PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: An epidemic of spring fever is quickly spreading across the valley due to early snow melt, sun and above average temperatures. Several mild cases have been reported as well as a handful of victims in serious condition. It is important to note while this fever is highly contagious through conversation or sharing Facebook and Instagram posts, there is an easy and painless treatment: Seek higher elevations where winter remains like up here on the mountain.
Winter’s grip has not loosened, in fact its hold is solid with a forecast for above average snowfall in the northern Rockies for the next several days and into March. Even without new snow, the current snow depth, particularly at the summit and on the north side of Big Mountain and other mountains nearby, immediate relief from spring fever is guaranteed.
In addition to seeking higher elevations, we recommend making your time on snow as meaningful and fun as possible and therefore suggest trying one or all of these top 10 things to do before winter ends:
1. Go Night Skiing. There are two nights left for skiing under the lights. If you work during the week, use this as your doctor’s note to leave early on Friday, get to elevation and add to your vertical. It’s free for 2015/16 season pass holders or $21 for everyone else. Plus there’s live music with Dan Dubuque Saturday at Ed & Mully’s from 4-7 p.m.
2. Hang out at the summit. There are a few snow ghosts up there ready to photobomb your selfies. On clear days Glacier National Park shows off its snowy mountain prowess. If you’ve not been to the new Ski Patrol Headquarters it’s high time to stop in for a tour. Also, if you’ve not had the Pho or eaten on the mezzanine level of the Summit House well what are you waiting for?
3. Don’t just look at Glacier National Park—go for a visit. There’s plenty to do in the park in the winter—even winter camping for the most adventurous (warning this will help spring fever, however could induce dreams of summer). Go out for a snowshoe or cross country ski. Admire the peaks from the shores of Lake MacDonald or St. Mary Lake.
4. Save a friend from spring fever by introducing them to a new sport. If you are not affected and having a hard time convincing a friend that it’s still winter, bring them to the mountain and get them to sign up for our Learn to Ski/Ride program. It’s only $79 to learn and that includes two days of rentals, two days of lower mountain lift tickets, and two half day lessons. Plus there’s plenty of winter left to perfect what they learn and keep spring fever at bay.
5. Follow us (@skiwhitefish) and share your photos (#skiwhitefish). The next best thing to being on the mountain, is looking at photos and video of the mountain. If you are on the mountain and share your experience, whether it’s a short video in the pow, posing with snow ghosts or another jaw-dropping shot of Glacier’s peaks. You could become insta-famous or you may win cool prizes.
(For those with more severe or chronic cases of spring fever we suggest a two-pronged approach to treatment: embrace spring conditions and/or silliness with on snow fun.)
6. Try out tricks in the Terrain Park. Spring conditions are prime in the Fishbowl Terrain Park so on the next sunny day, get your laps in on Chair 3. With features at all levels even beginners can have fun. Intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders can perfect their best tricks in Central or Armory Park.
7. Take a ride in someone else’s boots. Trade gear with a friend or rent what they’re riding and see what the mountain is like from their perspective. Strap on a board, free your heel or get your parallel turns in and you will see the mountain in a new light.
8. Participate in, or start your own, spring craziness. You’ve seen it, people dressed in strange costumes, colorful feathers from shedding boas littering the slopes. It’s typically a sign that spring fever has reached an irreversible point and skiing is more about being seen.
9. Build a dummy. It’s never too early to start working on blueprints or collecting materials for your entry in the Dummy Derby. The winner takes home $400! Not bad for something you can work on while drinking a beer.
10. Enter the Pond Skim. There are two types of people who compete in a Pond Skim: those who possess a special knack for floating on water, and those who don’t mind getting wet while wearing a clever costume. Either way, you could win cash. Either way you will have fun, and so will a couple thousand people watching.