What’s in a Name: MXZ TNT


    1977 Ski-Doo MXZ TNT

    The letters MXZ and TNT are well respected symbols of success and pride for Ski-Doo snowmobiles. Almost any snowmobiler will tell you those letters are legendary. But why? The history of how we got to the MXZ TNT snowmobile name is a little muddled, but read on to learn how Ski-Doo history has shaped the names of our high-performance trail snowmobiles.

    Ski-Doo Design: An Inside Look

    What does the future of snowmobiling look like? Few people understand it as well as those working inside BRP’s Design and Innovation Center in Valcourt, Quebec. And an invitation through the multiple locked doors guarding those secrets is about as frequent as a confirmed Big Foot sighting. When Backcountry Expert Tony Jenkins had the chance to get an inside look, we had to bring you along.

    Ski-Doo Honors Memorial Day with Those Who Served

     

    No matter how long you’ve been hanging on to snowmobile season, the celebration of Memorial Day in the United States is the day we pause to remember those gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom.

    At Ski-Doo we are proud to have many veterans of military branches finding “That Ski-Doo Feeling” on our snowmobiles. We are also honored to have one of those brave individuals riding alongside us as a member of our Ski-Doo Ambassador Team in Retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robin Koenig.

    As a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard Lt. Col. Koenig’s service to country includes multiple deployments to Iraq in support of Operations Southern and Northern Watch, and Panama in support of Operation Just Cause. His time in the service also includes serving as an Instructor with 3,000 flight hours (including 35 combat sorties) as a Pilot for A-10A and F-16C fighter jets.

    Lt. Col. Koenig has also spent many of his days in service flying and training alongside members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, participating in joint military exercises Maple Flag, Red Flag and Air Warrior, among others.

    According to Lt. Col. Koenig, riding snowmobiles is the only thing that comes close to giving him that same rush he feels when flying a fighter jet.

    “The raw acceleration, trees whizzing by, cresting a hill with the skis in the air down the backside, provide the exhilaration and thrills I knew in the air,” Koenig said.

    But it’s not just the speed rush that reminds him of his days as a pilot.

    “Snowmobiling is a sport that brings good friends (and some newbies once in a while) together to share in a common experience. In the military we train and fight hard building a camaraderie through shared experiences,” said Koenig. “I find a similar camaraderie amongst snowmobilers. It’s not just me riding, it’s me and my buddies riding together sharing a common bond. It gives us plenty of stories to reminisce when the day or season is done.”

    It’s incredibly humbling to hear Lt. Col. Koenig describe his time on a Ski-Doo so closely to his days of service to his country. And it reminds us to pause and reflect on the fact that there are brave men and women on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border who stand in harms way everyday so many of us won’t have to. Most importantly, we remember those who did give the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.

    Thank you, Lt. Col. Koenig, for your service. It’s an honor to know you, and a privilege to ride with you!

    To all the men, women, and families who have made that sacrifice, we are eternally grateful. Freedom is not free.

    Ski-Doo's Tony Jenkins' Epic Iceland Adventure

     

    Few things in life have the power to connect us like snowmobiles. Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert Tony Jenkins’ story is a prime example of how a shared passion for sleds can unite us – even when we’re half a world apart.

    Snowmobile Moms - Thank you

    We owe a lot to our moms. Especially our Snowmobile Moms! If you’re reading this, chances are pretty good your mom is a Snowmobile Mom. They’ve bundled us up, buckled our helmets, and let you ride, “Just a little bit longer,” even on school nights. And for that, we’re all very thankful. Happy Mother’s Day from our extended Ski-Doo family to all the Snowmobile Moms out there!