Skiing and Snowboarding

Whitefish Mountain Resort. Eight miles from Whitefish, this has been one of Montana's top ski areas since the 1930s, yet it remains comfortably small. The resort is popular among train travelers from the Pacific Northwest and the upper Midwest. The mountain has good powder skiing, nice glades, and groomed trails for all ski levels. In summer, there are bike trails, an alpine slide, an aerial adventure park, and a zipline. The terrain is 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 25% advanced; there are two high-speed quad chairs, one quad chair, four triple chairs, one double chair, and three surface lifts. Facilities: 105 trails; 3,000 acres; 2,500-foot vertical drop; 11 lifts. 1015 Glades Dr., 406/862-2900; 406/862–7669; 877/754–3474; Lift ticket: $85. Late-Nov.–early Apr. and mid-June–mid-Sept., daily 9–4:30.


There are more than 200 groomed snowmobile trails in the Flathead region. Unless you're an experienced snowmobiler and expert at avalanche forecasting, you should take a guided trip.

Whitefish Marine. This outfitter rents boats and water accessories in summer and leases snowmobiles and provides guided snowmobile tours in winter 5960 U.S. 93 S, Whitefish, Montana, 59937. 406/862–8594; From $250.