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, NEW COURSE!!! Introducing the “J” track to the State of Montana. Best of a round track combined with the best of a straight track!!!

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

1/27/2018 – 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

NEW VENUE!!! Big Mountain Ranch off of Voerman Rd. approximately 2.6 miles east of the Downtown Whitefish. Scenic and historic Voerman homestead just east of Whitefish with lots of room for on-site parking, concessionaires, and spectators.

Driving Directions

Event is located approximately 2.6 miles from downtown Whitefish. From downtown Whitefish head east on 2nd St/E Second St., turn right on Armory Rd., Turn right on Voerman Rd. Venue location will be on left side of road.

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