Whitefish, Montana is a Ski and Snowboard Dream

In the 1930s, locals hiked the steep ridge above Whitefish, Montana so they could ski powder snow on the “big mountain” that towers above the lake. From those dreamy first runs, a ski resort was soon born. Times have changed, but the people here are just as passionate about skiing as ever. When the snow falls deep overnight,locals call in favors to spend a few hours whooping it up, making tracks on the ski runs that are framed by the craggy peaks of the continental divide. The ski mountain is the perfect backdrop to a town that celebrates mountain life, adventure and friends.

Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the largest ski areas in the nation. Famous for snow laden trees called snow ghosts, the 3,000 acres of groomers, glades, bowls and steeps are covered in 300-inches of powder annually. The ski resort is consistently ranked one of the top resorts in the nation.

Ranked by National Geographic Adventure as one of the "World's 25 Best Ski Towns" guests will enjoy great value for a mountain this huge and a town this real. Visitors also soon discover the combination of moderate elevation,higher humidity, as well as a milder climate allows for increased stamina and more restful sleep —which translates into more ski time.

Travelers can also wander the miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails that bend through the forests and rolling hills near Whitefish. The Glacier Nordic Center has more than 7 miles of Nordic trails that meander over our 36-hole golf course, just outside downtown. The Outback Ski Shack offers lessons and equipment, plus many of the trails are lit at night.

Just north of Whitefish, Stillwater Mountain Lodge offers over 12 miles of groomed Nordic skiing around the Beaver Lake area. Ski through old growth forests, over ridge tops and along lakeshores, plus enjoy several groomed tracks for skiers and their dogs.

A few more miles outside of town, Round Meadows is located on the Flathead National Forest. The trails are only groomed intermittently, but you will be rewarded with nice wooded tracks and serene silence.

Options for a snowshoe walk include Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish Lake, Round Meadows, Glacier Park and more. Rentals are available at sporting goods stores in town and on the mountain.