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Water Ski Mania is a private water-ski site 2 miles north of Helena, Montana (at 4060 Buoy Blvd, Helena, MT). Looking at the image above, the event will be run on the left lake, which lies north to south . The prevailing winds are out of the west so skiers will have the protection of the trees if the winds pickup.
The site is 2400’ long with no turn around island, affording the skiers the maximum length to the advisory buoy (by rule) and more than 15 seconds of skiing. Also, the starting dock will come with a stable regulation tower for starts.
If you have any questions about the site, ask skiers who have skied here, such as Keith St.Onge, Ben Groen, Keenan Derry, Fred Groen, Ashleigh Groen, Mikey Caruso, Georgia Groen, Doug Jordan, Jerry Kanawyer, Joe Lovato, Eric Coryer and the list goes on.
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Site Familiarization is 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
ABC Board of directors meeting 8:00 am to 1:00 pm @ host hotel
Judges/Drivers/Scorers Meeting 5:00 pm on site
Friday, August 25, 2023
General membership meeting and
pizza feed at 6:00pm
Saturday, August 26, 2023
Sunday, August 27, 2023
Awards Banquet, Closing Ceremony and live music 6:00pm
* All junior events will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
The site is at 4000 feet above sea level and has hosted barefoot tournaments annually since 1995.
The elevation does raise a performance issue for the boats. Skiers will get 45 mph but don't expect any more.
There will be 3 Barefoot Sangers provided and 2 of them will have 8.1-liter big blocks. Each of the boats will have a super fly high with a 2-meter leader.
The Rocky Mountain Barefoot Club would like to thank Paul Klutz and Hank Cobb for generously donating the use of their boats.
2023 Barefoot National Waterski Championships host hotel will be the:
Residence Inn by Marriot
2500 East Custer Ave
Helena, MT 59602
This hotel is 3.8 driving miles from the ski site and can be seen in the image above (The brown building in line with the 2,4,6 balls).
CLICK HERE to make your reservation for the 2023 US Barefoot Waterski National Championship host hotel at the group rate. Please book soon, because this is high tourist season in Helena, Montana.
Start Date: Thursday, August 24, 2023
Check out Date: Monday, August 28, 2023
Last Day to Book: Monday, July 3, 2023
The special group rate at the Residence Inn Helena for $179 - $189 per night. Whether you are staying a few days or a few months, the Residence Inn by Marriott Helena offers the ideal environment to set your own pace. Every suite offers a fully equipped kitchen, living room set with sofa sleeper and flat panel televisions with HD programming. Some of our suites feature bedrooms separate from the living room, multiple televisions and even fireplaces in select units. Our indoor aquatic area boasts a large swimming pool, zero barrier children's splash pool, and a 12 person, 3 pod hot tub. Additional features and amenities include our hot breakfast buffet served daily, our outdoor patio with covered seating, two-sided fireplace and barbecue grill. Our hotel also offers a 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour laundry room, and complimentary Airport Shuttle. To top off your experience, most suites boast breathtaking mountain views.
Flying into Helena is very convenient via 3 major airlines and their hubs. The Helena Regional Airport (HLN) is less than 3 miles from the ski site. The hubs with direct flight to Helena are:
Another airports you should consider. They are:
Delta Air Lines offers Support
Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports to the 2023 U.S. Barefoot National Championships. The code is good for discounts on Delta flights into the Helena, MT (HLN) or Bozeman, MT (BZN) airports from:
August 20 - August 30, 2023.
There are a couple options to take advantage of this discount.
1. Please click here to book your flights online! Using this link will automatically insert the discount code.
2. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at:
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST)
and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2AM
Getting to the starting dock!
The entry fee is $150 per skier, if paid before June 1, 2023, then the entry will increase to $180.
Site Familiarization will be $20 and will increase to $25 on June 1, 2023. Skiers can use these direct links to get started.
The tournament is limited to the first 80 paid entries. Site familiarization will be limited to the first 64 scheduled appointments.
Medals will be given to the top 3 places in events & divisions, as well as the overall champion plaque for each division.
Which one are you taking home?
Camping and parking is available on site. It will be in the field just north of the homes on the east side of the lake. Please make a reservation for camping in advance. Click here for the nearest RV dump station at:
Cenex Gas Station
3100 North Montana Avenue
Helena, MT 59602
Click here for other camping options around Helena, Montana.
This was the calm before the storm. Typical weather in August is dry. The high temperatures will average in the mid to upper 80's and lows in the upper 50's. Because Helena lies in the shadow of the continental divide, the low humidity makes for cool nights.