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Snow-bike race coming to Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area will stage a snow-bike race April 16 as part of the ski area’s closing weekend.

Snow bikes are off-road motorcycles with a ski on the front and a track on the back instead of wheels. They weigh 300 pounds less than a typical snowmobile, which makes them highly maneuverable.

This event will be the first featuring off-road, motorized vehicles in Bogus Basin history, according to organizers.

The race is the fifth and final round of the 2016 National Snow Bike MX Series. The one-mile course will start and finish at Pioneer Lodge. It features 400 feet of elevation change and will be routed through Biterroot Basin, using portions of the Smuggler, Sleepy Hollow and Lazy Mary runs.

Admission will be $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Practice begins at 11 a.m. and racing begins at noon.

Bogus Basin closes its ski operations for the season on April 17.

“We have learned from past snow-bike events that when dirt, dust and rocks are eliminated, motorcycle racing gets closer,” event director Ron Dillon said in a press release. “Many of these guys will be riding inches from each other, fighting for a spot in our main events, and it is an absolute blast to watch them go at it. This is also an opportunity for adults over 18 to take a test ride on a snow bike and learn for themselves just how fun they are to ride.”