Nestled in the Southern end of Yellowstone National Park, is a small, generally quiet town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Quiet except for one particular month of the year: March, brings the World Championship Hill Climbs!

Photo: skiworld
Photo: skiworld

Jackson Hole is the best hill, best ran event and most prestigious hill climb in the world. It has speed, technical sections and just sheer excitement surrounding the whole event. If you’re going to see one hill climb a year, this is the one to attend.

Photo: Sledder
Photo: Sledder

If you enjoy watching fast, loud and insane sleds and riders alike, this is the place for you to be! If you’d prefer to be in the middle of the action, this is still the place to be. You can volunteer as a sled catcher, which is exactly what it sounds like. When a rider bails or falls off his sled during his ascent, it’s a sled catcher’s job to try and stop it from rolling all the way to the bottom. Not only to prevent further damage to $30,000 machines, but also to prevent spectator injury. The event staff do install a catch net at the bottom of the shoot, which will stop pretty much anything if it makes it that far, but it never hurts to stop the sled beforehand if you can.

Photo: amsnow
Photo: amsnow

You will witness some of the absolute best riding here. The amount of control it takes to ride that rocket up a technical hill, with skis in the air, using the track and body weight to steer is absolutely immense. Once a rider reaches the ‘Rock Garden’ his ability as a professional is truly tested.

“I have raced at the World Championship every year for the past 31 years, 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. Looking forward to many more!”

Mark Thompson #45

 

 

Photo: sledmass
Photo: sledmass

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