North of Missoula and Whitefish, the Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain ski area has 105 trails spread over 3,000 acres that are served by 10 lifts which access 2,353 feet of vertical descent. There are plenty of glades, steeps, and off-piste terrain. Whitefish Mountain Resort is known for its fog (yes!), its cold temperatures and practically summit to base interconnected glades (some say the best in the US).
Looking for adventure? The Pipe Dragon offers more than 350 feet of length for hits, tricks, and maneuvers. Also, try the glades on Jedi, the rocky drops of East Rim or the steeps of North Bowl (a narrow funnel thru rocks). Off the back northside from the Summit House, make sure to check out the new Flower Point triple chair lift. For the freestylers in your crew, there are five terrain parks at Whitefish Mountain to explore.
On big pow days, check out Mullys, then Inspiration into Powder Trap.
The Big Mountain has an open boundary policy -- check out the epic chutes in Canyon Creek. Also, follow the satellite towers to West Bowl or Backside Chair.
For apres ski, try the BierStube or the Bulldog Saloon for huge pitchers. Looking for nightlife? Try Hellroaring Saloon or Great Northern Bars. There's even a free snow bus to/from the Whitefish base area (8 miles away).
To reach the snowboarding at Whitefish Mountain Resort from Missoula, follow US90 west to U.S. Hwy. 93 North. From there, it is only 125 miles to Big Mountain Resort. From Canada (Port of Rooseville), Big Mountain is only 60 miles from the border on Highway 93 South. The resort is just 8 miles north of downtown Whitefish. If you are coming by air, fly into Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, your you could fly into Missoula Airport.
Overall, Whitefish Mountain Resort is the 6th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 11 snowboarding resorts in Montana.