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Adult Season Pass – $195

Adult Full Day – $35

Adult 2hr – $25

Jr/Sr Season Pass – $110

Jr/Sr Full Day – $25

Jr/Sr 2hr – $20

Daily 6/20 – 9/7; weather permitting 10am – 5:30pm

Fri/Sat/Sun in September

*** These prices reflect Summer ’15 season. Summer ’16 pricing will be announced later this spring. Thank you. ***

Nearly thirty miles of downhill cross country mountain bike trails on the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort are yours to explore. From the gravity-defying Runaway Train, to the intermediate Summit Trail that provides sweeping views of Glacier National Park the Flathead Valley.

Need a bike? Snow Ghost Outfitters on the Village Boardwalk is your headquarters for renting bikes, helmets, pads getting the necessities like water bottles energy gels. Want to document your downhill adventure? They also carry GoPro helmet cams.

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Trail Report Download Google Earth KMZ Trailmap

Overview 9/4: The smoke is gone, there has been actual measurable precipitation and the dust is waaay down! Do yourself a favor and come get some before the lifts stop turning. Speaking of, after labor day we will be going to Fri-Sun only for lift accessed downhill mountain biking and other lift serviced activities on the mountain. Trail crews have been working hard during fire restrictions and lack of moisture to make these trails as good as they can be. For the past 3 weeks we have concentrated on bringing water to various work sites so that we may make these trails into ribbons of radness.

CONSTRUCTION – GO FISH AND FINAL COUNTDOWN do not have access from the Upper Village due to snowmaking construction. You can still ride Final Countdown from Curly’s and Go Fish to and from Gravy Train.

For late breaking Trail information be sure to check our Facebook page.

Helmets, close toed shoes, front and rear brakes are required on all trails. *Please stay on designated trails in accordance with our Forest Service permit*

— click trail name for current trail conditions and trail description —

Lift Accessed Trails

Kashmir    

Kashmir

Current Status: fully reworked the entire trail from Chair 2 to Tbar 1. Pavers added in trouble spots, berms raised and packed and shaped, culverts added and signs are up.

Length – 2.54 miles (4.09km)
Elevation Loss – 1,684 Vertical Feet (513.3m)

Description – Our backbone flow trail is Kashmir, running along the west ridge of the mountain towards the lower pod of downhill trails. Let the sun beat down upon your face with as much flow we can cram into it. It also intersects with the Summit Trail six times so you can start small and work your way up to more advanced sections of trail.

Freebird    

Freebird

Current Status: fully reworked lower trees area. it is the best it has ever been. Roots removed from landings, shaped and radified like the constitution.

Length – 1.7 Miles (2.7km)
Elevation Loss – 1517 Vertical Feet (462m)

Description – Get out your lighter for our main jump trail, Freebird. It is a more dramatic trail than Kashmir with a wider trail bed, faster berms   flow. It starts at the top of Ptarmigan Bowl   heads right down the main drainage with berms galore, jumps all over the place   quick descents.

Overflow  

Overflow

Current Status: cleanup up inruns and landings, relieved knuckles. Thanks Flathead Fat Tires!!

Length – .75 Miles (1.2 km)
Elevation Loss – 452 Vertical Feet (138m)

Description – This is the main vein through the lower pod of downhill trails. Starting off with a 5-pack of table top jumps   ending with a fun   flowy finish. It leads to all the other Black Diamond trails in the area to pick your poison. Dave’s, Cyndi’s, Root Canal are all pretty hairy, so this is your flow option to end your ride.

GNR    

GNR

Current Status: Open!

Length – .21 miles (.35km)
Elevation Loss – 190 Vertical Feet (38m)

Description – Welcome to the Jungle with this trail that hops off the Summit Trail near the top and pops into the uppermost stretches of Connie’s Coulee. This is a more technical trail to get you going from the get go. Mandatory drop. Steep, tech, gnar.

Classic Rock  

Classic Rock

Current Status: Open!

Length – .31 Miles (.5 km)
Elevation Loss – 200 Vertical Feet (60m)

Description – Do you like to rock? This trail finds a route through a moonscape of blasted rock followed with big step down jumps. Fun connector between Kashmir   Freebird.

The Summit Trail  

The Summit Trail

Current Status: Open!

Length – 7.8 Miles (12.6km)
Elevation Loss – 2,100 Vertical Feet (640m)

Description – The trail that started it all! This was one of the first machine cut lift accessed bike trails in the west! The Summit Trail is the main bike route between the summit and lift plaza offering great views and an easier way from the summit than our other bike trails (caution – there are no EASY bike trails). The Summit Trail is a two-way trail. Uphill traffic is not recommended from Noon to 5pm during the operating season. Otherwise please yield to uphill traffic.

Average Ride Time: Uphill ~2 hours, downhill ~45 minutes

Sidecar  

Sidecar

Current Status: Open!

Length – .7 Miles (1.13 km)
Elevation Loss – 305 Vertical Feet (93m)

Description – Sidecar is a hand-cut section of singletrack that forks from the Summit Trail six miles below the summit. Riders on this trail enjoy a bit of climbing, a bunch of descending, wooden features, and narrow singletrack. Sidecar is a perfect trail for those riders who have conquered the Summit Trail but aren’t ready for more difficult trails such as Dave’s Dive and Overflow. Sidecar is a downhill-only trail; all climbers should stay on the Summit Trail proper.

Average Ride Time: 5 minutes

Cyndi’s Loppers  

Cyndi’s Loppers

Current Status: Open!

Length – .5 Miles (.80 km)
Elevation Loss – 410 Vertical Feet (125m)

Description – Cyndi’s is a downhill-only section of singletrack that can be found right after the first drop on Overflow. This technical trail ties together some banked turns, a bunch of wooden features and tricky ladders, and a few samples of the roots the forest has to offer.

Average Ride Time: 4 Minutes

Runaway Train    

Runaway Train

Current Status: Open!

Length – 3.1 Miles (5km)
Elevation Loss – 2,026 Vertical Feet (618m)

Description – This trail first opened in 2008, is for experts only   combines all the features of modern freeride mountain biking into one exciting package. The upper section is full of technical features   a bit of everything is found down low.

Average Ride Time: 15 minutes

Dave’s Dive  

Dave’s Dive

Current Status: Open!

Length – .2 miles (.3km)
Elevation Loss – 100 Vertical Feet (30m)

Description – The original DH trail on Big Mountain. This tight section of trail is accessible from Overflow. This trail has changed over the years   no longer has the original “Dive.” It still retains the steep   rutted feel of a fun downhill line.

Root Canal  

Root Canal

Current Status: Open!

Length – .2 Miles (322 m)
Elevation Loss – 186 Vertical Feet (57m)

Description – This technical trail offers a short and steep alternate finish to Overflow. Starting after the jump line on Overflow, it breaks off to a short trail that rides like it sounds – It is tough, deep, rooted   you may want to be strapped in.

Final Countdown  

Final Countdown

Current Status: Open!

Length – .4 Miles (.64km)
Elevation Loss – 200 Vertical Feet (61m)

Description – This trail offers a mix of nice smooth singletrack   steep bermy flow. You can access this trail from the village trailhead, or from the bottom of Curly’s. The six-pack of berms is a good alternate finish to Runaway and Freebird.

Curly’s  

Curly’s

Current Status: Open!

Length – .2 Miles (.3km)
Elevation Loss – 128 Vertical Feet (40m)

Description – Old school. Steep   tight switchbacks, fall away turns   lots of trees. You can access this trail near the end of Runaway Train or Freebird. This one was built in a different era…it is like a time machine!

The Shire  

The Shire

Current Status: Open!

Length – Terrain Park

Description – The Shire was constructed to provide some wooden features to play on while you wait on your buddy to catch up or finish lunch at the Summit House. This stunt playground sports a handful of features designed to be ridden by all ability levels   serve as a nice introduction to the world of freeriding   stunts while taking in the glorious views of Glacier NP.

Cross Country Trails

The cross country trails are accessed from either the Base area or the Village. These trails are a great intro to mountain biking and are also used for races.
Go Fish  

Go Fish

Current Status: Open!

Length – .95 miles (1.53km)
Elevation Loss – 175 Vertical Feet (53m)

Description – Go Fish offers a warm up for bikers headed to the lift or provides access to our Cross Country network of trails. Riders from 5 to 85 can appreciate Go Fish’s 5-foot wide trail surface, mellow up-and-down trail profile   views of our zip lines. Go Fish starts at the Village Trailhead   ends at the Lift Plaza. 2-way traffic.

Average Ride Time: 5 minutes

Gravy Train  

Gravy Train

Current Status: Open!

Length – .8 Miles (1.3 km)

Description – Gravy Train is exactly what the name implies: smooth as Gravy. This trail gives riders the best option for climbing from the Base Lodge to the Upper Village or to connect with other XC trails. Like Go Fish, this trail is a 5-foot wide, machine built trail that bobs   weaves through the forest   is a beginner’s paradise. It is a fun   flowy trail that makes a good warm-up before taking on the Summit Trail.

Average Ride Time: 5 minutes

Elks Club  

Elks Club

Current Status: Open!

Length – 1.64 Miles (2.6km)
Elevation Loss – 527 Vertical Feet (161m)

Description – Elks Club is part of the original Summit Trail from way back in the mid-90s. This trail starts at the end of Borealis (if coming up from the Village)   climbs into a nice wooded area   then hits a road   climbs up about a mile to the Summit Trail. Though most users pedal up, it can be also accessed from the lower Summit Trail   linked with Borealis for an XC finish to your ride.

Average Ride Time: Downhill: 8 minutes. Uphill: 20 minutes.

Borealis  

Borealis

Current Status: Open!

Length – 1 Mile (1.6km)
Elevation Loss – 229 Vertical Feet (70m)

Description – Borealis was built to connect our Cross Country trails to the Upper Village area. This bi-directional trail ties together logging roads with technical, cross country singletrack to form a trail that is the backbone of our Thursday Night Race League. Borealis starts in the Upper Village and ends at the intersection with Elks Club after crossing Northern Lights Road. Climbing Borealis to Elks Club and descending on the lower Summit Trail makes a great cross country loop.

Average Ride Time: 15 minutes

Gopher  

Gopher

Current Status: Open!

Length – 2.7 Miles (4.3km)
Elevation Loss – 670 Vertical Feet (204m)

Description – Gopher starts at the base of the Big Mountain Express at the Lift Plaza   travels out a dirt road, past the Barn   Chair 4, underneath Easy Rider   the zip lines   then drops into the forest. The long doubletrack then winds all the way to Rainbow Pond   finishes with a mellow climb back to the Base Lodge on singletrack. The best scenic overview of the village area is available from the overlook on this trail.

Average Ride Time: 30 minutes out Gopher to the Base Lodge.

Microclimate  

Microclimate

Current Status: Open!

Length – .11 Miles (.15km)
Elevation Loss – 80 Feet (25m)

Description – The shortest trail on the mountain, but pretty darn neat. Not only is it a cool refuge from the Gopher dirt roads, but it also bypasses the steep Gopher overlook. Get it? Microclimate?

Arnica Ridge  

Arnica Ridge

Current Status: Open!

Length – .45 Miles (.73km)
Elevation Loss – 182 Vertical Feet (55m)

Description – This is the main trail that connects Wolverine, Gopher, Gravy Train and the Base Lodge. It is also full of nice single track for your climbing pleasure. This trail is a mainstay for XC riding.

Wolverine  

Wolverine

Current Status: Open!

Length – 1.6 Miles (2.6km)
Elevation Loss – 551 Vertical Feet (168m)

Description – Wolverine truly has a bit of everything for a cross country rider. Starting at the intersection with Elks Club   Borealis, this one-way trail descends steeply down the Home Again ski trail, crosses the skier bridge,   continues down Home Again to the Pine Lot. Wolverine then crosses the Pine Lot, Glades Drive   continues on a dirt road before breaking off to the left to become a winding, blazing fast, technical singletrack that includes a beautiful flagstone “armored” section of trail. After the initial descent, the trail climbs to the Rainbow Pond, meets up with Gopher to get back to the Base Lodge.

Average Ride Time: 15 Minutes

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Rentals

Mountain bike rentals available at Snow Ghost Outfitters, located in the Morning Eagle building in the Upper Village.

9:30am – 6pm Daily. Call 406-862-1996 for questions or availability. Rentals are on a first come first serve basis. Lift tickets are NOT included in bike rental rates.

Snow Ghost is proud to offer Kona Bikes as its rental fleet.

••• Helmets, closed-toed shoes   front rear brakes are required on all bike trails •••

Rental Rates 2 hr 4 hr Full Day
Downhill Bike (Kona Entourage) $45 $65 $85
Child’s Kona Bike (12 and under) $20 $30 $N/A
Child’s Downhill (Kona Stinky 2.4) $30 $45 $60
Full Face Helmet (add-on) $15/day
Leg and Arm Pads (add-on) $20/day
Downhill Package (Helmet and Pads only) $30/day
Cross Country Giro Helmets only $10/day
  • If a bike rental is kept out longer than the time initially rented a $10 – $20 fee will be added as a late fee (depending on the type of bike). A 2- or 4-hour rental is for anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Damage Protection – Available on rental bikes, a $10 optional fee to be paid at time of rental. Without the purchase of the damage option, the renter will be responsible for any all damages to the equipment. Damage option covers any accidental damage to the equipment. Damage option does not cover intentional damage, loss or theft.

Bike Clinics

June 27
Intro to riding the Bike Park
Focus on introducing beginner to intermediate mountain bikers to lift accessed mountain biking

July 25
Women’s Clinic
A clinic built for female riders in a non intimidating and friendly environment

August 22
Freeride Clinic
Focusing on intermediate to advanced riders, the clinic goes deeper into cornering, jumping and other freeriding skills

Private lessons are also available with a 72-hr advance notice.

$99/private lesson

Register by calling 406-862-2900.

Bike Patrol

Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Bike Patrollers are on duty during operating hours to respond to injuries, answer questions, provide directions guidance. Bike Patrollers are trained to respond to injuries emergencies anywhere at the resort.

The phone number for patrol dispatch is 406-862-2940.
If the situation is life-threatening, call 911 immediately so Big Mountain Ambulance will be dispatched.

Bike Park Safety Information

Notice to Riders, Parents Guardians
Mountain Biking is a fun sport the entire family can enjoy. By taking safety precautions, risk of injury can be reduced. We offer a progression of trails to suit various ability levels. We suggest that full face helmets, full-fingered gloves, biking armor a full suspension bike be used on the downhill trails.

More challenging terrain features should not be attempted without the appropriate experience, skills equipment. Our lift-accessed downhill trails are a different experience than cross country trails. Downhill biking requires constant physical mental effort to maintain control. There are no green “easy” runs from the top of the mountain.

Age Policy

Children under 5 not permitted on the lift-accessed Bike Park trails
Under 12 recommended accompanied by a parent/guardian

Brake Policy

All bikes must have functioning brakes on each wheel. Coaster brakes/beach cruisers are not allowed. Disc brakes are recommended for adequate stopping power.

Shock Recommendation

Full suspension is recommended on the lift-accessed trails. Make sure your suspension is tuned properly for your weight ability. Downhill trails are designed for full-suspension mountain bikes due to the rocky bumpy nature of the trails.

Helmets

Helmets are required on all trails. Rentals available at Snow Ghost Outfitters.

Equipment and Clothing

Protective clothing equipment is the best protection from injury. Full face helmets, body armor and pads, full-fingered gloves, enclosed shoes long sleeves/pants suggested. Helmet pad rentals are available at Snow Ghost Outfitters.

Riders should use a properly-sized bike that allows you to stand over the seat of the bike with your feet flat on the ground. If you are not sure, please visit Snow Ghost Outfitters.

Lifts

Bikes are permitted on Chair 1. Riders are responsible for loading their own bikes, but lift operators are available for assistance. A Bike Trail Access ticket is required for lift-accessed trails can be purchased at the Lift Plaza, Base Lodge or Snow Ghost Outfitters.

Signage

All trails are marked with signs stating trail name difficulty level. Similar to skiing, green trails are the easiest, blue are intermediate black trails are expert-only. See the trail map for trail descriptions. Signs also mark roadhiking trail intersections. Be aware of road crossings yield to all vehicles on road. Stay on designated trails.

BIKE SAFETY KNOW THE CODE, IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

  • Helmets are required on all trails and appropriate safety gear is recommended.
  • Always walk your bike through the LIFT PLAZA & base area of the resort including common areas and pedestrian walkways. Riding your bike in these areas will result in loss of riding privileges.
  • Maintain control at all times. It’s your responsibility to stop or avoid other riders, objects, debris and wildlife around you.
  • YIELD TO SLOWER RIDERS & YIELD TO THE RIDER BELOW YOU. This is your responsibility, regardless of trail ratings.
  • DO NOT STOP WHERE YOU OBSTRUCT A TRAIL, FEATURE OR ARE NOT VISIBLE TO OTHER RIDERS APPROACHING FROM ABOVE.
  • REPORT INCIDENTS TO BIKE PARK STAFF. If you witness or are involved in a collision or accident please assist and report the incident in person or by calling 406-862-2940.
  • KEEP OFF CLOSED AREAS. OBEY ALL SIGNS & WARNINGS.
  • ALWAYS STAY ON MARKED BIKE TRAILS. Do not ride on ski trails, hiking trails or access roads unless marked as part of a bike trail.
  • HIKING OR UPHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE BIKE PARK ON BIKE-SPECIFIC TRAILS IS DANGEROUS & NOT PERMITTED.
  • DO NOT FEED, PROVOKE OR APPROACH WILDLIFE.

Riding at WMR is just the start of the bike trail network in the Flathead Valley. From the cross country   family-friendly Whitefish Trail to the freeride scene at Spencer Lake, there are numerous options for days of riding. Check out Flathead Fat Tires for area maps.