Course conditions for the first–ever Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge are good and all events, including the cross-country race, are expected to proceed as planned this weekend at Lutsen Mountains.

In a press release about the event, Jim Vick of Lutsen Mountains says the spring event will benefit from the fact that temperatures at Lutsen have been trending below normal, and they have experienced only a few days with highs in the 50s.

The event will include three types of races: hillclimb, hillcross, and short course-cross country. There will be more than a dozen classes in each, and a cap of 20 riders per class.

Vick also says they are expecting over 500 riders and have a projected purse of $40,000. The King Class divisions of Hillclimb will qualify for the 2016 World Championships in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis with 20 riders allowed in each class.  Here is the schedule for this Saturday and Sunday at Lutsen Mountains:

Saturday, April 18

  • 9 a.m. – Noon  Cross-country race
  • 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Hillclimb qualifier
  • 9:30 p.m.  Race party featuring “Hitchville” at Papa Charlie’s

Sunday, April 19

  • 9 a.m. – Noon  Hillclimb finals
  • Noon – 5 p.m.  Hillcross qualifier & Finals
  • Awards party – one hour after final event at Papa Charlie’s


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