Whitefish, Montana is a Ski and Snowboard Dream
Whitefish, Montana is an inviting, small resort town located in the northern Rockies in the backyard of Glacier National Park. In the 1930s, locals hiked the steep ridge above Whitefish so they could ski powder snow on the “big mountain” that towers above the town. From those dreamy first runs, a ski resort was soon born. Times have changed, but the passion for skiing and mountain life has remained the same. Whitefish Mountain Resort serves as a backdrop to a town that celebrates adventure, community and friends.
At 3000 in-bound skiable acres, Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the largest ski areas in the nation. Famous for snow laden trees called snow ghosts, skiers and snowboarders are treated to 300 inches of annual Rocky Mountain snowfall on groomers, glades, and bowls. On a clear day, skiers are rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views that include Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Consistently rated one of the top ski resorts in the nation, 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.
Guests will enjoy great value for a mountain this huge and a town this real. The free SNOW Bus runs daily through the winter between the resort village and downtown Whitefish. After a day on the slopes, indulge in mouth-watering and locally-inspired cuisine or spend the evening dancing to great music at one of the many local bars that line historic Central Avenue.
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 seven miles of Nordic trails that meander over the 36-hole golf course, just outside downtown. Glacier Cyclery's Nordic Shop, located on the course, offers lessons and equipment rentals, 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. Or rent a fat bike and see why biking is becoming a year-round sport.
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 that is open to both Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.
Take a snowshoe walk in the woods on the Whitefish Trail, on Whitefish Lake, in Glacier National Park or at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Rentals are available at sporting goods stores in town and on the mountain.
Experience the tranquility of Glacier National Park when it’s covered in snow. During the quiet season, Going to the Sun Road is plowed from West Glacier to Lake McDonald Lodge offering visitors a scenic drive and plenty of opportunities to snowshoe and cross country ski while watching for the wildlife that lingers in the snow. Book a guided tour or venture out on your own for an unforgettable experience in the Crown of the Continent.
Photo 1 Credit: © Whitefish CVB / Chuck Haney
Photo 2 Credit: © Whitefish CVB / Brian Schott