December 13, 2013
Open Soon – a Trail Near You
Getting ready to head down to our R&D center in Wisconsin where I’ll have a chance to get up to date on the early season testing and throw a leg over some machines with the new performance dampers installed. We will spend some time with the the guys from GKDI (our color and graphics design group) to kick off the MY2016 direction. You may have seen some of the concept sketches that have been on display at Haydays and other big shows along with surveys on color selection and graphic ideas. Well they have taken the input from these and combined with market trend studies to come up with some ideas for the next round of CG. Can’t say I am a big fan of lime green, burnt orange or flat gray so I hope they have something fresh and palatable for us – LOL.
I have been seeing lots of pictures showing people out playing in the snow on their new sleds. The comments are all quite favorable thus far. I’d be lying if I said I was smirking with confidence behind the keyboard. On the contrary, I keep checking my emails and clicking on the forums to see if something is about to go sideways on us. But you know what? I am pleasantly relieved considering my unwavering belief in our uncompromising quest to get it right the first time. Speaking of which, time will tell. It’s getting dark and “Gremlins are not to be fed after midnight’ – or so the story goes.
Old Forge (snowmobile shootout) is today. I am hoping the new Vipers show well. I haven’t heard what they have there for snow conditions but it could well boil down to who can hook up, not who has the most juice. I couldn’t find any results while writing this but they should be up now if you are interested to do a quick search.
A bit closer to home, I checked the OFSC interactive trail map and there are sections of trail already open! This is almost unheard of this early in the season, especially considering it is still snowing with lots more on the way. The groomers are out and if it stays cold I would be surprised if we don’t see a whole lot of the system up and running by next weekend. That said, I would be very wary of ice conditions, early snowfall on thin ice is never a good thing.
I spotted this sign on the Go Snowmobiling FB site, had to chuckle even though the content is serious and pretty much on the money, I just can’t remember the last time I packed a shotgun with me during a trail ride… maybe not such a bad idea, but not one that I’ll be adding to my gear list anytime soon. 😉