Summer Safety


Whitefish Mountain Resort has many activities to enjoy during summer months. Please be aware of the following while enjoying what we have to offer.

  • Weather can change rapidly in the mountains. Be prepared. Wear proper footwear and clothing for the activity, stay hydrated and check the weather forecast before you head out. Carry extra layers if appropriate.
  • Keep in mind that in the event of a lift evacuation, you may be required to walk in a variety of terrain. Dress appropriately for a rugged alpine environment!
  • Hike or otherwise recreate with a buddy, carry a cell phone and know who to call in an emergency.  Whitefish Mountain Resort Bike Patrol can be reached at 406-862-2940  June 17 through September 4 daily between 10am and 5:30pm. Starting September 8, and through September 24, Bike Patrol can be reached Friday through Sunday between 10am and 6pm.  Outside of operating hours, call 911.  
  • There are a variety of maintenance and construction activities in progress at any given time on the mountain. Be aware that there may be vehicles and equipment operating at any time on the mountain. Keep adequate distance from vehicles and equipment for your own safety.
  • All ponds are off limits. Please stay away from ponds – they are for snowmaking purposes only and are not designed or intended for recreational use.  
  • There is a wide variety of wildlife you may encounter while recreating here. Do not approach or feed wildlife. Bear spray is recommended. Making noise may also help in avoiding wildlife confrontations.  
  • Dogs must be on leash and under the owner’s control at all times.  
  • Obey all posted signs and warnings.  
  • Wildfires are a very real danger here. Please take care with fire and any equipment that produces sparks.  Cigarette smoking is prohibited while riding chairlifts.  Be responsible. Report any fire or smoke immediately to Bike Patrol or call 911.
  • Know what to do if you see or hear lightning. Seek shelter if available, avoid close contact with others. Spread out at least 50 feet apart in order to minimize the chance of everyone in a group being struck, get away from water, and avoid any low spots that might accumulate rain run-off.  With no other options, take shelter under a group of shorter trees among larger trees. A thick forest is better than a lone tree or a small group of trees.  If you’re out in the open avoid solitary trees – they’re one of the most dangerous places to be during a storm. Also, avoid any other objects that are higher than the rest of the terrain around you. If you can’t immediately get below tree line, find the lowest point of open area and move there quickly. Adopt the lightning position as a last resort: Crouch down on the balls of your feet and keep them as close together as possible. Cover your ears, and don’t allow other body parts to touch the ground. By keeping the surface area of your body in contact with the ground to a minimum you reduce the threat of electricity traveling across the ground from affecting you. Keep in mind that this position should only be used as a last resort.