We are Midwest skiers, this was our first trip out West, but it's hard to imagine having a better experience. We took the train, at the time I was not crazy about the train ride, still not sure I would take the train. My girlfriend didn't mind it so much, in hindsight it wasn't too bad. The rest of the experience was well worth it. Great skiing, friendly people on the mountain, out of the town, lots of options for night life. We had a fantastic time at Whitefish!