This quaint, old-school Montana skier’s mountain has been attracting attention for all the right reasons. It’s not crowded. Not pretentious. Not pricey. In other words, not a mega-resort. So what’s the big deal? Quite simply, Whitefish’s loyal fans across the ski universe pretty much just adore the place, giving it the highest praise for Overall Satisfaction.
Whitefish’s loyal fans across the ski universe pretty much just adore the place, giving it the highest praise for Overall Satisfaction. Leading that buzz is its kick-butt/no lift-line skiing. North Side and Hellroaring Basin keep it real. For this season, the resort putting the finished touches on the relocation of Chair 8, which will served six brand-new runs in Hellroaring Basin.
But at the end of the day, it’s the small-town Montana hospitality—found sharing a lunch table at the Summit House or in the family trail tips heard from a local parent on Chair 2—that should reserve Whitefish a spot on your must-visits. Yes, there’s fog. And you bet it’s cold here in Northern Montana. But no one can argue that this resort must be doing something right: For the second consecutive season it has set a skier-visit record. That’s saying something.
Resort Guide 2022—Whitefish Mountain Resort
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Chair 8 moves to a higher spot on the slopes to facilitate opening it earlier in the season. It also serves six new trails in Hellroaring Basin, bumping the resort’s total number of runs from 105 to 111.
The casual and always welcoming Montana Tap House has some 58 brews on tap plus a menu of down-home comfort food ranging from cheese curds and burgers to thin-crust pizza made with dough from local Ceres Bakery.
Often overlooked by visitors, Chair 2 (Swift Creek Express) opens a half-hour before Chair 1. Warm up on groomers, or crush an extra half-hour of powder before joining the uneducated heading to Chair 1 and the summit.
In what’s known locally as the “4 o’clock clear,” the mountain’s famous cloud cover tends to break up just about the time the lifts close. Act like a local and grab the last chair to the summit, linger a bit, and soak in the alpenglow and the glorious views on the way down.
Inspiration. The name says it all. This meandering groomer off the Big Mountain Express drops down the ridgeline with Glacier National Park views to skier’s left and valley views to the right. On an inversion day, the clouds stretch like a fluffy sea across the valley floor.
Without being too melodramatic, take an off-day trip with the kids to Glacier National Park for a Ranger-led snowshoe walk to see the eponymous features of the park before they disappear.
The Bierstube recently renovated its exterior and added an outside bar. Thankfully, little else has changed.
Head downtown to Loula’s Café and tuck into the Ski Bum Special.