White Outs ... (Staff Blogs)
Last week there was a news story posted on SnoWest.com that looked at the EPA's four-gallon minimum mandate at the gas stations. The intent of the mandate was to avoid a situation where someone pumping E10 fuel in a small container doesn't get stuck with E15 fuel that is left in the gas hose.
There are a couple of issues that gets swept under the rug with this EPA proposal.
First, does the EPA have a right to mandate a minimum amount of fuel purchased? Could they mandate that you only fuel your vehicle with 10 gallons of fuel? Or 18 gallons? Maybe they can mandate a maximum amount you can purchase
Is it even any business of the EPA how much fuel you want to purchase?
Second, if E15 is harmful to small engines, why is the EPA pushing so hard to put more ethanol in the fuel? Why mandate a type of fuel that ruins certain engines? Why not just let the marketplace decide what types of fuel should be sold.
Perhaps the EPA is one of those federal agencies that over-step its power and authority in an effort to expand its bureaucracy.
Sometimes it's these little stories that shed light on bad things that lay in store.
Steve Janes Blog
Snow Fronts ... (Industry Headlines)
Southern Idaho Grass Drags
The Magic Valley Snowmobile Club is hosting the 2012 Grass Drags scheduled for Oct. 20 at the Filer Fairgrounds in Filer, ID.
Racing begins at 9:30 a.m. and not only are snowmobiles welcome to race but so are ATVs.
There is 100 percent payback in the Open Mod classes and 50 percent payback in all other classes. The entry fee for the Open Mod classes is $50 with all other classes $35.
2013 Sea-Doo, Can-Am Products
The 2nd annual Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop (NRASW) will take place on Oct. 13, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, MT.
NRASW is a one-day gathering of avalanche professionals and winter backcountry enthusiasts. This year the workshop features six speakers with varied experiences, backgrounds and expertise in avalanche forecasting, theory, information processing, emergency decision making and other up-to-date backcountry information
Polaris Facility Expansion
Polaris Industries Inc. broke ground on an expansion of the company's Product DevelopmentCenter near Wyoming, MN. Since opening in 2005, the 126,000-square-foot research and development facility has been pivotal in Polaris' ascent to the top of the global powersports market.
"Opening the Wyoming facility seven years ago reinforced Polaris' dedication to leading through innovation," Scott Wine, Polaris CEO, said. "Continuously improving our technology and incorporating those advances into our vehicles, is the cornerstone of our success and expanding our Product DevelopmentCenter paves the way for its future contributions."
Find SnoWest On Facebook
If you're on Facebook and are a fan of mountain sledding, you'll want to follow the new SnoWest Magazine page. You'll get great snowmobiling photos delivered to your feed, be able to interact with magazine staff and other snowmobile fanatics and have a chance at winning several big prize giveaways. http://www.facebook.com/SnoWestMagazine
SledHeads fans can follow the SledHeads Facebook page for photos, news updates and contests all relating to the sport's top professional athletes.
2013 Sled-X Contest
For the third year in a row, Sledhead 24-7 and Speedwerx are planning another creative and exciting snowmobile build that directly involves snowmobile fans and enthusiasts.
The contest winner is involved from the beginning stages to the end result allowing their personality and story to unfold.
Get out your mobile phone or video camera and send in a :30 clip telling why you should be chosen for the 2013 Sled-X project.
Forum Snow Balls...
Here are the top posts on the SnoWest Forums for the past few days.
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Who has a Long Rod Engine Upgrade?
And then there were 2...
2012 cylinder Vs. 2013 Cylinder 800 Pro
Thumbs up for Polaris.
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