The skier and boarder cross course built at Whitefish Mountain Resort for two upcoming competitions opened early for the public to enjoy. The cross course is fast becoming a public favorite as well as a training ground for those preparing for two upcoming events.

Resort grooming and terrain park crews built the cross course on Goat Haunt run on the north of Big Mountain. The course, which opened to the public before the end of February, is available for skiing and riding daily, conditions permitting, except on two days during March when it is scheduled for competitions.

The 12th annual Nate Chute Hawaiian Classic slated to take place March 12-13 uses the cross course first. The two-day competition for snowboarders features a banked slalom through the natural halfpipe of George's Gorge on Saturday followed by the boardercross on Sunday.

The snowboard competition held in memory of Nate Chute offers a $3,500 cash purse for the winners of the pro and open classes. A portion of the proceeds supports the Nate Chute Memorial Fund, which aids local teens and adolescents during times of need.

The Corn Cup, which takes place March 26-27, starts with the cross competitions on Saturday followed by slopestyle events on Sunday in the Fishbowl Terrain Park. Skiers and snowboarders compete in separate disciplines each day of the event.

Details on both competitions are available online, including registration and rates.

More information.

Check out the YouTube video of the Nate Chute Hawaiian Classic hitting 10 years: