WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont.– While the Yellowstone Ski Festival crew is plenty busy grooming the trails with the fresh snow fall Wednesday, many skiers are also busy grooming their upper lip. In the spirit of no-shave “Movember,” FasterSkier decided to rank the top mustaches found out on the trails. Ranking decisions were made based off the official rules according to the Movember Foundation, as well as an individual’s responses, and overall look.
The photo gallery shows our picks for the Top 10 Movember Men. This is followed by the Top Five Movember Women*, abbreviated because of the number of women who participated*. The gallery is rounded out with the top-three Bearded Honorable Mentions.
*Cutout mustaches provided by FasterSkier.
Along with getting the history behind the facial hair, FS asked athletes about their race goals for the weekend and beyond:
Annie Pokorny (SMST2): “Be one of the top girls going into the season.”
Sloan Storey (University of Utah): “Just getting back into it, waking my body up, and having fun.”
Liz Guiney (CGRP): “Get the first races out of the way and have fun.”
Miles Havlick (SVSEF): “Should be a good weekend to get into the racing routine.”
Chris Parr (Unaffiliated): “To try and not to shave … I’m hoping I can hold off, it’s tempting.”
Joe Dubay (Unaffiliated): “I’m going to try not to let the icicles on my beard get too out of control.”
Nicholas Michaud (BSF): “Have the best mustache in the A-final on Friday.”
Eric Packer (APU): “First race of the year you’re always trying to put down a good effort and practice all of the things you worked on over the summer. My biggest goal is to go out there and ski really well.”
Akeo Maifeld-Carucci (BSF): “Make sure my mustache is looking real good at the finish.”
Reese Hanneman (APU): “I’m focusing on the sprint and hoping for an elite podium.”
Didrik Elset (Michigan Tech University): “If I ski, the sprint [will be my focus] for sure. I’m hoping to reach the final and hopefully be able to be on the podium. It’s a pretty big goal, but I want to aim high.”
Gabby Naranja considers herself a true Mainer, having grown up in the northern most part of the state playing hockey and roofing houses with her five brothers. She graduated from Bates College where she ran cross-country, track, and nordic skied. She spent this past winter in Europe and is currently in Montana enjoying all that the U.S. northwest has to offer.