West Yellowstone, Montana Expo: The Largest Snowmobile Event in the West- March 16-18th, 2012

West Yellowstone, MT, March 16, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The largest snowmobile event in the West takes place this weekend, March 16-18th, 2012 in West Yellowstone, Montana. It’s a first look at the new 2013 snowmobiles from Arctic Cat, Polaris, and Yamaha, all in one place, at one time along with hundreds of new aftermarket parts and accessories on display at the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, EXPO 2012 Headquarters.

EXPO 2012 offers racing of all types: snocross, drags, head-to-head bracket drags, kid’s Kitty Cat and M120’s, and snowbikes plus motorcycle and snowmobile stunt shows, vintage snowmobile shows, a Swap Meet, Casino Night & Live Bands.

A single day admission is $15 for both the exhibition hall & the track. Saturday night’s freestyle admission is $15. SWOOP & Swap Meet are free. Purchase at the race track or at the Holiday Inn (back by the Convention area). Kids, 12 and under, are free. Save on a multi-day pass. Free shuttles throughout the weekend to all venues.

New for 2012 and just for kids--the 120 Western Grand Championships. This is a special event for all youngsters to compete in five different classes: Kitty Kat, 120 speed limited, 120 Stock, 120 Champ, and Outlaw. Kids from 4 to 12 years old have a chance to try out racing or gain racing experience (open class).

Saturday night at the track features Octane Addictions "Best of the West" snowmobile freestyle competition. The country’s top next generation freestylers competing in one most extreme competitions with Matt Tingstad, Alex Packard, Willie Elam, Luke Maue, Fred Rasmussen, and Sam Rogers, It's Saturday night, under the lights, 7:30 PM at the SnoCross track.

SWOOP Productions is back this year for two different exciting sport-bike freestyle shows for bike fanatics of all ages. It’s a black ice shoot-out at 7:00 PM Friday night, at the West Yellowstone Ice Skating Rink (just off Faithful Street),There is no charge for this, but it is weather/ice dependent.

SWOOP’s Saturday 4:00 PM show will be on Canyon Avenue in downtown West Yellowstone. No charge, just some great stunts, burnouts, tires blowing up, crazy circle wheelies, insane stoppies, acrobatics, and more.

Don't miss "dialed in" Snowmobile Snow Drag races competing in the 9th annual Snow Drags March 17th & 18th sanctioned by Washington State Snowmobile Racing Association (WSSRA). Starting pads enable everyone equal start conditions, as 2 lanes of head-to-head racing will take place this same weekend.

WSSRA will also offer a radar run on Friday, March 16th, 2012 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Come to the Drag Track which is just north of the SnoCross racing track and stands. Two passes for just $10.00. Stay for the "Test-n-Tune" session which gives racers a chance to run off the pads and try different set-ups, to get ready for the races the next day. Test-n-Tune is just $15.00 per sled 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Ever wondered just how fast you are? How good is your reaction time? Here is a great chance for first time racers. No tuning required, just bring out your sled and race to a new event, "Bracket Racing" on Sunday after the drag races are over. Cost is just $20.00 per sled.

Demo a new Polaris sled. Polaris is offering manufacturer demo rides on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday during race hours. Go to the two big Polaris trailers located south of the race track along Iris Street (edge of pines).

The EXPO Swap Meet will be held Saturday, March 17th, 2012 from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM. A limited number of spaces will be available for a small charge (first come basis). The meet will be located on the south side of Madison Avenue between Canyon and Dunraven Streets.

The action continues into the night with the annual “Casino Night” runs Friday night, March 11th, from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Holiday Inn (EXPO Headquarters) followed by the rocking band, “Miles Crossing” or “Kennedy & The Assassins” at Wild West Pizzeria & Saloon. After the freestyle competition on Saturday night March 12th, head back to the Holiday Inn for the “Calcutta” where you can bet on racers (winners get cash prizes) and join a St. Patrick’s Day party with mountain boogie band, “One Leaf Clover,” or country band, “Kole Moulton & Lonely Rd.” at Wild West.

Racing and other outside events take place just west of Iris Avenue on the "old" airfield. Bleachers are constructed from huge snow piles and sit high so you can see down into the snow course track and aerials area. Make sure to dress warmly, bring an outdoor chair, or blankets too. There will be hot and cold beverages and food available as well.

Park near Iris Street or along Yellowstone Avenue, or just at your hotel or motel. Free shuttles will run throughout the day and early evenings from the race area to the Exhibition Hall at the Holiday Inn to motels and hotels, and by the Swap Meet and Motorcycle Freestyle.

More info, full schedule, and ticket information available at www.snowmobilexpo.com
West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
Jan Stoddard