Arctic Cat adds two Alaskans to Black Cats team
Arctic Cat announced additions to its Pro Black Cats Backcountry team, including two Alaskans, Cooper Street and Luke Nokelby. The team will be ambassadors to Arctic Cat and representing their partners like Speedwerx and Motorfist. Riding on the new 2017 M8000 Mountain Cat, Street and Nokelby will be part of the team showcasing the durability and performance of a Mountain Cat. Street and Nokelby join fellow Alaskan Cory Davis on the team.
On Snow Magazine acquires Snowmobiler Television
On Nov. 1, publishers Richard Kehoe and Pat Bourgeois announced that On Snow Magazine, (OSM) a five-time-a-year publication and six-time-a-year publication in Canada, has acquired Snowmobiler Television (STV). STV has been a popular programming station for snowmachine enthusiasts since 1993. The first episode of Snowmobile Television is slated to air on Dec. 28 on several networks including NTV, Global, CTV, CKPG TV and Wild TV. OSM has been in publication since 1986.
New backcountry training backed by Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha
Developer of Backcountry Ascender, Chris Mayer says, “our goal for the program is to make snowmobilers more prepared and knowledgeable in the backcountry by making the learning process more engaging and easier to obtain.” In addition to four manufactures backing this new educational backcountry training, International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association is also sponsoring the program. Released on September 12, after the Hay Days Media announcement, and has since garnered 40 new users per day within the first 30 days of its launch.
FCMQ and Woody’s partner for new snowmobile safety enhancers
The Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ) and Woody’s Traction are collaborating to launch a new safety campaign that focuses on encouraging stud use on snowmachine tracks. Studs are safety enhancing devices, proven in several studies, and is endorsed by industry experts. With the campaign slogan, “Snowmobile safety … get a grip,” studs have proven especially valuable when snow totals are low and trail conditions are unpredictable.
Four snowmachining events announced for X Games 2017
X Games Aspen 2017 will have four snowmachining events come January: SnoCross, Adaptive SnoCross, Freestyle and Best Trick competitions. X Games Aspen will take place Jan. 26-29, 2017. Last year’s X Games snowmachine portion included Alaskans Paul Thacker from Anchorage and Cory Davis of Soldotna.