White Pine Ski Resort to host Hill Climb March 8 & 9
On Bridger-Teton National Forest
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
February 20, 2013
The White Pine Ski Resort in Pinedale, Wyoming on the Bridger-Teton National Forest plans to host the first annual White Pine Snowmobile Hill Climb on March 8-9, 2013 from 8AM to 4PM.
"We are very excited about the hill climb and hope it proves to be a fun, safe and family oriented event that will be successful to the Pinedale community as well as to the White Pine Ski Resort," said John Moore, Pinedale District Ranger. White Pine Ski Area and Resort operates on the Bridger-Teton National Forest under a Special Use Permit.
This event is sanctioned by the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association (RMSHA). RMSHA has successfully hosted many similar events in the region such as the Afton Hill Climb and the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb at Snow King in Jackson, Wyoming.
White Pine will continue to be open to skiers and snowboarders on the east side of the hill both days. There may be some inconvenience to downhill and cross country skiers, regarding parking availability at White Pine, although impacts should be minimal. Cross country ski trails will also be open with the exception of the Lower Surveyor Park Trail, which will be closed both Friday and Saturday due to its proximity to the race starting pit.
Admission to the hill climb will be charged for both days of the event; adults will be $5 and children 12 and under will be free. Food and beverages will be available from the ski lodge as well as at the base of the hill.
Forest Service officials and RMSHA evaluate the option to cancel prior to the event depending on snow and hill conditions. Impacts to ski runs may occur, but are expected to be minimal. Rehabilitation efforts, if necessary, will be conducted in coordination with White Pine Ski Area and RMSHA.
Parking at White Pine is expected to be very limited. Spectators are encouraged to carpool up to the hill or take advantage of the shuttle service that will be available from Pinedale. Drivers should be aware that Forest Road 740 (Skyline Drive/Fremont Lake Road) is very narrow with sharp curves and no shoulders. Drivers should consider these conditions, as well as slippery road conditions, when traveling this narrow road to the ski area.
Lodges and motels are available to provide overnight accommodations to the public, however there will be no overnight camping available on the National Forest.
Cooperators in this event include the White Pine Ski Resort, RMSHA, Pinedale Travel & Tourism Commission, Sublette County Recreation Board, Sublette County Chamber of Commerce, Sublette County Roads & Bridges, Pinedale Snow Explorers, Main Street Pinedale, Town of Pinedale, and the US Forest Service.
For additional information about the event, contact the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326 or visit the district office at 29 E. Fremont Lake Road (next to Ridley’s Grocery Store).