WHITEFISH — A contest for a cause gets underway this weekend at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
This weekend marks the 21st annual Nate Chute, the second-longest running snowboard banked slalom in the United States.
The race is a way to honor Flathead Valley native Nate Chute, who died by suicide in 1999 after graduating high school.
Along with the race, the contest emphasizes the importance of suicide prevention education, awareness and outreach in the Flathead community.
Nate Chute Foundation Executive Director Kacy Howard said both the banked slalom race on Saturday and boarder cross on Sunday are completely sold out.
She adds, the event is a great way for community members to rally together while lifting lift each other up.
“So people are outside doing healthy activities, they’re connecting with others, they’re talking about their feelings, so those are really the key aspects of resilience that we’re trying to arm the community with in order to help fight this,” said Howard.
Nate Chute Foundation fundraising events will take place Friday – Sunday night at different locations in the Whitefish-area.