Nestled at the foot of Big Mountain and next to Whitefish Lake, the town of Whitefish was founded as a frontier logging and trapping outpost and boomed when the Great Northern Railway brought its East-West route through in the early 1900s. The opening of the Going-to-the Sun Road in Glacier National Park in 1933 paved the way for increased summer tourism in the Flathead Valley. And in the '40s, a few local businessmen were inspired to build a ski resort of their own, opening Big Mountain Resort in 1947.
Whitefish's long history and popularity as a tourist destination combine to create something unique: a real Montana town with a friendly small-town vibe that also boasts world-class restaurants, vibrant night life, eclectic shopping, two theater companies and more.
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) is just 19 miles from Whitefish Mountain Resort!! Seriously... it's uber-close.
The airport is served daily with flights connecting from Minneapolis (MSP)
(Northwest), Salt Lake City (SLC) (Delta/Skywest), and Seattle (SEA) (Alaska/Horizon). Allegiant Air provides twice weekly flights to Las Vegas & Oakland. Delta also offers non-stop summer service from Atlanta (ATL). United Express provides year-round service from Denver (DEN) and summer service from Chicago (ORD).
The historic Whitefish Depot is a major stop for Amtrak on the Empire Builder line. The train arrives daily from points east and west including Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Chicago and Minneapolis. From the East, the train arrives just before 9 p.m. From the west, Amtrak arrives at 7:30 a.m. - just in time to get in breakfast before hitting the hill for first chair.
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Our version of a traffic jam is a herd of elk on the road. Driving to Whitefish is easy.
If you've got GPS, just punch in 48º 26 22.87 -114º 21 10.65 and that will take you to Big Mountain Road.
Take US-93 North or South to downtown Whitefish
Turn North onto Baker Avenue over the Viaduct. Baker turns into Wisconsin Ave/Mt-487
Turn Right on Big Mountain Road Hint: Look for the flashing yellow caution light over the road
Follow Big Mountain Road approx 5 miles.
If you're heading to the Base Lodge (rentals, lift tickets, activities)...
Turn RIGHT on Glades Dr. across from the Welcome Sign Hint #1: Look for the directional brown signs that say Base Lodge Hint #2: if you pass under the skier bridge, you've gone too far
Follow Glades Drive to the Willow Parking Lot for free parking
If you're checking in to Whitefish Mountain Resort Lodging...
Follow Big Mountain Road to the Upper Village.
Go around the round-a-bout and park in Lodging Check-In temporary parking.
Lodging Check-In is located in the Kintla Lodge - look for the sign
The free Village Shuttle runs from the Base Lodge to the Village as well as the Hibernation House and the Lodging Front Desk during the winter season. The Base Lodge Shuttle stops in the lower parking lots for a quick ride to The Base Lodge. Call the Lodging Front Desk at 406.862.3687 for more information or to arrange an after-hours pick-up.
It's easy to get from various places in Whitefish to the ski resort with the free SNOW (Shuttle Network Of Whitefish) Bus. Downtown is only 8 miles from the slopes. Check out the PDF map and schedule.
AMTRAK FROM THE WEST GETS YOU HERE FOR FIRST CHAIR