by: Mike Barrett - 11th November 2009

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 2Nightlife
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Value
Snow No Crowds Friendly Atmosphere
Fog Fog Fog

Full review

The Big Mountain (as all locals still call it) is a true gem in a world of generic fake plastic jewelry. Yes there is only 1 high speed lift on the front side of the mtn. but that 1 lift accesses almost all of the terrain so why add more? Yes it can be very foggy but there is an unlimited number of tree runs to combat the lack of visibility. I'm not sure how anybody could end up on cat-tracks everywhere they went (granted that there is one very long road to return to the front side lifts from the North Bowl) as most of the runs are long, long, long! (some drop up to 2500 vertical feet) The groomers do an outstanding job of providing nothing but the best corduroy...and when it snows...oh baby is it good! It has been known to rain but then again all but the highest resorts run a risk of rain. I've seen it rain to 10,000 feet in Utah in January. The base village is OK but after the apres ski scene dies down there is absolutely nothing to do, hence the town of Whitefish. The genuine friendliness that you will encounter cannot be bought at any other resort. Don't miss a chance to try some other activities in the area: dog sledding, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, a side trip to Glacier National Park.
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