We invite high school youth in grades 9-12 to join us in a fun weekend of skiing, faith, and fellowship!

Contact Kevin Molm with questions at kmolm@dohmt.org or 406.389.7055.


When: Friday to Sunday, January 19-21, 2024

Where: We will stay at St. Charles Borromeo Parish and ski at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Who: High School Youth (grades 9-12) and their adult chaperones

Cost: $40 per person (covers food and over-night housing for the weekend; does not include the cost of lift ticket or gear rental). Other expenses:

  • All Mountain Lift Ticket: $75
  • Beginner Area Lift Ticket: $29 (understand that you will have limited access to the mountain)
  • Equipment Rental: $39 is the basic package available through Whitefish Mountain
  • Adult Chaperones (21+): We have a limited number of Buddy Tickets available to you at a discounted rate ($62) in exchange for your help with chaperoning young people during the weekend. They’re first-come, first-serve; Contact Kevin or Niki with questions.
Schedule Overview:
  • Friday, January 19:
    • 5:30-6:30pm – Arrive
    • 6:30pm – Dinner
    • 7:30pm – Lasertag and Games 
    • 10:30pm – Night Prayer/Bedtime
  • Saturday, January 20:
    • 7:00am – Morning Prayer
    • 7:30am – Breakfast
    • 8:30am – Get to the mountain!
    • 9am-4pm – Shred the Pow-Pow!
    • 6pm – Dinner
    • 7pm – Games, Talks, Movie Night
    • 10:30pm – Night Prayer/ Bedtime
  • Sunday, January 21:
    • 8am – Morning prayer
    • 8:30am – Breakfast/Cleanup
    • 9:30am – Get to St. Richard’s
    • 10am – Mass at St. Richard’s
    • 11am – Go home.

FAQ’s and Important Notes:

Do I have to register with a youth group? All Youth Participants (Grades 9-12) must be accompanied by either a parent/guardian or an Adult Chaperone (21+) who meets Diocese of Helena Safe Environment policies (VIRTUS). The parent/guardian or Adult Chaperone does not have to ski with their youth, but they must be present during the day (like, on the mountain, either skiing or in the lodge) and is expected to stay overnight at the parish facility and to transport their youth to/from the mountain, parish, and other activities. So, you don’t have to register as a group, but you do have to come with an adult.

Do I have to stay overnight? Yes.

May I drive myself? Only adults (21+) who meet Diocese of Helena Safe Environment policies (VIRTUS) and who have completed the Volunteer Driver Training may transport youth and other retreat participants. Youth may not drive themselves.

What if I have my own lift ticket? That’s great and it will make this cheaper for you! We have negotiated a discounted group rate for lift tickets. If you already have a season pass or another way to get a lift ticket (say, for example, Grandma gave you a day-pass as a Christmas present, or if you have a season pass to another resort – like Great Divide – that gives you free/discounted tickets to Whitefish Mountain), then you do not have to pay for a lift ticket with us. You will just need to bring your own pass, and then pay the $40 for the retreat, which covers food, housing, etc., for the weekend.

May I use my own equipment? Absolutely.

How do I rent equipment? It is the responsibility of each individual for paying and securing their own equipment. The easiest way to do that would be to make a reservation with the Whitefish Mountain Resort directly, which you can do on their website (skiwhitefish.com/gear). You may also rent through another gear rental company, such as a local ski shop in your hometown. Check out Sportsmans and Ski Haus in Whitefish.

Can I just meet you on the mountain and skip the rest? Well, it’s still a free country, and, barring any other laws or rules, you are welcome to do as you please. But, if you want to be part of this experience, which is so much more than just skiing, then you need to register, participate in the other activities for the weekend, and follow the rules and expectations that are set.