JACKSON HOLE, WYO — What more can you say about a winter/spring event that doubles the population in Jackson for a weekend? The 43rd annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb is the hi-marking, sled-summiting challenge of the year taking place on the most unforgiving mountain imaginable.
Snow King Mountain will be buzzing with hundreds of participants and their support teams as well as thousands cheering them on at the base of the town hill. The four-day event kicks off Thursday, March 21 and runs through Sunday, March 24.
Hill Climb will be televised on two JumboTrons—one located right at the base of Snow King Mountain and the other one is within the ballfield.
The spectacular event is sponsored by the all-volunteer group the Jackson Hole Snow Devils. Each year, the nonprofit group designates proceeds to several worthy causes. Last year the Snow Devils raised $101,500, bringing the total donated back to the community to more than a million dollars.
Big prize money, thrills and spills, and 1,500 vertical feet of the gnarliest climb in the world keeps snowmobilers coming year after year. Fans flock to the show that usually features more plummeting than summitting.
“I have raced at the World Championship every year for the past 31 years,” said Mark Thompson out of Providence, Utah aboard a Ski Doo. “I’ve had races there on everything from bare ground, rocks and stumps, to 8 feet of snow and holes as big as trucks. Seen some of the worst weather and some of the best. Great people and a great event with racing during the day and endless night life in the town of Jackson Hole at night.”
Swan Valley’s David McClure added, “The World Championship Hill Climb is hands down the best race on the circuit. Nothing compares to how gnarly Jackson is.”
Justin Thomas, of Idaho Falls, will be defending his King of Kings crown from 2018, as well as his King of Mod Stock aboard a Polaris sled. Thayne’s Luke Rainey (Polaris) took home the title of King of Stock and King of Improved Stock last year. Jadian Pfaff, of Jackson, was Semi-Pro Queen of the Hill on her Ski-Doo.
Tickets are $20, $40 for the entire weekend. Snow Devils advise race fans to being snow boots, gloves, sunglasses, lawn chairs, hat, sunblock and binoculars. Leave the dog at home, please. Food and beverage available onsite.
Racing begins 8am each day.
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