You will not be disappointed when you come to ski Big Mountain, located about four miles northwest of Whitefish, Montana, just west of Glacier National Park in the Flathead National Forest. The Whitefish Mountain Resort also has stunning views overlooking Whitefish Lake and the Flathead Valley. Whitefish Mountain has 3,000 acres of good ski trails including slopes for skiers at every level of skill, from beginner to double diamond expert trails as well as tree skiing. Since skiers are not limited to ski trails, Whitefish Mountain is a great place for skiers who prefer to ski off trail.
The Hell Roaring Basin area of Big Mountain is not for beginners but is a favorite of some advanced skiers. As a skier nears the bottom, the trees are quite thick and therefore not recommended for anyone who cannot make tight turns in deep snow. At the intermediate level, one of the benchmark runs you will not want to miss is called Inspiration that begins from the Summit House that lets you ski with giant slalom turns at comfortable speeds that winds down the front face of Big Mountain. Skiing is available on all sides of the mountain.
Snowboarders have their own ski lift and terrain park known as the Fish Bowl, a play on words with the name of their hometown of Whitefish. The terrain park features rails and boxes for beginners, intermediates and freestyle snow boarders. The 2009-2010 season features 2 progressive hip jumps for those that like to fly. Big Mountain is the home of champions as well as great ski experience for the average skier. Tommy Moe was the first American skier to win two medals in the same Olympics. Moe learned to ski at Big Mountain where his father was a member of the ski patrol, as did Olympic champion Bill Johnson.
There are quite a few activities at the Whitefish Ski Lodge in addition to snow skiing. These include night skiing, dog sledding, sleigh rides and ski sailing. Dog sledding is free for the kids. You can also have a change of pace with guided snowmobile tours that cover hundreds of groomed trails in the local area. A free shuttle runs from the town of Whitefish to the base of the mountain. Enjoy the friendliness of Whitefish shops and restaurants. They brag about not having any chain stores in Whitefish. It is true, everything is unique with no big city image to uphold. For information lookup “Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain.”