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Located in Northwest Montana with Glacier National Park in their backyard, Whitefish has the views, the snow, and a lack of crowds all at an affordable price. In the ’30s local skiers discovered good skiing on the “big mountain” north of town. Since then they’ve been committed to a life of good times, great people and deep snow. In Whitefish, you’ll find a community true to itself and a deep-rooted lifestyle where character is encouraged.
Where to stay:
Hibernation House, Whitefish Mountain Resort Lodging, Kandahar Lodge and more.
Fly into Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), only 19 miles away, or take Amtrak into downtown Whitefish.
12/31/2018 – New Year’s Eve Rail Jam and Fireworks
4/6/2019 – Pond Skim
Best weekend to visit:
Any weekend in January. It’s usually the snowiest month and cheap lodging get’s even cheaper.
4 PM: Flight arrives at Glacier Park Int’l Airport, where it’s ridiculously easy getting bags- even skis -from the baggage claim. Walk outside and hop on the airport transfer to Whitefish Mountain Resort, only a 30-minute ride.
5 PM: At lodging check-in: get room keys, night skiing tickets, weekend tickets, a 6-pack for later. Head to the room and gear up.
5:30 PM: Ski a few park laps under the lights.
6:30 PM: Hit the newly remodeled Ed & Mully’s, slopeside, for dinner and Montana draft or two.
7:30 PM: Ski a couple more laps.
8:30 PM: Soak in the hot tub, share the 6-pack with friends, and head to bed to rest up for a big day.
8:30 AM: Breakfast Quesadilla and cup of joe at Village Coffee.
9:30 AM: Take Chair 1 to the summit and head to Inspiration. Drop into the steep side of North Bowl or ski with snow ghosts on Big Face. Back up for East Rim chutes and cliffs.
12 PM: Hit the Summit House for a burrito or bowl of Pho.
1 PM: Ski the backside. Finish the day with a run through Hellroaring Basin.
4 PM: Apres ski beers at the world famous Bierstube, ask for a commemorative ring.
7 PM: Catch the S.N.O.W. Bus for a free 15-minute ride to downtown Whitefish and grab dinner at Craggy Range.
9 PM: Hit “The Northern” for live music.
9 AM: Ski to the Base Lodge for a breakfast sandwich and coffee with a little extra kick.
9:30 AM: Load Chair 1 for the summit and soak in the view of Glacier Nat’l Park before finding your favorite powder stash from yesterday ’cause it’s still there! Spend some quality time lapping Flower Point Chair, chat it up with locals. After racking up vertical on the front side’s groomers, take a lap in Hellroaring Basin. Stop by the Jesus Statue for a selfie.
12 PM: Nachos at Hellroaring Saloon.
1 PM: Take the S.N.O.W. Bus to Bonsai Brewing Project and toast the weekend with their bodacious brews. Have the airport shuttle pick you up there. So long for now, Whitefish!”