4th Annual Riley Suhan Backcountry Race


The Riley Suhan Backcountry Race is one of the best events in all of snowmobiling. This unique mountain race traverses a large loop of the Quartz Creek riding zone and be executed in a relay format.

Compete, watch or VOLUNTEER! – there will be great viewing and good times to be had by all. If you’d like to volunteer, please email sled@sledgolden.com ASAP!  We will thank you with SWAG, a free day pass and a discount off next year’s membership!

When: Saturday, April 1, 2023

Where: Quartz Creek (event to start and finish in front of Quartz Creek Cabin)

How Much: 120 spots will be open for public registration. All riders will pay a $100 registration fee which is non-refundable.  Registration is OPEN!

Register Here!

Bib Draw & Rider Meeting: The bib draw, rider meeting and team selection will take place on Friday, March 31, 7:00 pm at Mountain Motorsports in Golden.

Awards & After Party: No better way to celebrate a day well spent than over a few beers at the Bear and Bone. We’ll gather after the event on Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 pm for awards and general good times.

Race Day: Rider sign in at 9:00 am at Quartz Cabin.  Preview lap of the course at 10:00 am for all riders. Start at 11:00 am, all riders finished by 2:00 pm.  Note: schedule subject to change based on avalanche conditions.

Other Details

The course will be announced on the day of the competition, pending avalanche concerns and terrain stability.  The course will form one large loop of the Quartz Creek riding zone.

Riders will be in teams of four and complete the course sequentially in an order of the teams choice.  Riley will be choosing “Team Captains” and the remaining participants will be selected at random in a draw on Friday, March 31 at Mountain Motorsports. We will do our best to make sure each team will have one pro, one lady shredder (if we have enough), with the rest randomly selected.

Athletes may use ANY machine capable of making it through the course! RUN WHAT YOU BRUNG is the format.

There will be Cash and Prizes for those who make the podium!!  Prizes will also be given out for the fastest laps and for sportsmanship.

Huge thanks to our sponsors for providing sick prizing and swag.

  • Bear and Bone
  • GGB Exhaust
  • 509
  • CFR
  • Mountain Motorsports
  • Golden & District Search and Rescue
  • MSD
  • Riderz
  • Munster