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Celebrating 70 years on Big Mountain

WHITEFISH WINTER CARNIVAL LIX     February 2, 3, 4 2018
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Merry Maker

January 6

A bawdy adults-only good time, enjoy a hearty roast of Whitefish and current events.

Ticket and venue information coming soon!

2017 Gala

King Ullr LIX & Queen Coronation

January 13

A fun, family event! Come in out of the cold and be a part of history with the unveiling of King Ullr LIX and his Queen of the Snows!

Be sure to get your Viking Diva kiss for protection from the lurking Yetis. A fun event for all!

Disco Party

January 13

The one. The only. Whitefish Winter Carnival Disco Party. Dust off your moves and your duds for an evening of groove. Prizes for best costume.

Ticket and venue information coming soon!

Once upon a time, there lived a god named Ullr who reigned over winter activities in the Nordic regions. Aiding him were his Prime Minister and Queen, who were skilled in creating the beauties of winter.

As time went by, however, his subjects become engrossed in exploring the world and its oceans, and they paid less homage to their god-king and the festivities of their winter season, so Ullr became a god all-but-forgotten, except in dim tradition.

After centuries of brooding and searching the world for a place to rest, ullr and his two remaining subjects came to the Flathead Valley. So struck were they by its beauty that they decided to settle there and selected the Big Mountain as their adopted home.

Their rest was short-lived as they soon found their home was also the abode of a fierce band of snowmen called Yetis, who attempted to  kidnap their Queen. However, Ullr and his followers  being more agile and resourceful, prevailed and learned to live with only occasional skirmishes with the Yetis.

Eventually, man invaded the valley with axes, guns and wagons. Ullr, his followers and the Yetis observed these men as they civilized the valley and were alarmed these men began to invade their homes.

Ullr found these men were not aware of his presence, and as he continued to observe these men, he found they not only enjoyed the sports of winter, but referred to Ullr himself as a patron saint of their small celebrations and revelries.

Seeing his chance after centuries of loneliness and self-banishment, Ullr assumed the garb of these men and went among them. The Yetis, however, would have nothing to do with these men  except for attempts to drive them away.

Ullr aided the men in subduing the harassment of the yetis, became their true hero and King, and it was proclaimed that there would be an annual fete at which Ullr and his court would be given the full homage due them.

Now each year the in town of Whitefish, known as Holiday Village, the Yetis, bolder than ever, try to steal the Queen, harass the Prime Minister and interfere with the festivities to assert their right to Big Mountain.

Ullr and his growing band of followers subdue them and send them fleeing back to their haven in the high valleys beyond the Big Mountain, where they plan their next raid. Ullr again reigns as master of winter sports and frolics along with his Queen and Prime Minister, beloved in the hearts of his loyal subjects.

The Wonderful Weirdness of Whitefish Winter Carnival

Meet the costume-clad volunteers who brave the frigid streets every winter to make our lives a little warmer
Story by Myers Reece | Photography by Mandy Mohler

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