GPSV ambassadors: the Arès are driven by speed

Written by Vincent Lambert


The passion for snowmobile racing for the Arès family did not start yesterday. For several years, she was involved in the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt (GPSV). And the adventure in the industry has never stopped so well that she is now one of the ambassadors of the biggest motorsport event in the world.

It all started in 1995 with the GPSV and it continued until 2015 when Michel Arès held the positions of volunteer, coordinator and member of the board of directors.

“I remember that as soon as we had a little time, we went to see races for the adrenaline, the sound, the smell, the atmosphere of the crowd and above all, for the athletes who give everything to win at Valcourt », indicates the father.

Today, he shares his passion for racing with his two sons, Emrick and Charles-Antoine, who have been competing in snocross for several years. It’s hard to be more in the heart of the action! During his 20 years of volunteering, he has seen athletes wave checkered flags. And last season, he had the pleasure of seeing his two boys savoring their moment of glory too.

“I’m in the heat of the action  with my boys,” says Michel Arès. Since they were four years old, they have been attending the GPSV, comfortably installed in a box. No way to leave them at home, because they did not want to miss this weekend of races. For them, the passion started very young. “

Emrick and Charles-Antoine Arès received their first snowmobile at the age of six and four, respectively. If the two young athletes won several championships in motocross, they also quickly made their way into snocross.

At Valcourt, for example, they did not take time to shine, even finishing one behind the other in 2019 in the Junior 16-17 where Emrick took first place just ahead of his brother.During the SCMX Provincial Snocross Championship the following season, he added more by dominating the Sport class while Charles-Antoine finished first in the Junior 14-15, Junior 16-17 and Sport Lite classes.

“For several years, we have adopted a lifestyle focused on motocross and snocross racing,” explains Michel Arès. The whole family participates: preparation of the trailer, motorcycles and snowmobiles, suitcases, meals and registrations. Everything is  well organized; everyone has their task. Of course, you have to be disciplined, the academic results have to be good. Now we are proud to be an official GPSV Ambassador. “

To follow and support the Arès family, who live in Lawrenceville, it is possible to do so via Facebook (Team Arès Racing, Charlot Arès 66, ti-mé #88) and Instagram (its_time88 et charlot66ares).

A highly anticipated start to the season

Written by Vincent Lambert


The pandemic may strike the province, but it will not prevent athletes from tackling the moguls and racing at full speed on the various circuits, including that of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt (GPSV).


The SCMX Provincial Snocross Championship recently unveiled its preliminary schedule for the next season, and everything indicates that racing enthusiasts will be stopping in the heart of snowmobiling the weekend of February 13th-14th, much to the delight of the organization.


“The GPSV team is very proud to be able to help support sport and its athletes,” says Executive Director Véronique Lizotte. The family and authentic values ​​of SCMX are perfectly aligned with those of the GPSV. “

Because sanitary standards and Public Health measures are continually evolving, the preliminary schedule may need to adopt changes during the season. But for the SCMX team, there was no question of giving up competitions.

“Snocross is booming in Quebec,” admits SCMX director Mathieu Buteau. We are forecasting an increase of about 30% in the number of Quebec athletes again this year in Valcourt, as in our entire circuit. The next generation is waiting for you, as are the pros who, for some, have reserved a season for us entirely in La Belle Province, given the pandemic. “

A snocross season in the current context requires many logistics. However, everything will be in place to respect the health instructions and ensure the athletes’ safety. The show will be no less captivating, on the contrary!

“We have the most impressive schedule in recent years,” assures Mathieu Buteau. The third round, which will take place in Valcourt, is one of the season’s most anticipated moments. More than ever this year, we are working with the GPSV team to provide a quality show. Our 125 athletes are already very excited to start the season! “


The 39th edition of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt will occur from February 12th to 14th, 2021, on the legendary Yvon-Duhamel circuit. One can expect an exciting spectacle for speed and thrill-seekers!

More details here