For the first time since 2011, the fast and furious sport of snowmobile hill climbing will return to Lost Trail Powder Mountain March 11-12.
The event, sanctioned by the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hill Climb Association, is expected to draw racers from as far as Canada, Minnesota and Colorado.
“There will be a lot of local racers there, too,” said Heidi Peterson of Wisdom. “It should be really exciting.”
Peterson and her husband, MD, helped establish the first snowmobile hill-climbing event several years ago as a memorial to their friend David Shepherd, who died in an avalanche.
That event ended in 2011.
Poor snow conditions further south offered an opportunity for the Lost Trail ski area to consider hosting another hill climb this year. A race at Cherry Peak, Utah was cancelled due to a lack of snow for that March weekend.
Snow certainly isn’t an issue at Lost Trail. The ski hill’s summit currently has a 55-inch base and there is 47 inches at the lodge.
Those snow conditions should provide for a very steep, technical course with deep trenches by the finals on Sunday, Peterson said.
There will also be an amateur race if locals want to compete. There is a temporary membership fee to participate.
Races are scheduled to get underway at 8 a.m. both days. There is a $5 gate charge fee. Qualifying rounds are scheduled on Saturday with finals set for Sunday.
People can go online to rmsha.net for race information. Anyone with questions can call Peterson at 406-660-0641
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