2016 Jackson Hole Hillclimb World Championships
We were especially happy to be able to send a team of Ski-doo professionals to this year’s Jackson Hole Hillclimb Championships. This year we covered each age category, and most classes of sleds. The Olstad brothers entry into the Junior category, Jason Ribi Semi-Pro, and Carl Kuster in the Pro class, team with the best race mechanics, Garth Gordon , Chase Johnston and Dennis Patton.
Here is each rider’s accomplishments on Snow King Mountain in Jackson, WY.
Connor Olstad, 15yrs, Edmonton, AB
7th in Junior Qualifiers- 0.54.13
Colton Olstad, 16yrs, Edmonton, AB
1st in Junior Qualifiers- 0.50.58
3rd Overall in Junior Finals- HM
Jason Ribi, 30yrs, Sicamous, BC
8th in Semi-Pro Stock- 0.50.35
14th in Semi-Pro Improved Qualifiers- 0.50.86
9th in Semi-Pro Mod Qualifiers- 0.52.25
Carl Kuster, 40yrs, Malakwa, BC
1st in 800 Stock Qualifiers- 0.43.25
4th in 1000 Stock Qualifiers- 0.45.29
4th in 800 Mod 1st Heat of Qualifiers- 1.27.16
2nd in Open Mod 1st Heat of Qualifiers- 1.23.84
7th in 800 Stock Finals- HM
7th in 1000 Stock Finals- HM4
1st in Pro Masters Mod Finals- 1.17.63
8th in Open Mod Finals- 1.17.63
Pictures by: Connor and Colton Olstad
As each day wore on it was obvious the ruts and rock gardens were becoming a challenge. Having been the Olstad Brother’s first year in the hillclimbs, and Jason Ribi’s 2nd, they were all quite happy to have experienced the excitement of the Jackson Hole, Wyoming snow event. Carl was very happy to be 1st in Pro Masters Mod Finals, but disappointed to have missed the King class series when his sled rolled over and came out with a broken wiring harness. Unable to start the sled, he had to forego the entry.
We had alot of fun down in Jackson Hole, and we’re ecstatic to see what the next year brings. We have the Jackson Hole Snow Devils to thank for this amazing event, and a list of sponsors below who we are always thankful to throughout the year in our pursuit of a throttle cranked moto life:
We’d also like to thank the people who came with us down to the race:
Garth Gordon, Chase Jonston, and Dennis, our mechanic/pit crew
Larry and Charity Olstad, Dave and Isebell Chizen, and Chris Vozeh, our race support
Thanks for all your support online and encouraging words! We will be attending the hillclimbs at Silver Star in a couple weeks! See you there.