Wicked Snocross on track in Rumney
RUMNEY — Jack Killion had already made a nine-year success of his business, Riverbrook RV Resort, an RV sales and service center that offers RV camping along the Baker River on Route 25.
But during the winter months, there should be more opportunity for business, he thought.
"I had this big open field," Killion said. "The question was, what to do with it?"
That open field is now a new business started by Killion, his brother John Killion of Concord, Chris Knudson of Rumney and Patrick Gibson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., called Wicked Snocross.
It's a quarter-mile snowmobile racing track similar, its owners say, to the kinds of tracks professional snowmobile riders drive while competing in the East Coast Snocross Series.
The business opened last month amid lots of natural snow falling, but the course presently is filled with mostly snow made with two SMI fan gun snowmaking machines that the owners purchased. And, this week, there were lots of snowmobilers making use of the course.
Wicked Snocross has been very busy since it opened, said Gibson, who said the closest similar snocross track is in Wisconsin.
"It's fun for people who want to see what the racing experience is like," Killion said. "The track was designed for all abilities, from young children to the average public snowmobile rider. And a few times we've had some pros in here too."
The RV park had facilities in place for the track, Killion said. There is already a recreation hall there with heated bathrooms, and there's plenty of parking.
The track is open from 9-3:30 p.m., seven days a week, and the owners plan to have it open at least until March 15.
Snowmobilers must bring their own machines, and can drive trailers right up to the track. The cost is $15 for three laps, $25 for a half day, and $35 for a full day, unlimited laps.
The owners hope to establish some sort of local race at the track in the weeks ahead.
"The winters in New England are a bit tough and activities are scarce. We are hoping to change that with Wicked Snocross," Gibson said.