But to Alan Smith, the Sno-cross Races coordinator, track construction with this winter’s snow “is like pushing cornmeal around.”
“To make a quick track, you need a heavy wet snow that compacts really hard. We have just the opposite,” Smith said Friday. “We have a lot of snow. Unfortunately, it is a lot of light and fluffy stuff, so it takes about twice as long to push it around.”
Several thousand people typically attend the two-day event, which begins with snowmobile racer registration at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Races begin at 11 a.m. both days at the snowmobile club’s property off Route 2 and Town Farm Road.
The club’s largest annual fundraiser helps pay for trail-grooming efforts, a key component of the Lincoln Lakes Region’s economy, as snowmobiling on Lincoln’s more than 100 miles of trails draws thousands of people to the area annually.
The club expends about $35,000 annually maintaining the trails, including Interconnected Trail Systems 81 and 82, which allow snowmobilers to get through Lincoln to Mattawamkeag, Burlington, Lee or across Interstate 95 into Medway. The event, which is in its 15th year, typically generates $10,000 to $15,000, Smith said.
It will take longer to build, but all the snow that’s fallen on the area will benefit the track, which is typically about 1,400 feet long and 9 feet high and wide.
“The track is going to be a little faster. The jumps are probably a little taller and the track will be a little wider due to the extra snow we got,” Smith said.
The town donated about $650 in truck fuel and manpower to the event. A Lincoln Public Works Department crew of three trucks and a loader hauled about 90 loads of snow from a neighboring field to the event, department Director David Lloyd said.
“That is just a fraction of what we normally haul,” said Lloyd, whose crews have been helping the event for at least 10 years. “We have hauled 3,000 to 4,000 yards worth of snow in previous years. With all the snow we had this year, they didn’t need much from us.”
The event has about 35 sponsors. Admission for people age 13 and older is $10 per day. Children ages 5 to 12 pay $5 per day. Attendees younger than 5 are free. Amateur snowmobile racers are welcome, and they pay $20 per event to race. Professionals pay $25 per event.