April 03, 2016 - 3:00 PM
VERNON - Winter sports excitement is not over yet at SilverStar Mountain Resort.
Skiers and snowboarders may have put their gear away but snowmobilers and snowbike riders across B.C. and Alberta are ramping up for one of the most thrilling events on the hillclimb racing circuit -- the SilverStar 2016 HillClimb.
From April 8 to 10, SilverStar will welcome racers ranging from the novice to pro levels to compete in a variety of classes: junior, women, men and masters.
“We have partnered with the Vernon Snowmobile Association to host the only Hillclimb in B.C. again this year,” said Brad Baker, Race Director. “The event pits racers against the clock negotiating a track laced with technical features and a steep climb up a black diamond ski run to the finish.”
The weekend will get off to a fun start on Friday, April 8 with a mini-sled race for the kids, a vintage snowmobile parade, and a 50/50 Black-Out Race where competitors go head-to-head under the lights. The evening wraps up with a welcome party at the Red Antler featuring a mechanical bull and fireworks.
Qualifying races are scheduled for all day on Saturday, April 9. On Sunday, April 10, race finals and the “King of the Hill” capstone race are sure to delight the crowds. Spectators can ride the Summit Chair to get a bird's-eye view of the race course action.
“King of the Hill is the Grand Finale,” said Baker. “It’s the top pro riders going for the title. They pick their own line to the finish versus following the set course.”
Other weekend activities include displays, demos and a beer garden with BBQ set up outside Town Hall.
“We’re expecting a large spectator crowd for the event,” said Baker. “There will be something for everyone over the three days -- sled and snowbike racing, fireworks and even a mechanical bull.”
Online registration for the SilverStar Hillclimb event is currently open at www.skisilverstar.com.
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