Kaslo to host snowmobile invitational

Kaslo Tourism’s first annual International Snowmobile Invitational, WHITEOUT 2014, is scheduled for January 24 to 26.

Kaslo Tourism’s first annual International Snowmobile Invitational, WHITEOUT 2014, is scheduled for January 24 to 26.

Beginning on Friday, for all the early arrivals, there will be a mid-afternoon hosted trail ride. Cam “Hollywood” Hicks and members of the Hickshow will be in attendance at this year’s event.

Hicks will be doing a one-night-only, never-done-before, movie presentation at Buddy’s Pizzeria in Kaslo.

This not-to-be-missed show begins at 5 p.m. on January 25. The locally-produced freeride sledding movie will be shown free of charge. Downtown Kaslo will be a lively scene from the top to bottom of Front Street.

At the corner of Front and 5th Street, there will be a used sled buy-sell-swap event. New sleds will be on display at the Kaslo Hotel. Barrens Outdoor Gear will have winter clothing on display and for sale, and information clinics will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. hosted by professionals and locals along with a Q&A session after each topic.

Just confirmed is Trish Drinkle, a snowmobiling promoter and journalist who will lead presentations during the Info Clinics. Drinkle is a member of the Betties, associated with the Hickshow, Braaap, Main Jet, and a writer with Snoriders.

Also joining Drinkle in the info clinics is Tyler Paynton, also a director of the Association of BC Snowmobile Clubs, and a promoter of safe, responsible snowmobiling.

But it’s not just about snowmobiles. There will be plenty of music as there are at least three musical events happening from Friday night through to Saturday (January 24 and 25). Performers include Blackberry Wood, White Raag, and several local musicians.

Sunday will be a sledding extravaganza on the mountains around Kaslo. For those new to the terrain there will be hosted rides to participate in, and the dealers may even have some new sleds to be tried out. For more information call 250-353-2250.

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