Foster Tallies Most Vertical Feet at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Retired Army Colonel finished the season on April 12 with 4,444,123 vertical feet skied

By Dillon Tabish
Skiers enjoy blue skies as they ride down "Inspiration" at Whitefish Mountain Resort on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Another ski season is in the books, and what a winter it was for Jay Foster.

A day after turning 52, Foster finished the season on April 12 with 4,444,123 vertical feet skied at Whitefish Mountain Resort, the most of any pass holder this winter. In perspective, Foster skied just over 841 miles since December.

His total narrowly edged out Fred Frost, who tallied 4.21 million vertical feet and was last year’s vert king. Foster, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and perennial vert king contender, was second a year ago.

The resort established the vert program as a fun opportunity for friends and family to tally their ski mileage each season. Each morning throughout the season the standings are updated on the mountain’s website.

Katherine Yobst finished third this winter with 3.16 million feet. Stephen Calger was fourth, 3.12 million feet and Tony Cooper was fifth, 3.07 million feet.

Click here to view the Vertical Tracker.

Correction: The single season vertical record was set by Tony Cooper in the 2012-13 season. He tallied 5,612,746 feet. The previous best recorded season came in the program’s first year — 2003-04 — when local Chris Chapman totaled 5,306,096 feet.