IRONWOOD, MI – After a ten-year hiatus, the Copper Peak Snowmobile Hillclimb is BACK with a two-day event, February 19th and 20th , 2022. The goal is simple: make it to the top of the extremely steep Copper Peak hill while zig zagging around gates. This exciting event will send its Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Spirit King of the Hill winners along with sending its top woman, who captures the Queen of the Hill title, to the World Championship in Jackson, Wyoming.
The qualifying rounds will take place on Saturday, February 19th, along with the Children’s 120 & 250 cc, Vintage 1, Vintage II and Junior Finals. Sunday, February 22nd will feature the final competitions in the Pro Stock, Pro Mod, Women’s, Spirit, and Snow Bike.
The hillclimb is the brainchild of the Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, or MASTERS. They were the first Snowmobile Race Circuit to sanction and send its top Hillclimbers to the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyoming. Jason Kleinschmidt of the MASTERS explains, “Copper Peak is a very steep and difficult hill to climb. When we ran the event, very few actually made it over the top and through the Timing Chute. Those that run this hill know the challenge they have, as does the huge crowd.”
“The committee for getting the work done on the hill and helping coordinate the event is Nathan Dees, Matt Tingstad, Mike Fraki, Jason Ruotsala, and myself,” commented Kip McIntyre. “I came up with the idea a year ago and Nathan Dees really made it all happen with his great connections in the Gogebic Range area. This group is only interested in helping create a great event for the area at a great facility and of course showing our support to Copper Peak.”
Pre-registration for the racers is highly recommended with final racer registration on Friday night, February 18th. Visit www.mastersracing.net for information on registration and the rules for this exciting event.
“We know now that the secret to attaining our dream of having ski jumping back at Copper Peak is for us to take on new partners like the MASTERS racing group. We believe this is only the beginning of things to come and appreciate the MASTERS for having confidence to come back and climb our magnificent hill”, says Bob Jacquart, Copper Peak Board Member.
Concessions and souvenirs will be on-site at Copper Peak during the event. The gates will open at 7:30 am CT, with competition to start at 9:00 am CT on both days. One-day passes will be $20 and two-day passes $30. Passes will be available at the gate on event days. Fans will have the choice of VIP (1-day:
$50, 2-day: $70) or standard parking (FREE), and are highly encouraged to come early. More information will be shared in the coming month. Hope to see you there!