At the end of March each year, more than 10,000 people flock to Jackson Hole in order to witness the exciting and thrilling World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb event. It’s a snowmobile course unlike any other, where participants must climb a route on a hill that near the summit peaks at a 45-degree angle.
Not everyone makes it up to the top — and those who falter, end up going downhill hundreds of feet!
The 2016 World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb is the 40th annual event of its kind in Jackson Hole, and you aren’t going to want to miss it.
2016 World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb Basics
- What: World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb 2016 event requires participants to complete an intense snowmobile course that takes them uphill, ultimately forcing challengers to climb a 45-degree angle hill near the summit. It is sponsored by the Jackson Hole Snow Devils.
- When: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. March 24-27, 2016
- Where: Snow King Mountain
- Cost: $15 per day or $30 for the entire event
What Can You Expect at the Event?
The event is loud, crowded and tons of fun! More than 300 snowmobile hill club racers flock to Jackson Hole for this premier event, which is considered the championship climb of the season. This club has quite a following, with many visitors returning year after year in order to root for their favorite racer among those taking on the challenge.
While there are grandstand seats available, some people prefer to get a better vantage point to watch the race by taking ski lifts up the mountainside and standing along the steep, snowy hill. This is a thrilling way to watch the race, and affords you the best view, but it’s not for the weak or faint of heart. Remember, you will be standing on a hill that is just as steep as the one that the snowmobilers are trying to climb!
Make sure to check out the Snow Devils site in Jackson Hole for the 2016 Schedule of events!
What Can You Expect Throughout Jackson Hole?
Already a bustling ski town that is teeming with life during the winter months, Jackson Hole truly comes to life during the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. The town is alive with special events, live bands at the bars and shopping specials at the boutique shops in town. It’s a wonderful time to visit the city, as there is always something happening — even if you are not spending the day at Snow King Mountain watching the big events.
Staying at a luxury hotel in Jackson Hole allows you to make the most out of your time at this event. Not only will you get to experience the heart-stopping climb that is taking place on the mountain nearby, but you also get to soak up the city.
Whether it’s fine dining at the White Buffalo Club USDA Prime Steakhouse after you have spent hours in the fresh air and snowy mountains, or it’s shopping in the morning before you go watch the climbers in the afternoon, you’ll have the time of your life at this incredible end-of-season event.
Here’s a taster video from the Snowmobile Hill Climb in 2014. The 2015 event was cancelled due to poor snow conditions, so we know the riders are seriously looking forward to the 2016 event this year!
Why Should You Choose the White Buffalo Club?
There are many benefits to staying in Jackson Hole at the White Buffalo Club during the annual Snowmobile Hill Climb event. Located in downtown Jackson Hole, you can easily access all of the big events going on throughout the city.
In addition, there are shuttle services available to guests of the hotel who want to get out and see other parts of the region. When you are in the hotel, you can grab an afternoon cocktail on the rooftop terrace, or you can take some time off from the excitement on Snow King Mountain and indulge in premier spa services.
No matter what your reasoning is for heading into town for the 2016 World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb, you need to stay at a luxury hotel that will enhance the entire weekend for you. Consider booking the White Buffalo Club today.