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A one-day outing to snowmobile races

A hill climb contestant with his skis off the ground. Fifth annual Snowmobile Hill Climb Challenge at Pats Peak Ski Resort
A hill climb contestant with his skis off the ground. Fifth annual Snowmobile Hill Climb Challenge at Pats Peak Ski Resort
©Pats Peak Ski Resort

It’s time to add the annual New Hampshire Snowmobile Hill Climb Challenge to your date book for Saturday, April 5. That’s just around the corner and the multi-event day is an occasion to get outside and do something different.

Hill climber races at Pats Peak in Henniker New Hampshire
Hill climber races at Pats Peak in Henniker New Hampshire
©Pats Peak Resort

Snowmobile races for everyone

The races are being held for the fifth year in cooperation with the Weare Winter Wanderers Snowmobile Club and they will include several different events, including a Hill Climb Race, Vintage Oval Race and a Drag Race.

The Hill climb race will take place on the Pats Peak FIS Race trail in two different sessions. This trail is double-black-diamond rated, and to the right of the three main lifts. The earliest (you’ll have get up early to see this one, but the spectator gate opens at 7am) starts at 8am and will feature vintage, fan-cooled and mini/120cc snowmobiles. The other classes of snowmobiles will take to the hill beginning at10:30am. Anyone who wants to enter their own snowmobile can do so online.

The day will also feature a Drag race that will take place on the Squall Line trail on parallel 660’ trails. Squall line is a green slope connecting the east side of the mountain to the main lifts. This race begins at 1 pm, and there is a separate online registration for this event.

Antique snowmobile race and vintage snowmobile show

A different sponsor will bring a Vintage Oval Race to the event. The Northwood Crank Puller’s Snowmobile Club is sponsoring this race on the Bluster and Gusty slopes as a club fundraiser. This race circles the area known as the tubing slopes. There are several classes of snowmobiles for this event, the details are available online.

With all of these vintage machines around an additional event will be a Vintage Snowmobile Show. That show will open at 8am and will feature beautifully restored older snow machines.

Free Snowmobile rides

In case you have been curious about the snowmobile experience, the leading manufacturers of the machines, Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo and Polaris, will be providing free snowmobile rides throughout the day.

The price of admission

Tickets prices for ages 7 and up are $12 per person, not including chair lift rides. The Vortex Chairlift will be open to provide rides to spectators beginning at 9am for $10. A combination event and chairlift ride ticket is available for $20.

Getting to Pats Peak

Pats Peak is in Henniker, New Hampshire, easy and quick to get to. Take I 93 north and at Concord take I-890 north (actually west) and take Routes 9/ 202 west at exit 5. This exit is taken from the passing lane, be prepared. Continue on Routes 9/202 and take the exit for Route 114 south, through the center of town. The ski area will be on the right in about 2-3 miles.