Lost Valley, a small, locally owned ski area located in Auburn, Maine, is set to host a portion of the ATSX Ice Cross World Championship on February 11th of this year, according to Maine Public. The competition, which sends around 100 competitors through a downhill ice track complete with walls and vertical drops, makes one other stop in the United States at Wisconsin’s Mont Du Lac.
“It kind of melds well with our goals of getting people outside in the winter, whether they’re watching this event or participating in it. And it’s something different. So we like to try to do different things here that maybe aren’t happening in other places that are unique.” Travis Dow, Assistant General Manager of Lost Valley Ski Area
Training for registered athletes begins on Thursday, February 9th, with the Qualifying rounds and the Junior competition taking place on the 10th. The big event takes place at 12p.m. on the 11th, and, while all spectators are welcome, Travis Dow says that the public will be able to buy tickets to actually try out the course. This is the first time the sport will come to Maine.
I did some skiing at Lost Valley throughout my childhood, and while it’s quite small, it has some great character. I think it’s awesome to see such a cool event headed there. I only wish I would be in Maine to actually attend it!
(The following video comes form Mont Du Lac in 2022)
Featured Image Credit: ATSX Ice Cross via YouTube