Do you want a limited edition model that isn’t available to “regular” customers? How about earning up to $800 worth of credit for some clothing and accessories, securing extra time on your warranty or getting a factory-backed “best-deal” guarantee?


Spring buyers get a chance to own limited build Ski-Doo's, like this X version of an MX Z.

If you’re in the market for a new 2013 sled, and any of these carrots appeal to you, the time for shopping is quickly coming to a close: It’s decision time!

The spring order period for all four snowmobile factories ends within the next 12 days, and the deadlines for Ski-Doo and Yamaha are coming early next week.

Yamaha’s “Power Surge” program wraps up on Monday, April 16. The carrots Team Blue is dangling include up to $800 in customer cash for parts, garments or accessories, a three-year warranty, no interest for six months and a limited edition 45th Anniversary fleece jacket. From our testing at the 2013 Rode Reports, the biggest change for Yamaha this coming year are the new skis on the Nytro models – they truly do change the way the machines handle.


Ski-Doo’s “Spring Fever” program also wraps up on Monday, April 16, and it includes added time on engine and bumper-to-bumper warranties. As per usual with BRP, however, the company is again offering limited edition product as the most notable enticement – “X” versions of MX Z, Renegade, Renegade Backcountry and Summit models offer more custom features, better shocks and other upgrades, and don’t forget about the X-RS MX-Z, plus custom graphics/wrap kits on various models. The new REV-XS body style is sure to grab some attention for buyers, and our test crew was ultra-impressed with the tMotion rear end on the new Summit.

Yamaha is using longer warranties, financing and cash for gear to entice riders to consider spring ordering a 2013, like this Nytro RTX.

Arctic Cat’s “Spring Promo” concludes on Friday, April 20. Those who put their name on the dotted line for a 2013 model get a three-year warranty, $500 in Cat Cash plus the choice between 6.9 percent financing for 60 months or nothing down and no payments or interest until March 1, 2013.  We’re guessing the hot new RR (for Race Replica) models will attract the most interest from Cat faithful and particularly spring buyers, who are always the most hard-core enthusiasts.

Spring buyers at Arctic Cat dealerships are likely asking questions about the ProCross F 800 Sno Pro RR.

Polaris buyers have a bit more time to qualify for that factory’s “Snow Check”  program – it wraps up on Monday, April 23. Like Ski-Doo, Polaris is leading with sleds that are only available in the spring – like the Switchback Pro-R and Rush Pro-R LE models, plus Switchback, Rush and RMK models featuring the popular Retro graphics or factory-installed electric start. Given the upgrades Polaris made, and the fact that many folks are still riding in the West, we’re expecting Pro-RMK models to lead the way on spring order for Polaris.

Pro RMK models from Polaris already lead the marketshare in the West, but now they are significantly lighter for 2013.

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