Whitefish, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana

Downtown Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort covered in fresh snow

Photograph by ChuckHaney.com/Whitefish Convention & Visitors Bureau

In the 1930s, locals hiked the steep ridge above Whitefish so they could ski powder snow on the “big mountain” that towers above the lake. From those dreamy first runs, a ski resort was soon born. Over a half century later, Whitefish Mountain Resort is consistently ranked one of the top resorts in the nation.

One of the most expansive resorts around, it has 3,000 acres of skiing framed by the craggy peaks of the continental divide that define Glacier National Park. The ski mountain is the perfect backdrop to a town that celebrates mountain life, adventure, and friends.

Times have changed, but the people here are just as passionate about powder as ever. When the snow falls deep overnight, locals call in favors to spend a few hours whooping it up, making tracks in the powder fields above town.

Just 11 miles away, our international airport is one of the closest to a ski community in the nation. So once you land, you’re practically here. Every winter locals invite visitors to join them in celebrations like the Whitefish Winter Carnival—or the Ski Joring races that unite horse and skier across a snow-covered track.

Visitors also soon discover that the combination of moderate elevation, higher humidity, and mild climate increases stamina and leads to more restful sleep—which translates into more ski time. And don’t forget to visit Glacier National Park, just 25 minutes from town.

Whitefish restaurants are known for world-class wine selections and great service, and our chefs are now being recognized in national rankings. The arts here are as abundant as the trees and mountains, and our covered Central Avenue sidewalks offer a portal to unique treasures.

Come join us this winter. There’s an energy created by sliding across snow on the edge of the civilized world where the air smells of possibility.

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