In far northwestern Montana, Whitefish (formerly called Big Mountain) sits just several miles from Glacier National Park. Needless to say, the scenic views are out of this world. So is the skiing/riding.
I had the pleasure of being shown around the mountain by Public Relations Director, Chad Sokol.
I was gifted a sunny day, which is rare in these parts. Although, despite common opinion, It isn’t always cold in Montana. Only when an arctic air mass moves into the region does it get to be below zero, and then only for a few weeks out of the year. This day was beautiful and warm.
The mountain is known for its white-crusted trees in higher elevations. These are called “snow ghosts” and resemble something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
The Snow Ghost Express Chair is a new six-pack for this year. It takes skiers from the bottom village all the way to the summit in less than eight minutes, so you can get a lot of vertical feet in one day. We also skied the Flower Point Chair, East Rim Chair, and my personal favorite-The Hellroaring Chair. In all, you can ski 360 degrees from the top, with a whopping, 3000 acres of skiable terrain. Chad Sokol said it best, “We’re committed to providing service, value, and an awesome guest experience whether you’re a pro skier or a family of beginners on vacation. As I mentioned, we have nearly 3,000 acres of skiable terrain — groomers, steeps, cliffs, glades, bowls, parks, you name it — and we still keep our daily lift tickets under $100. We’re not on any multi-resort passes like Ikon or Epic. I can’t think of another similarly sized resort providing so much value and independent character.”
Major flights come into the Kalispell airport, and from door to door, it only takes about a half an hour to get to the base village. If you’re out visiting Glacier National Park in the summer, it’s still worth your time to check out Whitefish Resort, because there’s an alpine slide, golf, and many restaurants/bars to keep you busy. If you’re coming from California, make sure to let everyone know, because you might get a free drink…… or something.
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