Snow Sports Merit Badge/Belt Loop Class at Showdown on 1/29

The second session of our District Snow Sports Merit Badge/Belt Loop class will be held at Showdown on Sunday, January 29.  There are a few logistics changes from the first class.

  1. All participants must sign up and pay beforehand at the Scout office by the end of the day on Thursday, January 26.  Rental forms and signup sheets are at the front desk at the Great Falls scout office.  Participants should make a check to “Showdown” and give it to the Scout office for their total.  Payment must be either check or cash for ther exact amount as the Scout Office can’t ring in payments for Showdown.
  2. Prices may be different from the first session.  The $25 learn to ski package is only appropriate if you are a beginning skier who still needs to begin at the magic carpet.  Pricing for more experienced participants is as follows:
    1. Adult all-area lift pass (13-69):  $32
    2. Junior all-area lift pass (6-12):  $17
    3. Beginner chair only lift pass:  $18
    4. Group lessons:  $12
    5. Ski, boot and pole rental:  $18
    6. Snowboard and boot rental:  $30
  3. Beginner participants who are not ready for the sluice-goose-caboose chair may still utilize the $25 learn to ski package.
  4. Participants should plan on arriving at Showdown by 9 a.m. on 1/29.  Participants should meet Aaron Weissman on the 3rd floor of the Showdown lodge by the Guest services office.
  5. Questions?  Call Aaron at 868-8982 or email

Snow Sports Merit Badge Opportunities

Are you ready for Winter fun? Like it or not, the white stuff is coming down, and here in Northcentral Montana, that means that many of us will be getting ready for opportunities skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing!

This year, the District will be offering the Snow Sports Merit Badge as an addition to the upcoming Merit Badge Pow-Wow.  Each Sunday following the Pow-Wow, we will be teaching the Snow Sports Merit Badge at Showdown Ski area.  If at least 20 Scouts sign up for the merit badge, then we can offer group rates.  Confirmed instructors so far are Dr. Peter Jennings, Aaron Weissman and Ben Haugen.  Please comment below or send an email to Aaron Weissman at if you are interested.

If there is enough interest, we will also offer the Snow Ski and Board Sports Belt Loop and Pin for Cub Scouts.

In addition, Troop 7 Assistant Scoutmaster and Showdown Ski Patroller Tony Malisani will be also teaching the merit badge and making it available to any Scout in the District.  If you are interested in taking the merit badge, please show up at their meeting tomorrow, as discussed in the comment below:

Troop 7 invites any Scout to earn the Snow Sports merit badge. First Snow Sports Merit Badge Class will be held during Troop 7s Meeting 7:30 PM THIS THURSDAY December 1st at Christ United Methodist Church 2900 – 9th Ave South (one block off 10th Ave South behind the Dairy Queen at 29th St across from Lion’s Park). Contact for info or just show up!