Come ring in the New Year at Showdown! The Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Show start at about 5:00 out on the main deck of Showdown watch Showdown staff ski down Big 7 with torches in a fun design with fireworks too. Family friendly event with live music and food and drink specials!
December 31, 2017
Rebecca Farm, home to The Event at Rebecca Farm, will add to its repertoire this winter when it hosts its first skijoring competition on December 30-31. This marks the only time that Rebecca Farm has held an event during the winter months, a departure that excites The Event at Rebecca Farm’s organizer, Sarah Broussard. “Many folks associate Rebecca Farm with eventing in the summer, so we’re thrilled to try something new, and bring a different kind of sporting event to Rebecca Farm in the winter,” Broussard shares. “Not only is skijoring a unique sport in itself, it is so much fun to watch.” Derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning “ski driving,” skijoring is a winter sport that combines skiing and horseback riding. The sport consists of a horse pulling a skier through an obstacle course, all while hitting jumps that range in size from three feet to nine feet high. Competitors are judged based on how long it takes for them to run the track, which stretches approximately 850 feet from start to finish. Fortunately for the organizers, no major changes will need to be made to the Rebecca Farm course in order to host the competition. “It is not so much about changing anything on the farm,“ Broussard says. “It is more about making sure we have enough snow.” In the event the farm does not receive enough snow before the competition, Broussard will have it trucked in, she says. Those that finish the course the fastest will be awarded a cash prize, known as the “total purse.” This year’s purse, to be raised via sponsorships, will total up to $25,000. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s competition will be donated to Halt Cancer at X, an initiative created by Broussard that raises funds for breast cancer research and support services. Last year’s skijoring competition, hosted by the West Shore Visitors Bureau in Lakeside, welcomed nearly 100 competitors and thousands of spectators over two days. Broussard hopes even more are able to make it to this year’s event.
December 30, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Kids'N'Snow is a program for kids with events and activities that offer the best winter has to offer. Through the programs offered by strategic learning partners such as the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Yellowstone Park, the Forest Service, and other organizations, kids can get outdoors in the winter and try a new activity, like ice skating, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Kids'N'Snow wants to take the fear out of first-ever winter experiences. Event will be headquartered at the West Yellowstone Visitor Center. The Kids'N'Snow Program is one weekend per each winter month. Each weekend will feature our regular programs, plus a S'mores & More activity, and another special community event.
December 17, 2017 - March 3, 2018
The Race to the Sky will have its official kick-off on Friday Noon-3:00pm, starting with the 350 Mile Vet Check in Helena. Saturday is the official start at Camp Rimini and Elk Park Finish. Camp Rimini was a former War Dog Training and Reception Center near Helena used to train sled dogs for military operations during World War II. 10:00am is the Official Start of 350 Mile Race at Camp Rimini, Hwy. 12, turn on Rimini Road past Moose Creek Campground. 3:00-4:00pm is the 100 Mile Vet Check, 367 Lowland Road (Exit 138), Elk Park (Pasquinzo property). 4:00-9:00pm, teams arrive at Exit 138, 367 Lowland Road, Elk Park, (Pasquinzo property), finish of first leg of race (350 mile teams). On Sunday, the continuous teams and 100 mile teams start the 350 Mile Race to the Sky at Hi-Country Snack Foods in Lincoln at 2:00pm. Watch the teams start their day and night journey through the mountains and valleys of Montana. Also on Sunday is the start of the 100 mile Junior Race to the Sky and a 100 mile race adult musher's. For the next couple of days teams travel to the White Tail Ranch near Ovando, the Seeley Lake Community Center in Seeley Lake, and making a wilderness checkpoint coming back to Seeley Lake. The finish is at Hi-Country Snack Foods near Lincoln and is predicted sometime Tuesday early evening. Go to the website for times during the race and for up to the minute information. Race to the Sky is one of the qualifying races prior to the Alaskan Iditarod. In years past, anywhere from 22 to 35 teams have begun this 350-mile race through the Montana backcountry.
February 9, 2018 - February 13, 2018
Held at the beautiful Big Sky Resort. Bands from around the region gather for three days of a musical celebration of American bluegrass.
February 9, 2018 - February 11, 2018