WINTER SPORTS -- A 32-year-old Whitefish man is in the running to be named the “Ultimate Ski Bum,” a title that comes with a prize package worth about $30,000, the Associated Press reports.
His resume includes sking about 150 days a year, about 70 at Whitefish Mountain Resort and another 80 in the surrounding backcountry.
Craig Moore recently became one of 10 finalists for the title that’s being sponsored by the Kootenay Rockies tourism board in British Columbia. Moore has skied at least one day every month for the last four years and beat out about 300 other wanna-be ski bums through online voting.
His next step is to submit a 90-second video (click above) showing him at his ski-bum best and why he deserves the title. A winner will be announced Dec. 14. The winner receives a pack of eight season passes to ski areas in British Columbia, along with helicopter trips, lodging, gas and a rental car for three months.
“It would be a pretty regimented winter,” said Moore, a member of the Flathead Nordic Backcountry Ski Patrol. “I would have to take a three-month sabbatical from Whitefish and spend three months up north, which I would have absolutely no problem doing.”
Skiing 150 days a year for the past two years was part of his plan to see if he could ski at least once every month within about 100 miles of Whitefish.
“I was just curious, ‘Is this something I could do?”’ he said. “I figured it would be a good personal project.”
This month he reached 48 months in a row, during that time skiing throughout Glacier National Park, as well as in the Swan range and Whitefish range.