Whitefish Mountain Resort

Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke



Whitefish Mountain Resort is on Big Mountain in the Flathead National Forest of northwest Montana. Whitefish is Montana’s original Big Mountain skiing (the ski area dates back to 1947), redubbed Whitefish Mountain Resort in 2007. We love Whitefish for the 1,214 ha of skiing off all sides of the spectacular 2,078 m summit of Big Mountain, and the cool Wild West ski town 13 km down the mountain road, at the edge of Glacier National Park and the largest freshwater lake in the west – Flathead Lake.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Whitefish Mountain Resort vs
Whitefish Mountain ResortBig Sky Resort
beginner12 %15 %
intermediate40 %25 %
advanced42 %42 %
expert6 %18 %
total runs105 306
ski area1,214ha 2,347ha
summit elevation2,078m 3,403m
total lifts14 33
child lift ticketFree $86 USD ($120 AUD)
adult lift ticket$79 USD ($111 AUD) $139 USD ($195 AUD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall485cm 602cm

Whitefish Mountain Resort Reviews


4.9 / 5

based on 10 reviews

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4.4 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
SFShannon F.
intermediate snowboarder
Amazing resort. Very expensive but an amazing experience in world class resort. The snow is amazing and best in the world but very expensive accommodation and food. It is also quite crowded as it is very popular but there are ways around it like specific days and times to go... More

5 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
JDJim D.
advanced skier
NO crowds, friendly people everywhere and also great skiing! Hibernation House is the best place to stay, the staff is very nice and always helpful and can answer questions about place to eat in town and also gives great service. ... More

4.8 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
advanced skier
The skiing at Whitefish has always been a great time! If you get a clear, sunny day on the mountain...you will not find a better resort to ski in the entire state of MT! ... More

5 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
JDJudy D.
intermediate skier
We have skied Whitefish Mountain for 20+ years with our 7 children. It offers hills for all abilities. The village has everything we need within walking distance and the town is so much fun for all ages.... More

5 / 5

Jul 13, 2013
This resort and the town of Whitefish just FEEL like a ski resort/town shouls feel.

5 / 5

Jun 07, 2013
in spite of the drought the snow conditions were awesome. they did a great job with what they had.

5 / 5

Mar 02, 2013
This was an old-style skiier friendly, family friendly resort, with good friendly people, and lots of good skiiing.

5 / 5

Oct 06, 2012
The amount of snow which creates the snow ghost .. trees covered with large amounts of snow is unique to this resort. Cheap lift tickets are acquireable making the resort very inexpensive, and the skiing was great also. My husband is still talking about the jaegermeister girls who poured a sample down his throat at the apres ski bar at the base of... More

5 / 5

Apr 17, 2012
The terrain is incredible. Plus harldy any crowds compared with the resorts in Colorado.

5 / 5

Nov 27, 2010
It is so uncrowded and so large that there is fresh powder to be found days after a storm.
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