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Whitefish Mountain Resort

3895 Big Mountain Road Whitefish, 59937 us 800-858-4152 website:
Big, beautiful mountain with a small-town feel.

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Nov 06, 2008

avg. snowfall

300 in

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Just hint to hard-core Whitefish locals that their mountain and town have become gentrified, even chic, and wait for the howls. But it’s true, and not all bad. “Good lodging and dining in Whitefish,” is positive feedback. In a town with a bar as legendary as the uber-local Great Northern, a wine bar would have once been unthinkable; now there are two good ones, Crush and The Red Room.

The resort hosts a stylish new base lodge, a Remedies Day Spa, and chef/owner Andy Blanton’s leading-edge gourmet Café Kandahar (one of multiple great local restaurants). Serenely remote, yes; still full of down-home character, definitely; but backwoods, no.

The skiing is also well put together (“Great variety of terrain, beautiful views,” and an No. 11–ranked lift system). Wide-ranging access to prime gladed and off-piste powder includes Hellroaring Basin, Lodi Ridge and East Rim. Stem-to-stern family action spreads across lower mountain learning areas, chair 3’s terrain parks, and 3,000 acres of cruisers. Full 3-D views sweep from the ramparts of nearby Glacier National Park to Flathead Lake and the white spires of the Mission and Salish ranges, earning it a No. 6 in Scenery. When you can see. Lake-effect fog is a perennial complaint. “Had to ski by Braille a couple of days,” says one reader. —J.C.

What’s New: Ongoing lift upgrades, including another Base Lodge chair in 2012, are improving traffic flow and terrain access.

Mandatory Run: A non-stop on the endless quad-burner called Hellfire.

Local Tip: A La Niña weather cycle, anticipated this winter, often favors Big Mountain; in 2008, the resort received 426 inches.

reviews of Whitefish Mountain Resort
My Rating:

We are long time readers of SKI magazine and enjoy every issue.   We 
were also pleased to see our local ski hill--Big Mountain, aka 
Whitefish Mountain Resort as a Top 20 Ski resort this year, but your reviewer 
must not have been to our mountain in the past 4 years.   In the 
narrative they listed "Dire Wolf" as a great local bar--well it was, 
until it closed 3 years ago-yes it's been closed for 3 years.  Also, 
the other two restaurants cited (Grouse Mtn Lodge (typical and 
predictable hotel fare) and Craggy Range (average bar food at best) 
aren't even considered by locals as being some of the better 
eateries.    There are at least a half a dozen much better and more 
exciting places to eat and have fun than these two.   We agreed with 
your on the hill review, but the other comments missed the mark!

Michael Moffitt
Whitefish, MT

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