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In response to ongoing requests from snowmobilers in Massachusetts, SAM has implemented significant changes to better serve our members. At the May meeting of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts, the Board of Directors voted on a number of key proposals ...Read more

Published on August 24, 2016 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Farmers’ Almanac Predicts Snow for 2017

The 2017 Farmers’ Almanac is warning those in New England to get their snowblowers ready, winter is back! For SAM members that also means get your snowmobiles prepped for a long season of riding. Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger, Philom ...Read more

Published on August 16, 2016 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Wemotaci: The Hydrogen Snowmobile Concept

The Wemotaci is new generation of snowmobile that would burn hydrogen instead of gasoline. The Wemotaci’s modified 888 cc two-stroke engine would produce over 144hp without polluting the atmosphere with carbon monoxide. The concept vehicle is featured at Imaginactive. The Background ...Read more

Published on July 30, 2016 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Al Joy Tire and Arctic Cat: 2016 Dealer Of The Year

Although Al Joy Tire and Arctic Cat are located in Connecticut they have long been a big supporter of the Knox Trail Sno-Riders in Massachusetts. The Club often calls the dealership looking for parts, advice or technical information for their ...Read more

Published on July 3, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Worthington Snowmobile Club: 2016 Club Of The Year

It’s important that clubs have a representative at SAM meetings, it’s even better when three members regularly attend the monthly meetings. Participation in the state association is vital to a healthy organization. The Worthington Snowmobile Club participates in the Snowmobile ...Read more

Published on June 6, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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John Rackem: 2016 Trail Worker Of The Year

Here, we have a snowmobile volunteer without an official title. John Rackem’s role is out on the trails, making sure projects are completed, organizing what is needed, where it is needed, and when. As a trail worker, John is always ...Read more

Published on May 17, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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The Crowningshields: 2016 Snowmobile Family of the Year

The Crowningshield family is always working on trails of the Indianhead Snowmobile Club and always makes sure the Cookie Bash landowners appreciation event happens, no matter what. Matt Crowningshield is the president and treasurer of the club and his family ...Read more

Published on May 2, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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John Puffer: Groomer of the Year

John Puffer is considered the backbone of the Porcupine Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club. “It’s kind of ironic nominating John for groomer of the year, during a season without snow, but this is a guy who is constantly thinking and dreaming ...Read more

Published on April 25, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Colin Mackie: 2016 Junior Snowmobiler Of The Year

Everyone should meet this remarkable young man. Colin Mackie is a quiet, younger version of his dad, Keith Mackie. They both love working with their hands and being outdoors. Colin is an avid outdoors person who loves snowmobiling, fishing and ...Read more

Published on April 18, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Rusty Coombs: 2016 Snowmobiler of the Year

This story dates back a few decades, to a time when a local club had fallen into disrepair and how an enthusiastic volunteer resurrected it. Having a passion for snowmobiling since boyhood, Rusty Coombs interest in snowmobiling was rekindled when ...Read more

Published on April 13, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Remove Snowmobile Clutch with Water (Dan Gould)

Removing a snowmobile clutch with water, also know as the water trick, is becoming a common technique in snowmobile garages. Removing a primary clutch is straightforward if you have the proper tools. Even then, a stubborn clutch sometimes refuses to ...Read more

Published on March 16, 2016 in News & Updates, Sled DIY
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2017 Polaris Rush XCR

Polaris brings back a famous model name with the 2017 Polaris Rush XCR. The new “rider-centric” RUSH AXYS XCR chassis is designed for the big bump crowd. The Rush XCR LE can be had with either the 800  or 600 ...Read more

Published on March 13, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Product Review
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DCR Public Meetings for Forest Management Projects

DCR Announces Public Meetings for Forest Management Projects in H.O. Cook, October Mountain, Sandisfield, Savoy, Wendell, Oakham and Townsend State Forests. The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Bureau of Forestry will be hosting the following public meetings to discuss ...Read more

Published on March 10, 2016 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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2017 Yamaha Sidewinder

It finally happened. The Yamaha factory bolted a turbocharger to a 4-stroke engine and are making it available for public consumption. No more add on turbo kits or compromises. The 2017 Yamaha Sidewinder will deliver close to 200 HP, making ...Read more

Published on March 9, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Product Review
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2017 Arctic Cat 9000 Series Snowmobiles

For 2017 Arctic Cat swings a big bat with the all new 9000 Series snowmobiles powered by an outrageous 998cc turbocharged triple four-stroke engineered and manufactured by Yamaha. While Arctic Cat is officially pegging output at 180 horsepower, independent voices ...Read more

Published on March 7, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Product Review, Snowmobile Tech
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SAM Annual Award Nominations (Dan Gould)

It’s clear that the clubs and volunteers were running in overdrive this season. Sure, it can be a thankless job. Many of you volunteer to be with friends or have fun with the family. Some of you do it because ...Read more

Published on February 25, 2016 in News & Updates, President's Message
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2017 Ski-Doo GEN 4 REV

The 2017 Ski-Doo Gen 4 REV features an all new chassis and Rotax 850 E-TEC engine for select 2017 MX ZX, TNT, Renegade X, Renegade Adrenaline and Summit X, Summit SP snowmobile models. The all-new, narrow Gen 4 REV chassis ...Read more

Published on February 23, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Product Review
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Ski-Doo Olympic Wood Sculpture

Ken Packie carved this 1966 Ski-Doo Olympic for the Knox Trail Sno-Riders from a single log. The sculpture is used as a fundraiser, with money going into a slot behind the windshield, like a piggy bank. Knox club president Jeff ...Read more

Published on February 17, 2016 in News & Updates, Vintage
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SAM I AM: Peter Blake

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Peter Blake is a member of the Northfield Snowmobile Club and has been riding snowmobiles for 40 years. His current snowmobile is a 2003 Arctic Cat Pantera 550. Club position: Currently serving as the ...Read more

Published on February 12, 2016 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Lost and Found

There’s nothing worse than the realization that you have lost something, especially if it’s expensive, has sentimental value or is vital to your well-being. It’s immediately painful, the eyes bulge, followed by a loss of breath, and a twitch as ...Read more

Published on February 9, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Travel
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SAM Annual Meeting April 7

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts Board of Directors invite you to celebrate your association at the upcoming SAM Annual Meeting and dinner on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Participate, relax and enjoy dinner with your friends, while you participate in the ...Read more

Published on February 8, 2016 in In The News, News & Updates
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SAM I Am: Spike Wheeler

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Spike Wheeler is a member of the Colrain Sno-Drifters and has been riding sleds for 45 years. His current ride is a 2012 Ski-Doo MXZ TNT 600 ACE. Sled mods: Just a bigger windscreen. ...Read more

Published on January 29, 2016 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Work and Play: Suzuki Groomer (Steve Howland)

Last fall I set up a 4-wheel-drive Suzuki Carry Mini Truck with tracks (also know as the Snowzuki) to use as a groomer for the trails that are taken care of by the Buckland Riders. It’s been a fun project ...Read more

Published on January 16, 2016 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Rapid Deployment Snow Vehicle / RDSV

The Rapid Deployment Snow Vehicle / RDSV is a 2 seater high speed vehicle for use in any polar environment. This was strictly a personal project, just for the fun of it said designer Juan Garcia Mansilla. The current paradigm ...Read more

Published on January 15, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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2016 SAM Vintage Rides

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SAM) and the Mass Vintage Snowmobile Club have awarded Vintage Snowmobile Rides to three clubs for 2016. The events have become extremely popular, allowing SAM members to ride their vintage sleds in a parade-like atmosphere, ...Read more

Published on January 12, 2016 in News & Updates, Vintage
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SAM Partners with Land Trust to Protect Trail in Northfield

One of the most important north-south snowmobile trail corridors in Northfield is one step closer to permanent protection thanks to a partnership between landowners Bill and Nancy Ames, the Northfield Snowmobile Club, the Town of Northfield, Mount Grace Land Conservation ...Read more

Published on January 6, 2016 in Environment, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Ski Test: Simmons Gen III Flexi Ski (Jim Tucker)

The Great American Snowmobile Ski Test Part V: The Simmons Gen III Flexi Ski. Will these ski wars ever be done? Hell no! As long as there is American exceptionalism and ingenuity at work here in the USA, this reporter ...Read more

Published on January 4, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Product Review
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Top 10 Snowmobile Stories of 2015

Here are the Top 10 Snowmobile Stories of 2015, all written by SAM members for your reading and riding pleasure. It’s a mix of products, experiences, opinions, humor and fun. It’s also an invitation for you to send a story ...Read more

Published on December 29, 2015 in Awards, News & Updates
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Are The Snowmobile Trails Open? (Brad Stafford)

There are many questions that every snowmobile club and their volunteers get… “Where can I get a Trail Pass?” “Where can I park?” “Where can I get a map?” But I think the hardest one to answer is, “When are ...Read more

Published on December 27, 2015 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Sledmass Toys for Tots Donations

The clubs of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts went big this year, we’re talking Ho Ho Ho Santa-size big. The sledmass clubs love Christmas shopping, especially for the Toys for Tots program. They know first-hand the magic of Christmas giving, ...Read more

Published on December 21, 2015 in Charity, News & Updates
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