Comparisons between sled brands are always a lot of fun and very interesting. Each has something that makes its sleds unique. However, we were curious to see how the different brands held up against each other throughout the Rocky Mountain States Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) racing season.
All of our statistics came from the results that were posted on RMSHA’s Facebook page and website. They can be found here http://www.rmsha.net/ or https://www.facebook.com/racermsha/?fref=ts.
Overall, there were 195 races total in the various classes and 36 King/Queen races that took place during the seven different hillclimbs. Of those, racers on Polaris sleds won 105 classes and 23 titles, Arctic Cat racers won 46 classes and 6 titles (one of those being the King of Kings in Jackson, WY), Ski-Doo racers won 42 classes and 7 titles and Yamaha racers won 2 classes.
105 class wins – approx. 54 percent
23 King/Queen titles – approx. 64 percent
46 class wins – approx. 23.5 percent
6 King/Queen titles – approx. 17 percent
42 class wins – approx. 21.5 percent
7 King/Queen titles – approx. 19 percent
2 class wins – approx. 1 percent
On average, Polaris racers won about 15 classes and 3 King/Queen titles per hillclimb event, Arctic Cat racers won about 7 classes and 1 King/Queen title and Ski-Doo racers won about 6 classes and 1 King/Queen title. Both Yamaha wins took place at the Crazy Horse Hillclimb at the Grand Targhee Resort near Alta, WY.
We also looked at how the year-end Class Points Championships were divided. Polaris racers won 14 (about 54 percent), Arctic Cat Racers won 7 (about 27 percent) and Ski-Doo racers won 5 (about 19 percent) of the 26 total championships.