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). The level of difficult of the runs ranges from 20% beginner to 40% intermediate to 40% difficult.
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.
On big pow days, check out Mullys, then Inspiration into Powder Trap. On low visibility days, experts should head over to the steep glades of Hellroaring Basin and look for the Back 9 line. Whitefish Mountain ski area has an open boundary policy, so check out the epic chutes in Canyon Creek. Also, follow the satellite towers to West Bowl or Backside Chair.
For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Whitefish Mountain feature five terrain parks to session. For beginners, the Magic Park has entry level features and is located near the Base Lodge. The Depot Terrain Park is located off Chair 3 and has some smaller jumps and jibs. Ideal for learning flow, this park has a series of jumps, boxes and rails to prepare freestyle riders for larger parks. The 2nd Street Park, again off Chair 3, is the next step up from the Depot mid-level with 2-4 intermediate jumps. The Central Avenue Park & Railyard, also off Chair 3, is the main feature park. Typically, it has 3-5 jumps and has a created rail line with intermediate level park features. Lastly, there is the Goat Haunt Boardercross Course off Chair 7. It features banked turns, small jumps and rollers. The course is built progressively larger as the season snowfall stacks up.
For apres ski, try the BierStube (aka "the Stube") 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.
Local Contacts: Whitefish Mountain Resort (406) 862-2900; Avalanche Report (406) 257-8402; Flathead Visitors (800) 543-3105; Montana Visitors (800) 541-1447; Central Reservations (888) 224-4759; Stumptown Snowboards (406) 862-0955.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Garden Wall Inn (888) 530-1700; Hibernation House.
Luxury Loding: Grouse Mountain Lodge (800) 321-8822; Mountain Timbers (800) 841-3835; Kandahar Lodge (877) 862-1505; Lodge At Whitefish
Breakfast Restaurant: Buffalo Cafe, Whitefish; Whitefish Times Coffee
Reference Source: click here https://skiwhitefish.com/
GPS: 48.484028, -114.355343
Date Published: 12/31/2015
Date Updated: 11/30/2018
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