“Something about this place keeps bringing me back," Billy Marical says.
Billy worked as a mental health professional for a decade before moving back into the ski industry when he recognized his skills were better suited to the ski hill. He coached the Whitefish Mountain Resort freestyle ski team and later worked with the fledgling Montana Ski Company in product testing. And now, he has launched an events management business based here in town as well.
What else does he love about Whitefish? That’s another beer for Billy, because he loves almost everything and it’s going to take a minute to list it all.
“We have four seasons here. We have Glacier National Park and the ski hill. We have the best people. And access to the outdoors anywhere. And even though we have tourists, you can still get out on your own.”
“People say, ‘Don’t talk about Whitefish too much, it will get discovered,’ and I get that—we want to keep it to ourselves. But how could you not talk about it? It’s an incredible place.”
“My must-do list? Of course,” Billy says—he’s been asked this before, it seems. It's a long one that spans multiple seasons and locations around Whitefish, but here are Billy’s have-to-dos for the area:
Glacier National Park: Hike to Iceberg Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel (it’s a long day hike, so you can stay the night near by—check out St. Mary Village).
Kalispell: Moose’s for pizza and beer.
Whitefish: Winter Carnival Weekend (first weekend in February) is the epitome of the town, with locals dressed up and drinking, Yetis and Viking ladies—don’t miss it!
Columbia Falls: The Columbia Falls Farmer’s Market on Thursday nights at the ‘Coop’ in downtown Columbia Falls, just down the canyon from the entrance to Glacier National Park.
Whitefish Mountain Resort: hit the slopes for a day, then have a tower of nachos at Hellroaring Saloon.
Billy's enthusiasm for Whitefish, the people, and the area is palpable. Clearly, he learned from the best how to "live rad".