Once called the Big Mountain in northwestern Montana, Whitefish Mountain Resort offers spectacular views of Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest. The original resort originally opened in 1947, and the slogan for the area “Ski the Fish” has been around since the 1990s. With its many trails and year-round activities, skiers and boarders of all levels will enjoy this scenic resort.
The resort is located 19 miles from Glacier Park International Airport. Visitors can also get to the area via the Whitefish Amtrak Station. From either of these, you can rent a car for the short trip to the mountain, or take advantage of one of the shuttle services. The resort is also 66 miles from the Canadian border and 35 miles from Glacier National Park
The best time to head to the resort is January. Typically, it’s the snowiest month, and there are usually discounts on lodging. Night skiing is available on Friday and Saturday nights, and during the Christmas holidays. Be sure to take a ride up Chair 1 for amazing views of Glacier National Park.
For more post-slope adventures, book a dog sledding trip or horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides. If you want to stick to skiing, take a full-day, guided backcountry cat skiing adventure, where you can take advantage of hidden powder stashes. Other activities include snowmobiling, ice fishing, fat tire snow bike rentals and snowshoeing on 28 acres of Living Wetland Interpretive Nature Trails. Cross-country skiers should head to the Glacier Nordic Center with its many trails.