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2017 Ski-Doo MXZx 600RS

The 2017 Ski-Doo MXZx 600RS racing snowmobile is designed specifically for North American snocross tracks. The sled features revised clutching, improved progressive coupling system and a refined slip gear that results in better holeshots, acceleration, traction and durability. The 2016 ...Read more

Published on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in In The News, News & Updates
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Snoped Snow Vehicle Concept

The avant-garde Snoped snow vehicle concept by Michigan-based designer Joey Ruiter combines the raw edge of Mad Max with the beauty of machined black granite. The minimalistic saddle reinforces the cafe bike race posture. Exposed mechanical bits, grade-five bolts and ...Read more

Published on Thursday, October 13, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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David Johnson, Founder of Polaris, Dies at 93

Polaris employees and Polaris riders worldwide are celebrating the life and mourning the passing of one of the company’s co-founders, David Johnson. He passed away yesterday in Roseau, Minn., after an extended illness. He was 93 years old. Since he ...Read more

Published on Monday, October 10, 2016 in In The News, News & Updates
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IRBIS Introduces New Snowmobile

The new IRBIS Dingo T150 is a 3-piece modular design snowmobile can easily be stored in your garage or even a small closet. There’s no need for a trailer to transport the Dingo T150 as it can easily and quickly ...Read more

Published on Monday, October 10, 2016 in News & Updates, Sled Expo
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Be Bold Ride Old Sled and Tractor Show (Mel Scuderi)

The weather was cool and crisp autumn day, attracting 36 vintage snowmobiles and 18 vintage tractors to the Knox Trail Sno-Riders Be Bold Ride Old Sled & Tractor Show on September 25. We counted 127 vehicles at the show, which has ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in News & Updates, Vintage
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2016 Sled Expo Exhibitor List

The list of exhibitors for the 2016 Sled Expo is below. The Snowmobile Superstore features new sleds, trailers, helmets, boots, bibs, jackets, oil and all types of accessories and services. Buy and sell at the Used Sled Corral. Vote for the ...Read more

Published on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in News & Updates, Sled Expo
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2016 Sled Expo Vintage Show

2016 Sled Expo Vintage Show Trophies and Cash Prizes Display your sled at the biggest vintage show in Massachusetts, and maybe even win some cash! -Vote and Win- Forget about the Presidential Election, vote for the best vintage sled! Voters are automatically ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in News & Updates, Vintage
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2016 Recreational Trails Program

The Baker-Polito Administration announced the awarding of 30 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants for projects in local communities throughout the state totaling $1,052,985. The RTP grants, ranging from $500 to $100,000 depending on the scope of the project, serve as ...Read more

Published on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Polaris Celebrates Return of the XCR

Polaris introduces the return of the all-new 2017 Polaris 600R Race Sled, the legendary XCR name and performance. The new Polaris 600R Race Sled and RUSH XCR represent the Polaris heritage of using racing as a testing and proving ground ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Contact Senate President Rosenberg (Larry Tucker)

SAM’s legislative bill S1955 currently resides in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It needs to be moved out of committee for action ASAP. We need your help. How can you impact our bill? You should write, email, snail mail, ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Crazy About Mercury Snowmobiles (John Ruffo)

Four years ago I picked up a gem, it was set back, behind the crowd of others. After looking over the same old Ski-Doos, Cats, Yamahas, etc, I found an odd-ball sled that until now I had only seen online ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in News & Updates, Vintage
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SAM Unified Dues and Online Sales

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 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in General Announcements, News & Updates

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 Tuesday, 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 Saturday, 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 Sunday, 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 Monday, 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 Tuesday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Sunday, 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 Thursday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Monday, 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 Thursday, 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 Tuesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Friday, February 12, 2016 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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