Welcome bones and ghouls! We are really getting into the Halloween spirit this year and will be celebrating by hosting our very first Social Media Scavenger Hunt! This fun and family-friendly event will take place from October 24th to October 29th on our three main social media channels Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The first five participants to complete all six clues will win a $50 gift certificate to Appolson’s Performance Center!
Finally, there’s going to be lots of yummy Halloween treats in the showroom to enjoy on Saturday, October 29th while shoppers check out the final weekend of Polaris FAC! So we hope you all participate and come see us soon!
Last Saturday Jim and Jerry took some very special friends on a private ride with the Polaris Demo Tour film crew and some brand new 2015 Polaris Snowmobiles! Even though the conditions weren’t the greatest everyone did an awesome job and it was definitely an adventure to remember. Can’t wait for Round 2!
It’s here! The Winter X Games have finally arrived and this year’s games include 4 snowmobile competitions: Speed & Style, Long Jump, HillCross, and SnoCross. Root for your favorite athletes January 22-25 and see who dominates Aspen!
Snowmobile season is here, but that doesn’t always mean the trails are open. Make sure before you go riding to always check with your local snowmobile club on the conditions of the trails before you ride them!
Even though there’s snow on the ground the conditions on the trails may not always be suitable for riding, and that can lead to a messy situation. Here’s a list of common abbreviations you’ll encounter when researching snowmobile trail conditions and what they mean:
CL-S–This clubs trails areClosed for theseason– Riding this clubs trails on anything is considered trespassing!
O/S– Trails for this club areClosed– Trails will open soon for the season!
B/P– Trails areClosedandBeing Preparedfor your winter riding experience.
W/S– Trails areClosedbut ready to ride, the club isWaiting for Snowortrails may have been open and are now waiting for conditions to improve so trails can reopen.
Limited– Trails areOPENfor this club but conditions areLess than favorable. Riders can expect mud, rocks, stumps, corn stalks and water on the trail at any point. Many trails may have deeprutsin farm fields and open areas. Trails are probably not groomed andsome sectionsof trail may beClosed.Trail base will be very thin.Use Cautionif you are going to ride the trails.
OPEN– Trails for this club areOPENGrooming has begun or will begin soon. Your riding experience should be favorable!
Dan G. sent us this awesome photo that his dad took of our very own Jim Appolson snowmobile racing at Eagle River back in 1989! Dan is currently in the process of restoring this exact sled for the Snowmobile Hall of Fame Snowmobiling Museum and has been sending us updates on his progress, stay tuned for some sweet before and after shots and his story in an upcoming blog post.
Sledhead 24/7 has gone back in time in order to create an awesome short video of the history of snowmobiling! Watch as the sport evolves over the past 60 years from its farming roots into a recreational sport for the whole family and then finally into the adrenaline-pumping daredevil racing and stunts we get to enjoy today, first introduced by the good ol’ Polaris Thrill Team!
“XP1K2” is a seven-minute onslaught of intense off-road road action, set in a massive 600-acre forest near Mt. Baker, Washington. The video stars Off-Road Racing Champion RJ Anderson, driving a custom Holz Racing built Polaris RZR XP 1000 Side-by-Side (SxS), complete with a Polaris ProStar® 1000 Muzzys Performance engine and custom Walker Evans Racing shocks. The “XP1K2” crew, including Tony Vanillo and his team of dirt and ramp engineers at the Off-Road Management Group, transformed the remote wooded location into a stunning array of creative obstacles, which included more than 20 natural terrain and man-made works of (terrifying) art. Spoiler alert – RJ Anderson reclaims the world record for a distance jump in a SxS – and does so by clearing a death-defying 100-foot gap!
More than a year of planning went in to the development and execution of the “XP1K2” campaign. It took the build team of 10 more than a month to carve out the heart-stopping playground as multiple obstacles featured hand built “ladder trail” which required two to three days each to weld, cover in wood and secure safely. The Mad Media crew of 40 then spent 14 days on location battling wind, rain, mud and fog to capture each of their incredible imagined obstacles.