Archive for May, 2014

Divas SnowGear Adds Valuable Team Member

Posted on May 30th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Divas SnowGear is excited to announce a new addition to our team of employees based in Oregon, WI.  Dani Rae Rury joins DSG with a degree in fashion retailing and five years of experience in the field.  Her efforts will focus on marketing DSG’s brand through PR, trend following, and product planning and development to keep Divas on top of current fashion trends.  In addition, she will be responsible in assisting sales reps in the field to keep a pulse on the market and our established dealer network.

dsgDani Rae said “I’ve seen Divas SnowGear grow since inception as a brand that really took charge of a need in the market place bringing fashion forward outerwear to snowmobiling.  I knew I could help them stay on top of their market with my experience in fashion retailing.  When I initially met with the team at Divas, we immediately clicked and the rest is history!  I’m anxious to grow within the organization and bring my innovative ideas to the table!”

Dani Rae will be in attendance at upcoming distributor sales meetings, snowmobile shows, and events.  The Divas team is proud to have Dani on board.

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Posted on May 29th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News


Snowmobilers wanting to forgo the Friday night race up I-35 to the Arrowhead could be in for a pleasant surprise if they took an exit and unloaded between Hinckley and Duluth.

Just off the highway corridor are hundreds of trail miles in Pine and Carleton counties, including trails in six state forests, four state parks and four major corridor trails. Trails offer several days of riding, all within an easy drive from the Twin Cities.

It’s a great place for a day trip, but it would take several days to cover the trails on the map, says Terry Peterson, a member of the Willow River-based Northern Pine Riders snowmobile club and MnUSA director for Region 2.

There’s easy access to popular riding areas, such as the Grand Rapids region, and some surprisingly remote trails along the Wisconsin border. Three major artery trails, the Soo Line North and South and the Munger State Trail intersect in Moose Lake; the Minnesota section of the Gandy Dancer is to the far east. There are at least eight clubs in the region that maintain the trails.

Trails in the south are a combination of woods, fields, bogs and some ditches. The farther east one rides, the more forested it becomes. Ride father north and the terrain becomes hillier with a lot of creek crossings and a few lake crossings. Wildlife sightings may include fox, deer, owls, coyotes, snowshoe hares and partridges, says Bill Soboleski, president of the Cloquet-based Wood City Riders.

From Minneapolis, the quickest access point for these trails is in Hinckley, where those wanting to head north can hop on the flat, straight Munger Trail. The more leisurely – and arguably more interesting – route is to head east to the Chengwatana State Forest, into St. Croix State Park and head north through St. Croix and Nemadji state forests. Expect winding, tree-lined trails and be prepared: these trails are remote.

There are several must-stops, must-sees and must-rides on the trail system. Peterson’s list includes the 480-foot trestle bridge over the Kettle River on the Soo Line South Trail between Moose Lake and Denham. Of the several trestle bridges on this trail, this is the most spectacular, he says. The trails through Banning State Park are also picturesque, with deep gorges and fast water. Make this your first stop if you park at Banning Junction, at I-35 and Highway 23 East.

There’s a new trail north of Cloquet that’s attracted the attention – and appreciation – of the locals. It’s not officially named, but those in the Wood City Riders club call it the Lumberjack Trail.

“It’s kind of a breath-taking trail,” Soboleski says. “It’s really hilly.”


2015 Ski-doos

Posted on May 20th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

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It’s big, menacing, and by all accounts of the spec sheet, poised to conquer the steepest of peaks next winter. The crew from Valcourt pulled out all the stops when they looked to further improve their Summit X models for 2015. The spring only T3 package, also known as Titan, has given new meaning to the phrase, “never enough.” A new 3-inch FlexEdge track is available in two lengths; a somewhat “tame” 163-inch version or a whopping 174-inch for those who just can’t have too much. Joining the new high flotation track are new skis, a new chaincase, new heat exchangers, and a new lightweight muffler. When added all up, the new loud and proud sunburst sled is said to weight 16 pounds lighter than a comparable 2014 model.  

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As if the race bred MX Z XRS model from years past wasn’t “in your face” enough with its race replica graphics package, this year it screams even more. What’s more, the short track XRS is now joined by a Renegade version. Both tout all the big bump tricks and features including premium KYB shocks with a full array of compression and rebound adjustments mounted to the rMotion suspension outback and the new RAS 2 system up front. 

The kids from north of the border continue to push the technology envelope with further refinements to its best selling REV-XS chassis. Leading the way is a new RAS 2 front suspension design found on most XS sleds and Summit X models that is lighter and greatly improves bump performance. Joining this suspension in the mountain segment are two all-new Summit models that will surely drop some jaws as they look to clearly put a stake atop the tallest peaks. Other 2015 additions include a highly potent XRS model in Renegade trim, more ACE 900 options, and an all-new radio frequency activated DESS Key.



Posted on May 15th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Emissions sampling equipment supports alternative fuel research 

BRP (TSX: DOO) was named today the 2014 winner of the Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award for the unique emissions sampling equipment it developed in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s search for a more environmentally friendly gasoline alternative.

“BRP is making great strides in the areas of marine engine emission reductions and biofuel research,” said Eric Bott, Director of Environmental and Energy Policy for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. “They’re not just improving the efficiency of their engines or viability of new potential fuels. They’re inventing the testing equipment necessary to prove these advancements.”

The emissions sampling equipment was developed at BRP’s Evinrude facility in Sturtevant to research isobutanol, a biologically produced alternative fuel being tested in engines to identify if it could be a cleaner, more environmentally friendly substitute for gasoline.

“This is the first instrument designed specifically to measure and quantify engine exhaust emissions from in-use recreational boats,” said Jeff Wasil, BRP’s Engineering Manager on the project. “We are working closely with the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Boat and Yacht Council on a comprehensive test program which is leading toward a better understanding of exhaust emissions from recreational marine products.”

The award recognizes businesses that demonstrate environmental soundness in pollution prevention, innovative technology and environmental stewardship. The program aims to communicate to businesses, state policymakers and the public that these environmentally conscious practices have a positive impact on Wisconsin.

This award reaffirms BRP’s commitment to using ground-breaking technology to support environmental sustainability.

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Robbie Malinoski Announces Retirement

Posted on May 13th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News


Robbie Malinoski, one of the most popular pro snocross athletes of the past decade, has officially announced his retirement as a racer. Malinoski’s journey started in 2001 when he followed the path of fellow Canadian and mentor Blair Morgan to a life on the road with the World Snowmobile Association, taking part in his first race in Fargo, North Dakota.

A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Malinoski made the move to Thief River Falls, Minnesota for the 2002-03 season where he paired up with Earl Reimer and found moderate success on the tour. Thinking his future in snocross was going to be short-lived, a surprise call from then Team Arctic Manager Brian Sturgeon, landed him with the upstart Olah Racing superteam for 2003-04. It was there that he rose to prominence, winning a Semi-Pro championship in 2004-05 before going on to sweep both the Pro Stock and Pro Open class championships in 2005-06.

During his career, Malinoski held the unique distinction of racing at the top level on all four brands of snowmobiles, winning main events on three, including the first four-stroke win for Yamaha in 2007. His most recent wins came in November of 2012 when he swept the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series opener at Duluth, Minnesota. He also captured two medals at the Winter X Games, including a silver in 2009 and a bronze in 2011.


A season-ending practice crash at Canterbury Park in January would prove to be his final time on the track. When he was unable to come to terms with the Scheuring Speed Sports team at the end of last season, the decision was made to transition into a new chapter in the sport. On May 1, Malinoski was hired as the Team Manager of the aspiring Leighton Motorsports team, where he will oversee all aspects of rider training/development and sled development, along with the day-to-day operations at the team’s seasonal headquarters in Princeton, Minnesota.

When asked to reflect on his career, Malinoski noted that “I think any time you win a championship it is a highlight. They’re not the easiest thing to achieve and they’re a lot of work. I think the other thing that I am most proud of is that I didn’t let things get stagnant. I had a fairly long career and I didn’t start early so I felt like I was always trying to keep up or catch up. I was never the flashiest guy but I was always there and working hard.

“I want to especially thank everyone who has been involved in and out of my career, from teammates to owners to sponsors, just the whole gamut. I was only ever as good as the team behind me and I felt like we had some awesome teams over the years.”