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Snowmobile hill climb event rejected by Colorado city

March 7, 2019

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city has rejected a proposal for a snowmobile hill climb due to concerns about timing and impact to the historic slope.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reported Wednesday that the Steamboat Springs City Council voted against the plan to hold the event on Howelsen Hill in April 2020.

Triple Crown Sports proposed to hold a trial of the event that the sports tourism company says will bring up to 200 participants and 2,5000 spectators to the area.

Council members say the extra days of manmade snowmaking required for the event would cost the city nearly $4,000 and interfere with maintenance and sports club schedules.

Howelsen Hill typically closes in mid-March to allow city work crews to scrape away snow that could cause landslides during warmer spring weather.

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Information from: Steamboat Pilot & Today, http://steamboatpilot.com/