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Montana, Your Winter Playground

can’t miss events: winter 2018/19

We’ve rounded up our favorite winter events.  Read on to discover traditional favorites along with a few creative celebrations to ward off cabin fever. Get into the spirit by making yourself a hot toddy, or a glass of mulled wine, and get planning!  

    December 6- Whitefish Mountain Resort - Opening Day

    Whitefish’s Big Mountain is the quintessential skier's mountain averaging more than 300 inches of snow annually on 3,000 acres of bowls, chutes, and glades on all aspects. The resort charms its guests with a friendly fun-loving vibe, variety of terrain, and virtually no lift lines at an unbeatable value.
    Whitefish Christmas Stroll

    December 7 - Whitefish Christmas Stroll

    Bundle up the family and head downtown Whitefish to celebrate the holiday season. The Bar W will be announcing Santa in style in a horse drawn wagon followed by an evening of traditional holiday festivities appropriate for all ages. Central Ave will come alive with a tree lighting ceremony, caroling, roasting chestnuts, pictures with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, and more!

    December 14-15 & January 4-5 & 18-19 - Brash Winter Rodeo

    Celebrate Montana's cowboy heritage at Majestic Valley Arena. Events include bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer riding, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, calf roping and chute dogging.

    December 27 – Ski with Maggie Voisin at Whitefish Mountain Resort

    Hit the slopes with Whitefish native and US Freestyle Team member, Maggie Voisin. Maggie will be skiing laps on Chair 2 from 1:00-2:30 pm. Look for the banner at the top of Chair 2. Afterwards, warm up at Ed and Mully's for autographs with Maggie at 3 PM.

    December 29-30 -Ski Joring at Rebecca Farm

    In true Montana fashion, skiers and horseback riders come together for some horse-powered entertainment. This timed event features a horse-and-rider pulling a skier over jumps and around gates. It’s a fast paced combination of cowboys, cowgirls, ski bums, horses, mules, and snow. Frankly, I can’t think of a better recipe for a good time.
    Photo credit: Whitefish Mountain Resort

    December 31-New Year’s Eve Rail Jam & Parade at Whitefish Mountain Resort

    Ring in 2019 in style with friendly competition, a torchlight parade, fireworks, and live music. Skiers and snowboarders compete for $1,000 cash purse on a custom venue during the Rail Jam. The fun continues afterwards with a parade down the mountain before heading to Ed & Mullys and the Bierstube featuring live entertainment and libations!

    January 26-27, 2019 – Ski Joring

    Ski Joring is a sport that combines an interesting mix of two of Montana’s favorites: horses and skiing. The public is invited to check out the continued revival of ski joring at the Whitefish Winter Carnival. For over 13 years, the weekend in January features exciting combination of horses, riders, and skiers mixed with speed, jumps, and of course, snow!
    Whitefish Winter Carnival photo credit: MT Office of Tourism

    February 2 – Whitefish Winter Carnival Grand Parade

    Parade goers will feast their eyes on decorative floats celebrating the Nordic god Ullr and his misfit crew of; yetis, Viking divas, penguins, and mountain men.
    Penguin Plunge credit MTOT

    February 2 – Penguin Plunge

    As a component of the month long Whitefish Winter Carnival folks brave the frigid temperatures of Whitefish Lake for a good cause!
    Photo credit: Whitefish Mountain Resort

    January 19 - Frosty the Brewfest

    The first annual, ``Frosty the Brewfest`` is coming to downtown Kalispell noon to 6:00 pm. Live music, frosty brews, food trucks, and kids activities, are decorating the streets in the name of a good time while benefiting the Kalispell Downtown Association and Flathead Community Foundation.
    Cabin Fever photo credit: MT Office of Tourism

    February 8-10 – Cabin Fever Days

    A longstanding tradition in neighboring, Martin City, this is a weekend long celebration with events that are as quirky as they are fun. The standout event is the barstool races which involves folks sitting on bar stools (folks build their own so they each unique) with skis on the bottom and beers in their hands racing down the hill. Did I mention the hill happens to be the town’s main road?