Modern, big-air style snowmobile snocross racing first started making it big in Duluth, Minnesota. Many season championships were claimed in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. And, the very sport of snowmobiling itself was largely birthed in Valcourt, Quebec.
Fittingly, each of those sites is on the 2023-24 ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross series schedule. It was released Friday night, September 8.
The sport also returns to Salamanca, New York, and Ironwood, Michigan, after gaps short and long, respectively. The remaining venues on the schedule are two annual stops in South Dakota (Deadwood and Sioux Falls), and two in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, suburbs (Shakopee and Elk River).
Add it up, and you’ve got nine weekends of high-flying, ski-clacking racing – up from eight in recent years. And, while the return to Duluth in particularly notable, the season will actually close and not open in the port city.
Gone from last year’s schedule are trips to tracks near Grand Rapids, Michigan; Fargo, North Dakota; and Dubuque, Iowa.
Here’s the full press release from the ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross series (below).
HISTORICAL STOPS HIGHLIGHT 2023-2024 AMSOIL CHAMPIONSHIP SNOCROSS SEASON
The 2023-2024 Amsoil Championship Snocross schedule will be adding back several slices of history, an additional weekend of Pro racing, a return to Canadian soil, and the same high-flying, bar-to-bar action with world’s top snowmobile racers.
Snocross fans will be entertained from start-to-finish, from December to April, with the season featuring top riders such as Elias Ishoel and Malene Cottew. Ishoel cemented his place among the sport’s greatest by winning his fifth straight Pro championship last spring.
Cottew has more than paced the Pro Women’s class the past three seasons, and is focused on a four-peat. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated rookie season of Jordan Lebel in the Pro class is expected to be worth the price of admission. Plus the forming of a powerhouse is in the works with the pairing of championship contenders Kody Kamm and Emil Harr inside the Judnick Motorsports trailer.
All of this adds up to one of the most anticipated snocross seasons in recent memory.
“The talent of these athletes is amazing, and it is deep in every class,” said ISOC founder John Daniels. “The level of competitiveness is at an all-time high, and this season is setting up to be all-timer. Add in our return to some historic racetracks, and this promises to be an amazing season for Amsoil Championship Snocross.”
Mt. Zion Snocross National, December 15-16, Ironwood, Michigan
Amsoil Championship Snocross, including the opening round of the year being held in Ironwood, Michigan, will take several pages from history this season. It has been over a decade since the premier series raced in the Big Snow Country, but the Mt. Zion Ski Hill promises to offer an impressive, elevation-charged track to open the season. Ironwood will also host the Amsoil Dominator, a Pro and Pro Lite showdown with a $10,000 payday.
Pirtek Snocross National, January 12-13, Shakopee, Minnesota
The beginning of the new year brings a familiar stop to the snocross tour. Always a fan-filled festival of snow and speed, the Pirtek Snocross National will be held at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, on January 12-13. Snocross racing at this incredible venue is a bucket-list event with vast inside seating areas and a larger-than-life track.
U.S. Air Force Snocross National, January 26-27, Deadwood, South Dakota
No stop on the Amsoil Championship Snocross circuit brings fans closer to the action than Deadwood, South Dakota. The two-day U.S. Air Force Snocross National on January 26-27 offers up the most compact track of the season, and the Days of 76 Rodeo Grounds are annually packed to the rafters with fans. The venue rests in the heart of historic Deadwood and allows the Snocross faithful to walk in from their favorite downtown attractions.
Grand Prix de Valcourt, February 9-11, Valcourt, Quebec
The series heads north of the border for the first time in over a decade as the Pro classes will head to Quebec for Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt. The Grand Prix has become world-renowned since it was established in 1983. Valcourt will celebrate its 41st anniversary in February and is a must-stop for athletes and the most passionate snowmobile fans on the planet.
The 2024 event will feature the world’s top riders, including the Pro and Pro Lite classes of Amsoil Championship Snocross. The stop in Quebec will be part of the series eastern swing and the official mid-point of the season.
U.S. Air Force Snocross National, February 16-17, Salamanca, New York
After an unusually warm winter following the pandemic, ACS triumphantly returns to Salamanca, New York, for two days of racing on February 16-17 at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino.
A typical winter will bring heavy rounds of lake effect snow to the region, making Upstate New York a fantastic place to visit, and it has also produced some of the sport’s top riders over the years.
Sioux Falls Snocross National, March 1-2, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
From East to West, the championship heads back to South Dakota and the picturesque Sioux Falls. The series debuted in Sioux Falls in 2021 and will return to the W.H. Lyon County Fairgrounds for the 2024 tilt on March 1-2. The region is steeped in history and was made for winter recreation. The Big Sioux Falls were formed from the ice age, and the series has found a long-term home in South Dakota’s most populated city.
Lake Geneva Snocross National, March 15-16, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
For nearly two decades, snocross has held its grand finale on the ski slopes of the Lake Geneva Resort in southern Wisconsin. For the first time since 2022, the series heads back to Lake Geneva on March 15-16 for rounds 13 and 14. With its big, uphill start and long, fast descent, the ski hill has always delivered memorable moments. It has crowned champions and sparked careers while entertaining a spring-hungry crowd looking to say goodbye to winter while welcoming in sunnier days.
ERX Snocross National, March 22-23, Elk River, Minnesota
If you asked people where the home for snocross is, ERX Motor Park would top almost everyone’s list. As the pre-season vanishes, the Elk River, Minn. track becomes a daily center for the sport’s best as they utilize copious amounts of manufactured snow as their personal playground and test facility. But when the bright lights of Amsoil Championship Snocross are turned on, ERX becomes the biggest, boldest track drivers will encounter all season long. It takes speed, concentration and an affinity for big air to conquer ERX.
Amsoil Snocross National, April 5-7, Duluth, Minnesota
Finally, the tour will come to a close where it has historically begun: Duluth, Minn. For over three decades, the Duluth National kicked off the Snocross season on Thanksgiving weekend. The series returns to the shores of Lake Superior for the first time since 2019; but not on Black Friday – instead, in the sunshine expected on April 5-7. Fans will fill the grandstands and line the fences of the tight track as it looks out over the picturesque harbor that centers Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin.
Winning in Duluth has always brought glory, but it will now crown champions. The Duluth National will also host the annual Showdown at Sundown, a yearly event that brings the sport’s top amateur riders to one venue for a spectacular night of racing.
“This is an amazing schedule and being able to go back to Duluth, Lake Geneva and Ironwood is a dream,” said ISOC president Carl Schubitzke. “These tracks are iconic and have energized our sport for decades. Then you add in all of the other stops and have the Pros race for points in Valcourt; and you can’t help but be excited for the new season.”
For more information about the 2023-2024 AMSOIL Championship Snocross season, visit www.snocross.com. You can tune in all season-long, live on www.FloRacing.com. Event day schedules and tickets will become available in the coming months at snocross.com.