Make the Most of Your Ski Trip to Whitefish, MT


A ski trip to Whitefish, Montana, is one for the bucket list. Between 3,000 acres of terrain and 113 named runs, there’s a lot of mountain to explore. And Whitefish is so much more than a ski destination (though that’s certainly near the top of the list). When you’re dreaming of a powder day, take these ideas to heart to get the most out of your visit.

Buy tickets online to save

When you buy tickets online at least 48 hours in advance, you can save up to 33% on multi-day lift tickets or 10% on single-day tickets. This is one of those times where it pays to plan ahead. But if your plans do change, you can cancel for a refund up to 48 hours in advance.

Add on night skiing to spend more time on the slopes

Night skiing on weekends gives you some extra hours on the hill after the sun goes down. During the holidays and on Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of the season, ski under the lights at chairs 2, 6, and 3 (including the terrain park). If you decide to take a day trip and give your legs a break one day, you can still get in some laps for night skiing.

Take the SNOW bus to skip the traffic

This free bus runs from downtown Whitefish all the way to the bottom of Chair 1, with stops along the way. By riding the SNOW bus, you get dropped off right at the base lodge or at the lift line. So you don’t have to hoof it from the back of beyond in the farthest reaches of the parking lot, and it’s more eco-friendly, too. And when you ride down after last chair, you can kick back and relax instead of staying alert for traffic.

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Get a tour from a Mountain Ambassador

Mountain ambassador tours are a free way to get the lay of the land when you first arrive at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Tours take off from the main lift plazas at the top or bottom of Chair 1 at 10:30 and 1:30 daily. If you’ve never skied Whitefish before, these can help you get oriented. And even if you’ve been around a time or two, you might just find out about some powder stashes or new spots to hit your favorite terrain.

Add a winter day trip to Glacier National Park

It doesn’t have to be all about shredding during a ski trip. Give your legs a break, and take a quick day trip to Glacier to see Lake McDonald under snow cover. Most park visitors will never have the chance to experience Glacier in winter. And even though most of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed when snow flies, it’s still usually plowed from Apgar to Lake McDonald Lodge.

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Find a location that splits the difference between slopes and town

There’s a lot to do in and around the Flathead Valley. Find a spot to stay that gives you easy access to all there is to explore. Downtown Whitefish offers shopping and dining, and it’s still close enough to grab the first chair in the morning without having to roll out of bed before dawn.

A Whitefish vacation rental with Starry Night Lodging gives you the prime location to base your adventures on the ski hill and beyond. Book your stay for a memorable mountain getaway in Montana.