Light powder. Big views. Scads of runs. In winter, Whitefish Mountain Resort claims three top attractions for skiers, snowboarders, and even sightseers.
Due to the northern latitude, frequent storm cycles lay down fresh powder on ski runs. Often, powder stashes even linger for days, thanks to fewer crowds than more populated resorts.
On clear days, the summit offers a perch for big views. In addition to overlooking Flathead Valley, the rugged ramparts of Glacier National Park line up across the skyline. More intimate on the summit, subalpine firs drape in rime, creating “snowghosts.” The views aren’t solely the province of skiers and snowboarders. Non-skiers can hop the chairlift to see the sights, too.
From the summit, skiers and snowboarders can drop down all sides of Big Mountain and its ridges. If the snow isn’t to your liking on one side, check out another. Some aspects act as snowcatchers, retaining deep powder in the trees while other catch more sun when it appears.
Located 10 minutes above Whitefish, the Montana resort offers lessons, rentals, daycare, restaurants, and lodging. The ski season usually runs early December through early April.