The World Championship Snowmobile Track starts icing things overSubmitted: 12/08/2017
Erin Beu
Erin Beu

The World Championship Snowmobile Track starts icing things over
EAGLE RIVER - The World Championship Snowmobile Track in Eagle River started preparing the ice this week.

It's not a job made for the faint of heart.

"Oh sometimes coming around the corners gets a little hairy at night or 2:00 in the morning," said ice maker Brit Broman.

Broman makes the ice track smooth and strong for the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River.

"I like doing it. [It's] something to do in the winter time," said Broman.

Even though Broman has to fight slipping around on the ice, he likes the adrenaline boost he gets from it.

"Most of the time, everything goes pretty well," said Broman.

Broman has quite the job in front of him. The track has to be thick enough to handle more than 500 riders during the derby.

"It'll take us about two weeks or three weeks to get all the ice down," said former track owner Richard Decker.

Decker says that means Broman will be going around in circles for a while.

"He just keeps making rounds and rounds making ice," said Decker.

Every few minutes Broman pumps gallons of water out of the truck.

"I don't know how many gallons but it's a lot," said Decker.

Broman shares the ice duties with another worker. They each work in 12 hour shifts.

"[I work} a couple hundred hours a year [making ice,]" said Broman.

"He'll be running that day and night," said Decker.
But hopefully Broman won't slide around too much.

"It's a good time," said Broman.

The derby weekends are January 12 -14 and January 18-21.

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