sno crossBy Daniel Meyer

In what has become one of the region’s newest winter traditions, featuring two days of family-oriented action and national television coverage, the AMSOIL Championship Snocross will return to Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino to entertain crowds in the thousands.

Fans will watch action-packed races involving more than 200 of North America’s top snowmobile racers, as well as participants from nearly a dozen countries from across the globe on Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7.

The races combine big-air jumps with thrilling competitive racing. Last year’s event drew some 15,000 fans, a tremendous turnout that pleased race officials and will likely impact future decisions on where the two days of high speed action will take place in 2016 and beyond.

“This event is special in so many ways,” said Carl Schubitzke, president and race director of the International Series of Champions (ISOC). “The entire team at Seneca Allegany is helpful and professional. The region embraces the event and the fans are absolutely wonderful. They are gracious, enthusiastic and very active. That gets the racers even more excited to perform their best.”

Using a piece of property about the size of a professional football field, ISOC racing crews will help convert a million gallons of water into piles of snow on a plot of land located just outside of Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino. Fans can sit on bleachers set up around the track to observe racing action during the day and in the evening, when races are easily visible thanks to temporary lighting fixtures that illuminate the race for the main events on both Friday and Saturday nights. There is also a “Family Zone” area where vendors sell food, beverages and other items throughout the weekend to add to the festive atmosphere.

More than four dozen separate races will take place each day and as many as 15 vehicles can be on the track during a single race, with each competition scheduled after organizers factor in the age, gender and snowmobile type of each racer.

Schubitzke considers this region a “hotbed” for snowmobile enthusiasts, especially when factoring in that there are close to 20,000 registered snowmobiles in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties and snowmobiling is a $1 billion industry in the state. Race organizers are also impressed with how many fans have traveled to the event in the past two years via the 1.5-mile snowmobile trail that connects Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino to nearly 100 miles of trails inside Allegany State Park.

“There is so much to do throughout the whole experience,” Schubitzke said. “It’s highly entertaining and there is never a dull moment. I think attendees will be amazed at the speed and athleticism of the athletes. They make the twists, turns and jumps look effortless.”

Tickets for the event start at $25 and are available online at, inside the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino or by calling 1-877-873-6322.