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Posted on October 31st, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

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Polaris ‘Winning Riders’ Program Supports State & Provincial Snowmobile Associations

Posted on October 30th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Polaris Supports Grassroots Groups with Sales-Based Contributions

winner riders logoMEDINA, MN (Oct. 30, 2013) – For the ninth consecutive year, state and provincial snowmobile organizations across North America are receiving contributions from the Polaris “Winning Riders” program, which generates support for the state association user groups based on sales of new Polaris snowmobiles.

From Newfoundland to Washington and Alaska to Quebec, snowmobile associations are receiving “Winning Riders” funds proportionate to the number of new Polaris snowmobiles sold within each state and province. Polaris is making contributions to snowmobile associations in 12 Canadian provinces and territories and 25 states in the United States.

Polaris also announced it is extending the Winning Riders program through the 2014 sales season, meaning contributions will be made next year based on retail sales of new Polaris snowmobiles between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014.

“The passion for snowmobiling is running strong across the North American snowbelt,” said Mike Jonikas, VP of Polaris Snowmobiles, Sales and Corporate Marketing. “We see real benefits in supporting the associations that coordinate activities of snowmobile clubs and help develop great riding opportunities.”

Polaris makes the “Winning Riders” contributions with “no strings attached,” allowing each state or province to decide how to use the funds it receives. Projects funded by Winning Riders donations in recent years have included membership drives, trail and grooming programs, legislative efforts, tourism promotion and more.

Marica Renheim Set To Ride For Christian Brothers Racing

Posted on October 30th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Marica Renheim joins Christian Brothers Racing.

Fertile, Minn. (October 29, 2013) – Christian Brothers Racing has signed Swedish rider Marica Renheim to compete in the Pro Women class for the 2013-2014 season. Renheim, 22, hails from Sälen, Sweden, and is a top rider on the European snocross scene. Racing in the United States is a big jump for most riders as the competition is more intense and the tracks tend to be geared more toward bumps and big air, but Renheim is ready.

Signing with Christian Brothers Racing means big changes for Renheim, who has been part of a family race team in Sweden and on a different brand for the majority of her career. A new country, new team and new Arctic Cat machines are waiting to greet her at the Christian Brothers race shop in Fertile, Minnesota.

“Everything is new to me, and this will be the first time racing without my family,” said Renheim. “But I have already spent time with the team and the Christian family at the FIM Snowcross World Championships and they are a great bunch of people, so I think I am in good hands.”

The Renheim name is synonymous with success in Scandinavia. Not only has Marica been Swedish champion three years running (2011, 2012, 2013) her brother Adam is reigning FIM Snowcross World Champion. Marica’s race highlights include: 2011 Swedish Snocross Champion; 2012 Swedish Snocross Champion; 2013 Swedish Snocross Champion; 2013 Nordic Championships: Gold; and 2012 ISOC Duluth National First Place Pro Women.

“Marica came here last year and won Pro Women at Duluth, so we know she’s good,” said Christian Brothers Racing team co-owner Dwight Christian. “She comes from a strong racing family and has all the skills to compete and win on the ISOC National circuit.”

“I have three straight Swedish championships, I’ve basically won everything in Scandinavia,” said Renheim. “Making the jump to race the ISOC Nationals in the United States is the next step in my racing career.”

Park Service Announces Final Rule To Continue Winter Access To Yellowstone National Park

Posted on October 29th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

YellowstoneJACKSON HOLE, WY (October 24, 2013) — The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the release of a final Rule/Regulation for Winter Use of Yellowstone. The publishing of the final Rule officially completes the Winter Use Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) process. The final Rule assures continued access to Yellowstone in Winter by both snowmobiles and snowcoaches.

The creation of a “New Final Regulation” to implement the Record of Decision (ROD) was published in the Federal Register on October 22, 2013.

And now for the Good News. The Final Rule/Regulation for Winter Use shows that our collective comments on the “Proposed Rule”, which ended June 17, 2013, have been heard. The Final Rule will provide a framework for more effectively managed access for snowmobiles and snowcoaches in Yellowstone National Park while minimizing impacts on visitors, air/sound quality, and wildlife. This final regulation, will guide management of winter use in the Park and will implement the preferred alternative from the Final SEIS.

Under the final Rule, the winter of 2013/2014 will be a transition year during which the Park will allow motorized over-snow travel under the same conditions in place for the past four winters. Up to 318 commercially guided Best Available Technology (BAT) snowmobiles and up to 78 commercially guided snowcoaches will be allowed daily.

Starting in the 2014/2015 winter season the Park would permit up to 110 “transportation events” daily, initially defined as one snowcoach or a group of up to 10 snowmobiles, averaging seven snowmobiles per group, per season. Up to 50 transportation events may be groups of snowmobiles. Management by transportation events is an impact-centric approach designed to minimize the impact of oversnow vehicles (OSVs) on air quality, soundscapes, and wildlife; rather than focusing solely on the number of vehicles entering the Park.

This new, practical approach to OSV management by “transportation events” will provide greater flexibility for OSV commercial tour operators, reward future OSV technological innovations, and reduce OSV- caused environmental impacts, all while making the park cleaner and quieter than previously authorized.

Another important part of the final Rule is that four transportation events per day (one per gate) would be reserved for non-commercially guided snowmobile access, and Sylvan Pass would continue to be operated in accordance with the Sylvan Pass Working Group Agreement. The non-commercially guided access will provide snowmobilers a chance to visit their Park without hiring a commercial guide.

The final good news is that, with the final Rule for Winter Use in place, Yellowstone National Park will open its gates for another winter season on December 15th. Please make plans to enjoy your National Park this Winter.

Check back here frequently (you can use the shortcut: www.saveyellowstonepark.com), as the BlueRibbon Coalition will provide current information as it becomes available.

Additional information and an electric copy of the final Plan/SEIS and
Rule are available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yell.

The Park Service news release on this issue can be viewed HERE.

The Final Regulation Winter Use document can be viewed HERE.

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BLUERIB – http://www.sharetrails.org.

Christian Brothers Racing Welcomes Royal Distributing As Team Sponsor

Posted on October 29th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Christian Brothers team racer Dave Joanis

Christian Brothers team racer Dave Joanis

Fertile, Minn. (October 24, 2013) – Christian Brothers Racing is happy to welcome Canadian powersports outlet Royal Distributing as a team sponsor for the 2013-2014 season. Canada’s retail powersports leader, Royal Distributing will back Dave Joanis’ Royal Distributing Christian Brothers Arctic Cat on the ISOC National snocross tour.

“We are excited to work with Christian Brothers Racing this coming season,” said Royal Distributing’s John Mochrie. “We couldn’t ask for a more professional team to represent us on the ISOC National circuit.”

Royal Distributing is an online, catalog and retail store outlet with store locations in Guelph, Innisfil, Sudbury and Whitby. For more information, visit www.royaldistributing.com.

Last season Joanis scored four wins in the ISOC Pro Lite class on his way to a third place finish in season points. This season he will step up to the premier Pro Open class where he will race alongside teammate Logan Christian.

“We think Royal Distributing and Dave Joanis are going to be positive additions to our team,” said Christian Brothers Racing team co-owner Dwight Christian. “Royal Distributing has a flawless reputation and Dave was Top 3 in Pro Lite last season. We hope to work together to carry on our mutual success.”