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Elevation

  • 6817ft
    Summit
  • 2353ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 4464ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 3
  • 2
  • 6
  • 0
  • 3
  • 14
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    12%

  • Intermediate Runs

    38%

  • Advanced Runs

    44%

  • Expert Runs

    6%

  • Runs

    105

  • Terrain Parks

    4

  • Night Skiing

    600 ac

  • Longest Run

    3.3 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    3000 ac

  • Snow Making

    600 ac

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Overview

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.

Where Is Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort Located?

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

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing12/06/201904/05/2020
  • Days Open Last Year
    123
  • Projected Days Open
    123
  • Years Open
    72
  • Average Snowfall
    333"

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Terrain

With an annual snowfall of 333 inches and 3,000 acres of skier and rider accessible terrain, Whitefish Mountain Resort offers access to 105 named trails and vast bowl and tree skiing. All these are serviced by 11 lifts, 2 T-bars and 1 magic carpet. The longest run is Hellfire at 3.3 miles. The base elevation is 4,464 feet, and the summit is 6,817 feet with a vertical drop of 2,353 feet.

With a terrain rating of 12% beginner, 38% intermediate, 44% advanced and 6% expert, Whitefish can accommodate skiers and riders of all levels and abilities. Four terrains parks and a skier/boarder cross course entertain the freestylers in any group. Near the Base Lodge is Magic Park designed for beginners. The Central Avenue Park & Railyard off Chair 3 has three to five jumps and a rail line with medium-sized features.

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.

Breakfast

  • Hibernation House provides a rotating menu of breakfast favorites, including pancakes, French toast and eggs as well as continental breakfast items. 3812 Big Mountain Road, Whitefish, MT 59937

Lunch

  • The Summit House Restaurant & Bar provides hungry boarders and skiers with all their comfort food needs, including sandwiches, burgers and more. 3812 Big Mountain Road, Whitefish, MT 59937

Dinner

  • Café Kandahar & Snug Bar is a highly recommended fine dining restaurant known for its tasting menu and wine list. 3824 Big Mountain Road, Whitefish, MT 59937

Après/Nightlife

  • Hellroaring Saloon & Eatery is known for its large selection of beers as well as their nachos. The views from the deck are unforgettable. 3910 Big Mountain Road, Whitefish, MT 59937

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Whitefish Mountain Resort Reviews

Michael
5th October 20194
Great local resort with plenty of terrain and very short lift lines. Fly into town via Alaska Airlines and ski for free...Full review
Dave
1st April 20194
Skiing in December (visibility), January and February is cold and difficult to see most days unless you're lucky enough to happen on...Full review
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