2016 West Yellowstone Snow EXPO Feb 29, 2016 11:39:10 GMT -7
Post by Jps on Feb 29, 2016 11:39:10 GMT -7
2016 West Yellowstone Snow EXPO
Last weekend we completed yet another pilgrimage to attend the Snow Expo in West Yellowstone Montana. I have been asked by many why we attend this show when we have so many other shows that are similar, like Hay Days in Minnesota. To me the Snow Expo is one show that differs from them all, mainly because of the location.
West Yellowstone has something for everyone in the family to do and this is a place that is not only beautiful, but exciting to be a part of. The snowmobile industry is just that, exciting, exhilarating, and progressive, if not futuristic at times. If you don't get that feel of the Jetsons you have missed the boat.
This year the weather was in charge and she sure showed us what can happen over a weekend of sun, rain, ending up with a good shot of snow to top it off with. It was a good thing that some of the show was indoors so you could browse the new products under cover.
This year Mark Leipheimer(MCXpress USA), Enayat Karimian(Dayco Products), and myself were on hand to see what was new in the industry. We were not let down when it came to new snowmobiles for 2017.
Usually we have snowmobile representation by what I call the big four, but this year it was to be Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha in attendance. Polaris had chosen to bow out for reasons unknown to some.
Ski-doo had their new 850 motor in their 165" chassis aimed at the mountain segment.
Yamaha had their new Turbo Sidewinder in an all new chassis, also aimed at the mountain segment.
Arctic Cat had their new Thundercat with the Yamaha Turbo-ed engine, sadly only offered in a crossover sled for this season.
Vendor wise, we zeroed in on Caliber Products and TKI Industries. Two industry leaders for innovation with new products. Check out our industry exclusive interviews with Randy Seurer of Caliber, and Tom Kobza of TKI Industries. One thing we noticed was the lack of aftermarket vendor attendance at this show, they must have not gotten the memo, eh.
Show pictures including vendors and manufactures.
We attended the vintage snowmobile races which is always something fun to attend. Actually back in my youth these sleds were cutting technology for their time, and who was I to know that they would suddenly be called vintage snowmobiles
Some extra pics of the vintage racing.......................
While in West Yellowstone, there is something for all of your family to do, but for Mark and I we always jump at an opportunity to go sledding. This time we wandered back to one of our favorite places in Montana, the Gravellies. This is a very special spot to visit and I now look forward to going back during the summer months.
Mark & Patrick on their MCXpress Turbo Nyto's
Although because the weather failed to cooperate with us, we did not attend some of the outdoor events that were held. This did not seem to deter some of the die hard attendees one bit. The races in the worst weather seemed to have people watching in anticipation, as the vintage sleds careened around the bumpy track neck-n-neck looking for a first place win.
Yes the numbers seem down, and also attendance, but maybe we should factor in the economy, weather patterns, and other determining factors, before we pass judgement. My hats go off to the people in West Yellowstone who go out on a limb every year to put on this event. Until next year.
Caliber Products Ramp-Pro Universal ATV and Snow Ramp with Randy Seurer
TKI Polaris Short Pull Brake Lever With Tom Kobza
TKI 2016 Axys Chain Case Conversion Belt Drive With Tom Kobza
For more info on the West Yellowstone Snow expo visit www.snowmobileexpo.com.