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Share your favorite #montanamoment and win

June 26th, 2013 by kimtaylor

The Montana Office of Tourism is sponsoring a contest where you can win a trip back to Montana, by sharing a picture of your favorite “Montana Moment”.  The contest runs through August 26th, 2013.

Here are the basic entry requirements:

  • The photo must be taken in Montana.
  • If a person is depicted, the person must be the Entrant; no other person(s) may be depicted.
  • The Entry must not have been submitted previously in a contest or promotion.
  • The Entry must not contain content that is false, inaccurate or misleading.
  • If you have more than one picture, each submission must be substantially different.

What's your favorite #montanamoment ?

What’s your favorite #montanamoment ?

There are three ways to enter the contest: via Twitter, Instagram or direct upload via visitmt.com website.

All eligible Contest Entries received during the Promotion Period will be judged on the basis of creativity (50%), and photographic quality (50%)

One Grand Prize Winner will receive the following: Winner’s choice of a five (5) day, four (4) night Montana National Park vacation package; winner can choose either a Winter or Summer Glacier National Park or Yellowstone National Park vacation package. Includes the following for 2 people: hotel accommodations, airfare, rental car, a $500 credit toward two (2) trip experiences (sightseeing, outdoor activity, or cultural/learning) per person totaling four (4) trip experiences and a park pass to the chosen National Park. The Grand Prize Winner will be determined on or about September 15, 2013.

Plus, there are Weekly Prize Winners too, that are selected randomly from all eligible entries for that week, of Montana Coffee Packages from FireTower Coffee in Helena and Huckleberry taffy from Sweet Palace in Philipsburg.

So… if you have a great shot from your last visit to Montana enter this contest. We’d love to see you again!

For full contest details go to: http://visitmt.com/step-out-of-bounds/montana-moments.htm

Author: Sarah Stewart

See Kim Run… Run Kim Run!

May 14th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Kim at the start of the 2012 Turkey Trot.  Look for Kim burning up the competition at this year's Whitefish Lake Run.  Watch out Velma!

Kim at the start of the 2012 Turkey Trot. Look for Kim burning up the competition at this year’s Whitefish Lake Run. Watch out Velma!

Whitefish is host to many 5k, 10k and even marathon running races throughout the summer and fall.  These races find participants passing through scenic vistas and quaint small towns on their way to the finish line.  It’s a great way to work off your huckleberry buttermilk pancakes or Grand Marnier French toast while staying at the Hidden Moose!    Plan your vacation around them, so you can stay fit while enjoying the scenic beauty of Montana first hand.  Below is a list of some of the more popular races in the valley: (click on the race name to be taken to the race website)

4th Annual Whitefish WAG Race [May 19, 2013]: This race benefits our local dog park, the Hugh Rogers WAG park, and consists of 1.5 miles, 4 miles and a 15k USATF Certified Race. Each participants receives, short sleeved cotton t-shirt, Pint Glass w/ Run Whitefish & Great Northern Brewery Logo, food & beverages including beer from Great Northern (over 21 only), live music and a chance to win many great raffle prizes from local merchants.  This is a cup-free race to reduce waste.  15k participants get a complementary hydro-pouch.

36th Annual Whitefish Lake Run [June 29, 2013]: This local favorite consists of 5k and 10k races and starts and finishes at scenic City Beach. (10k participants are bused to the start line, but finish at City Beach).  Kids under 12 get $5 off their race registration and dogs are encouraged to participate in the 5k race, (this is Montana after all and we LOVE our K-9 friends.) Register by June 10 to receive a t-shirt.

Glacier Challenge [July 6, 2013]: This is a challenge!  Covering 50 miles of Montana terrain, racers run, pedal and paddle their way on paths, up/down streams, on the lake and along bike paths and some gnarly single track.  You can enter as an individual, with a partner or as a team.   This year’s theme is: “The Wild West is about to get a WHOLE LOT Wilder,”  all proceeds benefit the Flathead Youth Home.

11th Annual Whitefish Friends and Family Fun Run/Walk [August 24, 2013]: Benefitting the Child Development Center and the Shepard’s Hand Clinic this race consists of a 1 mile Family Walk/Run, 5k Run/Walk and a 10k Run.  Discounted family rates and senior rates.  Register by August 6th to receive t-shirt.

Two Bear Half Marathon & Marathon [September 15, 2013]:  “No Wimps” is the motto of this race!  A Challenging course that takes you on single track, a jeep road, elevation gains and losses, and pavement and gives you beautiful views of Whitefish Lake.  It’s a “Bear” of a course, but gaining popularity among marathon racers.  Water stations approx. every 2 miles and Hammer Gel and orange slices available at selected aid stations. Entry fee includes long sleeve shirt, medallion for all official finishers, post-race celebration with food and beverages and an all-day pass for The Wave fitness center.

4th Annual Whitefish Legacy Race [Oct 13, 2013]: This popular favorite consist of 4 different lengths all on a single track, 1.5 mile, 4.5 mile, 10k and 20k races and is a fundraiser for the Whitefish Legacy Partners, a non-profit that has helped to establish & expand the Whitefish Trail.  Participants receive a t-shirt, pint glass for your post-race beers, lunch and snacks and a hydra-pouch for 20k & 10k participants & live music. Another cup-free race.

Whitefish Turkey Trot [November 28, 2013]  A 5k fundraiser benefiting the North Valley Food Bank, this is a no-frills, feel good, burn-some-calories-before-your-Thanksgiving-feast race.  No shirts, no swag but it’ll make you feel less guilty as you scarf a second helping of pumpkin pie.  You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to make your halo glow brighter.  Another cup-free race to reduce litter.

You can check out other Montana races at www.runmt.com  Now get out there and run!

Author: Sarah Stewart

March (and April) Madness in Whitefish.

March 18th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Pond Skimming at the Whitefish Mountain Resort is an end-of-ski-season highlight.  This year it takes place on April 6, 2013.

Pond Skimming at the Whitefish Mountain Resort is an end-of-ski-season highlight. This year it takes place on April 6, 2013.

This is NOT a post about basketball “March Madness” – so either you’re disappointed or breathing a sigh of relief.   This is a post about all the fun stuff is happening in the next few weeks in Whitefish.  We are an active bunch here and if you’ve got that same adventurous spirit, book a room at the Hidden Moose Lodge for a respite from the crazy adventures you too can get in on.  Here are just a few that take place in the next month:

Pole, Peddle & Paddle Triathlon – March 23, 2013

As we begin to look towards the changing seasons the Whitefish Mountain Resort is offering an event that caters to whatever your pleasure may be. This 3-leg multi sport relay race includes a Boating section, a Biking section and a Mountain section (which includes an uphill and downhill portion).  The event can be raced by individuals doing all 3 legs of the race, or with teams of 3 with one member completing one section each.

SCHEDULE

8-9am – Registration/Check In at Riverside Park (on Baker Ave.)
10am – Race Start
Paddle:  2.0 miles –From Riverside Park
Peddle:  Bike -8 miles / 1500’ vertical -From Riverside Park to the Base Lodge of Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Pole: Mountain Section – 3.4 miles / 2200’ vertical -From the Base Lodge to the Summit, and skiing back down to the Base Lodge.
Awards – 30 minutes after last finisher on the Base Lodge Deck. 1-2ish

Brewfest & Dummy Derby – March 30, 2013

1-4 pm: The 5th annual Brewfest is fundraising event for the S.N.O.W. Bus presented by the Big Mountain Commercial Association. Featuring over 12 regional microbreweries, it takes place in the Upper Village Area of the Whitefish Mountain Resort.  Tickets $20/advance [available at the Base Lodge Guest & Info Center or the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce – 307 Spokane #103] or $25/door, $5/kids and designated drivers. The S.N.O.W. bus is a great and FREE service that takes skiers & boarders up and down the mountain all winter long.

Then, catch the Dummy Derby right after Brewfest is over. Watch homemade “rafts” (dummies on skis) crash after soaring over an enormous custom built jump. Or better yet, build and enter your own Dummy! Free to enter and you could win $500!

DUMMY DERBY SCHEDULE:

12:00-1:30pm – Registration and Dummy drop off at Event Office in the Upper Village
1:30pm – Dummy Must be at Registration
2:00pm – Dummy Judging
4:00pm – All participants at start
4:30pm – Start
Awards – 30 minutes after final Dummy at the event venue.

8th Annual Pond Skim – April 6, 2013

The Pond Skim is open to all competitors 21 yrs and older, and everyone is welcome to come watch this great winter finale. The Pond Skim celebrates the wacky feeling of spring and the end of another great ski season. Participants must have skis or snowboards appropriately worn (normally mounted) as they attempt to cross an 80+ foot pond. Costumes are required and will be judged in a category by itself.

Skimming will be an individual competition based on longest skim ($1000 for first place!). Participants will advance to the next round after each successful skim. Each subsequent round will be started lower down the slope, making it more difficult to cross the pond with less speed…and you have to go over a jump in the later rounds… as well as some other ideas to make it harder for you to cross.

This event always sells out for competitors so register early, and there are upwards of 2000 spectators.  $30 to enter, t-shirt included.

POND SKIM SCHEDULE

1:45pm all participants at start
2:30pm Start
Awards 30 minutes after final skim

More info on all these events at: www.skiwhitefish.com

Author: Sarah Stewart

St. Patrick’s Day Fun in the Flathead!

March 13th, 2013 by kimtaylor

OK...we're not sure who this is, but he appears to be in the St. Patrick's Day spirit at the Great Northern Bar in Whitefish.

OK…we’re not sure who this is, but he appears to be in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit at the Great Northern Bar in Whitefish.

OK, Butte may be the hub of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations here in the Treasure State, but Whitefish and the Flathead Valley can hold their own on the day when everyone wants to be “kissed because they’re Irish” – here’s some fun things to do on St. Paddy’s day in the Flathead Valley:

Let’s start in Kalispell if you’ll be in that direction:

Starting at 1 pm Brannigan’s Irish Pub [101 E. Center St.] will have live music with the Highlander Bag Pipes and the party & live music continues all day in the bar and in a heated tent in their parking lot.  All Irish beers are on special, there will be poster and t-shirt give-a-ways and a green bikini contest starting at 9 pm.

Get your green on and follow the end of the rainbow down to Scotty’s Bar [2205 US Hwy 93 S. ] for a chance to win $100 in “gold” coin! The O’Connell Band starts the party up again at 9:30 PM. Give-a-ways & games plus no cover charge. Shuttle service from Brannigan’s Irish Pub to Scotty’s Bar will start at 10 PM and will also be available for sober rides home.

The Ancient Order of the Hibernians and the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day parade starting at 4 pm moving north on Main Street through downtown Kalispell for some family-friendly Irish fun.

Closer to home, Whitefish will have the following events to get your “Irish On”

Casey’s Bar [101 Central Ave.] will be having an all-day Irish Celebration starting at 11am – Corned Beef will be on the menu as well as green beer and a “green-drink” special [what that green drink is, is TBA – but I’m guessing it’s not for ‘light weights’].  “Paddy O’Bear” will be playing Celtic tunes from 2-6 pm.

Local favorite watering hole, the Great Northern Bar [27 Central Ave.] will have live Celtic music by McGrin and O’Bear It from 6:30 – 8:30 pm followed by music by 20 Grand.

The Great Northern Brewery [2 Central Ave.] presents “Tim’s Kitchen Takeover” all day – where caterer extraordinaire Tim Good of Cuisine Machine Catering will be presenting Irish food for foodies.  They will also be introducing their Nitro Tap at the Draft House.  What’s a Nitro Tap?  Go and find out!

The Boat Club Lounge [1380 Wisconsin Ave.] will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with local musician John Dunnigan from 6-9 pm and feature food specials of Corned Beef & Cabbage Spring Rolls & Irish Nachos.

If you’re up at the Whitefish Mountain Resort skiing , watch some amazing boardercross action at the Nate Chute Classic [OK…. so it’s not St. Patrick’s Day related, but it’s still fun!]  It’s one of the biggest boardercross events in the NW with about 125 riders competing for the title and cool trophies.  2 to 5 riders race through a great course consisting of jumps, banks, rollers and traffic.  More info at 887-SKI-FISH.

If live theatre is your thing then don’t miss the Pirates ‘O Penzance [get it?] at 3 pm at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center, brought to you by the Glacier Chorale & Operetta Orchestra.  Info at 257-3241 or gscmusic.org

And… remember designate a driver or call a taxi and don’t forget to wear green!

Author: Sarah Stewart