With the industry offering dozens of options for winter fun, check out these four snow machines, attractively priced around $15,000.
Arctic Cat has a well-deserved reputation for being—how to say this nicely—in your face, with power, styling, and performance that does more than move you across the snow or ice. The Riot is ruthless in this regard, delivering crossover versatility. With available ARS II front suspension and unique CROSS-ACTION rear suspension, you can put in the miles in comfort or grab big air when you want. Powered by either an 8000-Series C-TEC2 engine or 6000-Series 599cc C-TEC2, every Riot machine offers electric start, adjustable ski stance, reinforced running boards and a standard rear rack for your gear. The premium FOX ZERO QS3 shocks are easy to adjust and make the already sure-footed ride of this crossover even better.
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It seems like Ski-Doo stripped down everything about the Expedition Xtreme and then built it back up to the max. Powered by an extremely powerful (165hp) liquid-cooled two-stroke Rotax 850 E-TEC engine, quick-revving responsiveness is built in. Lightweight, strong, and durable, the Xtreme can accommodate 20-inch wide tracks for maximum flotation and traction. The open cockpit design stays out of your way, while the LCD gauge cluster provides all the info needed on the trail. You get sure handling along with comfort, thanks to race-proven KYB Pro 36 rear shocks. The rear suspension is optimized for both trail and deep powder riding, letting the rider explore far beyond daily tasks with all-day sledding.
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Yamaha makes no bones about it: With the Sidewinder L-TX SE you can conquer winter and dominate any trail you come across. Power comes from a turbocharged 4-stroke 998cc engine with electronic fuel injection. The chassis layout was engineered to centralize mass, so you get a well-balanced sled that’s fun to throw around in a wide variety of conditions. The Sidewinder L-TX SE gets premium Fox Zero RC front shock absorbers with adjustable coil springs and a wide range of rebound and compression damping adjustments. These shocks include Fox FIST ice scraper technology and velocity-sensitive damping. Push-button electric start, push button reverse, and an easy-to-read digital gauge cluster make it easy to stay out all day.
Yamaha Motor Corporation