The best snowmobile racers in the world will be returning to Eagle River this weekend for the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Last year’s winner, No. 38 Matt Schulz, will be competing on the ice oval.                                         —STAFF PHOTO
Derby Queen Jenna Sima will reign over the festivities during the AMSOIL World Championship.                —STAFF PHOTO

World Derby set this week

For the 54th consecutive year the world-famous AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby returns to Eagle River Jan. 19-22.

Matt Schulz posed for a photo with Derby Queen Samantha Hytry after winning the 2016 AMSOIL World Championship. He will try for the repeat this week.          —STAFF PHOTO
The best snowmobile racers from the United States and Canada will compete for the AMSOIL World Championship in Eagle River this Sunday. This is what it looked like at the start of the 2016 race, won by Matt Schulz.                                           —STAFF PHOTO

Schulz seeking repeat

Matt Schulz became a two-time World Champion last year and now faces the challenge of winning back-to-back titles at Eagle River.


For the first time in three years, the weather cooperated and the Eagle River Area Fire Department and other volunteers were able to build the Eagle River Ice Castle.

Memorial ride slated Thursday

The annual DeVault-Merwin Memorial Ride is scheduled for this Thursday, Jan. 19, with the World Snowmobile Headquarters (WSH) in Eagle River organizing the ride activities.