In a season that’s been marked with big announcements — from Arctic Cat’s early launch of its 2021 information including the Blast snowmobiles in November to Ski-Doo’s limited build 2020.5 Summit 850 Turbo models in January — there’s been a lot going on. Still, most sledheads know that we’re now entering time in February where the really big news for the following snowmobile season is about to hit.
It gets kicked off in earnest this week — let the reckless speculation begin!
Ski-Doo started posting on social media last week teasing comments about some sort of information coming on Wednesday, February 12 — first with a purposefully blurry photo announcing that “the next Ski-Doo evolution comes into focus” on that date, and then following up with a more direct post, stating: “Your new era of #ThatSkiDooFeeling is almost here. Join us February 12, 9 p.m. EST.”
So, what do you think Ski-Doo has up its sleeve? There’s always broad predictions about new engines, new chassis platforms, new suspension, new gadgets, new whatever — to go along of course with more random speculation about a snowbike, a side-by-side snowmobile (bring back the Elite!) and lord-knows what else. Each has a varying degree of believability, but then again some people said a turbo-charged two-stroke wasn’t a possibility because of what they thought would be emissions concerns, but Ski-Doo already proved those doubters wrong!
Whatever is released, Team Snow Goer will be there. We’re boarding a plane and going to an “undisclosed location” tomorrow so we can be there when Ski-Doo pulls the wraps back on its 2021 lineup for its dealers, and the rest of the world. We’ll meet with the product people and engineers and get additional information that is only retrievable if you’re there in person.
Feel free to watch the launch live on Ski-Doo’s social media platforms, then check back with SnowGoer.com for details and even some ride impressions.
Editor’s Note: This review was originally published in the October 2020 issue of Snow Goer. Every issue of Snow Goer magazine includes in-depth sled reports and comparisons, aftermarket gear and accessories reviews, riding destination articles, do-it-yourself repair information, snowmobile technology and more! Subscribe to Snow Goer now to receive issues delivered to your door or your computer for a low cost.