The two-day event includes more than 300 heats, or competitions, and more than 150 pre-registered racers, according to Tara Saxton, Rock Maple Racing president.
''This weekend is the finale of our West Series,'' she said, ''and although 99 percent of the racers are pre-registered, we do have some open spots in a couple of divisions.''
Ms. Saxton explained that local snowmobilers who wish to race in either the Trail Division, which is for riders 18 or older, or the 120 Division, which is for children ages 4 to 10, are encouraged to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. today to sign up.
The racing series will take place on a quarter-mile track that is complete with random jumps, a ''mine field,'' or series of small bumps, and a tabletop jump at the finish line, the president explained.
On Friday, some racers spent time learning the track while taking a few practice runs in order to get the feel for the terrain.
Women's Professional racer Paige Calderwood of Phoenix, N.Y. was among them.
''I'm excited about this weekend, this is the earliest I've ever been to the track,'' she said. ''Every weekend you want to win, but I'm looking to go out there and take the prize money on Sunday.''
She said that the prize in her division is $125, and although it may not seem like a lot, it helps pay for about two cans of gas for her snowmobile, enough to cover the expense of racing.
Pete Edwards, a three-year veteran, who said that he races in Semi-pro stock and open divisions, explained that he is looking to keep the momentum he's built this season going during this weekend.
''Right now, I'm in the top three with points (second and third in each division), and I'd like to keep it that way,'' Edwards said. ''It helps with sponsorships and the top two positions usually move up to pro.''
Edwards said that he loves racing because of the adrenaline rush he gets, but admits he couldn't do it every weekend without crew chief Dennis Murphy and mechanic Cory Vancassllee.
''Their had work behind the scenes is what allows me to get out here and do what I love,'' he added.
22-year-old professional racer Kenny Murphy said that he appreciates ''all the hard work'' the terrain workers do to prepare and maintain the track.
''They put a lot of time into it to make sure everything is perfect,'' Murphy said. ''This weekend, I'm looking to win everything.''
Ray Head, the president of the Snowmobile Clubs of Chautauqua County, said that the event was put together primarily by the staff at Peek'n Peak and the members of the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club.
''It's so late in the season, there aren't many places in the county right now that would work so well for an event like this,'' Mr. Head said. ''It's just phenomenal that Peek'n Peak has opened up their resort even more to welcome us all here.''
As of midday on Friday, the parking lot in front of The Retreat lodge and pub building was filling with racing trailers, as well as a few curious spectators.
Yamaha's Snowmobile division was and will be present all weekend allowing waiver-signing spectators to demo brand-new snowmobiles from their 2008 line up.
''We will be policing it just to the point of making sure no one gets too crazy out there,'' a representative from Yamaha said. ''But we got some great sleds out here for people to try out and have fun with.''
Sherri Rater, marketing manager for The Peak said this is the first year the resort has hosted the Rock Maple Racing series. But as the resort has aimed to offer more options for area snowmobilers this season, she hopes to welcome the crew back again in the future.
''We are really excited about this weekend's events, and I think it's a great addition to Peek'n Peak schedule,'' Mrs. Rater said. ''It should be a lot of fun and that's what snowmobiling is all about.''
The gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with races beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is $10 per person, but there is no charge for children under the age of 10.
Mrs. Rater said that The Retreat lodge, which is adjacent to the racing track, will be open all day offering a variety of foods and beverages to warm up those participating in and enjoying the races.
For more information, contact Peek'n Peak's event planner, Susan Churchill, at 355-4141 ext. 2525.