Racing has been a part of skiing at Great Divide since the hill was founded in 1942, originally called Belmont Ski Hill. Mt. Belmont’s first trail was built to accommodate the 1942 Northern Rocky Mountain Ski Races. Mt. Belmont was home to Helena’s only U.S.. Olympic Ski Team member, Rogers Little, who qualified for the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan only to be forced out due to injury. Rogers continues to be involved with skiing at Great Divide and serves as Director of the Great Divide Ski Team and Belmont Ski Education Foundation. Kevin Taylor took over in 1986 and changed the name to Great Divide for the ’86-’87 season. The Mt. Belmont lift, built in 1986, was the first chair on the mountain. Since then four more chairlifts have been added covering a terrain of 1500+ acres and over 140 trails.
There are two race programs to choose from for those with an interest in alpine ski racing. Both programs emphasize all elements of alpine racing taught by experienced coaches. Racers learn skills for Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super-G disciplines with chances to compete in races held at Montana ski areas. Those qualifying for postseason races have the chance to compete in races held throughout the West.
One-Day and Two-Day Race Teams
One Day Race Team is held on Saturdays starting December 8 (snow permitting) from 9 to 3 at Great Divide and runs through March.
The Two Day Race Team is for ski racers with a serious commitment to ski racing. This program is held on Saturday and Sunday starting November 24 (snow permitting) from 9 To 3 at Great Divide and runs through March.
Scholarships are available on request and are based on need.
One Day Race program fee of $800, due in full by December 7, 2019.
Two Day Race program fee of $1,050, due in full by December 7, 2019.