Ski-Doo 2019 Product Updates

    5 Cool Things about Ski-Doo REV Gen4 Snowmobiles

    Article updated on August 2nd

    Ski-Doo REV Gen4 snowmobiles have turned the heads and won the hearts of riders since their introduction on the 2017 Ski-Doo Summit, MXZ and Renegade trail sleds. They’ve proliferated throughout the Ski-Doo lineup with more engines, options, and really cool things the spec sheets don’t tell you. So, we’re updating you on all the innovations in the last 3 model years you should know about.

    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.

    The first mention of MX on a Ski-Doo snowmobile came with the launch of the 1981 MX Blizzard featuring the MX total suspension – a trailing link front IFS design paired with a “double jointed” rear suspension arm for an incredible 10 inches of rear travel. It was the first long travel, big bump capacity design from Ski-Doo and the name was derived from motocross race bikes that also featured long travel suspensions for rough terrain.

    Since then, the MX nomenclature has adorned sleds beyond those fitted with an MX suspension. It’s been equated with motocross as snocross racing popularity was skyrocketing. “It’s engineered for those who ride with all the agility and intensity of a gritty motocrosser,” read the 1994 MX Brochure. It’s also been linked to “Maximum Cross Country” as in the rugged long-distance races like the Winnipeg-to-St. Paul I-500, Iron Dog in Alaska, and Caine’s Quest in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.


    1994 Ski-Doo MXZ

    Today the MX badge is worn proudly by our MXZ line of high performance trail sleds and snocross race sleds.. It’s not surprising considering the same performance principles the MX established in the early ‘80s still hold true to Ski-Doo trail and race sled offerings today. It’s the motocross bike of snowmobiles.

    That brings us to ‘Z’ in the MXZ name. The use of the letter Z in Ski-Doo naming started in 1993 as a way of putting an emphasis on performance – it was the last letter in the alphabet – and it was the last word in performance sleds. From the Mach Z, to the Formula Z, to the MX Z, the letter has been plastered to the hood of each lineup’s premiere performance sled. “Z” snowmobiles were (and still are) equipped with the strongest Rotax engines Ski-Doo offered, and the most capable suspension packages. They were, essentially, what we would consider today’s X-RS snowmobiles.

    The TNT (originally written T’NT) in Ski-Doo history very clearly stands for “Track And (N) Trail.” It speaks to the intended use of the snowmobile in no uncertain terms – Win on the track, and dominate on the trail. It turned out to be the perfect snowmobile marketing storm, and foster the sales concept of, “What wins on Sundays, sells on Mondays.”

    2019 Ski-Doo MXZ TNT

    The first T’NT came to market in 1968, but only in limited quantities, as it was solely intended for racers and the track. It also featured the first snowmobile-specific engine built from the ground up by Rotax – a twin cylinder 599cc vertical engine. It claimed the 1968 Eagle River World Championship Derby with Steve Ave aboard. The 1969 consumer T’NT model was an instant success, selling out before the snow hit the ground.


    1968 Ski-Doo MXZ TNT 600

    For 11 model years (through 1978) T’NT sleds collected wins at the track, won over hearts of trail riders across North America, and were the catalysts for new engines, suspensions, and numerous other advancements in Ski-Doo snowmobile history. Today, the TNT letters are reserved for one model – the MXZ TNT – as the perfect combination symbolizing the history, advancement, and legendary performance of Ski-Doo 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.