Welcome to Winter

As snow settles over the Flathead Valley, the Beacon showcases an abundance of activities and festivities

By Beacon Staff
Ken Jones smiles while skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort last year. Beacon File Photo

Man on a Mission

Ken Jones is seeking to break his own record of more than 9 million vertical feet skied at Whitefish Mountain Resort

By Dillon Tabish

WHITEFISH — For roughly two hours a day, seven days a week over the last month, Ken Jones has undergone a grueling workout regimen at The Wave. Body squats, lunges, leg extensions — the 52-year-old handyman has trained with a feverish, focused mindset.

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Dane Overland navigates gates while being pulled by Wilson Pike and his horse Yellar at the Whitefish World Invitational Ski Joring event. Beacon File Photo
Dane Overland navigates gates while being pulled by Wilson Pike and his horse Yellar at the Whitefish World Invitational Ski Joring event. Beacon File Photo

Ski Joring Hits its Stride

Whitefish competition finds new location, new event announced for Lakeside this winter

By Clare Menzel

WHITEFISH —This winter, the Flathead Valley, a longtime host of Whitefish Winter Canival’s World Invitational Ski Joring event, will kick off 2017 with the newest event in ski joring, the biggest purse in the sport, and a new location for the Whitefish winter staple.

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Residents remove snow along Fifth Avenue East in Kalispell. Beacon File Photo
Residents remove snow along Fifth Avenue East in Kalispell. Beacon File Photo

She’s Back: La Niña Arrives for Winter

Climate pattern likely signals average temperatures and above average snowfall for the Flathead Valley

By Molly Priddy

In October, it looked like the predicted La Niña climate phenomenon was going to be a no-show this year, with advisories canceled and predictions of neutral climate conditions for the chilly season.

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Skiers cruise the nordic trails on Blacktail Mountain. Beacon File Photo
Skiers cruise the nordic trails on Blacktail Mountain. Beacon File Photo

A Guide to the Nordic Glide

In the Flathead Valley, classic and skate cross-country ski adventures abound

By Tristan Scott

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely backcountry tour after work, a glide along the rolling network of illuminated loops at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club, a leg-burning ascent from Haskill Basin to the base of Big Mountain, or an abundance of trails along the north shore of Flathead Lake, the options are ample for Nordic skiers of all levels and abilities.

Here is a flurry of opportunities right in your backyard.

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Robbie Holman plays in the fresh powder off the groomed snowmobile trails between the Canyon Creek Trail Head and Big Mountain. Beacon File Photo
Robbie Holman plays in the fresh powder off the groomed snowmobile trails between the Canyon Creek Trail Head and Big Mountain. Beacon File Photo

Snowmobiling the Flathead

Local club partners with app developer to help snowmobilers navigate the trails

By Tristan Scott

Snowmobile enthusiasts can already smell the two-stroke smoke as the Dec. 1 sledding season prepares to get underway in the Flathead Valley, where a hub of world-class snowmobiling includes more than 200 miles of groomed trails and nearly 2,000 miles of Forest Service roads, which track along alpine ridges and through basins of deep powder.

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Lift attendant Chad Munro passes the down time by juggling at Turner Mountain on Feb. 5, 2016. Munro started skiing at Turner at the age of 6, and teaches lessons in addition to attending the lift. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon
Lift attendant Chad Munro passes the down time by juggling at Turner Mountain on Feb. 5, 2016. Munro started skiing at Turner at the age of 6, and teaches lessons in addition to attending the lift. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Ski Areas Gear Up For Winter

Whitefish Mountain Resort, Turner and Blacktail have their fingers crossed for a big season

By Justin Franz

The signs that ski season is upon us start slowly at first. In late October and early November, a few people might start digging out their skis and boards. Others may replace the bike rack with a ski rack atop their vehicles.

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