Night Riders Park Series at Whitefish Mountain a big success

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 1, 2010 4:19 pm

                                                                              Local Kids Win at First Night Riders Event
                                                             “Double Feature” a Big Hit with Participants and Spectators

Whitefish, MT — The first event of the Night Riders Park Series at Whitefish Mountain Resort ended well for several members of the Whitefish Mountain Resort Freestyle Team.

The Night Riders Park Series features three competitions throughout the middle of the winter, each focusing on a different aspect of park competition.

The first event of the series, on Friday, Jan. 29, was a unique event the organizers called a “Double Feature”. Expert skiers and riders hit the new 55-foot jump Armory in the advanced park. Other divisions of competitors hit two smaller jumps in the Central Avenue intermediate park.
“The idea was to combine the best parts of slopestyle and best trick competitions,” said Events Manager Josh Knight. “Slopestyles are great for riders because they can string a few things together to make a cohesive run. Best trick style events are better for spectators because you can watch all the action in one place. On Friday, you had people throwing great two-feature lines, and everyone watching could see all the action, all the time.”

The Whitefish Mountain Resort Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Team had eleven members competing. Of those, eight had top-three finishes. Wyatt Coe, Tucker Voisen, Ladd Costain and Eli Taylor finished 1st through 4th in the ‘Boys’ 8-12 Skier’ division,  Rylee Andrews took 7th in ‘Men’s 13 and Over Skier’, Maggie Voisen finished 2nd in ‘Ladies’ Skier’, Ethan Lannaghan and Casey Ling finished 1st and 2nd in ‘Boys 8-12 Snowboard’, and Ryan Heaverland, Cole Maxwell, and Baylon Connolly took 2nd, 3rd, and 8th in the ‘Men’s 13 and Over Snowboard’ division.

The event was sponsored by Freeskier Magazine, Snowboard Magazine, Coca-Cola, Stumptown Snowboards, Rossignol, Red Caboose Diner, Smith, Montana Coffee Traders, Giro, Da Kine, Rejuvenate Massage and Bodyworks, Sportsman & Ski Haus, Red Bull, 2nd Street Pizza, Wrap and Roll, The Whiteroom, Snow Ghost Outfitters, and Midway Rentals.

The next event in the Night Riders Series, a Rail Jam, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6 in conjunction with the Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza. The third and final event, a traditional Slopestyle, will be Friday, Feb. 26. Contestants can win prizes for each individual event as well as overall titles for the entire series.
About Whitefish Mountain Resort

For more than 60 years, Whitefish Mountain Resort has been America’s favorite destination for good times, great people, and deep snow. Rising above the historic railroad town of Whitefish, in beautiful northwest Montana, the resort has gained notoriety for its laid-back vibe, world-class skiing, and spectacular summer recreation at an unbeatable value. Boasting more than 3,000 acres of bowls, chutes, and glades, and more than 300 inches of Rocky Mountain snow on average, Whitefish’s Big Mountain is the quintessential skier’s mountain. Ranked #19 in SKI Magazine’s annual reader survey, #6 for Scenery and #7 for Value, it is just as well known for a pleasant lack of lift lines as it is for friendly people, deep powder, and wallet-friendly pricing.

When the snow melts, Whitefish Mountain Resort becomes home to thrilling zip lines and an alpine slide, world-class downhill and cross-country mountain biking, and the unique Walk in the Treetops, in addition to spectacular hiking, water sports, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, Glacier National Park, and more available in the greater Whitefish area. It is the perfect base camp for a summer visit to Montana’s majestic Flathead Valley.

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