Minutes after Whitefish Mountain Resort announced plans for torchlight parading, fireworks shows, night skiing, rail jams, cruising the blues, and soft, deep La Niña snow during the upcoming Christmas-New Year’s Eve holiday week, Santa Claus, of the North Pole, effectively upstaged the resort with an announcement the he would be spending Christmas Eve in the Montana ski town.
The Christmas icon said he is giving his trusted team of reindeer a rest this season and will be skiing in the torchlight parade, sack and all, and hand-delivering gifts to waiting children in an on-slope restaurant called Ed & Mully’s immediately afterward.
The Man in Red, as he is sometimes known, reportedly used his elves’ superior knowledge of electronics and computers to hack into a broadcasting satellite and interrupt the resort’s nationally televised press conference, where a spokesperson was outlining their holiday plans.
“You may not realize it, but most of the satellites in orbit were gifts from Santa to that rare communications company CEO who is on the nice list,” said a communications consultant who wishes to remain anonymous. “So it stands to reason that his construction teams are very familiar with their inner workings.”
Organizers of holiday events at Whitefish Mountain resort had already ensured plenty for guests to do during holiday stays. On Christmas Eve, a team of trained professionals will be putting on a show of fire and light, skiing down Ed’s Run after nightfall in a beautiful undulating procession.
On December 26, all comers will be welcome to participate in a free event called Cruise the Blues, in which skiers and snowboarders attempt to cruise every blue run on the mountain and win prizes. Andre Floyd and Mood Iguana will play a free live concert at the Base Lodge from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. That evening, the lights will be on for night skiing on Chairs 2, 3, and 6 with more free live music from the Kenny James Miller Band from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve will also offer plenty of excitement, with the New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Rail Jam frestyle competition on the slopes in the Upper Village, followed immediately by a Santa-less torchlight parade and professional fireworks show.
The resort is reporting snowfall that is far above average to date, and short- and long-term forecasts seem to indicate the trend will continue through the holidays and beyond. Meteorologists attribute this to the particularly strong La Niña phenomenon that is currently taking place over the Pacific Ocean. The last time a moderately strong La Niña was in effect, for the 2007-2008 ski season, Whitefish Mountain Resort reported 426” of total snowfall.