Curtis reclaims his Hill Climb crown

JACKSON, WY — After losing his crown in 2018 to Idaho Falls sledder Justin Thomas, Keith Curtis of Dillon, Montana reclaimed his title as King of Kings at the 43rd annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb last weekend.

The Hill Climb is perhaps the gnarliest feat of snowmobiling out there. A brutal 1,500 vertical feet puts every rider to the test, and puts many on their… you-know-whats. Riders compete for prize money, but also for prestige. Making it up the course is no small feat.

Curtis claimed his King of Kings crown and also claimed the Improved King, King of Stock and Mod King, making him a Triple Crown champion.

Smoot, Wyomingite Shelley Balls took home the Queen of Queens crown on a Polaris.

Jackson rider Shad Free topped the Pro Masters Improved Stock Finals and placed third in the Pro Masters Stock Finals.

Jeff Toolson of Jackson placed third in the amateur division, and Matt Binon was the third-place Non-Pro Master.

Local Jadian Phaff placed second in the Women’s Mod Finals, third in the Women’s Improved Stock Finals, and third in Women’s Stock Finals.

Local nonprofit the Jackson Hole Snow Devils hosts and sponsors the event every year, and donates proceeds to worthy causes. They’ve given more than a million dollars back to the community over the years.

Just a small taste of how steep and wild the Hill Climb course is: 

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