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“Great weekend trip” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort
PO Box 1400, Whitefish, MT 59937
800-858-3930
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Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Whitefish
Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding
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Owner description: Whitefish Mountain Resort, in northwest Montana, is noted for its laid-back vibe, world-class skiing, and unbeatable value. The resort sees an average of 300 inches of snow on its 3,000 acres, and is as well known for a pleasant lack of lift lines as for its consistently good snow conditions. When the snow melts, Whitefish Mountain Resort becomes home to thrilling zip lines and an alpine slide, world-class downhill and cross-country mountain biking, and the unique Walk in the Treetops, in addition to spectacular hiking, water sports, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, Glacier National Park, and more available in the greater Whitefish area. It is the perfect base camp for a summer visit to Montana’s majestic Flathead Valley.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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“Great weekend trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The snow was pretty good even after 3 weeks. The weather can be quite changeable at the top of the mountain. Slow old chairlifts, getting people spread out on the mountain in the morning takes a long time. We waited a lot in the mornings.

The second day we were there the toilets were not working for a few hours at the Summit House. We had to go down the mountain to find a toilet.

Overall a great place to ski that could use some upgrading with more highspeed lifts.

Visited February 2013
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“Magical, Mystical Wintery Serenery....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

By far, Whitefish (Big Mountain) has the most interesting winter scenery that I have EVER SEEN-ANYWHERE!! Italy's waterfalls and Turkey's Pamukkale are up there in beauty, but Whitefishes Snow Ghosts lead you into a powdery winter wonderland. Groomed blues or jumping over the side for one heck of a ride down through the trees or bowls, overlooking Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies and Whitefish Lake make this one PREMIER ski spot on your list. Summers are supposed to be great there too...85 degrees, no humidity and 30 lakes within 30 minutes of downtown. $4.00 shots and $1.00 beers at Great Northern with friendly folks in town are a great apre ski stop. Live music almost nightly....I'M GOING BACK!!!

Visited March 2013
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“Nice Mountain and quaint small town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We decided to visit Whitefish for Spring Break the first week of March 2013. Our favorite ski resort is Big Sky, Montana but we wanted to try someplace that we hadn't been before. Weather was good. We had a couple of clear days. However, fog at the top of the mountain is a significant issue. Often it was very difficult to see at the start of the runs at the top of the mountain. This does pose some potential dangers and reduces the enjoyment of the overall experience due to visibility. We stayed in a nice, small 2 bedroom condo in the Village. It was a good location for us and the condo was nice and clean but nothing special. Unfortunately our condo was located on the front of the building. So about 5 am every morning we were awakened by the snow plows in the parking lot. Not the time or way I'd normally choose to wake up while on vacation.

The skiing was ok. It seemed that the slopes could have been groomed a little better. Part of the problem was just the wet, heavy snow. The acreage of the mountain compared to Big Sky is similar, however, Whitefish has a lot fewer "marked" runs. After 2 days of skiing I felt we had skied the whole mountain. Most of the time the lift lines were non-existent. Never waited more than a couple minutes.

We took off one day and drove to Glacier Park. In the winter you can only drive 10 miles into the park. It is very pretty around the lake with the mountains in the background. It was little disappointing, but understandable, that we could see and access such a small portion of the "Road to the Sun".

Our dining experience at Whitefish was good. On slope we preferred Ed & Mully's. The food was good and it was never crowded. The Hellroaring Saloon got the best reviews but we disagreed. There was always a wait and the food wasn't really worth waiting for. I think the main attrraction was the nachos and beer.

We enjoyed a very good meal and excellent service at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club Restaurant. I was a little skeptical given the name but was very pleased with the food and the service. We also had a very enjoyable dinner at the Tupelo Grill.

Maybe someday we'll go back to finish the "Road to the Sun" at Glacier. It's not likely we'll go back to ski because there are too many other places out west that have better skiing and night life.

If you want to go to Montana to ski definitely go to Big Sky. Yellowstone Park is close by and makes for a great day trip.

Visited March 2013
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“Skiing Whitefish at the beginning of March”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Before booking a trip to Whitefish for March 2013, I read reviews of Whitefish skiing from March 2012 in order to assess the quality of the skiing. There was a shortage of comments on the conditions of the hill so I wanted to offer some guidance to future travellers.

Our experience was very positive. We skiied two, consecutive days and had nothing but sun and temperatures above freezing. We only received a trace of snow on the first day and no fresh snow on the second day. The hills were well-groomed on the second day but in need of powder (some sections were slick). Over the course of the day, the snow on some hills became quick thick as the snow warmed up. Overall, the skiing at Whitefish were 'spring conditions" during our trip at the beginning of March.

I chatted with various skiers and learned that 80% of the ski days at Whitefish are foggy and can sometimes make for dangerous skiing. One woman was visiting from Texas over spring break with her family and said that over the 10 years they've been skiing at Whitefish in March, the weather has never let them down.

What surprised me most was that the hills were not very busy - short lift lines and sometimes no one on the hill but me. I highly recommend a trip to Whitefish in March.

Visited March 2013
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“Fogged in”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Out of 3 days of skiing (we had originally planned 4), we could only see the mountain on the last day. The snow was terrific but following fog beacons down intermediate runs is not what we want to do on a ski vacation. We took a complimentary tour at 10:30 which was very beneficial in showing us the way down. Our guide pointed out the black runs which we could do in good visibility. Apparently the mountain is fogged in 50% of the time in Ja and Feb and I guess at the beginning of March. Next time we return, it will be in the summer to hike at Glacier N.P.

Visited February 2013
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