Winter Games: The Coldest and Crudest

Snowmobiling is snowballing. In the past five years, sales of the low-slung motor-driven ski scooters (price range: $595 to $1,500) have leaped from 15,000 to 225,000 annually. This season, more than 1,000 snowmobile races and ral lies are being held in the northern U.S., featuring such varied events as the sla lom, jumping and drag racing. Though many of the competitions like to bill themselves as the "largest," "richest," "most unique" or simply "world's foremost," Alaska's annual Midnight Sun 600 Snowmobile Race is indisputably the world's coldest and crudest....

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