History: Snowmobiles converge on Snowmass
“Snowmobilers from nine other Colorado areas converged on Snowmass-at-Aspen last weekend for three days of serious and social competition at the Second Annual Snowmobile Regatta,” recounted The Aspen Times in 1968. “There were 24 individual entries in the Saturday Snowmasher which was a four-hour, 20-mile run from the golf course to the top of Burnt Mountain, down the mountain past Sam’s Knob to the saddle between Brush Creek and Snowmass Creek, then back to the finish line at the golf course.”
Other events over the weekend included a speed oval, an obstacle race, a relay race and some fun events that included a Powder Puff rally and a treasure hunt. Until Snowmass started having the regatta in 1967, other similar races around the nation were strictly races of speed for snowmobiles. But afterward, many of the other races started to include some fun races, as well. This week, the Winter X Games return to Buttermilk, including multiple snowmobiling events. Photo by Steve Glass.