Amtrak runs its Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle with a stop at Whitefish. You can ride the train and ski a full day - all in the same day. The eastbound train arrives and departs in the morning around breakfast time, and westbound train arrives and departs after dinner in the evening.

You can receive 20 percent off of your Amtrak tickets when you stay at participating lodging properties in Whitefish. The discount can only be granted when purchasing Amtrak tickets through Flathead Travel Service, but it can be used to come from Seattle direction or Chicago. You can book your accommodations, train seats, and lifts all in one shot through Flathead Travel. You can add on a rental car, too.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake also is offering a two-night Amtrak Package. The lodge is the town's newest hotel sitting right on the shore of frozen Whitefish Lake. A free shuttle connects with the ski resort about 10 minutes away.

The package includes roundtrip train tickets from Seattle to Whitefish, deluxe accommodations, and breakfast in the Coffee Dock. Complimentary transportation to and from the Amtrak station is included. The package costs $361 per person for coach seating and $448 per person for a sleeper.

Contact Flathead Travel Service at 800-553-3400 to book your discount Amtrak tickets or purchase the Amtrak Package for The Lodge at Whitefish Lake.