Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge

    Slingin' The Slush In Michigan

    Chris PearsonPhotographer, Writer

    Winters are long in the northern states, and the itch to get out on the trails comes early for any avid four-wheeler, especially from these snowy parts. The Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge offers the chance to get out early and fire up your rig before the snow leaves for good.

    Every April this event is held at the Schuss Mountain Ski Resort just outside the small town of Bellaire, Michigan. Despite the town's size, this is no small event. With over 80 competitors this year it was definitely a weekend full of nonstop action. Vehicle classes range from Stock to Unlimited. Everyone had a chance to compete with whatever they brought.

    Quite a few of the competitors have been involved in some sort of racing throughout their lives, and the way their rigs performed was proof. The snow was extremely wet this year, which made it nearly impossible for some people to make much progress at all. On the other hand, the folks with built motors and faster wheel speeds were making it all the way up the hill. In most cases this took a display of raw power pushed to the rev limiter to make it to the finish line.

    The tire sizes increased throughout the day, as did the decibel level, but by the end of the weekend they had worked up to the biggest spectacle of the event. This event climax was the Super Modified class, which was the biggest draw for both competitors and spectators alike. These guys were running all the goodies: blown alcohol motors and monster supercharged big-blocks with somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 hp. Needless to say, seeing them rocketing up a 400-yard ski hill, on two wheels, in about five seconds is definitely a thrill.

    So if you're up for slingin' the slush at next year's event, check out www.griztekusa.com/SnowChallenge.html.

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