2002 by challenging every snowmobiler to take personal responsibility for choosing to be 100 percent alcohol free prior to going snowmobiling or during any ride.

            “The new Ontario legislation gives OFSC Zero Alcohol a significant boost by making it much more than a peer-pressure campaign,” says Eric Saunter, OFSC safety manager. “Now our Zero Alcohol position gains considerable legitimacy as part of a legalized behavior for those under 21, which helps formalize as a clear and acceptable choice for the entire snowmobiling community.”