Deadwood prepares for snocross showdown

DEADWOOD, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - One good thing about all the December snow is that preparations are easier for the fifth annual Deadwood Snocross Showdown in Deadwood.

The snowmobile races are in Deadwood's Days of '76 Event Complex Jan. 20-21.

The Deadwood Snocross Showdown is part of the eight-city AMSOIL Championship Snocross Tour.

This year's event has more than 150 nationally known pros like Tucker Hibbert, Tim Tremblay, Kody Kamm and Ross Martin riding custom high-powered snowmobiles.

Growing in popularity nationally and internationally, the Snow Bike class will be a new addition to the Deadwood event and bring in additional racers in 2017.

Many pros will race in Deadwood before heading west to the XGames.

Snow conditions on the snowmobile trails and downhill slopes surrounding Deadwood are excellent this year. Organizers anticipate this will lead to record breaking attendance due to increased winter recreation travel to the area. They strongly recommend attendees buy their tickets before the start of the event. In 2016, Saturday's races sold out.

Tickets start at $15 and a two-day pass is only $30. A VIP Rally pass is available and includes added perks such as reserved seats, food and drink discounts and commemorative items for $99 per person. Tickets for children 12 and under at only $5 and ages 5 and under are free.

For details on the weekend's event and tickets, visit .