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Open daily (June 20 – Sept 7) for lift accessed riding (weather permitting) from 10am – 5:30pm.
September 4-27: Fri/Sat/Sun
Adult Full Day $35
Adult 2hr $25
Jr/Sr Full Day $25
Jr/Sr 2hr $20
Explore almost 30 miles of downhill and cross country mountain bike trails on the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort. From the gravity-defying Runaway Train, to the intermediate Summit Trail that provides sweeping views of Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley.
Check out the trail report for the latest trail conditions.
Lift Accessed Trails
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Length – 2.54 miles (4.09km)
Elevation Loss – 1,684 Vertical Feet (513.3m)
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 & work your way up to more advanced sections of trail.
Length – 1.7 Miles (2.7km)
Elevation Loss – 1517 Vertical Feet (462m)
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 and flow. It starts at the top of Ptarmigan Bowl and heads right down the main drainage with berms galore, jumps all over the place and quick descents.
Length – .75 Miles (1.2 km)
Elevation Loss – 452 Vertical Feet (138m)
This is the main vein through the lower pod of downhill trails. Starting off with a 5-pack of table top jumps and ending with a fun and 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.
Length – .21 miles (.35km)
Elevation Loss – 190 Vertical Feet (38m)
Welcome to the Jungle with this trail that hops off the Summit Trail near the top & 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.
Length – .31 Miles (.5 km)
Elevation Loss – 200 Vertical Feet (60m)
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 and Freebird.
The Summit Trail
Length – 7.8 Miles (12.6km)
Elevation Loss – 2,100 Vertical Feet (640m)
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 & lift plaza offering great views & 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
Length – .7 Miles (1.13 km)
Elevation Loss – 305 Vertical Feet (93m)
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, & 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 & Overflow. Sidecar is a downhill-only trail; all climbers should stay on the Summit Trail proper.
Average Ride Time: 5 minutes
Length – .5 Miles (.80 km)
Elevation Loss – 410 Vertical Feet (125m)
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 & tricky ladders, & a few samples of the roots the forest has to offer.
Average Ride Time: 4 Minutes
Length – 3.1 Miles (5km)
Elevation Loss – 2,026 Vertical Feet (618m)
This trail first opened in 2008, is for experts only and combines all the features of modern freeride mountain biking into one exciting package. The upper section is full of technical features and a bit of everything is found down low.
Average Ride Time: 15 minutes
Length – .2 miles (.3km)
Elevation Loss – 100 Vertical Feet (30m)
The original DH trail on Big Mountain. This tight section of trail is accessible from Overflow. This trail has changed over the years and no longer has the original “Dive.” It still retains the steep and rutted feel of a fun downhill line.
Length – .2 Miles (322 m)
Elevation Loss – 186 Vertical Feet (57m)
This technical trail offers a short & 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 and you may want to be strapped in.
Length – .4 Miles (.64km)
Elevation Loss – 200 Vertical Feet (61m)
This trail offers a mix of nice smooth singletrack and 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 & Freebird.
Length – .2 Miles (.3km)
Elevation Loss – 128 Vertical Feet (40m)
Old school. Steep and tight switchbacks, fall away turns and 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!
Length – Terrain Park
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 and serve as a nice introduction to the world of freeriding and stunts while taking in the glorious views of Glacier NP.
Cross Country Trails
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The cross country trails are accessed from either the Base area or the Village. These trails are a great intro to mountain biking & are also used for races.
Length – .95 miles (1.53km)
Elevation Loss – 175 Vertical Feet (53m)
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 and views of our zip lines. Go Fish starts at the Village Trailhead and ends at the Lift Plaza. 2-way traffic.
Average Ride Time: 5 minutes
Length – .8 Miles (1.3 km)
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 and weaves through the forest and is a beginner’s paradise. It is a fun and flowy trail that makes a good warm-up before taking on the Summit Trail.
Average Ride Time: 5 minutes
Length – 1.64 Miles (2.6km)
Elevation Loss – 527 Vertical Feet (161m)
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) and climbs into a nice wooded area and then hits a road and climbs up about a mile to the Summit Trail. Though most users pedal up, it can be also accessed from the lower Summit Trail and linked with Borealis for an XC finish to your ride.
Average Ride Time: Downhill: 8 minutes. Uphill: 20 minutes.
Length – 1 Mile (1.6km)
Elevation Loss – 229 Vertical Feet (70m)
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 & ends at the intersection with Elks Club after crossing Northern Lights Road. Climbing Borealis to Elks Club & descending on the lower Summit Trail makes a great cross country loop.
Average Ride Time: 15 minutes
Length – 2.7 Miles (4.3km)
Elevation Loss – 670 Vertical Feet (204m)
Gopher starts at the base of the Big Mountain Express at the Lift Plaza and travels out a dirt road, past the Barn and Chair 4, underneath Easy Rider and the zip lines and then drops into the forest. The long doubletrack then winds all the way to Rainbow Pond and 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.
Length – .11 Miles (.15km)
Elevation Loss – 80 Feet (25m)
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?
Length – .45 Miles (.73km)
Elevation Loss – 182 Vertical Feet (55m)
This is the main trail that connects Wolverine, Gopher, Gravy Train & the Base Lodge. It is also full of nice single track for your climbing pleasure. This trail is a mainstay for XC riding.
Length – 1.6 Miles (2.6km)
Elevation Loss – 551 Vertical Feet (168m)
Wolverine truly has a bit of everything for a cross country rider. Starting at the intersection with Elks Club and Borealis, this one-way trail descends steeply down the Home Again ski trail, crosses the skier bridge, and continues down Home Again to the Pine Lot. Wolverine then crosses the Pine Lot, Glades Drive and 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
9am – 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 and front and 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 & under)||$20||$30||$N/A|
|Child’s Downhill (Kona Stinky 2.4)||$30||$45||$60|
|Full Face Helmet (add-on)||$15/day|
|Leg & Arm Pads (add-on)||$20/day|
|Downhill Package (Helmet & 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. & 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 and all damages to the equipment. Damage option covers any accidental damage to the equipment. Damage option does not cover intentional damage, loss or theft.
Wednesday Night Bike Clinics
Learn the finer points of mountain biking at our Wednesday night clinics taught by a Level II Certified Bike Instructor and assistant.
July 9 – August 13. 5-7pm
Clinic topics will vary depending on participants, but sample instruction offered is:
Bike Park 101 – Focus on beginners and new bike park riders
Freeride 101 – Focus on core skills for freeride trails
Freeride 201 – Advanced skills on freeride trails
All ages are welcome, but we request a 72-hr advanced notice for 8-12 year olds to staff clinics appropriately.
$45/clinic – all ages. Lift ticket not included (a 2-hr Adult ticket is $22)
Private lessons are also available with a 72-hr advance notice.
Register HERE or call 406-862-2900.
Don’t miss the free shuttle to and from the Mountain from Downtown Whitefish on Wednesday nights!
Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Bike Patrollers are on duty during operating hours to respond to injuries, answer questions, and provide directions and guidance. Bike Patrollers are trained to respond to injuries and 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.
Whitefish Mountain Resort Bike Park Safety Information
Notice to Riders, Parents and 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 and a full suspension bike be used on the downhill trails.
More challenging terrain and features should not be attempted without the appropriate experience, skills and equipment. Our lift-accessed downhill trails are a different experience than cross country trails. Downhill biking requires constant physical and mental effort to maintain control. There are no green “easy” runs from the top of the mountain.
Children under 5 not permitted on the lift-accessed Bike Park trails
Under 12 recommended accompanied by a parent/guardian
All bikes must have functioning brakes on each wheel. Coaster brakes/beach cruisers are not allowed. Disc brakes are recommended for adequate stopping power.
Full suspension is recommended on the lift-accessed trails. Make sure your suspension is tuned properly for your weight and ability. Downhill trails are designed for full-suspension mountain bikes due to the rocky and bumpy nature of the trails.
Helmets are required on all trails. Rentals available at Snow Ghost Outfitters.
Equipment & Clothing
Protective clothing and equipment is the best protection from injury. Full face helmets, body armor & pads, full-fingered gloves, enclosed shoes and long sleeves/pants suggested. Helmet and 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.
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 and can be purchased at the Lift Plaza, Base Lodge or Snow Ghost Outfitters.
All trails are marked with signs stating trail name and difficulty level. Similar to skiing, green trails are the easiest, blue are intermediate and black trails are expert-only. See the trail map for trail descriptions. Signs also mark road and hiking trail intersections. Be aware of road crossings and yield to all vehicles on road. Stay on designated trails.
Mountain Biker’s Responsibility Code
- Always ride in control. Must be able to stop to avoid other people and objects
- Ride within your ability
- Do not stop on the trail where you are not visible to other trail users
- Uphill traffic has right of way on two-way trails
- Obey all signage and closed areas
- Ride on designated biking trails only – do not cut switchbacks
- Visually inspect technical trail sections before navigating them
- Do not approach wildlife
- If you witness or are involved in an accident, call Bike Patrol at 406-862-2940.