Skiing is a way of life in Whitefish, Montana

Credit Craig Moore

Northwest Montana is a haven for outdoor recreation. From Glacier National Park to the sprawling Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex to the pristine lakes of the Flathead Valley, you’ll find countless ways to connect with nature. 

But when winter comes, the place to be is Whitefish Mountain Resort, a skiing and snowboarding paradise overlooking the little town of Whitefish. 

Founded in 1947, the resort has grown into a popular destination for guests from all over the country. Ranked No. 1 in Value by SKI Magazine, it offers a world-class skiing experience as well as comfortable on-mountain lodging, gear rentals and lessons for all ages and skill levels—all at prices that will have you breathing a sigh of relief. 

Seasoned powder hounds and newcomers to snow sports will find plenty to love at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The place is known for its uncrowded slopes and short lift lines, with 113 named trails spanning 3,000 acres of varied terrain. 

There are 11 chairlifts, plus a T-bar to access slopes on the north side of the mountain and a conveyor carpet in the beginner area. And with a summit elevation of 6,817 feet, the mountain gets nearly 300 inches of snowfall each year! 

As the resort heads into its 75th ski season, it’s putting the finishing touches on its first high-speed, six-seater chairlift, a $10 million investment that will provide quick trips to the upper elevations of the mountain. 

Dubbed the Snow Ghost Express, the new lift will shuttle guests from the Base Lodge area to the top of Inspiration Ridge in less than eight minutes! From the top, you’ll be able to carve up some groomed frontside runs or traverse to a cliffy expert area known as the East Rim. 

Whitefish is an increasingly easy place to visit; the resort is only 19 miles from Glacier Park International Airport. 

If you go, break for lunch at the Summit House and grab après pints at the iconic Bierstube in the resort’s village area. 

In the evenings, head down the mountain to enjoy dinner and live music in downtown Whitefish. You’ll also find plenty of shopping, coffee shops and art galleries, as well as nearby trails that are perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

Whitefish Mountain Resort had kicked off its 2022/23 season on Dec. 8. Information on lodging, lift tickets, lessons and more can be found at skiwhitefish.com. Don’t wait to book! 

 

 

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