Contributed photo / Scott Bledsoe
Aly Bledsoe and Luke Bledsoe
As of Monday, April 9, 2018
POWELL Aly Bledsoe, 15, and Luke Bledsoe, 17, are training and competing in the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hill Climb circuit this month through May. The Bledsoe siblings are going pro, and their next event is coming up April 7-8 at the Tamarack Ski Resort.
According to an April 5 news release from their organization, Team Lochsa, Aly Bledsoe is the youngest racer to ever go pro in the circuit and last weekend was approved to level up from the junior leagues. She won one of the four races she took on last weekend in Pinedale, Wyo., by beating out the reigning champion by 1.2 seconds on a Skidoo 600 cc sled. She placed first in Stock and third in Improved Stock, 600 Stock and Modified. Luke Bledsoe, a senior at Loyola Sacred Heart High School in Missoula, placed on the podium in two of three races, including first in Stock and third in Improved Stock at the semi pro level.
Parent Scott Bledsoe of Powell provided information about their accomplishments as part of Team Lochsa, which is a 400-member non-profit LLC organized in Montana that focuses on sustaining access, promoting stewardship of the lands, leading search and rescue efforts, and encouraging full enjoyment and responsible use of the Clearwater and Lochsa river corridor. The teamlochsa.com website states the organization is about “promoting safe, responsible, family enjoyment of mountain sports with an emphasis on winter snowmobiling, both professional and recreational for men, women and children, all ages.”
After this weekend’s event, one more event remains in the hill climb circuit’s season, April 21-22 at the Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Wyoming.