Race Report: Whitefish Whiteout

By: RIDGE coach Burket Kniveton

 RIDGE coach, Ben Parsons, and other pro racers near the start of the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout.

RIDGE coach, Ben Parsons, and other pro racers near the start of the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout.

 RIDGE student athletes Kirby, Matt, and Timmy receiving instructions from Whitefish Mountain Resort before the start of the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout ski mountaineering race.  

RIDGE student athletes Kirby, Matt, and Timmy receiving instructions from Whitefish Mountain Resort before the start of the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout ski mountaineering race.  

RIDGE student athletes and coaches volunteered, raced, and photographed the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout ski mountaineering race at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Ski mountaineering (skimo for short) races require athletes to use specialized ski touring equipment that allows them to literally run uphill, and ski back downhill. Athletes are required to transition between uphill 'skinning' and downhill skiing a number of times, as they race up and down predetermined race courses.

RIDGE coach Ben Parsons competed in the men's pro division of the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout. Ridge coaches Burket and Paul set up sponsor banners at the finish line and photographed the races, while Student Athletes Timmy, Matt, Kirby, and Quinlan volunteered across the mountain marking the course and helping racers stay on route.

The student athletes gained valuable experience working with the Whitefish Mountain Resort Events department, giving them real-world experience working with ski resort management.


RIDGE coach Ben Parsons had very strong showing in the men's pro division. He finished on the podium in 2nd place after 2 hours of racing against a strong field  from across North America, and a pro racer from Germany.

 RIDGE coach, Ben Parsons, racing during the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout. 

RIDGE coach, Ben Parsons, racing during the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout. 

  RIDGE   coach, Ben Parsons, leading Mike Foote up The North Bowl Chute during the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout. 

RIDGE coach, Ben Parsons, leading Mike Foote up The North Bowl Chute during the 2015 Whitefish Whiteout.