Hay Days, the unofficial start to winter is officially over and as has become custom at the fall spectacle, the unveiling of the model year 2018 race sleds was the main attraction for spectators and racers alike. Ski-Doo opened the festivities on Saturday morning with their new MXZx 600 RS that is all new from the ground up. The machine is based on the company’s Gen 4 platform and features E-Tec direct injection, similar to the proven system that has been utilized on their 850 consumer lineup.

Polaris went about their reveal in relatively stealth fashion and while this is the second year for the “new look” AXYS 600R, there were a number of subtle but significant changes to the sled. The biggest item of note is an upgrade to Walker Evans Velocity shocks on the skis, along with redesigned A-arms that create more front end clearance in the big bumps.

Arctic Cat’s new 6000RR racer also features a number of revisions topped by a weight reduction of 20 pounds, part of which is contributed to a sleeker headlight pod that includes a down-sized headlight that is similar in appearance to the brand’s new 200cc racer.

We will be posting full reviews, specs and photo spreads of all three new releases in the next 24 hours.

Arctic Cat’s fan base remains race-driven at the core and always turns out in big numbers for the launch of their new snocross and cross-country models.

AMSOIL’s giant display featured a diverse offering of race vehicles as well as several of their pro snocross teams.

The dude-bro exhibition area was at full-tilt on Saturday with freestyle and Terracross keeping fans entertained between trips through the swap meet.

Fly Racing has stepped up their game with an all-new SNX lineup, including a snowbike/racer specific pant with leather reinforced knees.

The weekend not only kicked of the snowmobile season for team owners like CBR’s Dwight Christian, but also the start of the NFL season where Josie Christian is a member of the Minnesota Viking’s cheerleading squad.

Snowbikes continue to be a growing item of interest. RideX365 ambassador Colton Sturm was busy in the Camso display fielding questions about their kit, along with the recently acquired Yeti line.

Fox Factory always has a killer looking lineup of hardware on display at their booth, along with a number of pro staff riders coming and going throughout the weekend.

Team Bauerly is back for another year on the ACS tour. Pro Lite rider Kevin Wallenstein is all healed up from a nasty hand injury last season as well as a little moto mishap this summer.

The AMSOIL Trike Challenge took center stage on Saturday afternoon with Judnick Motorsports’ Jake Angove coming through the LCQ to claim the win and free entry fees for 2017-18.

Levi LaVallee was on hand at the Camso display with his “Woodchuck” trail sled which sports the company’s latest track technology for the trail.

Eddy Plowman educates a Hay Days shopper on C&A Pro Skis’ new XPT trail ski.

Timbersled and FOX have teamed up on the TRIO snowbike ski shock that will be a game changer for front suspension technology on any bike kit utilizing an ARO ski/spindle combo.

Stud Boy’s Ron Pattyn was busy all weekend talking about their full-line of traction products for consumer and race applicaitons.