How does now four-time defending National Champion Elias Ishoel compare to the all time greats? Who was better – Blair Morgan or Tucker Hibbert? What about the early pioneers of big-air snocross, where do they fit in the big picture?
At Snow Goer, we’ve been polling select snocross “insiders” (race team owners, factory race officials, race circuit personnel, media members, etc.) in recent weeks to create a Top 10 Snocross Racers list. We’ve also been digging into the archives to seek data to back-up arguments. We’ll launch our own list in a series of stories later this month, but we’d also like input from fans like you.
Here are our caveats:
- We know the term “snocross” was used to refer to ice-lemans-ish races in the 1980s, but our focus is on what we’ll call the “modern” era of big-bumps-and-air snocross that kicked off in the very early 1990s with events like Quadna and the Duluth/Spirit Mountain snocross and led us to the MRP World Series/X-Games/WSA/WPSA/ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross lineage.
- To be considered among the best ever, we’re thinking it would be most fair to prioritize (1) Season points championships; (2) wins and podium finishes; (3) extra credit for “big” wins (i.e., X-Games, Canterbury, Duluth, Lake Geneva, etc.). Impact on the sport and longevity can also be considered.
- Our focus is also on accomplishments in North America and specifically the MRP/WSA/WPSA/ISOC chain that has attracted the most international racers, factory-backed teams and big dollars over the years. No disrespect is intended toward the excellent CSRA in Canada or various Scandinavian circuits, but the best of the best have settled their scores in the aforementioned circuits.
- This is a snocross-focused story. Accomplishments in other forms of snowmobile racing (cross-country, hill climb, hillcross, enduro, freestyle, etc.) should not be included. We’re not asking the best overall snowmobilers or snowmobile racers, but specifically the best snocross racers.
To keep it manageable, after getting votes from the “insiders” we’ve narrowed the ballot below to 25 names, though you can add another name through the “other” tab. First select the top 10 racers and hit “next.” (If you go over 10 it won’t let you select other names – you’ll have to un-click somebody to add somebody new.) Then you’ll be asked to rank your 10 racers from 1 to 10.