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Final Issue of American Snowmobiler Available Soon!

As the November 2019 finale issue arrives from the printers, we offer our heartfelt thanks to all of AmSnow's contributors over the years
American Snowmobiler magazine final November 2019 issue

Good news -- the final issue of American Snowmobiler is back from the printer and will be heading to newsstands shortly. Its official on-sale date is Oct. 8; if you’re a subscriber, then you should have your copy shortly before that date. We hope you enjoy it!

That’s the news, sad as it is, but bear with me for a moment. I’d like to mark this final issue published by Kalmbach Media with a few thoughts.

From Jerry Bassett, the founder and original owner and editor, to Ryan Thompson, the editor of this final issue, every one of us who have been involved with AmSnow have had a blast. I took over from Jerry for the 2005 Buyers Guide in October 2004, and wow, was that first issue a struggle!

I mean that cover was the worst in our 15 full seasons, and I’ll bet there were a few typos in it too. But you readers were right there with us, with few complaints. And here’s why: our contributors!

From regulars like Les Pinz (our vintage expert) to Olav Aaen (our technical editor all these years), and Jim Czekala of DynoTech Research, who has done so many dyno tests for us. These guys are top-notch. They are authorities. They know their stuff.

And we’ve had plenty of other talented helpers too, from regular travel writers like Mike Carr and Bob Island, to hands-on snowmobilers like Jason Houle of Straightline Performance, and racers like Steve Martin and Shelley Balls recently, or Chris Burandt in earlier years.

There were many test riders, but over the long term it was Butch Veltum and son Ryan, Lil Weber (also our expert and creative art director) and, of course, Les Pinz, a former snowmobile racer himself. In recent years it was Ryan Thompson, and his brothers Kevin and Lonnie, out West. Before that, Matt, Kevin and Jake Allred.
November 2019 Cover American Snowmobiler magazine

We loved great photos because we knew YOU loved great photos. We were so proud of ours we even made calendars out of them (the 2020 edition will be the last).

Why were our photos so good? We had enthusiasts who loved walking through thigh-deep snow and hanging off mountain sleds to bring you the best images. Thanks to Ryan Thompson (this man is everywhere), Kort Duce and Rob Budrow of late. Earlier it was Joe (Photo Joe) Jaszewski behind the lens.

Certainly, there were many of us here in the office too that made it our passion to produce a fine magazine, but hey, we were getting paid. Many of the above folks did it for free, or nominal compensation. So, my stocking cap (toque for our Canadian friends) is off to salute our contributors who have worked so hard, for so long for so little, just because they love snowmobiling so much.

It’s that love of the sport and the community built around it that makes snowmobiling so special.

It has been our pleasure to serve you and provide you the most up-to-date snowmobiling information, honest sled reviews and AmSnow’s three exclusive shootout reports. We thank you for your loyalty and support.

And please continue to watch our popular website. We'll be posting other remembrance stories through the end of the year.

What a great ride it has been!

Mark Savage
Executive Editor

P.S.: Be sure to snag a copy of the November 2019 issue of AmSnow when it hits the newsstand. They may go fast!

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