Jackson Hole's World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb

Jackson Hole’s World Championship Snowmobile Hill ClimbAs the snow begins to melt and the valley warms, Jackson Hole Wyoming buzzes with one of its largest events of the year: the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb.

Snowmobile touring in Yellowstone National Park or tackling a few dozen of the hundreds of miles of the Continental Divide snowmobile trail are memorable challenges for the average snowmobiler, but, for some who have honed their skill of ascending vertical snow banks on the steepest climbable mountains of the west, the Jackson HoleÕs World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb provides the opportunity too show off their prowess.

World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb is not an event for the meek, Held annually the last weekend of March the Hill Climb challenges over 100 of the bravest and brightest stars on the professional snowmobile circuit. The racecourse is straight up a double black diamond (expert only) ski run called Exhibition. Exhibition rises 1,500 vertical feet above the town of Jackson. The upper end of Exhibition known aptly as Rock Garden is a double-black diamond ski run with an unfathomable 45 degree slope which puts the wobble in extreme skiersÕ knees and makes mincemeat out of $10,000 snow machines. These competitors are snowmobiling up places most of us are scared to ski down. Guts and a good sled may take you over the top or as has happened to some a tumble to the bottom may dash the dreams of an aspiring climber.

Jackson HoleÕs World Championship Snowmobile Hill ClimbThousands of spectators applaud the five percent of riders who make it over the top, but riders who donÕt make it put on a much better show: their souped-up machines often tumble head-over-heels spewing parts and being chased by official Òsnow machine wranglersÓ hundreds of feet down the mountain. Hill climbers who lose it on the upper reaches of the course often tumble hundreds of feet back downhill if the, dozen or so, spotters donÕt arrest the fall of the machine. I saw one sled roll 59 times before it reached a place flat enough to stop. This legion of first-responders known as ÔHill HelpÕ are responsible for closing time and space when sledders look as though they are about to ÔendoÕ their machines. They have proved to be invaluable to the competitors.

All sledders Ôglass the hillÕ with a spotting scope to watch other contestants. Most ride the chairlift, as well, to get a birdseye view of the action and what they may want to avoid. The art of setting up the sled, or tuning it to the elevation and snow conditions, keeps crews busy for days before a race.

Even spectators face challenges, prime vantage points for viewing the race are high on the course on the same steep slopes that frustrate so many riders. Less adventurous spectators can watch from the bleachers, and some experienced spectators can make it pretty plush: People have been known to bring Lay-Z-Boys to the bottom of the hill, where there is an unlimited supply of beer, burgers and brats and a JumboTron screen that transports the high action on Rock Garden so the folks at the bottom donÕt miss any of the excitement at the top. ThereÕs also a birdÕs eye view while riding Snow KingÕs Summit chairlift up to the finish line.

Jackson HoleÕs World Championship Snowmobile Hill ClimbHill Climb weekend brings with it a testosterone charged atmosphere many of the ski oriented locals find objectionable. Jackson becomes overflowing with loud boisterous motorheads that offend the sensibilities of JacksonÕs predominant Prius aficionado, Al Gore sycophant types. I wouldnÕt be surprised if a psychologist determined that the root of the animosity was really because of the legions of beautiful women that accompany these motorheads to Jackson.

Many folks who come to watch the hill climb also schedule some time to do some snowmobiling of their own. For most folks, even for those with plenty of experience riding a snowmobile, there is challenge and adventure aplenty in the prodigious snowfields of northwest Wyoming.

For those who enjoy seeing this dazzling country astride a snowmobile, you're just minutes from a snowmobile adventure of your own. Miles and miles of awesome terrain, with easy access to the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail are all with easy access to Jackson Hole. Take all this and add a generous helping of genuine Wyoming hospitality and first-class service, and you have a true winter paradise. Numerous outfitters offer guided tours to most of the best riding terrain in the region.

Jackson HoleÕs World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb Jackson Hole’s World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb
There is big aciton high on the hill during hillclimb
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Jackson HoleÕs World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb
Hill climber goes off the back of his sled instead of over the crest of the mountain.

Jackson Hole's World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb • (Jackson Hole) World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb is not an event for the meek, Held annually the last weekend of March the Hill Climb challenges over 100 of the bravest and brightest stars on the professional snowmobile circuit. The racecourse is straight up a double black diamond (expert only) ski run called Exhibition. Exhibition rises 1,500 vertical feet above the town of Jackson. The upper end of Exhibition known aptly as Rock Garden is a double-black diamond ski run with an unfathomable 45 degree slope which puts the wobble in extreme skiersÕ knees and makes mincemeat out of $10,000 snow machines. These competitors are snowmobiling up places most of us are scared to ski down. Guts and a good sled may take you over the top or as has happened to some a tumble to the bottom may dash the dreams of an aspiring climber.

Women’s Rally 4 A Reason • (Island Park, Idah)o • Midldle weekend in January check webisite for spacific dades - www.rally4reason.com • 209/558-7390. Highlight: The camaraderie among racers and spectators, and the ride through gorgeous forests. Any snowmobile race aficionado would associate a long-standing cross-country race with a bunch of tough men in a state like Minnesota. So it may be a surprise that there’s a 25-year-old cross-country race, specifically for women, in Idaho. The Old Ladies Race, an Idaho tradition, has a new name and different starting location — but the heart of the event is still the same: a women’s race to raise money for charity.

One Lunger 100 Snowmobile •   The One Lunger began in 2000 as a fun activity born from an interest in vintage snowmobiles. The rules require that all snowmobiles entered in the race must be 1973 vintage or older, single-cylinder snowmachines. Any engine modification is permitted and any fuel may be used. Jackshafts are prohibited. Held on the third weedine in Feburary - Check For actural dates

World Snowmobile EXPOSecond weekend in March - check ro actual dates. EXPO is recognized worldwide as the "Largest Snowmobile Event in the West." Arctic Cat, Polaris, Skidoo and Yamaha will unveil their new snowmobile lines for the first time to the public at the same location. Hundreds of new aftermarket exhibits will also be on display at the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, center for the EXPO. EXPO will once again offer a TOUGHMAN ENDURO Race scheduled on Friday. EXPO features high-flying aerial antics on Saturday night. The EXPO SWAP MEET will be held Saturday

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Snowmobilers admiring the view of the red hills in the Gros Ventre Mountains Northeast of Jackson Hole Wyoming

Will Closing the ‘Snowmobile Loophole’ Lead to Shutting Down All Motorized Rec on Public Lands? • The battle over backcountry access is back on.This time, the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to human-powered snow sports, has taken the lead, filing a petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service related to the way snowmobiles are regulated on National Forest lands. Their argument? That over-snow vehicles (aka snowmobiles) should fall under the same oversight rules that govern off-road use in the summer. In other words, they feel it is time to close the so-called “snowmobile loophole.”

Forget the sunny Super Bowl, I'll take Wyoming and a snowmobile - by John Steigerwald
I wouldn't know, because for the past 10 days, I've been about as far away from Phoenix and the Super Bowl as a guy can get. Well, actually, I'm closer to Phoenix than you are but only geographically............................While the 3,000 media who are covering the Super Bowl were being herded into a stadium on Wednesday to record the 3,000,000 clichés that would be spewed on Media Day, I was cruising along the semi-frozen Grey's River in Western Wyoming, looking at some of the most excruciatingly beautiful scenery available for human eyes. It was 15 degrees and it was snowing and I was sitting on a snowmobile that was sitting on top of about five feet of hard packed snow......................As I was watching four moose - two males and two females - cavorting in the river, I have to admit-----------------------------------> More

NPS decision keeps east gate open in winter
By Carole Cloudwalker • Motorized over-snow access to Yellowstone Park via Sylvan Pass will continue under terms of a Park Service decision signed Tuesday................................The decision reversed an earlier Park Service preferred alternative that would have totally closed Yellowstone's East Entrance in wintertime after the 2007-08 season.............................A Record of Decision (ROD) concerning Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks and the Rockefeller Parkway was signed by Mike Snyder of Denver, director of the Intermountain Region of the Park Service...........................The ROD calls for changes in winter use in the two parks beginning with the 2008-09 winter season.----------------------More

seventy year old Louise Mcdonald snowmobiling in Yellowstone
seventy year old Louise Mcdonald snowmobiling in Yellowstone

New limits on snowmobiling in Yellowstone
By Ben Neary • Snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park will be restricted to 540 trips per day starting in the winter of 2008-09, the National Park Service decided Tuesday..................................Conservationists had wanted a ban on snowmobiling in the park, saying it causes noise and air pollution. In a recent letter, 86 members of Congress — none from states surrounding Yellowstone — asked the National Park Service to phase out snowmobiles due to pollution concerns............................Snowmobiling enthusiasts and some local business owners had wanted the daily---------------------------More

snowmobilers Yellowston National Park
Snowbobilers checking out the Firehole River in Yellowstone

Snowmobile enthusiasts respond to new Yellowstone Winter use plan
the Regional Office of the National Park Service in Denver issued its Record of Decision (ROD) on winter use in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. This is the latest action in the process of developing a long-term winter use plan for the Parks. The ROD is the final step from which the implementing rule will be developed. This must happen in the next 30 days for the Park to open to snowmobile access December 19, 2007. The ROD formalizes changes and restrictions in snowmobile access to the Parks.

Jack Welch, President of the BlueRibbon Coalition, stated, "We are not completely satisfied by the reduced levels of snowmobile access available only through commercial tour operators, but we appreciate the difficulty of the Park Service's management balance and are thankful that the agency has decided to allow for some level of continued snowmobile access to the Parks." -----------------More

US Congress Votes to keep Yellowstone Open for Winter Recreation
The United States Senate and House of Representatives enacted legislation to keep Yellowstone National Park open for winter recreationists. The legislative action affirms National Park Service rules to continue limited guided-snowmobile access on groomed roads in the Park, using only new technology snowmobiles. The affirmed rules also provide for snowcoach access and cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this winter.-------------------------------> More

Winter in Yellowstone: A Caldera of Your Own
Lisa Torrance Duffy • Want to tour Yellowstone National Park in near solitude? Visit in winter. With a fraction of the summer's visitation -- only 140,000 during the winter season compared to almost 3 million in summer -- winter is the ideal time to take in the park's astounding natural attractions.------------------------------> More

Wyoming court contemplates restoring roadless balance
Recreational interests were among those present in the crowded courtroom as U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer presided on October 19th over the latest legal maneuvers affecting U.S. Forest Service roadless area management. In this latest lawsuit, the State of Wyoming seeks to have the Court reinstate its earlier ruling finding the 2001 Roadless Rule illegal. A number of recreational groups have weighed in as "friends of the court" in order to protect recreational access to the approximately 60 million acres of "roadless areas" potentially affected by the Rule. The groups, who include the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs ("CA4WDC"), United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA), and the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), have been involved in a series of Roadless lawsuits including several in the U.S. Districts of Idaho and Northern California, and appeals court proceedings in the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. In the present case the recreational groups are supporting Wyoming's position and are seeking to have an injunction issued preventing the Forest Service from implementing the 2001 Rule. ---------------------------> More

Snowmobiling Growing in Importance as a Job Generator around Yellowstone
Haslett, MI - Decent jobs in rural North America are often hard to find. The loss of the commodity based economic engine (i.e.: timbering, mining) has been replaced in most cases by tourism related activities and snowmobiling is certainly a major job generator in some markets.

Regional Snowmobile Clubs
 

Jackson Hole Snow Devils • JH Snow Devils general membership meetings are 1st Thursday of each month in January, February & March: 6:30pm at the Virginian.

Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Assoc. • (Bozeman MT) (406) 586-8687 - Located on I90 and Hwy 191, 90 miles North of Yellowstone National Park and home to Montana State University. Renowned for its beautiful scenery and downhome atmosphere. The local club supports two separate trail systems. The Bridger Mountains Trail system is just 15 miles NE of Bozeman and the Gallatin Range is just minutes South of this city. The Gallatin Range is the proud location of the nationally registered historic Big Sky Trail that starts just southwest of town at Little Bear Creek and traverses 123 miles thru the mountains to West Yellowstone, the Snowmobile Capital of the World. Being this close to Yellowstone National Park affords us beautiful scenery and a multitude of snowmobiling opportunities to see, all from the Bozeman area. For a family ride try Buck Cr. Ridge Trail just south of Big Sky or 15 miles further South to Taylor Fork/Carrot Basin. For the more extreme riders try Portal Cr. to Buffalo Horn segment of the Big Sky Trail.

Pinedale Snow Explorers Snowmobile Club • (Pinedale WY)Meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month in various locations at 7 p.m. Please contact Mike Carrillo, President, for more information: 307-537-3132.

Sno-Roamers Snowmobile Club • (Swan Valley ID) Sno-Roamers is a nonprofit organization benefiting the Swan Valley, Irwin, and Palisades communities. The Sno-Roamers was established in 1966 by a group of friends in the Swan Valley, Irwin and Palisades area who loved to ride snowmobiles and get together for fun activities such as monthly rides in the winter, pot luck dinners, annual steak fry and an annual Christmas party and the current membership loves to do the same. There are records going back to 1983 showing that there were 27 members and that the dues were $5.00 for each member or $10.00 for a family. Some familiar area families that were members include the Rolfe’s, Longhurst’s, Drumond’s, Park’s, Taylor’s, Traughber’s, Burnside’s, Jackson’s, Wadsworth’s, Rose’s, Jone’s, Moeller’s, Poole’s and Wilkins. Currently there are 64 members and the dues are $20.00 for each member or $40.00 for a family, which includes the membership to ISSA with our longest members being Linda & Del Wilkins, Chub & Roberta Moeller and Ron Poole. New members are always welcome.

Mesa Falls in Winter, Island Park, Idaho
Mesa Falls in Winter, Island Park, Idaho

Targhee Ridge Runners • (Ashton ID) The Targhee Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club was organized in 1968 in Ashton, Idaho. Living in an area that borders Island Park and Yellowstone National Park , we usually have abundant snowfall and a season that runs from late November through March. The Ridgerunners believe that with careful consideration and stewardship toward the environment, wildlife, and personal property, snowmobiling can have a bright future in this area and will be a sport we can enjoy for a lifetime.

Cody Country Snowmobile Association • Remember, numbers are everything when dealing in legislative and environmental matters. As an organized group we can fight to keep our favorite areas free of wilderness and preserve our rights to multiple use lands. The club provides a place for companionship and sharing of fun times, and engages in family outings. We meet the second Tuesday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cody Search & Rescue Hall, September through April.

Mountain River SnoRiders • (Idaho Falls, Idaho) We are a family oriented club. We have members of all different riding skills and ages so bring the family and come ride with us! Tis’ the season to be very excited because it won’t be long that we can ride at any time. Thank you to everyone that came to the annual membership drive it turned out to be a very fun time. We were able to raise enough money to make some families very happy. So it is time for the Christmas families, please be sure to come to the meeting next week to hear the details. If you have any thing that you want to donate please let Derick know. Because the snow is coming we need to think of a Christmas club ride. There have been some new suggestions, including talk of a two day ride. If you have any suggestions please let us know.

Cody Country Snowmobile Association • (Cody Wyomng) The club provides a place for companionship and sharing of fun times, and engages in family outings. Remember, numbers are everything when dealing in legislative and environmental matters. As an organized group we can fight to keep our favorite areas free of wilderness and preserve our rights to multiple use lands. By joining CCSA (or renewing your dues) you also become a member of the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association who works in conjunction with Wyoming State Parks & Historical Sites to provide legislation for our sport, trail construction and grooming, mapping of trails and map printing.  We meet the first Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cody Search & Rescue Hall, September through April.

Riverton Sno-Goers, the Lander Snowdrifters, and the Dubois Sno-Katers • (Lander/Riverton/Dubois) nowmobiling is our passion and the Wind River Mountains is our playground. Here you will find information about club events and rides, maps of trails and riding areas, saftey information and links to great snowmobiling websites in Wyoming. Our goal is to help you have the best time and most fun snowmobiling. Don't forget to check out the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association website for more statewide club news and to support the sport of snowmobiling.

Pinedale Snow Explorers • (Pinedale Wyoming) Meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of December, January, February and March at 7:00 pm at the Pinedale Library.

Top Of The Rockies • (Alpine Wyoming) Since 1967 - This club was organized with the intent to bring people together with similar interests, to raise money for community projects and to support family oriented activities.

Upper Yellowstone Snowmobile Club • (Cooke City MT)

Sweet Grass County  Recreation Association • (Big Timber Montana) Welcome friends and recreation fans! Thank you for visiting our club website. Here you are able to view our schedule for the year. We are very excited about 2010. We hope that you can make it to some of our events. We’re hoping to build the club with some strong volunteers and fun events!

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