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Formerly Glacier Treks Outdoor Adventures

A Winter Wonderland: Skiing Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana

Updated: Mar 27

Check this gem out! Nestled in the rugged peaks of the Montana Rockies lies a hidden spot for winter sports enthusiasts: Whitefish Mountain Resort. With 11 lifts, it's the place for breathtaking scenery, diverse terrain, and short lift lines. Whitefish Mountain Resort offers a friendly skiing experience for both seasoned shredders and brand new beginners. There really is something for everyone here. Don't go to Colorado with all it's people and traffic.

Summit at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Chair 1
Summit at Whitefish Mountain Resort


A Paradise for Powderhounds

Whitefish Mountain Resort boasts over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, catering to all skill levels.

Whether you're carving down groomed trails like Gray Wolf, exploring Mully's Moguls, or seeking out untouched powder stashes in the backcountry of Hell Roaring Basin, there's something for everyone here. With an average annual snowfall of over 300 inches, the resort delivers prime conditions for skiing and snowboarding.  I've even heard tight lipped teenagers say, "This is awesome!" - A magnum opus for a 16 year old boy.

The winter season typically runs from December to April, with peak conditions usually occurring between January and March. Check the snow report here. After the beginning of April, the resort will close out of sensitivity to bears.  It’s their home, so let’s try to be good to them!

Views at Summit at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Views at Summit at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Stunning Scenery at Every Turn

One of the best things about skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort is the scenery that surrounds you at every turn. You are treated to panoramic views of Glacier National Park, the Whitefish Range.  Try the run ‘Inspiration’ on a clear day and get an amazing view of Whitefish Lake.  Whether you're cruising down the slopes or riding the chairlifts, the beauty of Montana is all around.

Best Places to Park at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Best Places to Park at Whitefish Mountain Resort


Plan Your Parking

Here’s how I like to do it.

1.      Arrive at 8:45 or 9am so you can get a spot in the Pine or Spruce Lot.  They are free and you can ski directly to the chairlifts once you walk to the end of the lot.

2.      Chair 6 and Chair 2 open at 9:00am.  Chair 1 to the Summit opens 9:30am.  So walk to the end of the parking lot and ski down. It takes you directly to Chair 6 lift. 

3.      Ride Chair 6 and upon exiting, veer left toward Chair 2.

4.      Avoid Chair 1, Big Mountain Express, and let the line die down. It's not even open until 9:30 am.

5.      Take one run on Chair 2.  When you arrive at the bottom, now you should get in line for Chair 1 to go up to the Summit.  Hopefully the line is a little shorter.

6.      Enjoy a day skiing the backside of Big Mountain.

7.      When you are ready to return to your car, ski partially down the run at chair 6.  There will be a little turn off to your right that is halfway down.  Take that all the way back to your parking lot!  Works great.


Family-Friendly Fun for All Ages

Whitefish Mountain Resort is not just for hardcore skiers and snowboarders – it's also a fantastic destination for families looking to enjoy winter activities together. The resort offers a variety of programs and amenities tailored to younger visitors, including ski lessons, childcare services, and supervised activities at the Kids' Center. With dedicated beginner areas and gentle slopes for learning, parents can rest assured that their little ones will have a safe and enjoyable experience on the mountain.

Family skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Family skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort


Après-Ski Delights

After a day of exhilarating skiing, Whitefish Mountain Resort offers a plethora of après-ski activities to help you unwind and relax. Head to one of the resort's cozy lodges or slope-side bars to enjoy a hot cocoa or a locally brewed beer while swapping stories of your day on the mountain with fellow enthusiasts. For those seeking a more refined experience, Whitefish town itself offers an array of options like: restaurants and shops.

Also Don't Forget to Visit the Unique Statue

Just off Chair 2! Hi, friend.

Jesus Statue at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Jesus Statue at Whitefish Mountain Resort

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