Coulee Track and Trail hosted a Great Northern Snocross Series (GNSS) snowmobile race on Saturday, Feb. 18, drawing hundreds of spectators to see the high-flying fun on land located off Snowflake Curve in Timber Coulee near Westby.

Despite record warm temperatures and a 90 minute start delay on Saturday enough snow was salvaged from the surrounding area and hauled onto the course earlier in the week to create the snocross track. Randy Anderson of Coulee Track and Trail said it was a muddy mess later in the week and a lot of work to get all the snow needed to create the course, but the track was in great shape on Saturday. Coulee Track and Trail members hauled 250 loads of snow onto the grounds, 100 more loads than in 2016.

Parking was also a concern, but the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department gave the green light for spectators to park on one side of Snowflake Curve and along the shoulder of Co. P during the race on Saturday. Allowing people to park on the road shoulders was a blessing since the proposed parking area for the event was too soft and muddy to use.

Timber Coulee Thunder showcased 22 classes of snowmobile racing. This year 121 drivers, ages 4 to 60, were registered to compete. The specially designed snocross sleds cost anywhere from $10-25,000 each and always get a spectator’s blood pumping, especially on big-air jumps.

The Timber Coulee Thunder snocross races are part of the GNSS circuit out of Eagle River, which is an affiliate of the International Series of Champions, Inc. (ISOC). The ISOC is based in Albertville, Minn. and covers the upper Midwest offering racing divisions from junior to professional levels.

More information about the premier snowmobile racing organization and race day results are available at http://gnssracing.com or contact Coulee Track and Trail on Facebook.

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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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