I am not sure what has changed, but last year for some reason I got a ton of snow packed around my clutch area. When I say packed I mean packed in tight. Belt started slipping, temp gauge shot up and clutch hot to touch. I had literally took the belt guard etc off and pull all the snow out. The snow was black form the belt, sheeves glazed black and the foam around the guard was all black. I figured something wasn’t clicked in correct. Put another belt on and ran it after it cooled. Sill had snow around the clutch. The snow was really heavy and deep that day. In all the years I have never had a problem and have run it way rough conditions. The sled does have over 8000 miles. In all honesty last year’s riding with the 1200 was a Joke. Wet heavy snow and then none after it rained the next day and solid ice. Towards the end of the season I was able to ride on mash potatoes and the clutch was all wet again no real snow packed up but everything was soaked and clutches belt slipping again. The only thing I can think is different is I installed the goggle bag/ oil bag caddy onto the CVT cover. I have had the CVT since I got it in 15 so That isn’t the problem. I wonder if since it is tighter fit with the goggle bag it is creating a vacuum from the back sucking the snow and water in the exit vents in on the side. First thing I want to try is put mesh/ screen over the exit vents see what happens. Then maybe apply them over the hood vents too. Anyone ever experience this before first off with snow and water soaking the clutch and belt? The thing is I looked at both my kids xp’s And they were bone dry each day so. I have never had this problem before. Second what mesh or screen could be used to allow the air in but not snow and water droplets? The sled has run flawless for 5 season and then all the sudden this happened. Temps raise to shutdown because belt is slipping and socked and sheeves literally black from the belt slipping. Everything is clean now. Just want to figure out where the snow is coming from.