So many mountains, so little time; we know it might be hard to choose where to go when you only have a few precious free days left in the season. The Active Times staff would like to help you make the best of your time in the snow. In addition to our gear reviews, ranked lists and interviews with the experts, we’ve started this section to gather the most important information you’ll want to know before booking a trip or heading out for a day on the slopes. Each week we will feature a new mountain, complete with statistics, snow conditions and plans for 2014. So, whether you’re thinking about your next big trip or you’re going last minute, check out the details on the top mountains here.
Location: Whitefish, Montana
Chairlift pitch: “Our 3,000 acres amounts to roughly one acre per person on average—lift lines are quick to non-existent. The snowfall is consistent throughout the season and with every aspect to ski (north, south, east, west) there’s always high-quality snow. Oh, and our lift ticket is only $69 (and that’s the 1 day window rate, there are better deals),” said Riley Polumbus, a Whitefish mountain representative.
True-up Vertical Descent: 2,305 feet according to Mountainvertical.com; 2,353 feet according to Whitefish
Ski-able area: 3,000 acres
Ratios of difficulty (trail classification): 13 percent novice, 38 percent intermediate, 43 percent advanced, 6 percent expert
Number of trails: 102
Longest run: 3.3 miles, “Hellfire”
Number of lifts: 14
Hours of operation: Varies by day, see snow report
Average snowfall: 300 inches annually
Adult lift ticket price on their website: $69
Renovations: “Last fall we cut new trails on the north side of the mountain, adding four to our map this season. This summer we will install a new triple chairlift and add four more runs to the mix, bringing the total to 106,” said Riley. “Additionally the new lift will create its own new pod of skiing, giving our guests even more elbow room.”
Events: Skiing and snowboarding aren’t for every member of the family, and maybe your legs need a break, check out everything else Whitefish offers besides their slopes here.
Closing day is April 6, but they still have a few events left in the season. March 22 is HellRoaring Ski Heritage Day, everyone is invited to wear retro gear and have fun on the slopes. March 29 will be a busy day with the Dummy Derby and the Winter Brewfest and on April 5 Whitefish will host a pond skim. Check out all events here.
Recommendations: “Our most famous après ski bar is called The Bierstube. Located in the Upper Village, it’s the natural place for locals and visitors to kick back after a day on the slopes. Steeped in character, ‘The Stube’ is covered in memorabilia showcasing the area’s rich ski culture. Several regional microbrews are featured, and bar food is available,” said Riley.
Whitefish also has three slope side restaurants; The Hellroaring Saloon is a big hit and is located in the oldest remaining building on the mountain. Find all Whitefish mountain dinig options here.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, the information above was found at the mountain’s website.