In 1983, the
Quebec Federation of snowmobile clubs (FCMQ) set in motion a
plan to move the high profile event to an area that would appeal
to all snow riders and snowmobile race fans from the province of
Quebec and its surrounding area.
Even though many events of the kind have been
created since, the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt remains the
most important snowmobile racing event in North America.
Snocross is a racing sport involving
racing specialized high performance snowmobiles on an
artificially-made tracks consisting of tight turns, banked
corners, steep jumps and obstacles. Riders race at speed of up
to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour).
Jumps are up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall, so riders travel up
to 130 feet (40 meters) before they touch the ground. According
to the World Snowmobile Association which governs snocross,
watercross, and hillcross racing, snocross is the most popular