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Snowmobile riders compete at Mount Southington

Snowmobile riders compete at Mount Southington

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SOUTHINGTON — The buzzing of snowmobiles could be heard as racers zig-zagged across slopes Saturday in the East Coast Snocross Series at the Mount Southington Ski Area.

Crowds gathered to watch competitors as young as age 5.

Tucker Whiting, 18, of North Canaan, said it was the second year he has participated in the Mount Southington event. He said the course is fun, but difficult.

“It’s icy in some spots,” he said. “It makes the snow slushier.”

Racers described the conditions of the snow as “rough” and “choppy” because the warmth melted parts of the snow and it had rained Friday night. In some races, snowmobiles stalled in the snow.

Kathy Whiting, Tucker’s mother, said she gets a little nervous every time her children race, adding every course is different. She pointed out most races are on flat tracks, but that the Mount Southington course is a bit steeper.

Whiting held her hands together as she moved her head from side to side, tracking her son as he made his way down the slope. She said despite her nerves, she enjoys the racing events.

“It’s always nice to come to these, because we get a lot of family,” Whiting said.

Cecily Bernaiche, 10 of Acworth, New Hampshire, has competed in the Mount Southington event for the past six years. Bernaiche said her father, a Southington native, first introduced her to the sport. She said many of her family members attend to support her.

“[The slopes at Mount Southington] are a tiny bit bigger,” she said.