Scott Jackson was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming last weekend to run in the World Championship Snow machine races.
Jackson, a ten-year veteran hill climb racer, was competing for the first time out of state and in the World Cup race. "I've been snow machining since I was just a little kid, but about two years after they started the hill climbs in Valdez, my interests got tweaked in competitive racing," Jackson said prior to loading his equipment and heading south to find some real snow.
Jackson was one of four Alaskans to be invited to compete at the World Championships. "Normally you have to qualify by points in a circuit type race, but we don't have any circuit races here, but our team on the Kenai is working on bringing a circuit to the state of Alaska so we can qualify," said Jackson.
The lack of snow has made it tough for the Team Alaska to do much practicing on the low lands of the Peninsula, so they headed to Lost Lake near Cooper Landing almost every weekend during the winter. "It actually hasn't been that bad, it's hard to believe but it's been pretty good running up there, but we haven't had the hill climb courses that the teams outside race on every weekend, so we'll have our work cut out for us," said Jackson. The other members of Team Alaska that will be running with Scott at Jackson Hole are Jeff Hanson, Brock and Kam Shaffer.
Snow machine racing is an expensive hobby according to Jackson who says that the retail price on a spare engine alone is $10,000, and he estimates the transportation to get the team to the championships at Jackson Hole will be another 10K. Snow machine racing supporters have rallied behind the team with over 30 local sponsors contributing to defray the expenses including Uptown Motel, The Cabin Hoppers, Phillips Conoco and the Kenai Racing Lions club. ESPN TV covered the race.
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