Welcome To The Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association

November 2007 Feature Viewed 1710 time(s)

We would like to welcome you to the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association. We hope that this program will give you a good understanding of the type of professional organization RMSHA strives to be.

At our events I'm confident the people you meet from our group, whether staff members or racers, are some of the nicest and friendliest people around. If you have any questions as you attend our events please feel free to ask a racer or staff member. If they can't answer your question I'm sure they'll find someone that can.

We'd ask you to take note of the sponsors listed in this program. Please support these businesses and let them know that you saw their ad in our program.

RMSHA presently has 300-plus members. For the 2008 race season we have more new racers. Our members come from 13 states and one Canadian province. At our races last year we averaged 550 entries at each event. Where possible, we run two lanes of racing simultaneously on qualifying days.

Besides the Pro and Semi-Pro classes we have a Juniors division (14-17 years old) and a Women's division. These two classes run on the same courses as the Pros. We have had some truly awesome racers come out of our Juniors program. Watch these classes and I'm sure you will be impressed.

This year we have eight scheduled events. Check out the schedule in this program and try to make as many races as you can. Every hill has something different to offer both the racer and spectator.

We start off our year in Preston, ID, this year on the Jan. 11-12. Then we head to Afton, WY, for the first of two races in this western Wyoming town. The second Afton race follows the Bear Lake, ID, and Elko, NV, races. New for RMSHA this year is a Montana stop. We head up to the Lost Trail Powder Mountain ski area on the Montana/Idaho border for the David Shepherd Memorial Race in March. This year the World Championship Hillclimb hosted by the Jackson Hole Snow Devils starts on March 27 and runs through the 30th. Then we are off again this year to the Beaver Mountain Ski Area just east of Logan UT, for our year end points championship April 3-5.

The support that the snowmobile manufactures have given our sport over the years has been tremendous. Three of the four factories have appointed race directors for their hillclimb teams. They believe that our type of racing showcases their sleds built with the western rider in mind. The sleds we race are the same quality machines that you can buy. The factories contingency programs ensure that we have the best racers on the best sleds at every event.

To make sure we create the best show possible for the spectators and racers, RMSHA has seven full time officials at every event. Back with us again this year as announcer is John Hurren, who will keep you informed on what is happening throughout the day. Keeping track of racers times will be Bryon Parker along with our "top of the hill" timer Matt Froehlich. These people run our $14,000 computerized timing equipment. With this system we are able to separate runs separated by thousandths of a second. With 500 plus sleds going up the hill this is a very demanding job preformed flawlessly by our timers every race weekend. This year in the tech area will be Mark Smith and crew. Their job is to ensure each sled follows the rules of the class it is run in. Last, but not least, are our secretary,  Kriss Schneiter, and our treasurer, Jennifer Keetch. These two gals keep the whole show running smoothly.

We would like to thank all the companies that provide their support to RMSHA. Without their support we would not be able to race. Please see the RMSHA sponsor page for a list of our sponsors. The products and services are the best to be offered. Please use them when needed.

For updated information please check our web page, www.rmsha.com to check on the latest announcements and points standings. Our web sponsors and the talents of Larry Smith make for a very informative web page.

Again welcome and enjoy the races.


Gregg Anderson

President, RMSHA

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