By Taylor-Ann Smith
Montana Pond Hockey Classic
February 19-21 / Kalispell, Montana
Returning to Kalispell for the third year, the Montana Pond Hockey Classic promises another epic tournament on Foys Lake in the shadow of the Mission Mountains. With two days of hockey, vendors, a community skating rink, snow bike demos, and a Tamarack Brewing Company beer garden, this Classic entertains the whole family and brings ice hockey back to the basics.
Karen Oatey Pole Pedal Paddle Race
March 26 / Jackson, Wyoming
Starting at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and ending at the Snake River Sporting Club, the event takes racers through Jackson and finishes off with an awards ceremony featuring killer BBQ and locally brewed beer. Most importantly, the Pole Pedal Paddle raises funds for the nonprofit Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, which provides affordable winter programs for youth.
Mad Wolf Winter Relay Race
February 27 / Big Sky, Montana
Modeled after the Pole Pedal Paddle, the first annual Mad Wolf Winter Relay Race will lead competitors through Big Sky’s best winter recreation venues. Starting at Big Sky Resort and finishing at Lone Mountain Ranch, the Mad Wolf begins with an alpine ski/snowboard segment, transitions to a cross-country ski leg, and ends with contestants racing on snowshoes or bikes to the finish line.
Proceeds from the event will support the Big Sky Ski Education Foundation in its mission to promote quality ski programs for area kids. Dust off that 80s one-piece and grab your wig – costumes are encouraged in order to keep spirits high and fun abundant.
This story was first published in the winter 2016 issue of Mountain Outlaw magazine.