Snofoto                                Silver Star Resort hosts the Vernon Snowmobile Association’s annual Hill Climb this weekend.

Snofoto Silver Star Resort hosts the Vernon Snowmobile Association’s annual Hill Climb this weekend.

Snowmobile climb showcased at Silver Star

Third annual hill climb goes this weekend at Vernon’s mountain resort

Snowmobiles are taking over Silver Star mountain resort from skiers and snowboarders this weekend for the third annual Vernon Snowmobile Association Hill Climb.

The three-day event, which begins Friday, will feature both racing sleds and snow bikes taking to the hill to race in the novice to professional levels.

“It’s sort of the equivalent of dirt bike racing, but this is more unique in that you don’t usually get to see mountain sledders in an environment like this,” said Vernon Snowmobile Association president Ben Drodge. “It’s a great opportunity for spectators to see these guys on sleds smashing up a mountain.

Among the pro riders competing is B.C.’s Brock Hoyer, the defending hill climb champ and the X Games Snow-bikecross winner in Aspen, CO.

The event is open is open to snowmobilers and snowbike riders who can register online until 6 p.m. Friday at vsa-bcsf.silkstart.com. Racing begins at 7 p.m. Friday night and continues through Saturday and Sunday.

For the first time, races will be run on two tracks instead of one,

The public is welcome to watch the racing free of charge.