Kandahar–The Lodge at Big Mountain

3824 Big Mountain Rd., Whitefish, Montana, 59937, United States

Cafe Kandahar (no lunch, reservations recommended), the small rustic dining room in this lovely mountain lodge, serves the finest dinners ($$$–$$$$) on the mountain. In addition to dressed-up standards such as tournedos of beef and New York strip steak, you can choose from game dishes such as roast quail, elk roulade, and duck with a spice-and-orange-vanilla-bean jus, all prepared with a French provincial touch. In the rest of the lodge, the massive lobby fireplace and the Snug Bar are attractive public spaces, and the wood-accented guest rooms feature tile-and-granite finishes, leather furniture, and down comforters on the beds. Remedies Day Spa provides massage services daily and is on-site. You can catch a free two-minute shuttle to the slopes, then ski back to the lodge.


  • very accommodating staff knows some of the best ski areas
  • spa is a plus, especially after that first day on the slope


  • even though it isn't ski season, they're closed to the public during some of the nicest times to be on the mountain
  • restaurant isn't open for breakfast or lunch, but they do provide a small continental breakfast


Phones: 406-862–6247-café | 800-862–6094 | 406-862–6098


60 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed early Apr.–May and Oct.–late Nov. Breakfast