Whitefish Ski Joring World Invitationals

Whitefish hosts the annual Whitefish Ski Joring World Invitationals in conjunction with the long running Whitefish Winter Carnival. Ski joring has been a part of Whitefish's Winter Carnival since the 1960's, combining Whitefish's rich ski racing heritage with Big Sky cowboy traditions. Ski joring originated as a method of winter travel with a skier pulled behind a horse, but today has become a competitive sport. In 2003, the high speed event was moved from downtown Whitefish to its current location and has become the premiere ski joring event offering the largest cash purse (approximately $20,000 plus awards) on the race circuit, entertaining competition and a party that can't be missed.

Course Description: This year, two race courses will be offered. A straight course allowing the horse to run at top speed as the skier navigates slalom gates and jumps ranging from three to nine feet high. A horseshoe-shaped course allowing for horse to run on inside of course while skier navigates slalom gates and jumps ranging from four to six feet high. New this year is Murdoch's Long Jump.

Race Divisions:

Open Class- most experienced skiers (including some former U.S. Ski Team competitors) & fastest horses for largest cash purse

Sport Class- next level of competitors (typically largest division)

Great Northern Novice Class

Black Star Mule Class- mules ears will be measured prior to race to qualify 

Refreshments: To keep spectators and riders/skiers fueled, local food and beverage vendors will be available, including a beer garden hosted by Great Northern Brewery.

Event Schedule: 

 For more event information visit: www.whitefishskijoring.com.


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Event Dates

1/26/2018 – 1/28/2018

Admission Fee (if any)

A nominal $5 fee; 12 & under free, for on-site parking/vehicle- proceeds benefit non-profit Human Therapy on Horseback.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages

Event Setting

Just minutes from downtown Whitefish, MT at the Whitefish Armory Park. Enjoy spectacular views of Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Range, and Swan Mountain Range as horses and skiers skillfully navigate the ski joring course in front of you.

Driving Directions

Event is located 1.1 miles from downtown Whitefish. From downtown Whitefish head east on 2nd St/E Second St. Venue location is on south side of street just before railroad tracks next to Hugh Rogers Dog Park.

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