Ambassador Tours

Hours & Dates

December 15, 2020 - March 28, 2021
10:30am and 1:30pm


Yes, Whitefish Mountain Resort is BIG. We ski and snowboard on all four sides of the mountain, which offers huge amounts of terrain for every level of skier or rider. At Whitefish Mountain Resort, our Ambassadors' primary goal is to orient you to the mountain. They can help you find your dream terrain and have the time of your life!

Ambassadors are also here to help with any other needs you may have. Looking for a restaurant recommendation? Want to know where to get your skis tuned? Need to find the child care center? We're here to help. Please don't hesitate to approach an ambassador any time you need assistance.

  • Tours are FREE, but do require a lift ticket.
  • Tours leave daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm and are composed of very small groups.
  • To take a tour, guests must be able to ski comfortably on Blue More Difficult runs.
  • There is no need to register in advance - just show up!
  • Meet your guide at the top or bottom of Chair 1.
  • Large groups should call in advance so we can accommodate you with additional guides.

Call 406-862-1702 for more information.

Meet Your Mountain Ambassadors

Bob Kimball


Bio: In 1991, my wife and I decided we wanted to buy some retirement property in the Mountains of Montana. We arrived in the flathead valley at 1pm and by 7 pm had located and purchased some property in paradise. In 1997, I retired from the Los Angles Police Department after 31 years and made the move to our new home in Bigfork. After our first summer my wife asked what I planned to do during the winter. I advised her I was going to become a ski instructor. She just wanted to know how I was going to be a ski instructor since I did not know how to ski. I thought that was a good point. Therefore, I became an Ambassador and started honing my skiing skills.  I am on my way with another career as a Big Mountain ski Ambassador. The guests who take Mountain tours are always so appreciative regardless of their skill level. Showing off this area is so easy because of the natural beauty and the friendly people

Favorite run: Lower Bad Rock with fresh powder that has not been touched.

Big Mtn Wisdom: Big Mountain is very big.  I still find places I have not skied. Everyday is a new experience. The conditions on the mountain are always changing so do not put anything off for another time. Skiing and the mountain experience is for the here and now.  Flower Point has been a great addition to the ski experience at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

John Naismith


Bio: First, saw the light of day in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, in November 1941. Married to Nancy; we have five Children, 1 girl, 4 boys, 4 grandchildren. They all ski and do their part to continue the family love affair with Big Mountain. I have been skiing at Big Mountain for 45 years and always knew that when I finished my career, I would retire to the Flathead Valley. In 1999, I was finally able to escape 34 years of servitude in the Dental Industry and the Canadian Gulag, and Nancy and I were able move to Montana where I could indulge my adolescent fantasies of spending the winter skiing and the summer fly fishing. Sometimes dreams do come true and this one was realized.

Favorite Run: The best run I have had this year was a run down Moose shared with Bert Manzari; the first run of a January day. Moose was groomed, but when the groomers left, Ulnar, the Norse snow god and patron of all skiers and snowshoers, graciously gave 4 inches of fresh dry powder on top of the grooming. Only one other person had left his or her tracks for us to follow as we blasted down the hill hooting and hollering. It was a super clean run, and we made the transitions with a pure smoothness that surprised, elated and filled us with joy. When we stopped to savor the moment at the bottom of Momentum, Bert remarked, "That's one for the books".

Big Mtn Wisdom: Big Mountain has been a featured player in my life and my family's life, and is still ongoing. This past summer, while hiking and looking for Huckleberries on her slopes, our 8 year old grand-daughter made the remark, "Big Mountain is always here and she never changes." I think in her childish observation, she hit on something very profound. Big Mountain does rule over the Flathead Valley. She definitely has a permanence that transcends our brief time on earth, and in that she embodies all the qualities that we alpine types hold dear.

Bert Manzari


Bio:  My wife and I moved to Montana full time in 2003.  For me it was a return home as I am, that rarest of commodities, a native.  We spent our working lives in Los Angeles in the entertainment business and when we sold our respective companies we ran away to Whitefish, Montana and have loved our time here. The winters are great and the summers are equally wonderful with our horses, hiking and fishing. I have been an ambassador for since 2007 and love working with my fellow guides.  The combined knowledge of the ambassadors about the mountain is quite comprehensive and I am still learning new and exciting ways to find more great snow. 

Favorite run:  My personal favorite runs all depend on the snow, but a run down Moose after some new snow and the trees underneath lifts 4 and 5 are consistently great.  I hope to see you on a tour as I love sharing what I know about this wonderful part of the country.

Big Mountain wisdom: My tip about skiing here is to spend time learning to ski in the trees.  Although it can be a bit intimidating at first, the rewards in beautiful snow and great visibility on less than perfect days make the effort well worthwhile. 




Don Hawley


Bio: I am a native of Montana, born in Great Falls. I moved to Whitefish in 2004 with my wife, Betty. I started with the Ambassador Program in the 2004/05 season.  I am a retired attorney and enjoy all the activities the Flathead has to offer. The opportunities which the Ambassador Program bring are many. Meeting folks from all over the world and showing off the mountain is exciting.

If you have not come to Whitefish Mountain Resort to enjoy the resort, town and people, come on out. Take full advantage of what the Resort has to offer, to include a tour with one of our Ambassadors.


Fred Van Horn


Bio: I moved to West Glacier in 1989 with my wife, Lynne, to work as a Ranger in Glacier National Park. In 1998, we moved to Columbia Falls. We had previously lived and worked in Crater Lake National Park, Mesa Verde National Park and Yellowstone National Park. We have two sons, Peter and Alex. Peter is a telemark skier and raced for several years on the Glacier Nordic Ski Team. Alex is an Alpine skier and snowboarder. He also skied on the Glacier Nordic Prep Team. Lynne is an avid cross-country skier. We also love to hike and camp. In the spring of 2008 I retired after more than 32 years with the National Park Service. I became an Ambassador to be able to spend more time on the Mountain and to meet new folks.

Favorite Run: One of the most underrated runs on the Mountain is Good Medicine. I am constantly amazed at how good the snow is, even on days when it's marginal in other areas.

Big Mtn. Wisdom: In all the years I've skied Big Mountain, I have always been able to find good runs and good snow somewhere on the mountain. Even when I have hesitated to go up because I think the weather or snow conditions may not be good, when I get there I have a good time and I'm glad I went.

Mike LeBeau



Bio: A 2005 transplant from San Diego, CA, after a career in real estate and construction, my wife and I enjoy all of the beauty and majesty to be found every day and night in Northwest Montana.  

Favorite Run:  With the tremendous variety of terrain and challenging lines to be found on the mountain, picking a favorite run is like being asked to pick a favorite child. It can’t be done.  But pressed on that question, I will admit that I’ve had a whole lot of fun over the years skiing all of the lines in Hellroaring Basin, particularly on a deep powder day.   On the other hand, taking a quick spin with a friend or two down Cal’s into Elkweed can really get the heart rate and conversation going for the day.

Big Mountain Wisdom:  On a powder day don’t miss out on launching into one of the Stooges.  That’s a party!

Suzanne Lees


Bio: I grew up skiing the mountains of Vermont and continued the family tradition with my three daughters. We enjoyed years of skiing and snowboarding as a family and now have grandchildren to add to the fun.  I began my winter career as a Mountain Guide on Stratton Mountain and joined the Whitefish Resort Ambassador program in 2012 when my husband and I moved to Whitefish full time.

Favorite Run:  My day begins on Chair 2 with a good morning wave to Jesus, then up Chair 1 to take in the view from the Summit into Glacier National Park, then onto the East Rim, for a healthy dose of powder, or Whitetail for some easy corduroy on the north side. It is a big mountain so enjoy it all.



Scott Ringer


BIO: I retired from my 31 year international hotel career, and my wife and I looked at each other and asked, "What's next?" Janet had fallen in love with Whitefish in the late 70's and had always wanted to live here. IN April 2006, we came to take a look, to see if I would like Whitefish too. By the end of our 3 day visit, I was hooked! Skiing, Golf, Boating, Glacier National Park..... Need I say more? IN August 2006, we picked up stakes and moved, just in time for our youngest son to start High School. I have been in the hospitality business all my life and so becoming an Ambassador was an easy choice. After all, I have been an Ambassador all my life, just never on Skis! I look forward to greeting you and showing you around the mountain.

Favorite Run: Now that is a tough one! First tracks on chair 2 coming down Ed's with smooth corduroy is tough to beat. Once chair 1 is open then I would choose Good Medicine or Heep Steep, especially if we had 6+ fresh the night before.

Big Mtn Wisdom: IF you find yourself skiing in fog (OK yes, we do have some from time to time) sing to yourself, it will take your mind off of worrying where the heck you are! Keep looking for those little orange fog balls.


Lee Pinski


Bio:  My wife, Jean, and I grew up in Great Falls, MT., attended the University of Montana, Missoula, MT then started our journey which ultimately lead us back to Montana and Whitefish. Like many of our generation we spent time in the military.  Thanks to Uncle Sam we got to visit Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado and other parts.  After the military it was on to civilian life and time in Dallas, TX. and Seattle, WA.  The mountains of western Montana kept calling and we purchased a condo at what was then called The Big Mountain in Whitefish.  At least once a year we’d journey here with our four children for a week or two of skiing.  Soon it became more times and now we residents of what is now called Winter Sports Resort, Whitefish, MT.  

Favorite Run:  Under the Flower Point Chair


Mountain Wisdom:  Ski like it is your last day.  Have Fun!!!!

Clif Hayden


Bio:  My luck never ceases to amaze me.  Having lived on three continents in five countries, seven states, a Canadian province, a Caribbean isle and more cities than I care to remember, I find myself blessed enough to be working and living in the mountains of northwest Montana.    I first skied Big Mountain in 1977, discovering Hellroaring Basin, snow ghosts, night skiing and lodging within walking distance of lifts.  In my teenage mind, I had found Shangri-La.  Forty years later, give or take, paradise is still found.

My active law practice prevents me from a complete immersion into ski hedonism.  But, I still manage to spend a good portion of the season on the mountain, usually in quiet admiration of the mountain, the snow conditions and the views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

Favorite Run:  My first run of the day is almost always Hogan’s East.  With or without fresh powder over the grooming, the rolling terrain causes big turns and even bigger grins.

Big Mountain Wisdom:  Look up.  Alpine skiing naturally causes your focus to be down the mountain.  Stop from time to time and check the views out from the mountain, especially on the Summit.  The views up the Whitefish Range, the North Fork of the Flathead River into Canada and into Glacier Park are  . . . well, you’ll see.

Jim Robertson


I grew up in So Cal and learned to ski at Wrightwood, Big Bear and Mammoth - After attending San Diego State University, I unwittingly took a job as a boiler room stockbroker, then transfered to the bullpen at Shearson - after three years of misery I decided to trade in my golden handcuffs, let everyone else win, and run away and join the circus - I ended up at Jackson Hole Ski Resort in Marketing and have been in the ski industry ever since - I moved to Whitefish in 2000 - another great place to be a ski bum - I built a couple log houses in the woods and am enjoying the journey here in Montana with my family.
Favorite Run
My favorite run would have to be Big Mountain Jesus, down Hellroaring, and finishing in Heaven - not only is the skiing and view fantastic, it's one of the only ski runs I know of that I can a complete religious experience in 3 minutes.
Big Mountain Wisdom
Skiing Ptarmigan Bowl to Good Medicine allows one to ski the fall line without having to spend time traversing on Russ' Street - for me Good Medicine is a prescription for health without needing a doctor's visit

Grant Holle


Bio:  I am a fourth generation Montanan, born in Whitefish and currently living in Bigfork.  I can honestly say that all the lumber that went into building the first ski lodge,  now the Hellroaring Saloon, came from my father's lumber yard.  Needless to say, Whitefish Mountain Resort is very special to me for many reasons.  I retired from the Lake County Sheriff's Office in 2005, specializing in Search and Rescue coordination with an emphasis in water rescue, recovery, boat accidents and investigations.

Favorite Run:  Inspiration!!!  Name says it all!!  Great views, many options and some of the best blue runs ever!!!  Voted as one of the top 50 ski runs in the world...You can't go wrong!

Mountain Wisdom:  A couple of things that I advocate, is carrying a whistle and ski with someone.  I fell into a tree well last year for the first time while skiing with my wife, Paula.  I used my whistle to alert Paula and she was able to dig me out. .  This incident is common with expert skiers, so don't let your ego make a bad decision!!


Chip Beck


Profile coming soon

Jim Driscoll


Profile coming soon

Ed Lieser


Bio:  After learning to ski on Minnesota’s blue ice over forty years ago I decided to move to the

northern rocky mountains in 1978. My wife and I raised our three children here in Whitefish and

I had a very satisfying career as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service until 2008 when I retired.

Since then I’ve kept busy with a variety of recreational activities, local nonprofit boards and representing the Whitefish in the Montana State legislature.


Favorite Run: I’ve always liked Gray’s Golf Course but lately it’s been fun to find a line in the trees off Ridge Run around Flower Point.


Big Mountain Wisdom: When visibility becomes a challenge head for the trees.


Angie Winter


Bio: In 2006, we took our first family vacation to Glacier National Park, and after several successive summers in the Flathead Valley, we decided we would retire here. I am originally from Ohio, but have lived and worked all over the country & UK. It was not a tough decision to choose this little slice of paradise for retirement! We purchased 8 acres in 2010, and our dream finally came true when we moved into our log home in April 2018. I look forward to sharing the majesty of Whitefish and the valley with all of our guests.

Favorite Run: I have been thinking about this for 10 minutes, and just can't decide!!! All runs have something special to choose from.


Bill Lukens


Bio: My wife Mikki and I were born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I practiced Equine Veterinary Medicine for 32 years. We retired at the end of 2011 and moved to Whitefish. We chose Whitefish because of the friendly people and beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes. Add Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Resort and you have a wonderful place to live and play.

Favorite Run: All the runs in Hellroaring Basin on a powder day.

Charlie Logan


Charlie Logan

Soon after transferring to Glacier National Park in 1985 as a uniformed Park Ranger, the entire Logan family began frequenting Whitefish Mountain Resort. For over three decades my family has enjoyed the relative cost, oustanding hospitality, friendly service, and expansive terrain offered by the Resort.

I retired from the Park Service in late 2003 and put on the Ambassador uniform. It was an easy transition and I was very grateful for the opportunity to continue doing guest services, particularly at a world-class ski area.

The following winter I was accepted for one of the coveted positions on Ski Patrol where I worked for the next 10 winter seasons putting my park service training towards responding to emergency situations.

Then I went back to the Amabassador program for the 2017/18 winter season and am still 'living the dream', enjoying every minute spent at WMR.

Favorite Run: I like the linked combination of runs locally known as "Around the World" that starts down Toni Matt, onto Upper Big Ravine to the Interstate, then over to Ed's (or Hellroaring) and back to Chair 1.

Big Mtn Wisdom: I've always been impressed with what the grooming crew provides each morning. They work all night, every night, to smooth out the runs and lay down that beautiful corduroy.

Valerie Sheldon


Valerie Sheldon

Kristen Ramsey


Kristen Ramsey


Mike Streeter


Mike Streeter

Mark Winter



I am originally from the U.K. I moved to the US in 1991 and have since lived in 5 states. As a family we have travelled extensively. We fell in love with Glacier Park and Northwest Montana on our first visit here 10 years ago. We retired here in 2017and are taking advantage of all the outdoor activities: skiing, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, fishing and so much more. We are still discovering spectacularly beautiful places.

This is my first year working on the mountain and I am loving every minute of it. While I enjoy the early morning powder runs like everyone, I find coming over the top of Inspiration at the end of the day --when it\'s quiet, with the sun low, just me and the snow ghosts -- to be an experience unique to Whitefish Mountain.