www.skiwhitefish.com – Whitefish Mountain Resort
Have you seen the snow ghosts?
Since 1947, Whitefish Mountain Resort has been astounding guests with jaw-dropping views of the Flathead Range and the rare North American fields of snow ghosts. Fir and pine trees encased in snow and ice are twisted into eerie, ghostly shapes by the wind and sun. You’ve got to see them to believe them!
Whitefish Mountain Resort (formally Big Mountain Resort) and the town of Whitefish, MT are just 25-minutes from Glacier National Park (part of the Crown of the Continent) and 60-miles south of the Canadian Border. The resort was recently updated with $20 million in improvements (35,000 square-foot base lodge, updated terrain park, and lift expansion). Open from December – April with an average snowfall of 300 inches, 3,000 skiable acres, a base elevation of 4,464 feet, a summit at 6,817 feet with vertical drop of 2,353 feet, 12 lifts, and 94 runs (15% beginner, 35% intermediate, 40% advanced, 10% expert). Whitefish Mountain is one of America’s 10-largest ski resorts in acreage, which explains the lack of lift lines and crowds on the mountain.
Northwest Montana is home to the ultimate family getaway, and boomer skiers and boarders get to experience the west’s wide open spaces in “The Last Best Place.” Ski and Stay Packages offer free lift days and lodging – ideal for families. The Front Side faces south and is the sunnier, warmer side for all levels of skier. It also provides some of the steepest and most challenging skiing on the mountain – the North Bowl satisfies even the most serious adrenaline junkie. The North Side aka Back Side has fast, and long, relaxing runs while Hellroaring Basin is steep and vertical. Hellroaring Bowl, a protected grizzly habitat, closes April 1 in anticipation of bears coming out of hibernation – a spot to avoid! The Learn to Ski/Ride first-timer package for skiers and snowboarders includes two days of instruction, lift access and rental equipment. The Kids Center offers up a range of child care and ski and play options. The freestyle Fishbowl Terrain Parks are suited for all abilities.
Moonlight Dine & Ski offers an incomparable 7000-foot-high-altitude gourmet dining experience overlooking the snowcapped peaks of Glacier National Park. After dessert, we can attest that skiing with experienced instructors through fields of snow ghosts back down the slope is an adrenalin rush. Be sure to book an end-of-day massage at Remedies Day Spa to unwind before heading to Whitefish to take in the night life.
Whitefish Mountain provides powder hounds the opportunity to experience the authentic Montana vibe. A recent trip to Whitefish also uncovered the new restaurant gem in town – “Latitude 48” – scrumptious!