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2018 Whitefish Whiteout

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (MST)

2018 Whitefish Whiteout

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Long Course Not Started $40.00 $0.00
Short Course Ended $20.00 $0.00
Single Ascent Ended $10.00 $0.00

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COURSE MAP  (from 2017 - course updates / changes will be posted here)


The Whitefish Whiteout is a mountaineering race, where competitors skin / bootpack up a variety of terrain, remove their skins and descend a designated route to the next checkpoint / transition. The course will take competitors on an up and down route throughout the permit area of the mountain consisting of 7 Stages for the long course, 3 stages for the short course, and 1 single stage ascent only category.
The Whitefish Whiteout is open to a variety of ability levels – some racers have times that can be over 3 hours to complete the long course, or some are fast enough to climb to the summit in a mere 24:52 (this was the 2017 record by Mike Foote, besting the previous best ascent to the summit by 1:24)


  • If avalanche control is needed on Saturday the start of the event will be delayed until later the same day.
  • We highly recommend all participants to wear a helmet and carry a beacon shovel and probe. Plus it is just fair that we all carry the same weight. It isn’t mandatory but it is in the spirit of the event.


  • T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 75 Short and Long Course online registrants, so sign up early! Single Ascent racers will not receive shirts. Shirt sizes are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Sign up by Feb 1 to guarantee your size. 
  • Feb 11 @ 1AM – Preregistration closes. Preregistration guarantees a spot, gives you a discount, and an express line during registration on race day to pick up your bib and goodie bag. Why wouldn’t you?
  • Feb 11 @ 8:00 – 8:45am – Day of Registration.


  • Feb 11 – 8:00 – 8:45am –Located at the Lift Plaza ticket office (east end of Birch Lot, see attached Village Map). Even if you preregister, you must be here to pick up your bib, etc.
  • 10:15am - Start at the west side of the bottom terminal of Chair One. (we start late to lessen the likelihood of delays due to avalanche control)
  • 3pm - Awards at Ed and Mully's in the Upper Village.

Pre-registration Fees
$40 Race & $20 Recreation & $10 Ascent only- pre-register online to save money (online preregistration closes at 1am on race day).

Day Of Registration Fees

  • $60 Race & $40 Recreation /$20 Ascent Only Division
  • The first 75 racers to register online receive a shirt goodie bag and all racers have a strong likelihood of winning some swag at awards.
  • Single Ascent only Category–All disciplines together Men or Women.  Shirts not provided for Ascent Only Class (unless extras exist) Winners receive ribbons and recognition and all competitors are entered into the raffle.)

$1000 Cash Purse 
Long Course AT Men and AT Women also have cash prizes of $250 for 1st, $150 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd.  
Plus you can win plenty of other great prizes from all of our sponsors!  Seriously, this raffle should not be missed.

The Whiteout is open to AT/ Touring skiers, telemark skiers and split board snowboarders with a men's and women's category in each. Choose from the Single Ascent Category, the Short course or the Long Course for each discipline.  There is a maximum time for all competitors in all classes of 4 hours to complete the course.

  • Single Ascent Categories Short Course Categories Long Course Categories 
  • All combined AT Men AT Men 
  • AT Women AT Women 
  • Tele Men Tele Men 
  • Tele Women Tele Women 
  • Splitboard Men Splitboard Men 
  • Splitboard Women Splitboard Women

Age Divisions and Changing your Division

  • If more than 3 "masters" (45 years and older) preregister we will create an additional master’s classes. All masters disciplines are combined (AT, tele, etc). If Master's (or any) classes do not have at least 3 racers, we will combine you into non master's classes. 
  • You may change your category at any time until the day of the event.  After that time, changes may not be possible. 


2017 WHITEFISH WHITEOUT (aka last year) 
COURSE TOTALS – VERTICALS AND DISTANCES Ascent Only -1.4 Miles / +2052′ (2.25km / +625m) Short Course – 3.4 Miles.  3422' Up, 1369' Down Long Course – 8.15 Miles / +5106′, – 2657′   
START  Located at the bottom of chair one, skiers right of the bottom terminal. Long Course begins at 10:15am, Short Course and single ascent begin two minutes later. STAGE 1 – BENNY UP – 1.4 Miles / +2052′ (2.25km / +625m) Ascend the Benny Up uphill route, as per the uphill policy. Finish this climb at the very tip-top of the mountain adjacent to the top terminal of Chair 5. —THIS IS THE END OF THE SINGLE ASCENT COURSE—
STAGE 2 – CALS COUNTRY TO HASKILL SLIDE – 1.0 Miles / -1369′ (1.44km / -270m) From the transition at the Summit area, descend Inspiration to Elephants Graveyard, traversing over to Haskill Slide.  Down Haskill to the bottom of Over The Hill Gang.
STAGE 3 -NBC –  1.0 Miles / +1169′ (.64km / +194m) Up the East Side Route to Moose.  Up Moose to the Boot pack up NBC up through the chute. Skin up to the top of East Rim to the transition. The long course will continue down Russ’ Street (see below).  The Short Course will continue up FILL HILL to the Summit (between chairs 1 & 5) —THIS IS THE END OF THE SHORT COURSE—
STAGE 4 - LODI  -1.0 mile / -785′ From the Top of East Rim, go down Russ’ Street towards Moose again.  Take left up towards t-bar 2, and up Lodi Peak.  Lodi to patrol road From the top of Lodi, ski the trees down to the 316 road. (this is the road the bisects the chair 7 area, just above the George’s Gorge).
STAGE 5 – KODIAK, BIGHORN TRAVERSE, BIGHORN BOOT PACK, RADIO TOWERS 1.25 miles / +1000′ – Skin up the road to Kodiak, climb Kodiak, go up Caribou to the ‘Bighorn Traverse’.  Sneak through that traverse to Bighorn.  Boot pack Bighorn. 
STAGE 6 – HELLROARING PEAK  Descend to Taylor Creek road and continue up Hellroaring peak +–1.1 miles / – 503′ +403′–.  STAGE 8 – DOWN HELLROARING.4 / -829′ (.64km / -253m) Down ridge, ski trees skiers right of open face.  Ski down to Hellfire. 
STAGE 7 – UP HELLFIRE TO FINISH 1.4 / +884′ (2.25km / 269m) Skin up Hellfire up to Grey Wolf, skin up the road skiers left of Grey Wolf to the Finish. FINISH  Located at the upper end of the ‘Connie’s Road’. This is the same location as the past several years, at the ‘Saddle’ between the tops of Chairs 1 & 5. 

Note - Long course cutoff at the top of the Big Horn Bootpack - 1pm.  This gives you 3 hours to get through the first 5 stages.

The courses have a few types of marking to be aware of -

  • Normal Uphill Route (stages 1) marked with the standard 'uphill diamonds' used to designate our normal uphill routes throughout the winter (see uphill policy - )
  • Uphill Stages are marked with Bamboo with a long strip of bright flagging. These will be placed throughout the climbs, as well as supplementing the existing uphill routes for stages 1&3.
  • Downhill Stages are marked with Race Gates (i.e. red / blue panels on two bamboo posts). 
  • All stages may also be supplemented with additional 18" wire pin flags with bright orange flagging.
  • Transition Areas are all marked with a yellow flag, bamboo with fluorescent flagging, a very tall Whitefish Banner as well as a course marshall staffing each location. 
  • There are a total of 20 marshalls and timers, and over 300 markers throughout the course. Each racer still has some responsiblity in terms of wayfinding and having a basic understanding of each stage. 
  • Each of these types of markings will be displayed during the competitors meeting at the start, and there will also be an open forum Q&A for course related questions prior to the start.


 What is the cancellation / refund policy?
If you cannot make it to the event for any reason, no problem.  Let us know prior before the day of the event for a full refund.  No-shows on the day of the event will receive a 50% refund.

Are there Discounted Lift Tickets for Event Competitors?
Yes, after registration a racer can show their bib at any ticket office to recieve a $40 lift ticket.  

What about parking?
There are SHORT TERM parking options in front of event registration (15 minute).  After that, please follow all parking signage and park as per normal during the race.  Registration is at the end of Birch Lot (the one below the bierstube).

 What are my transport options getting to the event?
A shuttle will operate in the upper village areas, and all parking lots will be open through the event.  
The SNOW Bus will also operate between Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No.  You can easily request a full refund prior to the day of the event.  New registrations must be completed by the competitor / gaurdian in order to assure each racer has signed the waiver appropriately.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No.  I'll be honest, it is nice but it is not necessary.

Do WMR Employees / families receive a discount?
Pre-register online to recieve a 50% refund.  (Credit card refunded) 

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
All skiers and snowboarders must be at least 8 years old and have a parent / guardian sign an assumption of risk policy prior to competing.

Other Questions?
Please contact our events department at
406.862.2910 or 

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Whitefish Mountain Resort
3900 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, MT 59937

Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (MST)

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