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Driving info:

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Note that says "usual traffic". Given the times these flights are often arriving or departing, I'd knock off 5-10 minutes.
 
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SKI mag annual survey results, 2018

Overall rank, #10

Whitefish’s rankings in the 2018 Resort Guide were: #7 Service, #7 Grooming, #8 Kid Friendly, #10 Character, #10 Lodging, #16 Dining, #20 Snow, #20 Challenge, #25 Variety, #26 Lifts.

Will update this each year.

Prior year overall ranks were #11 in 16-17, #9 in 15-16.
 

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We have fond memories of Big Mountain from a visit in 1995. With the free super senior season pass I received in the mail, a return visit may be in the cards this season, depending on the snow. My ski cronies turn 70 this year, so I have been pushing the Whitefish season pass as an option to keep open.
 

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We have fond memories of Big Mountain from a visit in 1995. With the free super senior season pass I received in the mail, a return visit may be in the cards this season, depending on the snow. My ski cronies turn 70 this year, so I have been pushing the Whitefish season pass as an option to keep open.
I turn 70 in April, 2018 but AFAIK you have to be 70 before the season starts to get free skiing. So I will be there for a visit in 2019.
 

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Whoa, free skiing? And I can get 25% off by ordering in advance :yahoo::yeah:
At Sun Peaks and a lot of other ski resorts offer 40% off lift tickets that are purchased on line, 2 weeks in advance. Less off during Xmas holidays and other busy times.

I think Red Mountain offers free skiing for skiers 75 years and older.
 

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I skied with her last year at Whitefish Mountain. What a nice and very experienced host and a wonderful ski resort. She showed my wife and I all over the mountain. We took Amtrak in from Everett Washington. We will fly in next time.
 
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Some observations on the relocated Chair 5 (no one cares about the names here - really, don't use them).

The chair itself is extremely uncomfortable and has been given a bar I don't recall it having that has two essentially canine teeth coming down between the three riders. I remember this chair not having a foot rest, but these additional possibly lethal projections I don't recall. So as you load, the liftie has to keep calling out, "Watch your head". This chair only rises 800 vertical feet.

The ride is SPECTACULAR. So, in spite of the above comments, do it once at least. It takes you over stuff that has always been there to be skied, but was never obvious from other positions. The initial rise is over an alternate exit from Whitey's that I will never use again, I must have been nuts! (And yes, I mean that literally, as now that you can see it, it is getting hammered, and the reason I used it was the lack of usage and lack of moguls made the steepness not an issue, it was full of untracked soft snow goodness.) Then the chair takes you over the cliffs, marked with lots of cliff signs that should probably be larger and brighter. There is a way along the top of these cliffs that was always visible from the distance, but I couldn't identify it from the chair. Then you pass over NBC, which suddenly looks mild after that, and then along the route from the groomed runs out to East Rim Face. You exit at the bottom of the Ant Hill.

As I said, these runs are now getting absolutely pounded. You can see what you are getting into, whereas the visitor in the past may have seen this area as perhaps a bit of a risk without a local taking them over. No more. So, the main reason to go there (for light unused fluff) has really been removed. It is now easy to lap (ignoring that chair) without having to do Russ's Street, a long traverse back to Chair One. But really, it's only 800 feet. The views may change people's assessment of our terrain, but to me it has not improved the skiing. Quite the reverse.

For a bit more about this chair, the following article has pictures: https://liftblog.com/2018/01/14/at-whitefish-a-disused-lift-is-born-again/
 
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Sorry to hear that.
the skiing in that area was one of the main the attractions of Whitefish.
 
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For those looking at this town for summer activities or as a place to live, this video about the Whitefish trail system may be of interest. Plus it shows some great scenery.
 
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Latest press release


Whitefish Mountain Resort sets new record for total skier visits
Season pass holders and 410 inches of snowfall help resort record its best season yet


WHITEFISH, MT – April 11, 2018– Whitefish Mountain Resort announced that it has set a new record with more than 382,000 total skier visits. The northwest Montana resort beat its previous record set in 2016/17 by more than 35,500 total skier visits. This year also marked a record for preseason winter season pass sales—up four percent over the previous season’s record year.

While the additional season pass holders helped top the skier visits records, Mother Nature also played a role bringing storm after storm giving the resort 410 inches of snowfall, its second best snowfall in 21 years behind 2007/08 when it recorded 426 inches. The settled base depth on April 8 (Closing Day) was at 164 inches—the most on record in the last 21 years. During the 123 days of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s season it snowed 80 days.

“We are extremely grateful to have such a dedicated community of season passholders and loyal returning out-of-town guests. Additionally we continue to welcome a steady stream of first-time guests,” Whitefish Mountain Resort CEO Dan Graves said, “With the continued growth in skier visits, we will continue with our commitment to improving the guest experience while maintaining affordability as well as our exceptional, easy-going hospitality that encourages our guests to keep coming back.”

Even with skier visits up this season, Whitefish Mountain Resort management was pleased how the addition of East Rim/Chair 5 has helped to disperse guests in such a way to maintain the experience of uncrowded slopes. Additionally Phase 1 of the Ed & Mully’s remodel played a role in the restaurant and bar having one of its best seasons yet. Phase 2 of the remodel will happen this summer and will give the interior a fresh new look including new finishes, lighting, fireplace, carpet and restroom upgrades. The kitchen will receive a new design and equipment.

In addition to skier visits, Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Ski & Ride School broke records in enrollment for seasonal programs most notably in the Buckaroos Program for three and four-year-olds. The Kids Center was also in record territory with growth in both out-of-town families and locals.

Season pass holders skied more than ever before in the 2017/18 season surpassing last year’s total by nearly 70,000,000 feet setting a new record of 2,098,833,477 feet. This marks only the second time reaching the milestone of two billion vertical feet. Local residents make up roughly half of the skiing population at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

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About Whitefish Mountain Resort

Since 1947 Whitefish Mountain Resort has welcomed skiers and riders seeking a mountain that is uncrowded, beautiful and affordable. Rising above the town of Whitefish, in beautiful northwest Montana, in the backyard of Glacier National Park (only 35 miles away), the resort charms its guests with a friendly fun-loving vibe, variety of terrain, and virtually no lift lines at an unbeatable value. Whitefish’s Big Mountain is the quintessential skier's mountain averaging more than 300 inches of snow annually on 3,000 acres of bowls, chutes, and glades on all aspects.

When the snow melts, Whitefish Mountain Resort becomes home to thrilling zip line tours, Montana’s only alpine slide, an aerial adventure park, more than 30 miles of lift-accessed downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails. Since the 1950s visitors have enjoyed Scenic Lift Rides and hiking the mountain’s ski slopes in search of Huckleberries. It is the perfect base camp for a summer visit to Montana’s majestic Flathead Valley home to water sports, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, and of course Glacier National Park. Call 877-SKI-FISH or visit skiwhitefish.com for more details..

Media Contact: Christina "Riley" Polumbus, 406-862-1948 [email protected]

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