43rd annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb

Andy Thomas of Ammon, Idaho, flies up the final stretch of mountain while competing in the 700 modified division during the 43rd annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb at Snow King Mountain Resort in 2019. After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus, the Town Council voted to approve the event at their meeting Monday evening.

The Jackson Town Council will be busy Monday with both an afternoon Joint Information Meeting with county commissioners and its regular council meeting in the evening.

At the council’s regular meeting a decision is likely to be made on whether to allow the annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb to proceed, after it was canceled last year due to COVID-19 concerns.

At a specially called meeting last week, the council approved the more restrictive of two options that, among other things, caps attendance at permitted special events based upon the county’s COVID-19 risk level at the time of the event.

The county just lowered its risk level to “Yellow,” or “low,” last week, which means that the Hill Climb could host more than 500 attendees, if approved by the council. However, if the risk level increased back to “Orange,” or “moderate,” even as late as the day prior to the event, Hill Climb organizers would be forced to limit attendance to 100-500 people. Allowable attendance figures drop farther from there as the COVID-19 risk level rises into the “Red” (high) and “Purple” (critical) levels, according to the special events guidelines passed by the council last week.

Also at the evening Town Council meeting, Town Manager Larry Pardee will present a proposed revised Fee Schedule. Town fees have not been adjusted for years, said Community Engagement Specialist Susan Scarlata, and the revised Fee Schedule would reflect current Consumer Price Indexes (CPI).

Meanwhile, at the afternoon Joint Information Meeting, the town and county will look to take a step toward having a Housing Nexus Study and Needs Assessment completed. Once finished, the studies will “provide the legal basis for the town and county’s housing mitigation programs” and will offer “perspective on current and future workforce housing needs for the region,” Scarlata said in an email.

The public can view and participate in both meetings online through Zoom links found in the meetings’ agendas. Or, the meetings can be viewed on the town’s website. The JIM begins at 3 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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