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    BBA Chile Snowmobile Adventure

    Most snowmobilers spend August pining for the upcoming winter. A lucky few, however, get to join Burandt’s Backcountry Adventure (BBA) carving through fresh powder in South America’s Andes Mountains.

    This August BBA is offering three-day riding adventures in the heart of the Andes in Malalcahuello, Chile. If you choose to embark on this undoubtedly epic adventure, you will fly into Temuco, Chile where a BBA representative will pick you up and take you to the lodge. This is a ride-in, ride-out facility, meaning you can hop on your sled at the lodge to the vast snowy playground.

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      2014 Arctic Cat M9000Arctic Cat has partnered with Amber Holt for a series of 2014 Arctic Cat Mountain snowmobile demo rides. If you want to ride with the Backcountry Basics expert, the following dates and locations are available:

      March 9-11 – Beaver Creek Lodge – Logan Canyon, Utah (outside Logan Utah)

      March 15-17 – West Yellowstone – Yellowstone Arctic Cat (Expo)

      March 22-24 – Seven Devils Lodge – Council, Idaho (SW corner of Idaho and on Oregon border)

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        SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge LogoOnce again the Keweenaw Research Center at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. will host the SAE Snowmobile Challenge. This year’s event will be the biggest ever as a record 21 college and university teams have registered. The event takes place March 4-9, 2013.

        Arctic Cat, BRP (Ski-Doo), Polaris, and Yamaha are gold level sponsors of the event. Staff from all four manufacturers will be involved, with many serving as judges and reviewers of the competition.

        The intent of the competition is to design a snowmobile that will primarily be ridden on groomed snowmobile trails. The use of unreliable, expensive solutions is strongly discouraged! Modern snowmobiles are engineered to meet the current standards for noise and emissions. Teams are expected to add innovative solutions for improving on performance of the base sled that they start with. Design judges (written and oral) will be looking for innovations and incorporating that into their scores.

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          International Snowmobile Congress logoSnowmobile club volunteers from the United States, Canada, Sweden and Russia will be getting together June 5-9, 2012 in Sturbridge, Mass. at the International Snowmobile Congress (ISC).

          The ISC is a place for sharing accomplishments, solving problems, discussing new ideas and talking about our sport. It’s the largest snowmobile meeting in the world and brings volunteers the world over to meet with snowmobile manufacturers, groomer manufacturers, journalists, government representatives and other sledheads.

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            Arctic Cat Demo with Amber HoltArctic Cat has teamed up with instructor Amber Holt to provide you with the opportunity to ride a 2013 Arctic Cat “M” snowmobile and learn a few things at the same time.

            The demo rides with Holt are going on now until March 31, 2012 in West Yellowstone, Mont. You can ride any one of Arctic Cat’s deep-powder models, including the M800, M1100, M1100 Turbo, XF High Country 800 & 1100 Turbo. If you’re anywhere near West Yellowstone, you’d be a fool to pass up this opportunity – no matter what color sled you normally ride.

            To sign up for a demo, contact Holt at BackCountryBasics@yahoo.com or call 509-733-646.

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