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    Top 10 Things New Mountain Riders Should Know

    Last month, I traveled from Ontario, Canada to the Western United States to embark on an epic snowmobile adventure. The primary focus of this trip was to highlight the differences between trail riding in the midwest and mountain riding in the western mountains, while also promoting avalanche awareness and backcountry safety.

    Here is a list of 10 things I learned that are essential for the beginner rider to know when giving mountain riding a try.

    Photo by Stephanie Santeford

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      2015 Polaris 800 RMK-Pro

      Polaris to announce all-new AXYS platform-based replacement for popular 2015 Pro-RMK this Friday.

      The Polaris snowmobile website is teasing an announcement of a new model, most likely some version of the Model Year 2016 RMK series, that will be announced on Friday, January 30th.

      The video teaser, which you can see below, announces a new RMK ostensibly based on an expansion of the AXYS platform. The teaser notes that the “all new king takes its throne” with dramatic improvements made to all the things that make the current Pro-RMK series work. The Polaris video teases the new 2016 Rocky Mountain King will offer: instantaneous lift; rider balanced control, and immediate response. These are the stated hallmarks of the AXYS Rush and Switchback series of trail sleds for 2015.

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        Polaris 800 Pro-RMK

        ATV, Side-by-Side and Snowmobile enthusiasts take note – Polaris is giving away six different amazing prize packages.

        Now through December 31, Polaris is hosting the Ultimate Garage Giveaway. To enter consumers need to head to their local dealership to get a code to enter at www.polaris.com/ultimategarage to win one of six Polaris garages. The garages include one vehicle, one youth vehicle and garage accessories. Among the accessories are a Polaris P1000i Generator, Polaris-branded toolbox, and a Polaris light.

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          2014 Polaris 800 RMK Assault

          Polaris is offering consumers a three-year factory warranty on any RMK model during the Polaris Factory Authorized Clearance. This offer is good on all Polaris RMK models from model years 2012-2015.

          “Deep Snow riders can get these amazing deals on RMK models that have dominated the hillclimb stock classes – and ride with the confidence and peace of mind a three-year factory warranty provides,” says Chris Wolf, director of snowmobiles. “We heard consumers’ requests and are responding with our best-ever in-season offers, including a direct-from-the-factory three-year warranty.”

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            Keith Curtis

            (Photo courtesy RLT Photography)

            Polaris snowmobile hillclimbers won the overwhelming majority of Pro class titles, swept the Women’s classes to earn Queen of the Hill honors, and won every King of the Hill crown at the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association’s Beaver Mountain Hillclimb at Logan, Utah, on April 18-19.

            Polaris Pro racers Erin Beukelman and Keith Curtis each won four Pro classes and they combined to sweep the Pro King titles, while Jesse Hotchkiss won the Semi-Pro King of the Hill contest.

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