Our main event, The FLATHEAD CLASSIC SLED DOG RACE is a multi-class, multi-sport race, taking place in the Flathead Valley on February 23-24, 2019. The Flathead Classic is an offspring of Flathead Sled Dog Days, the Flathead Valley’s prior dogsled event. We plan to give one last opportunity of the season to run with the dogs in Northwest Montana. We will promote events for all dog mushing enthusiasts including 1-2 dog Skijoring; 4 - dog junior; 4, 6, and 12 – dog, adult classes. We’re also excited to promote a special pure bred class and for the locals wanting to show off their own dog’s talents, their very own mutt pull. Our longest race covering just 40 miles each day will focus on the terrain, our beautiful location, and world-class trail systems. For the end of the season, our competitors will be able to show off their athletes in their best form with a full race season coming to a close. Who’s the main competitor, the musher or the dogs? This event is a great winter outing for the entire family.
February 23, 2019 - February 24, 2019
It's that time again ... THE NATIONAL FINALS SKI-JORING RACES will take place, in Red Lodge. It's WINTER FUN ... WESTERN STYLE, and we're hoping that you will join us! The Red Lodge Ski-Joring Association each year hosts The National Finals Ski-Joring Races. It is a two-day event which, this year, takes place at the Home of Champions Rodeo Grounds, west of Red Lodge. Originating in the Scandinavian countries as a form of winter transportation, the west has transformed this into an action packed competition wherein teams negotiate a 700+ foot course, the horse taking a track to the inside of the course while the skier in tow, negotiates the 20-some slalom gates and four jumps in hopes of completing two fast, clean runs which isn't easy at speeds sometimes topping 25 mph. Prize money is awarded for the fastest combined times for the two day event as well as fastest times each day. The skier must be upright and on at least one ski when crossing the finish line and a 5 second penalty is incurred for each missed gate. There is a separate longest jump competition wherein the rider and horse pull their skier over one jump for the longest distance each day. Distances have exceeded 60 feet. The crowd is as much a part of the fun as the competition, constructing elaborate weekend shelters on the back of flatbed trucks to protect them from the 'anybody's guess' weather. BBQ and tailgate professionals, football tailgaters have nothing on these folks. Competition starts at 11:00am each day and takes place at The Home of Champions Rodeo Grounds, west of Red Lodge on State Highway 78. The National Finals Ski-Joring Races are exciting for the spectators and challenging for the competitors with up to $20,000 in cash and prizes being awarded in different divisions. Junior prizes include a colt and a new pair of skis and there are champion buckles and as well as the cash for the adults. It's winter fun, western style and it's Montana's own form of March Madness! Friday Night: Registration
March 9, 2019 - March 10, 2019
Skijor West is the culmination of ten weeks of skijoring competition: Skijor USA National Championships Finals. Competitors and Spectators come enjoy a full weekend of non-stop action and plenty family fun in West Yellowstone, Montana!
March 9, 2019 - March 10, 2019
The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M Russell Museum is the premiere fundraising event for the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, attracting collectors, artists, and patrons from around the country. The three-day schedule of events and exhibitions culminates in The Russell Live Auction which features significant works by historic artists such as Charles M. Russell as well as the country’s most acclaimed contemporary western artists. Western Art Week has been taking place in Great Falls, Montana, since 1969.
March 21, 2019 - March 23, 2019
The Bigfork Whitewater Festival involves international kayak racing on the 'Wild Mile' of the Swan River that runs through Bigfork. At the height of spring runoff, the 'Wild Mile' is considered a Class V whitewater. The event draws over 200 competitors along with several thousand spectators. There are festivities running throughout the weekend.
May 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019