Since their origination several decades ago, snowmobiles have been developed for better safety and performance for more adventuresome snowmobilers. When first invented, their basic purpose made traveling over snow-covered landscapes less of a chore than what it was. But as with every product, snowmobiles have constantly been updated and improved upon as technology and snowmobile buffs have changed. Snowmobiles have been constructed to go faster and other adjustments have been made to make the sport of snowmobiling more energizing and interesting. As an effect, snowmobile competitions have become among the more popular spectator sports all over North America.
The most popular snowmobile competition happens at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. In 1998, the Snocross event was added up to the roster of the X Games. At the time, it was like the Motocross event in that it was a prolonged course with holes and jumps. The Snocross differs from Motocross in that it is held outdoors and the holes and big jumps are covered in snow. Snowmobilers alike should enjoy watching this event as current snowmobiles can pull in speeds of 70 MPH in less than 4 seconds, making the Snocross event among the most popular events at the Winter X Games. The Snowmobile Freestyle event consists of 10 riders in the snowmobile freestyle course. Riders and spectators will beyond any doubt marvel at the single runs that include jumps ranging from 45-100 feet, enabling players to come up with bigger and more amazing tricks. As an additional benefit, the X Games have turn into a breeding ground for events that often make their way into the Olympics, so Snowmobile Freestyle may soon turn into an Olympic event.
In Michigan, spectators and sportsmen alike will enjoy following any of the events that make up a full winter calendar of snowmobiling and snow-related sports. These events often take place at several Michigan county fairgrounds and different venues. Popular snowmobile regions in Michigan are often in Upper Peninsula region of the state in cities like Sault Ste. Marie Mackinac, and St. Ignace. But there are also places in the Lower Peninsula where the wintertime weather is perfect for snowmobile enthusiasts, including Cadillac, Gaylord, and Traverse City.
Yearly snowmobile regional races occur throughout the northern states. In Wisconsin, the Northwoods Challenge is a respected and exciting snowmobile racing event as is the Rock Maple Racing Regional in New Hampshire. In Minnesota, spectators and enthusiasts will certainly enjoy the Minnesota State Championship Series. Canada is also a great place known for snowmobiling. The Ski-Doo Grand Prix de Valcourt in Valcourt, Quebec is among the more accepted and popular events in North America, although Canada is the leader in the snowmobiling and winter sport industry.
Though the X Games provides the most popular venue for snowmobile competitions, every winter there are events happening across North America in which snowmobilers and spectators can take part. The National Snowmobile Racing Association sponsors and approves several of these annual events and they are often broadcast on television so the less adventurous spectators can delight in the events from the warmth and comforts of their own home. Thanks to the fame of the X Games, the snowmobiling industry has drew in some of the world's top athletes and a bigger group of spectators. The sport of snowmobiling is among the more exciting events to watch and there is no sign of its popularity withering anytime soon.