The popular Motorcycle Hillclimb in South Range has been postponed till September 19th.  The event that draws fans and racers from throughout the Midwest was scheduled to happen on June 20th.  

The hillclimb has its origins in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  For years the event took place as a part of the South Range 4th of July festivities.  When the motorcycles returned to what is called, Whealkate Bluff in 2018, the race also happened on the 4th of July weekend.

“However with the 4th of July falling on a Saturday, we didn’t want to compete with 4th of July festivities happening all over the Western UP.  Thus we planned on moving it up to the 3rd Saturday in June,” commented Jason Kleinschmidt, MASTERS Racing Circuit Race Director.

The MASTERS, which is an acronym of Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, is the Promoter and Sanctioning body of the Hillclimb.  The MASTERS has been a part of Snowmobile Hillclimbs since working with the Range Snowmobile Club in 1991.  The Circuit was formed in 1995.

“With the uncertainty as to what the guidelines will be with the Coronavirus Pandemic, we decided to postpone the Hillclimb,” Kleinschmidt stated.  “There was many factors in postponing the hillclimb, including the health and safety of our racers, race crews, fans, and our officials.  We also were concerned about the ability to get sponsors, since many of them have been closed for months or have had a major decrease in business.”

Many events, from 4th of July celebrations, to the Rodeo in Iron River, have been cancelled for this summer.  The MASTERS did not want to cancel the hillclimb, but to postpone it to a date that they feel State guidelines will be less restrictive.

It was last year that the hillclimb not only had racers of all ages competing on Motorcycles, but also snowmobiles raced up the steep 500 foot bluff.  The MASTERS plans on having the snowmobile’s return, along with something new for the fans to see.

“We had planned on having a group that races Radio Controlled (RC) vehicles put on an exhibition as they attempt to run up the Bluff.  We don’t know at this time if they will have the (Sept) 19th off or not.  We hope so,” Kleinschmidt explained.

This year the MASTERS is going to have the Pro Class Motorcycles go around 3 gates as they attempt to make it over the top of the hill.  In the winter, the snowmobiles go around 5 to 6 gates.  All the other Motorcycle classes and the snowmobiles will go straight up the hill.

“We brought up the idea with Mike Chopp of Houghton.  Mike (Chopp) is one of the top Professional Motorcycle Hillclimbers in the Midwest, and he had no problem having to go around 3 gates,” explained Kleinschmidt.  “Our top Pro Motorcycle class will be in memory of Tim Tousignant.  “Tim passed away after battling Cancer.  He was one of the top Motorcycle Hillclimbers in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and was instrumental in bringing the Motorcycle Hillclimb back.”

Tousignant was from Ontonagon.  His brother, Craig, is another one of the top Pro Motorcycle Hillclimbers.

Kleinschmidt was also diagnosed with Cancer close to 5 years ago.

All of the hillclimbs have been sponsored by the Ojibwa Casinos of Baraga and Marquette.  Vollwerth’s Meats has also been a major sponsor of the hillclimbs, which draws hundreds of fans.  The hillclimbs have also had hundreds of thousands of hits on the YouTube Videos.

“This event not only promotes South Range, but also has an important impact on the area’s tourist economy.  That is why we believed strongly that we would postpone the event, not cancel it for the year,” concluded Kleinschmidt.  “That is providing Governor (Gretchen) Whitmer does not have any restrictions limiting the amount of people can get together for an event in September.”


Due to Covid-19 and the Wisconsin Governor Proclamation, the Mont du Lac Hillcross and Race of Champions Snow Drags has been cancelled. 
Both, Mont du Lac and the MASTERS have been working together since the news about the Cornavirus Pandemic became a world-wide issue.  While every other event had been called off and cancelled before today, Mont du Lac and the MASTERS looked at every possible way we could still hold the races where the racers, crew, and fans would be safe. 
However when the legal ramifications were brought to our attention, both of us had no choice but to cancel the races. 
This year, Mont du Lac was sitting on OVER 50 inches of snow…that is OVER 4 FEET of snow.  The Duluth/Superior area has a forecast for the next week with temps below freezing every night, and even snow in the forecast!
We have had A LOT on interest in BOTH the Hillcross and the Race of Champions Snow Drags.
Everything was looking GREAT for an excellent day of racing…until the Coronavirus situation.
What both, Mont du Lac and the MASTERS is looking at is what form of snowmobile racing YOU would be interested in that final Saturday in March or the 1st Saturday in April, 2021. 
The MASTERS WANTS your comments and your feedback.  Since our first race in 1995, and even doing races going back to 1991, we have always wanted the thoughts and ideas from the racers.  We truly are a RACERS Circuit!
Please e-mail me your thoughts and ideas.  My e-mail is;  sschulz [at] jamadots [dot] com
MASTERS Motorcycle/Snowmoble Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI., Saturday, June 20, 2020:
We are praying and hoping that the Coronavirus situation will have passed by then, and we can hold our 3rd Annual Motorcycle/Snowmobile Hillclimb.
The CHANGES for this hillclimb is that we are going to have some of the PRO Motorcycle Classes where the racers are going to go around 3 gates.  We will continue to have some Motorcycle Classes and the Snowmobile’s go straight up the hill.
We are also going to have an Radio Controlled (RC) exhibition to see if these RC vehicles can make it over the top of the steep Whealkate Bluff.
Within the month we will have the class registration on our Website:
Just like all our races for 25 years, we will not have registration the day of the race. 
MASTERS Schedule for the Winter of 2020-2021:
Just as we have done for years, we set our schedule at the conclusion of the year.  This gives our racers, crew, and fans plenty of time to make plans to either compete or come and watch EXCITING MASTERS Races.
Jan 9, 2021:    Terra-X, Location to be determined.
Feb 6, 2021:    Vollwerth’s Meats Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH), Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
Feb 27, 2021:  Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Snowmobile Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
March 27 or April 3rd, 2021:  Mont du Lac Race (Hillcross, and/or Race of Champions, or Terra X) Superior/Duluth
June 19, 2021:  Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle/Snowmobile Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
We are looking for another location for a Snowmobile Hillclimb, if we find it, the date would be either Jan 16, 2021 or sometime in March (other then the 3rd weekend when the World Championship in Jackson, WY., takes place).
Thanks for your understanding, patience, and your support of one of the longest running Snowmobile Race Sanctioning Circuits in the entire US.
Stay HEALTHY and Stay SAFE!
Thank-you for another GREAT Winter racing season!


Mont du Lac Hillcross, March 28, 2020
The Hillcross FINAL Registration will need to be sent to our Offices, so that we receive the registration and fees by Thursday, March 26th, 2020.  Send in the registration and fee’s too:  MASTERS, % Mont du Lac Hillcross, 610 Greenland Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953.  By getting this to us by Thursday, March 26th, you need not be at Mont du Lac until Saturday Morning, March 28th, for the MANDATORY DRIVERS Meeting at 9:00 am CT. 
Final registration is Friday Night, March 27th, 2020, at the lodge at the bottom of the hill.  Registration will be from 6 to 8 pm CT.  As has been our policy for over 25 years, we do not take registration the day of the race.
We will open the Hillcross track to those that went through Safety Tech at 8:30 am CT, and you will have a half hour (8:30 am to 9:00 am) for TNT (Test N Tune Practice).
Right after the Drivers Meeting we will have the Time Trials to seed you for the 2-sled, side by side, brackets in the class.  You will get ONE run in Time Trials.
Then the brackets will be set, and you will run in a double elimination race, right up to the Class Championship, where it will be ONE race, even if you did not lose in the prior rounds.
Hillcross will be the ONLY racing that we will run 120’s and Juniors. We will NOT be running 120’s and/or Juniors in the Race of Champions Snow Drags
We will be going back and forth throughout the day between the Hillcross and the Race of Champions Snow Drags.
The Awards ceremony will be 60 minutes after the conclusion of ALL the racing (Hillcross & Snow Drags).  This will be in the Lodge at the bottom of the hill.
General Rules AND Hillcross rules are on our Website.
Race of Champions Snow Drags, March 28, 2020:
You can Pre-Register by sending in your registration so that the MASTERS receives both the registration and the fee’s at our offices by Thursday, March 26, 2020.  Final Registration will be in the Lodge at the bottom of the hill on Friday Night, March 27, 2020, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  At 8:00 pm we will have the ‘draw’ as to who the racers will compete against in the 1st round.  You are welcome to stay around for the ‘draw.’
For the classes we are going to run in the Race of Champions Snow Drags, we are  running 600 Mod, 850 Mod, TOP GUN, and the 2 ‘Shoot-outs.’  The 600 Mod, 850 Mod, and TOP GUN, is double elimination, until the Class Championship, where who ever wins, is the Class Champion.  Even if you had not lost in prior rounds, the Class Champion is awarded based on that one race.
Now for the Shoot-outs.  This is a ‘Run-what-you-brung’ Non Turbo, and a ‘Run-what-you brung’ Turbo.  This is a $100 entry fee, with winner take all in the Shoot-Outs.
The Shoot-Outs will be our final races of the day.
We will have a MANDATORY Drivers Meeting on Saturday Morning, March 28th at 9:00 am CT.  Right after the Drivers Meeting we will be giving those that went through Safety Tech the chance to have TNT (Test N Tune) for a half hour, while we are running the Time Trials for Hillcross.
We will be going back and forth between the Hillcross and the Snow Drags.
Our General Rules and our Snow Drag Rules are posted on our Website.
Commercially produced Traction Products, including Chissell’s will be allowed for those with a TWO PLY TRACK ONLY.  No traction products will be allowed on any Single Ply Track.
We will NOT be running 120’s or Juniors in Snow Drags, only in Hillcross.
The TOP GUN is going to be a ‘tiebreaker’ to determine the 2019 TOP GUN Champion, this is between Al Turin and Nick Gustafson.  The WINNER of the TOP GUN class is going to be crowned the 2020 TOP GUN Champion.  You can go to our Website to see the annual TOP GUN Champions.  TOP GUN is a full Mod NON TURBO sled up to 1500 cc.
We will have a hard pack 500 foot (start to finish) 2 lane course, 2 sleds racing at a time, on a smooth groomed surface.
Mont du Lac has an excellent snow base.
If we can get a good turnout of racers for the Race of Champions Snow Drags, the MASTERS will make this an annual race.  Please help us get a good turnout for these races.
Mont du Lac has NEW Lodging right at the entrance to the Resort.  Please call and make your reservations to stay at Mont du Lac.  They also have GREAT FOOD and a Bar.
Directions for your GPS to Mont du Lac: 
3125 S Mont Du Lac Rd, Superior, WI 54880
To make reservations for lodging call:
Phone: (218) 626-3797
The date is set for the Motorcycle AND Snowmobile SUMMER Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff in South Range, MI., is June 20, 2020.   This year we will have some classes where the Motorcycles will go around 3 gates.  The Snowmobiles will be straight up the steep hill.  Depending upon the snowmobiles that pre-register will determine what classes for the Snowmobile Hillclimb we will have.


Mont du Lac Hillcross and the Race of Champions Snow Drags is Saturday, MARCH 28th,  Final Registration will be on Friday Night, March 27th at the Lodge at the bottom of the hill from 6 to 8pm CENTRAL Time.  Go to our Registration page, then print out either the Mont du Lac Hillcross or the Race of Champions Registration form.  Fill it out, then send it in with fee’s too:  MASTERS, % Mont du Lac, 610 Greenland Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953.  The registration via ‘snail mail’ must be RECEIVED at our MASTERS offices by Thursday, March 26th.
Mont du Lac has new Cabins right at the entrance for you to reserve.  These new beautiful cabins feature:   Sleeps 6, Full Loft, Full Bath, Full Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Appliances, Private Bedrooms, Dining Area, Cable/Wi-Fi.
Call 218-626-3797 for reservations. 
Hillcross is FUN for everyone!  Featured class for the Pro Drivers is TOP DOG.  Other classes are for Pro’s and Non-Pro’s.  Time Trials at the start of the day to determine ‘seeding’ in the 2-sled, side by side, racing in Single elimination, if time permits and we will announce at the Saturday Morning drivers meeting, we then will go to Double Elimination.
Race of Champions Snow Drags is a 500 Foot run on a smooth groomed hard pack snow surface.  This is for Mod 600, Mod 700 (if we have a minimum 6 entry’s), Mod 850, and TOP GUN.  Double elimination, other than the Feature where the Feature winner is the class winner, whether he/she was previously defeated or not.  Feature Class is TOP GUN, which is for the Non Turbo Modified sleds up to 1500 cc.  At the end of the day we will also have THE SHOOT-OUT.  $100 Entry Fee for both the Turbo and Non Turbo Shoot-outs.  Those shoot-outs will be single elimination, Winner of each takes the entire Entry Fee for that Shoot-Out.  Other than Turbo or Non Turbo, it’s ‘run-what-you-brung.’


Hillclimb a Challenge!

February 24, 2020

The Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Snowmobile Hillclimb proved to be as much of a challenge as the MASTERS predicted.  The MASTERS is an acronym for Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, the sanctioning body of the Hillclimb.

Of the 200 attempts to climb Whealkate Bluff in South Range, only 35% registered a time at the top of the steep hill.

“After we had our Officials and some of the hillclimbers set up the gates on Friday, we anticipated that the success ratio of this hillclimb, as compared to the MACH (Mid America Championship Hillclimb) on Feb. 2nd would be a lot lower,” explained Chris Crosby, MASTERS Official. “Up until last winter we only had 3 gates.  Last winter and at the MACH we had 5 gates.  For the WINTERNATIONALS we went to 6 gates.”

The hillclimbers had to go around all 6 gates without hitting a gate.  Then at the top of the hill is what is called, ‘the Wall.’  The Wall is a 15 foot steep hill where the finish line timing system is set up.

The challenge of the hill was evident when the top 2 hillclimbers from the MACH failed to make the hill during their runs in the classes and for the featured ‘King of the Hill’ shoot-out.  The Ojibwa Casino Pro Stock King of the Hill is those that won their respective Pro Stock Class and competes for the ‘winner-take-all $500.00.  Same in the Vollwerth’s Meats $500.00 Pro Mod King of the Hill, and the Coyote Snow Bike King of the Hill.

The Pat’s Motorsports snowmobile hillclimb team was led by Tyler Robinson, who won both the Ojibwa Casino Pro Stock King of the Hill and the Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill. Robinson cashed in on over $1600 for the day – Photo courtesy of David Archambeau of Daily Mining Gazette

The MACH Pro Stock King of the Hill winner, Tyler Robinson of the Pat’s Motorsports team was the only racer that earned the chance to have 2 runs.  Robinson won the Matt’s Auto Glass and Body Pro Stock 850 and the M & M Powersports Pro Stock Open.

“This was fortunate for Tyler (Robinson) to have 2 runs, especially when he drew to run 1st and 2nd,” explained MASTERS Director of Race Operations, Jason Kleinschmidt.  “When he lost control and got stuck on his 1st run, he knew he had to make it over the top to repeat as Pro Stock King.”

On his second run for King of the Hill (KOH), Robinson turned in a 31.19 second run.  With the course becoming more challenging by the end of the day, all the times were slower than earlier in the day.  “However a 31 second run is very ‘beatable,’ especially when you have Jimmy (Marietta) and Jordan (Wolfe) yet to run,” commented Kleinschmidt.

Marietta, the MASTERS All-Time highest money winner and MACH Pro Mod KOH, hit the 4th Gate knocking him out of the competition.

Wolfe, an MTU Mechanical Engineering Student and one of the top Snow Cross racers in the Midwest was injured in his last run to qualify for the KOH.  “I was going to ‘scratch’ because I was hurting, but I wanted to give it a try for KOH,” Wolfe stated.

Wolfe made it 65 yards up the hill, thus giving Robinson the Ojibwa Casino Pro Stock King of the Hill.

No racer punched his ticket to 2 runs in the Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill. 

Toivola’s Josh Bramble got his first chance to compete in a KOH Shoot-out.  He opened up with a run of 84 yards.  One of last year’s MASTERS Representatives at the World Championship Hillclimb, Roger Strack of Trimountain went next and turned in a 35.06 second run. 

Robinson drew to run 3rd and had a 29.18 second run.

While that run was better for Robinson compared to his run in the Pro Stock KOH, it appeared to be a time that one of the MASTERS top Hillclimbers could beat.  That being Nissula’s Travis Kaurala.

Kaurala had a 31.13 second run. 

This gave Robinson another $500.00.  At the end of the day Robinson had pocketed over $1600.00.

Robinson was the first MASTERS Representative to advance to the finals at last year’s World Championship Hillclimb.  He will compete in 5 classes at this year’s World Championship (WC).  Also going to Jackson, Wyoming for the WC will be Greenland’s Wyatt McIntyre.  McIntyre competed in the Junior Division last year, and will have his final chance to compete in the Junior Division again this year.

Dollar Bay’s Chris Bigger, Toivola’s Josh Bramble, Ontonagon’s Ryan Huff and Jay Sullivan, and Mass City’s Brandon Jilbert will also represent the MASTERS at this year’s WC.

Mike Chopp of South Range won the Snow Bike King of the Hill at the Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb on Saturday – Photo courtesy of David Archambeau of Daily Mining Gazette

South Range’s Mike Chopp proved again that he is one of the top Motorcycle Hillclimbers in the Midwest.  Even when he transforms his KTM to a Snow Bike.  Chopp won the Coyote Snowbike Adventures King of the Hill.

Brianna Banfield of Dollar Bay edged out the MACH Women’s Class to win the Moyle Construction/Valley View Quarry Queen of the Hill.  Ontonagon’s Lucas Solberg swept 2 of the 3 Daily Mining Gazette children’s classes by winning the Youth 200 and the 120 Mod Class.  Rockland’s Klayton Kin continued to win in the 120 Stock class.

Brianna Banfield of Dollar Bay won the MASTERS Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Queen of the Hill – Photo courtesy of David Archambeau of Daily Mining Gazette

In addition to going to 6 gates, the other ‘firsts’ at this past Saturday’s MASTERS Hillclimb included a woman running in a Pro Class.  That was Brook, Minnesota’s Destiny Welch.  The other first was a 13 year old to run in Pro.  That was Nissula’s Kaiden Kaurala.

Children between the ages of 4 and 11 competed in the Daily Mining Gazette 120cc classes. Here is Benjamin Cook, with his father, Matt, and a Sigma Tau Gamma Hill Jockey.

The MASTERS will return to Whealkate Bluff for the Motorcycle and Snowmobile Hillclimb on June 20th.  The radio-controlled vehicles will also run at that hillclimb.  The final event that is a part of the MASTERS Ojibwa Casino Racing Series will be a Hillcross and the ‘Race of Champions’ Snow Drags at Mont du Lac Ski Resort, just outside of Duluth, Minnesota, on March 28th.


Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Results

Feb 22, 2020

Ojibwa Casino Pro Stock King of the Hill:  1) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY., Polaris-31.19 (2nd Run);  2) Jimmy Marietta, Hubbell, MI., Arctic Cat- Gate 4;  3) Jordan Wolfe, Montreal, WI, Polaris-65 yards;  4) Robinson-62 yards (1st Run).

Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill:  1)  Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY., Polaris- 29.18;  2) Travis Kaurala, Nissula, MI., Ski-Doo-31.13;  3) Roger Strack, Trimountain, MI., Polaris- 35.06;  4) Josh Bramble, Toivola, MI., Ski-Doo- 84 yards.

Coyote Snowbike Adventures Sno-Bike King of the Hill:  1) Mike Chopp, South Range, MI., KTM- 32.14;  2) Anthony Ernest, Ontonagon, MI., Husqvarna- 70 yards.

Moyle Construction-Valley View Quarry Queen of the Hill:  1) Brianna Banfield, Dollar Bay, MI., Arctic Cat- 37.77;  2) Destiny Welch, Brook, MN., Ski-Doo- 42.77.

Toucan’s Auto Service/Adam’s Township 1st Responders Pro Open Mod:  1) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY., Polaris- 29.21;  2) Roger Strack, Trimountain, MI., Arctic Cat- 33.82;  3) Jimmy Marietta, Hubbell, MI., Arctic Cat- 33.93.

Eagle Radio Pro Mod 850:  1) Travis Kaurala, Nissula, MI., Ski-Doo- 30.83;  2) Bob Berghuis, Brillion, WI., Polaris- 35.12;  3) Jordan Wolfe, Montreal, WI., Polaris- 35.28.

Wildlife Refuge Cabins Pro Mod 700:  1) Josh Bramble, Toivola, MI., Ski-Doo- 40.17;  2) Jason Kleinschmidt, Merrill, WI., Arctic Cat- 44.20;  3) Wyatt McIntrye, Greenland, MI., Polaris- 136 yards.

Pat’s Motorsports Pro Mod 600:  1) Roger Strack, Trimountain, MI., Polaris- 30.09;  2) Travis Kaurala, Nissula, MI., Ski-Doo- 30.52;  3) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY., Yamaha- 32.22.

M & M Powersports Pro Open Stock:  1) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY., Polaris- 25.76;  2) Jimmy Marietta, Hubbell, MI., Arctic Cat- 32.40;  3) Brandon Jilbert, Ontonagon, MI., Polaris- 33.77.

Matt’s Auto Glass & Body Pro Stock 850:  1) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY., Polaris- 26.28;  2) Travis Kaurala, Nissula, MI., Ski-Doo- 29.72;  3) Brandon Jilbert, Ontonagon, MI., 35.85.

Krupp’s Mini-Mart Pro Stock 700:  1) Jordan Wolfe, Montreal, WI., Polaris- 33.30;  2) Roger Strack, Trimountain, MI., Polaris- 33.31;  3) Jay Sullivan, Ontonagon, MI., Polaris- 33.31.

Mosquito Inn Pro Stock 600:  1) Jimmy Marietta, Hubbell, MI., Arctic Cat- 27.79;  2) Travis Kaurala, Nissula, MI., Ski-Doo- 29.64;  3) Wyatt McIntyre, Greenland, MI., Polaris- 31.15.

Coyote Snowbike Adventures Snow-Bike:  1) Mike Chopp, South Range, MI., KTM- 28.97;  2) Anthony Ernest, Ontonagon, MI., Husqvarna- 29.44;  3) Mike Kirtland, Mass City, MI, Yamaha- 32.23.

Diamond House International Vintage:  1) Jimmy Marietta, Hubbell, MI., Polaris- 28.05; 2) Jay Sullivan, Ontonagon, MI., Polaris- 31.57;  3) Ray VanAlstine, Pelkie, MI., Ski-Doo- 40.90;  

Daily Mining Gazette Youth 200:  1) Lucas Solberg, Ontonagon, MI., Polaris- 23 sec., 2) Eli Beiring, Atlantic Mine, Arctic Cat- 25 sec;  3) Nolan Preiss, Ontonagon, MI., Polaris- 31 sec.

Daily Mining Gazette 120 Mod:  1) Lucas Solberg, Ontonagon, MI., Polaris- 24 sec:  2) Nolan Preiss, Ontonagon, MI., 33 sec.

Daily Mining Gazette 120 Stock:  1) Klayton Kin, Rockland, MI., Arctic Cat- 28 sec; (32 sec tiebreaker)  2) Lucas Solberg, Ontonagon, MI., Polaris- 28 sec (33 sec tiebreaker);  3) Benjamin Cook, Green Bay, WI., Arctic Cat- 31 sec.


Friday Afternoon Grounds and Hill set-up:
We are going to be putting up the gates, banners, fencing on Friday Afternoon, starting around 1:00 pm ET.  If you can help, we really appreciate it.  If you want to voice your opinion on the gate set-up, then go to the hill on Friday Afternoon.
Pre-Registration via ‘snail’ mail is now over.  FINAL Registration is tomorrow (Friday) Night, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EASTERN Time (5:00 to 7:00 pm Central).  This will take place in the Conference Room of the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga, MI.
EVERYONE that attends the Friday Night Registration and Drivers Meeting will get $20.00 in FREE CASINO PLAY from the Ojibwa Casino.  This includes Racer, Crew Members, and anyone else that attends on Friday Night.
Any racer under the age of 18 has to have the Parental Consent form signed by BOTH Parents, either in front of a Notary of the Public or at Registration Friday Night in front of a MASTERS Official.
Other then those that have already Pre-Registered and those that placed in the Top 3 of any of the Pro Stock and/or Pro Mod Classes, the maximum amount of classes you can register for is 3 Pro Division Classes.  You can register for Vintage, Spirit, Sno-Bike, in ADDITION to the 3 Pro Division (Pro Stock/Pro Mod).
Please have the Registration filled out when you go to the Registration Table.  On the Registration Form please fill in the town/village/city you are from.  Have the OEM and Model of the Sled, along with your Sled Number.  The Sled Number is to be at least 6 inches, preferably 8 inches, with CONTRASTING Color of your hood.  The only way we can tell that the right sled/racer is at the line is with the sled number, plus we have a lot of media that takes pictures and video of the competition, and the only way to identify who is in the picture or the video is with your sled number.
If you have up to 3 Sponsors, please write Sponsors on back, then list your 3 sponsors.
Friday Night Drivers Meeting:
This will start right at 8:00 pm ET (7:00 pm CT).  Every driver or a Representative of the driver is required to be at this meeting.  We will go over the schedule, format of the racing, and the draw for driver order.  For the FIRST time in over 25 years, we are making a change on the driver.  In an effort to speed up the competition, if we have a driver that draws back to back from one class to another, we are going to jump the back to back run by one driver.  We’re doing this to give the driver that drew back to back time to get back to the starting line.
Racer/Crew Entrance & Pit Passes:
The Racer entrance is the EXIT Road.  Signs will be posted  We had complaints from some local people, that even took down our signs to show the way to the Racer Entrance.  With the message from the Township Supervisor, we had new signs made up asking everyone to PLEASE Drive Slow and with Caution.  That entrance will be open at 8:00 am ET.
The ONLY people that are going to get the FREE Admission is the Racer and ONE Crew Member that attends Friday NIght Meeting, and signs the Waiver of Liability.   EVERYONE else that wants a Pit Pass will have to pay $20.00/person at the Racer Entrance.  Half of this is going to the Christian Motorcycle Association for all the work they do in helping us with Security and Parking.  At the Racer Entrance you will have to sign the Waiver of Liability, then you will get your Pit Pass.
Pit Parking:
This is on a first come basis.  Due to the amount of racers, please park as close to each other as you can in the Pits.
Fan Admission and Parking:
Gate Admission is $10.00, Under 6 is Free. Parking is $10.00.  Ojibwa Casino will be giving away $20.00 in FREE Casino Play with every Adult admission!   Snowmobile Parking on the non-plowed portion of the grounds is FREE.  Parking is on a first come basis.  Majority of the Parking allows the fans to see the competition from their vehicle.  We have repaired the FM Transmitter and you will be able to hear the PA over your FM Vehicle Radio.  Usually it is around 88.5 FM.
Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 40’s so bring a lawnchair…and Sun-Screen!
Please use the Garbage Cans on the grounds to keep the grounds clean.  This property is PRIVATELY owned.  We have the privilege from the land-owner to hold such an exciting and FUN hillclimb.
Dogfathers Concessions will be on the grounds with delicious Vollwerth’s Hot Dogs, Coffee and Hot Chocolate.  PLEASE support our Concessionaire.
Schedule of the Day:
Gates will open at 8:00 am ET.  Safety Tech will run from 8:00 am ET to 9:00 am ET.  EVERYONE has to go through Safety Tech right at the Officials Trailer.  Mandatory Drivers meeting will be at 9:00 am.  Competition will start right at 9:30 am ET.  Snow Bikes will go first,  Pro Open Mod will be the first Snowmobiles to go up the hill.  Then Pro Mod 850, Pro Mod 700 (if we have a minimum of 6 sleds to enter the class), Pro Mod 600, Pro Open Stock, Pro Stock 850, Pro Stock 700 (if we have a minumum of 6 sleds to enter the class), Pro Stock 600, Spirit, Vintage, Women’s, Junior to finish the 1st Round.  Then REVERSE Racer and Class Order for the 2nd Round.  Snow Bike, Junior, Women’s, Vintage, Spirit, Pro Stock 600, Pro Stock 700 (again, if we have the MInimum to run), Pro Stock 850, Pro Open Stock, Pro Mod 600, Pro Mod 700 (with miniumum entry’s), Pro Mod 850, Pro Open Mod.
We are planning on having a separate course for the 120’s and 200’s.  They will run while we are running the Vintage and Women’s classes.  We’re anticipating this to be around Noon.  The kids will have a course at the bottom of the hill, then they will go up the left side (looking at the hill from the bottom).  The finish will be determined by either time to go up the hill past the finish line, or high mark.
Junior, Vintage, Women’s Shoot-Out format:
After your first run, the Top 3 in each of those classes will run their second run as a SHOOT-OUT.  Each of these classes will have to go through ONE Gate at the bottom of the hill, then they are to go straight up the hill. Placing will be determined by the SHOOT-OUT, with the 3rd best time going first, then the 2nd best time, going second, then the best time going last in the Shoot-out.
If any Junior, Vintage, or Woman wants to run all the gates, and they feel they have the skill & talent, and the Junior Parents allow, you can enter a Pro Stock or a Pro Mod Class.
Staging and going to the Start Line:
Due to the amount of racers we had at the Triest Forest Products-Vollwerth’s Mid America Championship Hillclimb on Feb, 2nd, we have no choice but to keep things moving fast.  You are expected to be in Staging at the bottom of the hill and ready to go.  If you are not at the Starting line in ONE MINUTE, then you will be a scratch.  Look at the charts, see when you are supposed to be in staging and/or at the starting line.  Then at the Starting line, wait for the Green Light before you start your run.
Behind the Staging area:
Those that have a Pit Pass are the ONLY people allowed to be right at the bottom of the hill.  We are going to put up an additional fence from the Officials Trailer to the starting line entrance.  NO ONE, other then the racer is allowed to go on the other side of that fence.  This is an insurance and Safety rule.
World Championship Qualifier:
The Top 3 in the Pro Stock King of the Hill, and the Top 3 in the Pro Mod King of the Hill will earn a qualifying entry to the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson Wyoming.  Total of 6 entry’s to be handed out this Saturday at the Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS.  However, those that qualify HAVE to inform Skip that they will be going, or they will NOT be going to Jackson, WY.  Those that are not going will then go to the next highest qualifier in the King of the HIll Shoot-Outs, then any remaining un-filled spots will go based on best time of the day in the Pro Classes.  Remember, you do NOT have to enter the class you won at the MASTERS event for the class you choose to enter at the World Championship.  You can enter whatever class ( s ) YOU CHOOSE at the World Championship.
King of the Hill Shoot-Outs:
The top 2 Snow Bikes will advance to the Coyote Snow Bike Adventures Snow Bike King of the Hill.  The winner will get $200 from Coyote Snow Bike Adventures.  2nd place will get $100.00 from the MASTERS.
The Ojibwa Casino Pro Stock King of the Hill will get $500 from the Ojibwa Casino’s.  The Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill will get $500.00 from Vollwerth’s Meats.  This is above and beyond the money the qualifier for the Pro Stock and Pro Mod King of the Hill will get for winning their class and qualifying for the King of the Hill Shoot-Out.
Awards/Cash Pay-back:
Other then the 120’s and 200’s, ALL Awards will be given out at the Awards Party on Saturday NIght.  This includes the KIng of the Hll, and the Class Winners from the Feb 2nd, Triest Forest Products-Vollwerth’s Meats Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH).  ANY Driver that sweeps his class from both the Feb 2nd Hillclimb AND the Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS will get additional purse money from the Ojibwa Casino.
All Pro Division winners will have a CHOICE between a Class Champion Trophy or a beautifully embroidered MASTERS Class Champion Shirt from Diamond House International.  One Trophy or Shirt per driver.  This is for both the Feb 2nd MACH and the Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS.  You can win 1 shirt/Trophy for the MACH and 1 shirt/trophy for the WINTERNATIONALS
We are hoping that we will have racers, and/or crew members that will help us clean up and tear down as quickly as possible so we can make out the checks and head to the Ojibwa Casino for the Awards Party.  We’re hoping to start the Awards Party around 7:00 pm ET.  This will be in the Conference Room of the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga.
We will NOT be sending out Checks and/or Trophy’s.  If you cannot make it to the Awards Party, you will have to pre-arrange with Sandy as to who will be picking up your Trophy and/or check.
It is due to the sponsorship of the Ojibwa Casino that we are able to have a cash purse and awards of over $5000 for EACH Hillclimb,  Without the Ojibwa Casino MAJOR/Title Sponsorship these hillclimbs WOULD NOT TAKE PLACE.  PLEASE show your support by attending the Awards Party on Saturday Night.
Other then tonight (Thursday Night), or tomorrow at Registration, you will not be able to get hold of me, either by phone or e-mail.  All of us with the MASTERS are going to be very busy from tonight till Registration tomorrow night.  I will NOT be able to answer any phone messages or e-mails tomorrow, nor will I be able to answer any phone calls tomorrow during registration, and obviously on Saturday.  Thank-you for your understanding.
Remember please drive SLOWLY to and FROM the hillclimb.  While this event brings in hundreds of people and thousands of dollars to the community and the area, we have a few local people that are not happy with the traffic in their community.  They allege that we have people that are driving fast to and from the event…so again, please drive slow and cautiously to and from the event.


Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS and Duluth Hillcross & Snow Drags

February 14, 2020

Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff in South Range, MI., Saturday, Feb 22, 2020:   Those that want to earn a ‘credit’ to apply to your Class entry fee’s, we would really appreciate any and all help setting up the grounds, course, fencing, banners on Friday, Feb 21st, starting at 1:00 pm ET.  Same […]

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Large Crowd watches Hillclimb

February 4, 2020

The 120 Stock Finalists at the Vollwerth’s Meats Mid America Championship Hillclimb Snowmobile Hillclimbers from 5 States competed in last Saturday’s Triest Forest Products-Vollwerth’s Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH).  The MACH was held at Whealkate Bluff in South Range.  Officials with the Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers (MASTERS) states that this was the largest crowd […]

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Women’s Class and 200 Class for Sat Hillclimb

January 30, 2020

ALL racers and crew members will get $20.00 in FREE Play Coupon at Registration Friday Night.  As we have done in the past 20+ years, those that come to Registration on Friday Night will get the ONE Gate Admission FREE, and the Crew Member that comes to Registration on Friday Night will get the Gate Admission […]

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Hillclimb Traction Rule

January 28, 2020

Traction Product Rule for THIS Saturday’s Triest Forest Products-Vollwerth’s Meats Mid America Championship Hillclimb AND the Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb on Feb 22, 2020:   The following is what has been on our Hillclimb Rules since LAST APRIL, 2019:   A Track can be altered, however it must retain the integrity to be safely operated […]

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