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As you may have heard, Arctic Cat is pulling out all the stops for its 50th Anniversary Celebration this summer. Up until now we’ve only been teased with details, but Arctic Cat has finally unveiled its full schedule of events for what is sure to be the biggest snowmobile celebration of the summer.

Arctic Cat Factory Tours
Friday, July 29th, 8am-5pm
Saturday, July 30th, 9am-3pm

For 50 years Arctic Cat has been a potent source of ideas that originated from the many talented, passionate, people who have filled the Factory walls in Thief River Falls. Walk the same yellow lines they have on and in-depth tour.

Friday Kick-Off Events at Pennington County Fairgrounds

Start Arctic Cat’s 50th Celebration on Friday, July 29th at the Pennington County Fairgrounds where the Vintage and Product Displays will be open from 11am-9pm in the REA and Huck Arenas; don’t forget to take a demo ride on a 2012 Arctic Cat ATV or Prowler from 11am-3pm. Get transported back in time with a special fashion show starting with mid 1960’s Arctic Cat garments at 4pm. Cap off the day with a special 50th Souvenir from the Curling Club store location and then settle in for the official Kick-Off ceremony starting at 5pm followed by a killer performance from Americana legends, The WoodPicks, followed by high-energy Eagle Creek at 8pm-11pm singing all your country, foot-stomping’ favorites. All your favorite food and beverages will be available for purchase from a multitude of on-site vendors. All displays, concerts and parking are free of charge.

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As the summer begins to heat up in Minnesota Polaris is starting to crank out 2012 snowmobiles. Polaris Team Riders Chris Burandt, Randy Sherman, Dan Adams, and Keith Curtis were on hand to kick off the build of the 2012 RMKs in Roseau, Minn.

The guys tried their hand at applying graphics and met line workers as the first Pro-Ride RMKs rolled off the line. Check out the video below to see these brand new machines before they hit the dealerships.

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Sure it’s the middle of June and snowmobile season is still many months away, but we still need our sledding fix. The easiest way to do that is to head to YouTube and see what all the snowmobile videographers are up to.

We found a great video of some freeriding in Michigan’s western upper peninsula – near Bessemer and Ironwood. The video was just posted on June 10, 2011 and we thought you’d like to be among the first to see it. So grab a cup of hot chocolate, wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy.

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Concept vehicles are always kind of fun. Sure, the mast majority will never reach production, but it’s interesting to see what designers can come up with.

We recently came across a unique hydrogen-powered model that uses electric motors that was designed by Jessica Covi, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Dubbed Nanuq, this unit features a hydrogen fuel cell system that provides power to a battery pack and electric engines. This concept is wider in the rear than a traditional snowmobile and features two narrow tracks rather than a single wide one. Other features on the Nanuq include side-view cameras, GPS navigation, airbag, rollbar and seatbelt harness.

So what do you think of the Nanuq? How far away are we from a snowmobile not powered by traditional fuel sources?

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