Whitefish, MT, Jan. 15, 2002--The skiing at Big Mountain is big and this season the resort is serving up activities aplenty to fill it's sizable shoes. Snow cat backcountry tours, the Spirit of Winter Demo, and moonlit skiing and dining are just a few of the offerings.
Snow Cat Adventures
Remarkable early-season snow conditions at Big Mountain have allowed the popular Snow Cat skiing and snowboarding to move into full operation. Guests can enjoy pristine wilderness and deep powder just outside Big Mountain's regularly patrolled boundaries. The tours are reserved for strong intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders and are led by a professional backcountry guide from the ski school.
"It's an easy and affordable way to experience untracked powder beyond the ski area boundary," said Arrow Anderson, Director of the Big Mountain Ski School. "Powder hounds can take a short cat ride into the wilderness and ski fresh tracks with the safety of a professional guide."
From a gentle slope to scattered trees on a steep slope, the terrain will hold the interest of the most adventurous skiers and snowboarders.
Groups should be able to complete 5-10 runs per day, depending on the speed at which the group as a whole can ski and snowboard. 2001-2002 snowcat rates are based per-person on the number of people in the group. A lift ticket is required in addition to the snow cat ticket.
1 person: $180 US
2 people: $90 US per person
3+ people: $60 US per person
Guests are asked to prepare for changeable weather and bring proper equipment. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.
Spirit of Winter
The first "Spirit of Winter" show wase held on Dec. 29, 2001 on Ed's Run, the ski slope above Moguls Bar & Grille. The demo team began its season-long performance schedule with a feast of jumping, clowning, fireworks, big air tricks, and more.
"This show really exemplifies what skiing and snowboarding is all about," said Walt Chauner, Master of Ceremonies and Demo Team coordinator. "It's this spirit and love of the sport that runs through the Whitefish community and Big Mountain."
Other Spirit of Winter Shows will take place on February 2, 16, and March 2. The show is free and spectators of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Moonlight Dine and Ski
Big Mountain Resort hosted a successful Moonlight Dine & Ski evening on December 30 and has three more planned throughout this winter. Guests ride the gondola up to the 7000-foot summit of Big Mountain for dinner and then ski or snowboard down with a guide by the light of the full moon.
"If people want to get out and do something different, something magical, come ski down Big Mountain by the full moonlight," says Big Mountain's Adora Maguire. "It's truly a unique experience."
Dinner seatings take place between 6 and 8 PM and the menu includes breast of chicken stuffed with proscuitto and fresh mozzarella, lasagna with Portabello mushrooms, ravioli with sauce Bolognese, Capelli D'Angelo with pesto and roasted peppers, green salad with shallot vinaigrette, Farfaele salad with Kalamata, Asiago and sweet onion, bread sticks with garlic butter, and fruit, fresh berries, and tiramisou.
The remaining Moonlight Dine & Ski dates are February 8th, March 9th, and April 7th.
Reservations are limited and the ski portion is weather-dependent. Price for adults is $30.00 and $20.00 for kids under 12. Tax and gratuity not included and 15% gratuity will be added to parties of 8 or more.
For reservations and further information about any of these programs, call Big Mountain's Guest Service and Information Center at 406.862.2900.
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