Downpour no match for dedicated snowmobilers

The Fernie Snowmobile Association braved the sleet that hit the Elk Valley on Saturday for the Snow Drag races on Feb. 7.

The Fernie Snowmobile Association braved the sleet that hit the Elk Valley on Saturday for the Snow Drag races on Feb. 7.

As rain filled the tracks, the stands remained unfilled, with only 300 people in attendance.

“It’s down from last year,” organizer Monty Sosnowski said of the attendance. “Due to weather, some people lost interest.”

The attendees who made it out for the races sat under covered seats or gathered under umbrellas to watch the races.

Sosnowski said it was a challenge trying to get the track ready for the races this year.

“There was a lot of work involved in making the track with all the wet weather,” he noted.

The races themselves comprised of 55 racers total, with many local riders from the Fernie and Sparwood areas speeding down the snowy track for prize money.

“It went really well,” said Sosnowski, noting that regardless of the weather, people still made it out to the field to enjoy some rainy fun.

Sosnowski thanked the event sponsors, including Foothills Silva Culture Inc., The Cat Rental Store and Brandt Tractor.