Snocross snowmobiling comes to Silverton

Xtreme Mountain Racing puts its regional circuit on Molas Pass

Tradition since 2002, the Xtreme Mountain Racing Central Rocky Mountain Region snowmobile circuit is returning to Silverton this weekend.

“We always bring the final race to Southwest Colorado,” Jim Lokey, president of the Silverton Snowmobile Club, said in a news release to The Durango Herald. “They race all over Colorado and Wyoming; we’re known as the best track.”

Snocross, which features short tracks with multiple jumps and banked turns, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday atop Molas Pass.

Lokey said the race, hosted by the Silverton Snowmobile Club, probably will bring in 40 to 60 racers and around 200 spectators for the spectator-friendly sport.

“It’s supposed to be sunny. That’s going to be cool. It makes a big difference,” Lokey said.

The races are a fundraiser for the Silverton Snowmobile Club, and Silverton high school students will be offering concessions to raise money for field work in Washington.

There’s drag racing Sunday in Silverton, too.

“It’s a fun time,” Lokey said. “It gets everybody out to have a little fun.”

There will be six classes of competition: Pro Lite, Sport I and II, Master 30-over, junior classes and 120 classes. Registration for the race is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Hardrock Restaurant in Silverton, and there will be an awards show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brown Bear Café in Silverton.

Admission to the race is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-14 and is free for ages 5 and under.

“They love coming to Silverton,” Lokey said of the XMR circuit. “They can’t wait to get here.”