Whitefish Mountain Resort - Ski Area Guide
Whitefish Mountain Resort, United States
Ski Resort in American Rockies
One of the largest resorts in North America with a surprisingly limited international reputation to date. Close to the town of Whitefish, which has more facilities and attractions.
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Who is Whitefish Mountain Resort good for?
Whitefish Mountain Resort Ski Area
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Whitefish Mountain Resort
The American Ski Resort of Whitefish Mountain Resort has direct access to a total of 11 ski lifts.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Whitefish Mountain Resort are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Whitefish Mountain Resort
Big Mountain has a team of 25 volunteer ambassadors whose sole purpose it is to help guests. The ski ambassadors, easily spotted in their bright yellow jackets, meet and greet guests at various points and are on hand to provide information on events, amenities and all the other features of the mountain. Their main duty is to lead twice daily Free Mountain Tours for low-intermediates to advanced/expert level skiers and boarders. There is a sign announcing the Tours and there's no need to register in advance - just turn up.
To make each guests’ skiing experience more flexible and valuable, Big M is offering a “Lower Mountain” daily lift ticket this winter which is valid on the lower slopes of Chairs 2 and 3. This new ticket is designed for beginner skiers and snowboarders who are unlikely to be exploring the whole mountain and it may be upgraded to full mountain if they wish. Guests will also be able to demo brand new ski equipment from K2, Salomon, Rossignol, and Dynastar from Big Mountain Sports locations at the base area and summit of the mountain.
The Big Mountain Freestyle Team has one of only 5 permanent inverted aerial jump sites in the nation, and the only one that is available for season long competitions and training. Built by the Big Mountain and the Flathead Valley Ski Foundation in the fall of 1998, the jump hill has become a training site for Olympic Gold Medallist Eric Bergoust. The team also enjoys a permanent mogul training line where mogul skiers can ski 5 nights a week also. The Terrain Park and the halfpipe are both very skier friendly and have already produced some national free ride contenders.
A great way to get off the beaten track and enjoy the wilderness is snowcat skiing. Strong intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders can venture on to more challenge terrain beyond the ski area boundary and powder hounds can enjoy pristine snow, view the beautiful peaks of Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies and make fresh tracks with a professional guide. Snowcat skiing uses a unique combination of lift riding and snowcat riding (a snowcat is a smaller version of a piste groomer) to access the out of bounds terrain. Groups should be able to complete 5-10 runs per day, depending on the speed at which the group as a whole can ski. A lift ticket is required in addition to the snowcat ticket.
From mid-December through mid-March, as snow conditions allow, Big Mountain offers skiers and snowboarders the chance to play in the snow under the lights! This is a great way to either extend your ski day (it's free with a regular lift ticket) or just come up at the end of the day and enjoy some after-hours skiing. The mountain restaurants are open too so you can make a night of it.
Snowboarding in Whitefish Mountain Resort
Big M's terrain is a natural playground with enough groomed runs for serious carving and plenty of off-piste to keep even the best experts seriously challenged.
Big M's Snowboard Team regularly participate in USSA competitions throughout the season in Halfpipe, Slopestyle and BoarderCross. The Boarder Course is located on the North Side of the mountain on Whitetail and is complete with table tops, major hits and gap jumps. The Terrain Park and the halfpipe are both very skier friendly and have already produced some national free ride contenders Snowcat skiing/boarding is available at Big M and its a great way to access out of bounds terrain away from the piste and venture on to more challenging terrain.
Whitefish Mountain Resort Aprés Ski
Big Mountain has a varied apres-ski programme. Every month during the winter, on the night of the full moon, there's the Full Moon Dine and Ski, when skiers dine at the Summit Restaurant 7000 ft with some of the best views in Montana, then click on their skis for a moonlight ski back to the base. Dinner only is available if anyone prefers to travel back down by gondola.
One of the most popular evening activities is the Wagon Ride Dinner. After a brisk ride to the livery barn, an all you can eat buffet is served with a delicious menu of Rocky Mountain Oysters, barbecue ribs and chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, biscuits, butter and homemade pie while there is a pasta option for vegetarians. Cowboy entertainment is provided. Still on the Cowboy theme the Horsepower Hour (sleigh ride) is a one hour sleigh ride with cowboy stories, a hot drink and cowboy rope tricks.
You could find out everything you need to know about Grizzly Bears with Grizzlies Exposed. Local naturalist, photographer and Big Mountain ski instructor Tim Rubbert presents a free slide presentation on his favourite subject, the Grizzly Bear. Tim also does free day time cross-country tours for guests and isn a mine of information of local flora and wildlife.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays after skiing its movie time in Mogul's Village Pub and titles such as Big Mountain, Big Fun and Cool Winter. These films were shot on Big Mountain during the past few decades and are historical, hysterical and downright gorgeous.
Each Wednesday the Frabert Awards take place when the locals get together to honour a bumbling friend. Hosted by the Ski Patrol, Frabert is an event that has to be seen to be appreciated and there is a little free beer available.
There are several annual apres-ski event such as the Craw Fish and Beer Fest and you can vote for your favourite costume in the annual Alpinglow Employee Costume Contest.
Whitefish Mountain Resort in brief
Whitefish Mountain Resort Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Whitefish Mountain Resort Season Dates
We have no confirmed season dates for Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Usual opening - Late Nov.
Usual closing - Early April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Whitefish Mountain Resort.
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Whitefish Mountain Resort Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 11 Ski Lifts of Whitefish Mountain Resort are able to uplift 13,800 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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Whitefish Mountain Resort Snow Report
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Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort
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