About Whitefish Mountain Resort
Whitefish Mountain Resort, a gem of northwestern Montana wilderness, is located on Big Mountain only eight miles outside the town of Whitefish. From ziplining to mountain biking to winter classics like skiing and snowshoeing, Whitefish Mountain Resort has 3,000 acres of land and facilities, all catered to your outdoor excitement. The resort is prepared for every season and has plenty of options to choose from whether you visit on a hot summer afternoon or the day after a powdery snowfall.
The resort got its informal start in the early 20th century, when Whitefish locals began traversing Big Mountain recreationally, forming natural ski paths and trails up and down the mountain. The Whitefish Lake Ski Club built the first official trails on the mountain in the 1930s, thanks to a permit from the U.S. Forest Service. The business enterprise that followed was a community effort, with Whitefish residents volunteering their free time to curate trails and slopes along the mountain, building a resort that locals and tourists alike could enjoy. In 2007, the resort changed its name from Big Mountain Resort to Whitefish Mountain Resort, to honor the small town that made the resort a reality and an integral part of the local community.
When you stay in the town of Whitefish, transportation is readily available to get to and from Whitefish Mountain Resort via the S.N.O.W. Bus system. This convenient bus route travels from downtown Whitefish, MT to the Whitefish Mountain Resort multiple times a day, and even has a stop at The Pine Lodge on Whitefish River in the winter months. Additionally, The Pine Lodge sells lift tickets directly from our Front Desk, and offers our new Ski Van transportation for a direct commute up or down the mountain, saving you time and energy so that you can spend it on the slopes instead!
Whitefish Mountain Resort Highlights
Skiing and Snowboarding
- Experiencing the pristine powdery snow of the Rockies is every skier and snowboarder’s dream and Whitefish Mountain Resort’s largest draw. Beginners can take lessons tailored to their age and skill level, while more experienced skiers can tackle the dozens of slopes and terrain park that Big Mountain offers. Stay late to experience night skiing under the lights, or try out the Moonlight Dine & Ski option for an evening of cuisine and thrills that you will never forget.
- Available June through September, soar over Big Mountain and take in the view of the Rockies at an unforgettable perspective. Over a mile long and up to 300 feet above the forest floor, a zipline tour through the trees and hills is an exhilarating way to immerse yourself in the wide=open, breathtaking beauty of the mountain top.
- If you want to get the downhill adrenaline rush of skiing during your stay at Whitefish but you’re visiting in the summer, or if you just want to learn a new method of exploration, look no further than Whitefish Mountain Resort’s downhill biking package, which includes a bike rental, two-hour lesson, and protective gear. Race among the trees and along the slopes as a thrilling alternative to a nature stroll, and return home with a new life-long skill.
- Take a break from the mountains and warm up (or cool down!) at any of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s many restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Grab a hot drink from Base Lodge Coffee Bar or Village Coffee, or crack open a cold one at The Summit House Restaurant and Bar, Base Lodge Cafe and Bar, or the Hellroaring Saloon and Eatery, located in the oldest building on Big Mountain.
- Whether you forgot some gear or just want something new, Whitefish Mountain Resort has got you covered with their gift shops, rentals, and equipment shops. Stop into Village Rentals, Summit Shop, and Snow Ghost Outfitters to get everything you need and more.
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