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Whitefish Mountain Resort Resort Reviews

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Whitefish Mountain Resort Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Whitefish Mountain Resort Ski Resort

  • December 27, 2012
    from Canada

    Have skied at this resort for over 25 years. Snow quality is generally excellent with snow making only required on the high traffic areas near the base. Terrain has considerable variety - one of my favorite runs is Good Medicine - nice pitch through the trees and allows fall line skiing top to bottom.
    Only three high speed quad lifts in addition to old fixed grips but lift capacity not a problem. There's a lot of terrain here so solitude is available on the many remote runs.
    Locals are friendly, lift tix and beer is cheap, what's not to like?
    Whitefish is a great little ski town with lots of après ski action if you want it. Don't expect Vail or Whistler, thankfully this area remains authentic. Montana.

  • Whitefish Mountain Resort Ratings

    Overall: 4.1. Based on 4 votes and 5 reviews. Vote

    Access: 4.5

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Whitefish Mountain Resort.

    Public Transport: 4.3

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Whitefish Mountain Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.2

    (1) No places to stay in/near Whitefish Mountain Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.7

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 4.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Whitefish Mountain Resort.

    Ski in/Ski out: 5.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 4.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Whitefish Mountain Resort, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.3

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Whitefish Mountain Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 3.0

    (1) Whitefish Mountain Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Whitefish Mountain Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Whitefish Mountain Resort are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 4.3

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Whitefish Mountain Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Whitefish Mountain Resort, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.7

    (1) Whitefish Mountain Resort usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 5.0

    (1) The staff at Whitefish Mountain Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Whitefish Mountain Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.5

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.5

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.7

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Whitefish Mountain Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.3

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 5.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Whitefish Mountain Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.3

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 4.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Whitefish Mountain Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.3

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 3.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Whitefish Mountain Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 2.5

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Whitefish Mountain Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 4.7

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 4.0

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 4.3

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 3.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.7

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 3.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 4.3

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 4.0

    (1) Overall, Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 4.7

    (1) Overall, Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • December 13, 2010
    from United Kingdom

    Whitefish (Whitefish Mountain Resort) is an undiscovered (by international standards) gem. Tree skiing all over, groomers, some open bowls but not extensive. Mostly an intermediate mountain - not much for beginners. Bigfoot T-bar was only open at weekends when I went (Feb 2009) which limits accessibility but means untracked freshies when it is open. Few crowds/lift lines - even at the weekend there was no more than a couple of minutes wait. Good eating all over the mountain - Hellroaring is the closest to a European apres ski bar I've come across in the US - whether that is good or bad depends on your own personal opinion, but I liked the atmosphere. Stay on the mountain or in the town (15 min. away by bus) - the town has a great feel to it with lots of bars & eateries. At the base, the Kandahar is aiming for the monied clientele: good grub but at a price; Bierstube more down to earth and basic but v good value. It is a bloody long way from Blighty but I intend to come back again.

  • December 23, 2009
    from United Kingdom

    Whitefish Mountain Resort is just a great place to ski. 13 years on the trot now. Over 1 acre per skier max. So much less crowded than anywhere else I have ever skied. Looks like a small area from lift map but, in fact, Whitefish Mountain Resort is equivalent in acreage to the whole of Blackcomb mountain or Whistler mountain - 3,500acres all to yourself especially during week.

    The area can have pretty miserable vis due to cloud that hangs around the summit but makes for generally excellent snow conditons.

    My favourite run in the world - top to bottom of Hellroaring basin - chair 11. What a blast over and over..

    Whitefish town, with the main street of wall-to-wall bars Montana style - the Remington, Bulldog, Palace and the Great Northern, can get extremely lively. However, I recommend staying on the mountain, alpine village style, at the Kanadahar Lodge hotel - all wood and log fires. Walk up to the Hellroaring saloon for dinner and the Beerstube for draught beer, all 24 different brews and cheapo food.

    Getting there from UK is a pain - best method is to fly to Calgary, day or two en route in fernie - halfway to Whitefish - 5 hour drive in total.

    I rate Big Mountain (name recently changed to the more original Whitefish Mountain Resort) as right up there - superior skiing to Fernie/Panorama etc.

  • November 24, 2008
    from Canada

    My favorite mountain (and my home hills are Sunshine and Lake Louise). Deep and soft. Terrain for every level. Great tree skiing. Town has a great atmosphere. You can't go wrong. I have been going there for 25 years and have only ever seen the top of the mountain closed twice due to wind and cold. As soon as the first snow hits in Calgary my kids start asking me when our trip to Whitefish is going to be. It is the highlight of their ski year.

  • January 23, 2008
    from United Kingdom

    Good mountain. Bad piste mapping. Very confusing when poor visibility at the top. Can get very cold. Mountain closed due to -60 wind chill when we were there. Good snow off the backside when windblown on the front side. Watch out for parking charges at the village. Whitefish, good town. Recommend the Red Caboose for a great breakfast and friendly staff.
    All in all, good time had at Big Mountain