April 4-6, 2014
*photo courtesy of www.davidbajema.com
Griztek Auto Appearance & Offroad and Shanty Creek Resorts are proud to bring the action back to the ski slopes at the 2014 Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge.  A few years ago an event was born with the hopes of being something special.  Little did anyone know that in just a short time it would grow to become one of the biggest events of the off-roading year.


The links below direct to all the details for the 2014 event.  If there are any questions not answered, please email SnowChallenge@GriztekUSA.com


General Rules and Information   [back]
  • Two Day event.  Saturday and Sunday
  • No outside coolers or beverages allowed  
  • 1st round DOUBLE ELIMINATION.  Racers losing in the 1st round will shuffle back into a losers round for another chance to advance.  Winners from 1st round will advance but wait for the losers bracket to complete.
  • Single elimination after 1st round.
  • Only one(1) driver per vehicle.  No multiple driver vehicles allowed
  • Multiple VEHICLE entries are allowed, but each vehicle must be registered in different classes. (You can not race two different vehicles in the same class unless the second vehicle in entered with a separate driver)
  • Multiple TIRE CLASS entries are allowed.  An entry fee must be paid for each tire class entered.
  • Registrants must have a valid drivers license.
  • Drivers age 17 and under can NOT sign the release form and MUST have a parent present if competing.
  • 1st and 2nd place winners in each class receive $$MONEY$$ and placement trophy.  3rd and 4th place finishers will receive trophies.






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Vehicle Classes   [back]

  • 6x competition classes: Sportsman Class (SC 33" down, SC 34"-37" DOT), DOT 32"-35", DOT 36" up, ANYTIRE, SuperMod, and NEW for 2014 the Nitrous Class.
  • Tire size is determined by sidewall markings, not actual measurements.
  • Metric tire sizes are considered as follows : 245 - 265 = 31" class.  285 - 315 = 32" - 35" class.  Odd metric sizes will be physically measured.
  • Grooved tires are allowed as long as they were originally DOT approved tires.
  • No aftermarket forced induction or Nitrous allowed in DOT classes
  • Vehicles CAN NOT tire up. It is not allowed to run 33" tires in the 36" & Up class.  Tires under the vehicle must match the class being raced.

Sportsman Class (SC)

  • DOT tires only.
  • Two tire classes : SC 33" and down, SC 34" - 37" DOT 
  • Limited to vehicles running a "stock engine block and displacement."  This is gauged by the number of cylinders, not CID. This means a vehicle must be running the same manufacturer block ( i.e. CJ7 having AMC block) and will be limited to engine cylinder count that were available from the factory.  Example: Wranglers, S-series trucks are limited to 6 cyl.  No V8s.
  • Vehicles must run a muffler with a minimum body.length of 14".   No "race bullet" mufflers allowed.
  • Muffler must be inline with the exhasut system, mounted no closer than 28" to the collector or actual "Y" junction.
  • Vehicle must have a full factory frame. Suspension modifications are allowed(e.g., suspension lift kit )
  • These rules applies ONLY to the Sportsman tire classes.

* These classes are being implemented to bring the racing action back to the "everyday Joe."  It is intended to provide fairly "stock" vehicles that may be running larger tires or lift kits a place to have a fighting chance at winning.  It's no secret the bar has steadily raised every year with faster and better vehicles competing.  This has pushed the "everyday Joe" out of the racing since there is little hope to win when lining up against a 700+HP dedicated race truck.  The rules are in place to keep the high horsepower rigs out of these classes.  On that note, I'm sure there will be people trying to "cheat" their way in.  Keep in mind no one likes a cheater, and no one respects or appreciates someone dominating the racing because their vehicle was obviously "over qualified."  So play fair, be realistic, and don't ruin it for everyone else by racing where you shouldn't.  Remember, let everyone  HAVE FUN!

DOT Tire Classes

  • 32" - 35" DOT Tire class, 36" & Up DOT Tire class
  • NEW for 2014 : Nitrous Class!  Vehicles racing in the Nitrous class are required to run DOT tires and retain at least 60% factory chassis.  No additional power adders beyond nitrous(no superchargers or non factory turbos).  Cut tires, custom suspension are allowed.



Special Vehicle Classes
  • Two classes: ANY-TIRE and SuperModified
  • ANY-TIRE class : No aftermarket forced induction or nitrous.  Any modifications, tuning, lift kits, tire size and style(including non DOT tires) are allowed
  • SuperModified : Alcohol, turbo, blower, or any other kind of aftermarket forced air induction means you MUST be entered into this class.  Non - DOT tires allowed.  Pretty much anything goes.

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Entry Fees / Registration / Admission   [back]
  • In an attempt to streamline the morning rush and monitor competitor numbers, ALL competitors MUST pre-register.  Registration form is available HERE.  A cap on class entries is in place.
  • There will be NO/NONE/ZERO entries/registrations available the day of the event.
  • There will be a Master List on hand to check each competitor. 
  • Competition vehicles : *$35/vehicle first class entry , $25.00/vehicle each additional class..  *Includes two Pit Passes
  • Spectator entry fee : $10.00/ adult, $5.00/ children (16 under), $5.00/ Seriors & veterans/military
  • $15.00 Pit pass available. 
  • All spectators and drivers will receive a lift ticket style tag that must be worn and visible for the duration of the event.


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Schedule / Itinerary   [back]

Friday 
  • Pre Parking/registration - gates open from 3:00 - 7:00pm
  • Saturday Competitors ONLY are allowed to park Friday
  • This year Friday will be run just as Sat/Sun morning.  Vehicles will run through the two line inspection area and then parked after tech is done.
  • Any competition vehicles arriving Friday will be required to go through tech inspection, receive necessary ribbons and number, and pay competition registration fees. ($35/first class,$25/additional class)
  • If you are driving to the event in the vehicle you are competing with, it is highly recommended that you leave your vehicle in the lot to avoid the line in the morning.
  • Anyone entering the main parking area are required to have a Pit Pass.

*Please note - Any vehicles parked in the main competition parking lot NOT registered through tech inspection, or unattended trailers whos owners can not be located, will be REMOVED from the parking lot at the owners expense.  Pass on the word.

Saturday 
  • 32-35" DOT class, 36" & Up DOT class, ANY - TIRE class, Nitrous class DOT
  • 7:00 am - 11:00 am : Ivan's Lodge @ Schuss Mtn. serves up a breakfast buffet.  $10.00
  • 8:15 am - 10:00 am : Gates open, check in and tech begins. 
  • 10:30 am : Drivers meeting and general announcements.  Racing to begin immediately following.
  • 32-35"class begin racing on the ski slope "Good Knight."
  • Short intermission then the 36" class begins racing.
  • Short intermission then the ANY - TIRE class begins racing
  • Finish out with the Nitrous class
  • Early evening : Trophies, awards, raffle prizes will be presented in the Ivan's Lodge after racing concludes. 

Sunday 
  • SC33" DOT, SC34"-37" DOT, SuperModified class
  • 7:00 am - 11:00 am : Ivan's Lodge @ Schuss Mtn. serves up a breakfast buffet.  $10.00
  • 8:15 am - 10:00 am : Gates open, registration and tech begins. 
  • 10:30 am : Drivers meeting and general announcements.  Racing to begin immediately following.
  • Sportsman class begin racing on the ski slope "Mellow Yellow."
  • Short intermission between the two Sportsman Classes
  • After the SC34" - 37" class concludes there will be another short intermission.  Equipment will be moved over and readied for the SuperModified class to run/complete on "The Face.
  • Early evening : Trophies, awards, raffle prizes will be presented in the Ivan's Lodge after racing concludes.
  • 2014 Schuss Mtn Snow Challenge concludes


The Madman Motorsports monster ride truck will be on hand all weekend providing rides for everyone.  Thanks go out to Rick  from Madman and Elliot from Monster Truck Throwdown Events for working with us to be a part of the Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge.  Prices will be $5.00
                                                        http://www.monstertruckthrowdown.com/




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The 2014 Schuss Mtn Snow Challenge would not be possible without the help from these great businesses and organizations.

Interested in hillside advertising?  Would you like to promote your business with a vendor spot?  Email SnowChallenge@Griztekusa.com for advertising and vendor spot info and rates.



What's new for the 2014 SMSC?  [back]

  • ALL competitors MUST register online.  There will no longer be any onsite registration.  Link to registration will open in January and run through March 9.
  • The new Nitrous class has been added to Saturdays schedule.  Rules here.
  • Friday will be open ONLY to Saturday competitors. 
  • Competitors will go through the same Tech inspection run Sat/Sun morning.    Comp vehicles must remain in the parking lot on trailer(unless you are driving your rig there.)
  • If chosing to come in Friday you will also need to pay for the race classes entered.  Competitors will also receive their entry event tag for the weekend as well.  DO NOT LOSE IT!  Any misplaced tags will have to be repurchased.  Only competitors can aquire their Pit Pass event tags for the weekend(no spectator tags will be disitributed)
  • Two Sportsman Classes (SC) carry over from last year.. Rules here.
  • Vehicles racing in DOT and ANY TIRE classes will be required to remove nitrous bottles from the vehicle.  It will no longer be acceptable to just disconnect the line.
  • A local RC hobby shop will be onsite manning a "Mini SMSC"  Children and adults alike are encouraged to bring their radio control vehicles (nitro or electric) and race FOR FUN on a scaled down RC hillclimb.  This will not be an official race and will be loosely structured.  This is just for fun, but we'll see how it goes and who know where it could lead.  This area will also provide intermission and down time entertainment by way of a big air jump off.
  • The SuperMod class will try (again) racing up the face of one of Northern Michigan's steepest ski slope simply known as "The Face"  [ It's actually named "Kingdom Come" but know one ever refers to it by that name.  No one knows why . . . . ] 















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Tech/Safety Requirements  [back]

  • DOT / SNELL helmet requied to be worn during racing.

  • Vehicles must have restraining devices ( i.e. seatbelts, multi point harnesses )

  • Battery hold down strap.  No bungee cords

  • Vehicles competing will only need to run through Tech once for all classes throughout the weekend.  It is the competitors responsibility to retain their class ribbons and number.


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* Information is subject to change without notice


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Racing Format Explained?  [back]

* * * Drivers/competitors are not required to know this information.  This is presented for understanding, not required memorization.

    Because the SMSC is a heads up, run what you brung, just-have-fun-racing style meant for pure enjoyment(so all you serious racers out there, lets not nit-pick this to death.....) and minimal rules/bracket concerns, we will be retaining the hat draw initiated at the 2012 SMSC.  The main focus of this is to avoid going into the semi final rounds with an odd number of trucks.   What happens will be determined by how many trucks are still racing toward the end of the class.  Every effort was taken to assure no one received a "free ride" into the Semi Finals.  Drivers will always have to race and win to get into the Semi Final round.  It is broken down as follows:

- 10 Trucks remain:  10 drivers draw from the hat, 4 tiles say "RACE".  Those drivers drawing the "RACE" tiles will race for the 7th and 8th positions to make it to the Semi Final round with the left over 6.
- 9 Trucks remain:  9 drivers draw from the hat, 2 tiles will have "RACE" written on them.  The 2 drivers drawing the "RACE" tiles will go head to head and race to win the 8th spot.  Winner continues and simple single elimination continues from there.
- 8 Trucks remain:  Obvious, no action.  8 leads to a 4 truck Semi-Finals.
- 7 Trucks remain:  7 drivers draw from the hat, 2 tiles will have "RACE" written on them.  Those 2 drivers will go head to head and race for a BYE into the final 4.  The loser in that race will file back in with the remaining 5(making 6 trucks race), leaving 3 winners to join the BYE winner for a 4 truck semi.
- 6 Trucks remain:  All 6 drivers race.  3 winners will advance to the Semi Final round.  The 3 LOSERS will draw from the hat, two will race for the 4th position.


    This set up is meant to be simple and straight forward.  It isn't any sanctioning body's rules or professional by any means.  This is the SMSC format.  PERIOD!  It's meant to keep things moving along during the main body of racing, yet allows the event to slow down as each class nears end.  At this point in racing many trucks need time to cool off anyhow, and allows the staff to prepare for the final rounds.  So, just like so many other parts of the event . . . JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT!     








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What is the Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge?  [back]

    The roots of the event lay in an event missed for years in Northern Michigan.  For over a decade ski slope uphill racing was absent from the calendar of winter time activities.  In 2009 all that changed.
    The Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge (SMSC) was born from an ever present interest in the motorsports community for the return of an event like this for all to enjoy.  The head to head racing format lends to nearly non stop action for the duration of the classes racing.  The minimal requirements meant everyone could worry less about rules and focus more on having fun.
    What is the SMSC?  It is a run-what-you-brung, side by side, uphill race with whatever kind of truck, SUV, buggy, rail, or self dirived vehicle you can drive on 4 wheels.  The rounds move fast and the racing is non stop until the end.  The rules are minimal.  What you won't find are big purses and a bunch of restriction cramping the fun factor.  The only requirement to be a part of the event is to come losened up and remind yourself that it's for FUN!  Don't get too serious... Seriously! 
    Everyone at the SMSC comes because this is the only event(that we know of) where you can race your truck up a ski slope.  A SKI SLOPE for crying out loud!  Usually you would be arrested and have your rig impounded for doing something like this.  No one comes for the big money, corporate sponsorship, or to wrangle in the points.  Show up ready to race, run your hardest, and just have a good time.


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Photos below courtesy of Joanie Moore.  Visit her gallery of photos from the past SMSC years and help support her efforts to capture some of the best images coming from the event. . www.joaniemoore.com


Click HERE
for registration page

SMSC Liability Form 


SMSC Registration Form 


SMSC Master List 


231.409.0836
*Last updated 3/29/14