Whitefish, Montana is a unique ski town situated at the base of Big Mountain, the primary peak at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Whitefish still operates like the local’s ski hill it once was, despite world-class terrain, jaw-dropping views into Glacier National Park, and epic powder days. As the word gets out about Whitefish, a few simple tips can make your skiing experience even better, whether it’s your first trip to the mountain or your 30th.
It's a Top Ten Resort with a Small Town Vibe
Locals know where to sneak between the trees at Whitefish Mountain Resort, and now we’re letting you in on a few secrets. Recently ranked the #10 ski resort in America by Ski Magazine, Whitefish boasts serious pow stashes and varied terrain for all types. If you’re hitting the slopes this winter, hop, skip, and jump –er, fly (into the easily accessible Glacier Park International Airport), drive, or take the train to Whitefish to get away from the Colorado-style crowds.
How to Ski “the Fish” this Winter
What do we love the most about skiing Whitefish Mountain Resort? Well, fine. We’ll tell you:
- Powder stashes every day: Not joking—every day. Even if it hasn’t snowed in a while, if you pop into the trees for a few turns, sneak over to the backside, or venture past the T-bar, you’ll find powder long after the last storm. Powder turns are all around if you know where to look.
- Hike a little for a big reward: If you’re fit and strong on your boards, it helps to know a few simple routes away from the groomers. Inbounds hiking to radio towers (think about it…you’ll see the towers near the summit, then just follow the snowmobile tracks) or Hellroaring Peak (a little trickier route; buy a local a beer at the Summit House and get directions) are good first stops for those secret powder afternoons.
- When it’s foggy, hit the tree skiing first: then the Bierstube: The fog that Whitefish is known for can be a day-ender for the faint of heart. You’re better than that, though. The secret is tree skiing, where the trees guide you and give depth and definition in a whiteout. Tried it but can’t hang anymore? When you give up and head into the Bierstube, you’ll see it’s okay to admit defeat, too—everyone else is already there, drinking a pint of PBR and drying out their gear.
- Make buddies on the chairlift: Whitefish is a small, community-oriented town. Everyone is still genuinely kind to tourists here, but keep the karma going by being a good steward. You’ll find locals give you tips on the chairlift, point you to a good run, and pitch in for beers if you’re chummy and sincere.
How to Make the Trip
Whitefish has excellent options for lodging, dining, shopping, and activities for the days you aren’t skiing. Grouse Mountain Lodge is close to downtown and right across the street from the Nordic ski tracks. Grouse Mountain Lodge also offers a free shuttle to bring guests to the mountain, to pick up rentals, and to ease travel to and from the airport (it’s only 20 minutes away, but you’re not going to walk it!).
Start planning your ski trip to Whitefish right away. Contact Grouse Mountain Lodge at 1.844.868.7474 for the best rates. Be sure to also visit skiwhitefish.com for Whitefish Mountain Resort info and ticket prices, etc.