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Snow - 90%

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Ski/Ride School

Welcome to the Whitefish Mountain Resort Ski/Ride School ’14-’15 season, including information on Programs & Teams.

Give us a call at 877-SKI-FISH or send an email with questions or to make a reservation.

Learn to Ski/RideLessonsInstructorsSki/Board & Play


Kids ProgramsAdult ProgramsTommy MoeFreestyle TeamFVSEF Race Team

Skill Levels

Skill Levels are a way for us to put you into the right lesson with the right instructors. The more honest you are about sharing your skill level with us, the more fun you’ll have & the better you’ll be at the end of the day.

SKIERS
First Time Skier
Learning to Turn on Green Runs
Parallel Skier on Green & Blue Runs
Skiing All Mountain

SNOWBOARDERS
First Time Snowboarder
Learning to Turn on Green Runs
Linking Heel & Toe Side Turns on Green & Blue Runs
Riding All Mountain

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Tickets & Passes

Day Tickets 1 Day 2+ Days Half Day
(1pm Start)
Adult
(19-64)
$71 $65 $62
Super Senior
(70+)
FREE – A printed ticket is required
Senior
(65-69)
$60 $54 $52
Teen
(13-18)
$63 $57 $55
Junior
(7-12)
$37 $32 $30
Child
(6 & Under)
FREE – A printed ticket is required
Swing Shift
(1pm start, includes night skiing, but not beginner area)
Same as day ticket pricing
Beginner Area
(Easy Rider, Chair 6, Bad Rock Chair 10, Big Easy Carpet)
$21
Night Skiing
(4-8:30pm; Chairs 2,3,6)
$20
Foot Passenger $18
Armed Forces Discount
(Valid for Active Duty, Retired, & Spouses & Dependents
with a valid US or Canadian Armed Forces ID Card.
)
50% off daily lift tickets
Season Passes Through Sept 30 Oct 1 – Nov 15 After Nov 15
*Age determined by age on Dec 1st 2014
Adult
(19-64)
$610 $925 $1175
Super Senior
(70+)
FREE
Senior
(65-69)
$510 $795 $1000
Teen
(13-18)
$335 $495 $665
Junior
(7-12)
$170 $280 $480
Child
(6 & under)
FREE
College* $510 $795 $1000
*Drivers License/Photo I.D., College I.D. & proof of a minimum of 12 class credits for the fall 2014 semester/quarter required at resort to receive pass. Student’s name must appear on class enrollment form. No exceptions.
Purchase your Season Passes online now. Please note that if you’d like to attach the “resort charge authorization” to your credit card you’ll need to download the additional form listed at the top of this page.

Frequent Skier Cards Price per Day
*$50 to purchase for all ages. Purchase deadline Dec 24th 2014.
Adult
(19-64)
$46
Senior
(65-69)
$40
Teen
(13-18)
$43
Junior
(7-12)
$23

Benefits of being a Winter 2014-2015 Season Pass Holder

(other than getting to ski the Big Mountain whenever you want)

Resort Perks

5 days free at Red Lodge Mountain Resort & Homewood Mountain Resort
10% off dining, clothing, equipment repairs, & more1
20% off adult semi-private lessons & junior half or full-day group lessons2
20% off lodging for friends & family3
Four $46 adult lift tickets for friends & family4
Unlimited foot-passenger lift rides in Summer 20155
• Summer 2015 Passholder Benefits6

Benefit offers above and all prices, dates and times are subject to change and may be subject to availability or additional terms and conditions. Offers are not combinable with other offers and other restrictions may apply.

1. 10% off dining: Good at Ed & Mully’s, The Base Lodge Cafe, & The Summit House Grill. Excludes alcohol purchases. Pass must be presented for discount. Discount valid only for pass holder & immediate family members present at time of transaction. 10% off retail: Good at Snow Ghost Outfitters, Glacier Gifts, Summit Gifts & Base Lodge Traders. Excludes ski equipment & sale items. Pass must be presented for discount. 10% off equipment rentals & repairs: Good at Village Equipment & Base Lodge. Pass must be presented for discount.

2. 20% off ski school classes: 2014-2015 Winter Season Pass Holders receive 20% off adult semi-private lessons & junior half or full-day group lessons. Does not include: our seasonal programs, our competitive teams, our Learn To Ski or Ride program, Child’s Ski & Play lessons or private lessons.

3. 20% off lodging: 2014-2015 Winter Season Pass Holders receive 20% off rack rates when they make reservations for friends & family to stay on-mountain (including summer, fall, & winter dates & excluding 12/19/14 – 01/02/15 & 02/13/15 – 02/20/15b>). Call 800-858-4149 to make reservations.

4. $46 friends-&-family tickets: Every 2014-2015 Adult Winter Season Pass Holder who purchases his or her pass by 9/30/2014 is eligible to purchase four 1-day adult lift tickets for $46 each to give to friends & family. These tickets are valid all 2014-15 season long except 12/24/14 – 01/01/15 & 02/15/15 – 02/21/2015.

5. Summer 2015 lift privileges: 2014-2015 Winter Season Pass Holders can ride Chair 1 as much as they want during Summer 2015, as long as they aren’t bringing along their mountain bike. This includes one-way trips down after hiking up the Danny On. Pass must be presented to lift operators.

6. Summer 2015 Passholder Benefits: 2014-2015 Winter Season Pass Holders get passholder benefits for Summer 2015 that includes things like Buy One Get One Free Alpine Slide rides etc. It’s way cool & more details will be provided here once they’re hammered out for next summer.

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Terrain Parks

Is sliding on more than 300 inches of snow on 3000 uncrowded acres not enough? The mission of the Fishbowl Terrain Parks is to provide a series of parks for any ability level in a fun learning environment. Whether it be super tiny jumps for first timers, big jumps and challenging rails for experts or racing your buddies on high speed berms on our custom built skiercross course, there has to be something for you.

We encourage you to start small and work your way up, that goes for terrain parks or anything else in life. We intend to have the parks fully open by late January and the Cross Course completed in late February. Keep an eye on the resort facebook page for regular park updates.

Here is a list of our parks, what you can expect, as well as a list of our rails, boxes and jibs:

Magic Park – Tiny Features- Big Easy Carpet / Base Lodge Area
Itsy bitsy features for lil’ groms. This park is for never-evers or those looking to be introduced to freestyle. It is located in the perfect place – on the Big Easy Carpet right outside our Base Lodge.

Depot Terrain Park – Smaller Features- Chair 3
Depot park will be in action offering smaller jumps and jibs. Expect about 4-5 jumps, and about a half dozen non snow features focusing on progression using smaller features.

Central Ave Park – Medium – Chair 3
This is our bread and butter park, with good flow through a jump line into our rail garden. Expect 3-5 jumps and a rail line focusing on Medium sized park features, multiple take-offs and a packed rail garden full of creative features will keep you shredding through the day.

Armory Park – Large – Char 3
This park is located right under Chair 3 and is intended for expert park riders. Larger jumps / rail features merge with the rail garden on lower Central Avenue for a great full chair run of fun. Construction begins after the New Year.

Goat Haunt Skier Cross / Boarder Cross Course – Goat Haunt/Ch 7
This is a blast. Starting after Christmas we will begin construction on a course comprised of banked turns, small jumps, rollers and other terrain features. It will continue to grow until mid March, when our Marquis event, THE NATE CHUTE, takes place. Of course, you should obey the skier code and inspect the course before giving her a go.

The Fishbowl Quiver
Here are all the jibs you will find in our parks. Of course we could set a tea cup at the top of a 40′ Volcano and it would be an ‘Expert’ Feature, so feature size doesn’t always dictate difficulty. Be sure to stay within your abilities. They will not all be out at once, but we are always shuffling the deck. In fact, you can expect something new every week.

Park Features

RAILS (25 Total)
  • 32′ Flat Down Flat Rail
  • 32′ Down Flat Down Rail
  • 32′ Battleship
  • 30′ Long Rail
  • 28′ Rainbow Double Rail
  • 22′ Flat Down Single Barrel
  • 20′ Flat Rail
  • 20′ Down Rail
  • 19′ S-Rail
  • 18′ Elbow
  • 16′ shotgun rail
  • 15′ Round Tube
  • 15′ Flat Bar 4
  • 15′ Flat Bar 3
  • 15′ Flat Bar 2
  • 15′ Flat Bar
  • 14′ Donkey Unit
  • 12′ Single Bar
  • 12′ Kink Rail
  • 10′ Up Rail
  • 9′ Battleship
  • 7′ Flat Bar 3
  • 7′ Flat Bar 2
  • 7′ Flat Bar 1
  • Mini A Frame
  • Medium A Frame
BOXES (14 Total)
  • Bleacher Box
  • Butter box
  • 8′ Beginner Funbox 2
  • 8′ Beginner Funbox
  • 21′ Swoop Box
  • 20′ T-box
  • 20′ Fun Box Trap
  • 20′ Fun Box
  • 20′ C-Box
  • 16′ Dance Floor
  • 16′ Beginner Funbox
  • 16′ Beginner Box
  • 15′ Dance Floor – 2′ High
  • 15′ Dance Floor – 1′ High
  • 14′ Railbow Box
OTHER FEATURES (15 Total)
  • Aluminum Culvert
  • Plastic Culvert
  • 22′ Hitching Post
  • Propane Tank 1
  • Propane Tank 2
  • Propane Tank 3
  • R2 Jib2 (small dome)
  • Spool
  • Crayon
  • Triple Stair Set
  • Wall Ride – 12′ x 16′
  • Wall Ride – 8’x12′
  • Tractor Tire 1
  • Tractor Tire 2
  • Tractor Tire 3

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Night Skiing

All Ages $20
Chairs 2,3 & 6
4pm – 8:30pm
Terrain Park is lit as well.

Even night owls can enjoy some crazy good skiing during our night skiing season. It’s a little known secret, but when those late days storms sock in the resort the night riding can be some of the best times. The Fishbowl Terrain Park is under the lights too so don’t miss that. Come on up and experience it yourself! For live music on Saturdays check the Events Calendar

  • Daily: Dec 26th – Jan 3rd
  • President’s Weekend: Feb 15th
  • Fridays & Saturdays: Jan 9th – Mar 7th
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Rentals/Repairs & Lockers

Rocker what?
Curious about what “rocker” is? Our friends at Rossignol make a handy reference which you can download here.

RENTAL LOCATIONS & HOURS

Base Lodge Rentals
Base Lodge, 2nd Floor
8:30am-5pm Daily
Open until 9pm for Night Skiing
Alpine skis, Snowboards, Snowshoes, Specialty Rentals, Lift Tickets
Village Equipment Rentals
Upper Village
8:30am-5pm Daily
Open until 9pm for Night Skiing
Alpine Ski & Snowboard. Performance and Demo Rentals, Lift Tickets
Proud to be a designated Rossignol Experience Center
  • Our equipment is state of the art rocker technology!
  • We offer convenience – rent at the resort, if you have any issues we can help and get you back on the slopes quickly!
  • No need to lug equipment through the parking lots – we offer free ski storage for those renting from us at Base Lodge Rental.
  • Exchange your equipment easily and quickly. Upgrade to performance or demo without getting in your car.
  • Guests can try as many demos as possible in one day before purchase!
  • Friendly, experienced staff here to serve you.
  • New Burton BOA snowboard boots
  • 50% ARMED FORCES DISCOUNT (Valid for Active Duty, Retired, and Spouses and Dependents with a valid US Armed Forces ID Card on BASIC & PERFORMANCE RENTALS ONLY)
  • DISCOUNTS FOR GROUPS OF 20+. CONTACT GROUP SALES
  • NIGHT GROUPS $5 OFF RACK RATE
  • ROSSIGNOL, K2, VOLKL
RentalsRepairsLockers
*All prices, dates, and times are subject to change, and may be subject to availability or additional terms and conditions.

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Kids Center

Reservations recommended. Availability may be limited. Call 406-862-1999 for more information.

The Kids Center is located in the Base Lodge.  Our qualified and friendly staff will connect you with everything your child needs for a great introduction to snow sports.  Services include daycare facilities, kids lunch room, an indoor instruction area, day storage for children’s gear, plus a sales desk to take care of all your lesson and lift ticket purchases. 

Child Ski/Board & Play
Ages 3-6
Program includes on snow lesson, indoor playtime as needed, lift ticket & daily gear storage. Please arrive at 9am, or 1pm for the afternoon only session. Groups are formed inside by ability level as kids arrive. Check in at the Kid’s Center.
Half Day 9am – Noon or 1 – 4pm $105
Full Day (includes lunch) 9am – 4pm $145

When dropping off your children for daycare you will be asked to fill out an intake form giving us information specific to your child’s needs. As a time saver you can download/print this linked form PDF, fill it out & bring it with you.

Kids Center Rates Hourly Daily
Infant
(up to 12 months)
$20 $90
Child
(1 & older)
$16 $65
Lunch add-on $14
Child Punch Card
(20hrs pre-paid)*
$160 (through Sept 30th) $180 (after Sept 30th)
*Cards cannot be used for infant care or lunches. Cards can be used for multiple children within one family. Hours must be used within season purchased. Available to Season Pass & Frequent Skier Card holders only.
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Ambassador Tours

Complimentary tours each day at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Call 406.862.1702 for more information.

Yes, Whitefish Mountain Resort is BIG. We ski and board on all 4 sides of the mountain and our mountain offers huge amounts of terrain for every level of skier or boarder. At Whitefish Mountain Resort, our Ambassadors' primary goal is to orient you to our Mountain. You will find your dream terrain and have the time of your life!

We're also here to help with any other needs you may have. Looking for a restaurant recommendation? Want to know where to get your skis tuned? Need to find the child care center? We're here to help so please don't hesitate to approach an ambassador any time you need assistance.
How to Get a Complimentary Tour
  • Tours leave daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm and are composed of very small groups.
  • Tours are complimentary, but do require a lift ticket.
  • To take a tour, guests must be able to ski comfortably on Blue Intermediate runs.
  • There is no need to register in advance - just show up!
  • Meet your guide at the top or bottom of the main Quad (Chair one - Big Mountain Express)
  • Large groups should call in advance so we can accommodate you with more guides.
Bob

Bob


Bio: In 1991, my wife and I decided we wanted to buy some retirement property in the Mountains of Montana. We arrived in the flathead valley at 1pm and by 7 pm had located and purchased some property in paradise. In 1997, I retired from the Los Angles Police Department after 31 years and made the move to our new home in Bigfork. After our first summer my wife asked what I planned to do during the winter. I advised her I was going to become a ski instructor. She just wanted to know how I was going to be a ski instructor since I did not know how to ski. I thought that was a good point. Therefore, I became an Ambassador and started honing my skiing skills.  I am on my way with another career as a Big Mountain ski Ambassador. The guests who take Mountain tours are always so appreciative regardless of their skill level. Showing off this area is so easy because of the natural beauty and the friendly people

Favorite run: Lower Bad Rock with fresh powder that has not been touched.

Big Mtn Wisdom: Big Mountain is very big.  I still find places I have not skied. Everyday is a new experience. The conditions on the mountain are always changing so do not put anything off for another time. Skiing and the mountain experience is for the here and now.  Flower Point has been a great addition to the ski experience at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Glenn

Glenn


Bio: My wife and I hopped on a wagon train in 2001 after 25 years in the medical profession in Norfolk, Virginia and settled in on The Big Mountain. Our love of the mountains and the need to be near water brought us here. Since then we have tackled many tasks with The Whitefish Theatre Company and I have volunteered as a fireman and board member with the Big Mountain Fire Department. A love of education and the outdoors lead me to The Glacier Institute where I have served on the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the facilities committee.

Recently I have had the pleasure of becoming a Glacier Park volunteer back country ranger and this past summer additionally a river ranger with the Park and Flathead National Forest.
See you on the slopes.

Favorite Run: One of may favorite runs is to take a tour down Moose when it's been freshly groomed and the visibility allows the cliffs above and the valley beyond to be seen.

Big Mtn Wisdom: A bit of Wednesday advice: be careful of doing anything foolish as Ski Patrol is on the look for the object of that evening's Frabert award.

Marilyn

Marilyn


Bio: I moved to the Flathead Valley in 1995 with my husband Clifford. After many years of wet, gray winters in Olympia, Washington, we decided to move to a place that gets most of its precipitation as SNOW and has a great ski hill! I work year round at Glacier National Park as a computer specialist but still manage to volunteer 2 days a week to be a Big Mountain Ambassador. You can join me on Thursdays and Sundays for a great time skiing the Big Mountain.

Favorite Run: It has been several years since we could really enjoy Hellfire but this season has brought plenty of snow! The snow ghosts are great on the trek out to the top of Hellfire, the terrain is varied and the bottom has great packed powder.

Big Mtn Wisdom: I like to take my first run-of-the-day down Inspiration. If I can do this in the fog, with wind drifts, and fresh snow, I figure I can ski anywhere on the mountain that day! Seeing is overrated... the snow is what counts!

John

John


Bio: First, saw the light of day in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, in November 1941. Married to Nancy; we have five Children, 1 girl, 4 boys, 4 grandchildren. They all ski and do their part to continue the family love affair with Big Mountain. I have been skiing at Big Mountain for 45 years and always knew that when I finished my career, I would retire to the Flathead Valley. In 1999, I was finally able to escape 34 years of servitude in the Dental Industry and the Canadian Gulag, and Nancy and I were able move to Montana where I could indulge my adolescent fantasies of spending the winter skiing and the summer fly fishing. Sometimes dreams do come true and this one was realized.

Favorite Run: The best run I have had this year was a run down Moose shared with Bert Manzari; the first run of a January day. Moose was groomed, but when the groomers left, Ulnar, the Norse snow god and patron of all skiers and snowshoers, graciously gave 4 inches of fresh dry powder on top of the grooming. Only one other person had left his or her tracks for us to follow as we blasted down the hill hooting and hollering. It was a super clean run, and we made the transitions with a pure smoothness that surprised, elated and filled us with joy. When we stopped to savor the moment at the bottom of Momentum, Bert remarked, "That's one for the books".

Big Mtn Wisdom: Big Mountain has been a featured player in my life and my family's life, and is still ongoing. This past summer, while hiking and looking for Huckleberries on her slopes, our 8 year old grand-daughter made the remark, "Big Mountain is always here and she never changes." I think in her childish observation, she hit on something very profound. Big Mountain does rule over the Flathead Valley. She definitely has a permanence that transcends our brief time on earth, and in that she embodies all the qualities that we alpine types hold dear.

Mike

Mike


Bio: I started skiing Big Mtn in the early '90's and liked what it was and is so I kept coming back until I retired from the U. S. Government in 1998. I drove through here on my way from Hawaii back to the family home in Northern Michigan in August '98, and was impressed by the beauty of the area in the summer. I came back that winter to ski, and, well, I just never left.

Favorite Run: I guess my favorite run is anything that is black, but Hellfire is one place I like to take family and friends. Getting into it via Glory Hole is a real hoot if you can handle it.

Big Mtn Wisdom: In fog ski the tree lines; they will lead you to the bottom of the runs and they all converge at a chair lift (so you can do it again and again).

Mark

Mark


Bio: I have been skiing Big Mtn for over 35 years and have been part of the Ambassadors for 15. My family started vacationing in Whitefish in the early 70's. It took me 20 years to figure out a way to stay here. I couldn't find a better place to have my kids grow up and learn to ski.  As an Ambassador, I really enjoy taking people one step beyond their own comfort zone. With so much terrain here, it's easy to find. The 'thrill' comes back to skiing for them. That's the best part of Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Favorite Run: A few year's ago with 16" new snow, I took a run down Kodiak. With every turn, snow was billowing over my head. 6 turns into the run I can't breathe. The light snow was going down my throat and gagging me. I ended up sitting in the middle of the run, coughing up snow trying to recover. Definitely a snorkel day.

Mike

Mike


Bio: Native Kentuckian, though it's obvious that I should have always been here. Notre Dame graduate and proud of my Irish heritage. Mostly retired general and vascular surgeon(still fill in occasionally). Enjoy northwest Montana outdoor activities, and still referee youth, high school, and college soccer. Enjoy Ambassador duty, as it provides a socially acceptable outlet for my blarney

Favorite Run: Inspiration on a clear day, as it makes you realize how lucky you are to be here.

Big Mtn Wisdom: Big Mt is one of only 6 North American resorts to have snow ghosts. Also the first to have mountain hosts. Chair 1 was longest lift in North America when it opened in 1960.

John

John


BIO:     A native Montanan and a retired Mechanical Engineer.  Enjoying being the ski bum that I wanted to be 50+ years ago.

 

FAVORITE RUN:    Deep powder on Heep Steep during a sunny day.

 

MOUNTAIN KNOWLEDGE:    The Big Mountain brings out the best in its guests whether they're looking for blue groomers or endless deep powder.  Its all there.  Just ask an Ambassador.

Bob

Bob


Bio: After 35 years with a major oil company on the East coast we moved to Whitefish to enjoy the weather, skiing, golf, fly-fishing, and rafting.

Favorite Run: This year the most enjoyable run was on Feb. 1st. on the Big Mtn. Face. It was 2 pm , the temperature was 21 degrees, the sun was out , and the powder was deep. The most satisfying tour is on a sunny day.   After taking a group for a couple runs on the back side and you then head south of the summit and come out at the top of Tony Matt. The guests " gasp " at the site of the valley below. It is truly inspiring.

Big Mtn Wisdom: Always ski with a partner. If you can see it - ski it. Ski safe and above all HAVE FUN!

Bert

Bert


Bio:  My wife and I moved to Montana full time in 2003.  For me it was a return home as I am, that rarest of commodities, a native.  We spent our working lives in Los Angeles in the entertainment business and when we sold our respective companies we ran away to Whitefish, Montana and have loved our time here. The winters are great and the summers are equally wonderful with our horses, hiking and fishing. I have been an ambassador for since 2007 and love working with my fellow guides.  The combined knowledge of the ambassadors about the mountain is quite comprehensive and I am still learning new and exciting ways to find more great snow. 

Favorite run:  My personal favorite runs all depend on the snow, but a run down Moose after some new snow and the trees underneath lifts 4 and 5 are consistently great.  I hope to see you on a tour as I love sharing what I know about this wonderful part of the country.

Big Mountain wisdom: My tip about skiing here is to spend time learning to ski in the trees.  Although it can be a bit intimidating at first, the rewards in beautiful snow and great visibility on less than perfect days make the effort well worthwhile. 

 

 

 

Don

Don


Bio: I am a native of Montana, born in Great Falls. I moved to Whitefish in 2004 with my wife, Betty. I started with the Ambassador Program in the 2004/05 season.  I am a retired attorney and enjoy all the activities the Flathead has to offer. The opportunities which the Ambassador Program bring are many. Meeting folks from all over the world and showing off the mountain is exciting.

If you have not come to Whitefish Mountain Resort to enjoy the resort, town and people, come on out. Take full advantage of what the Resort has to offer, to include a tour with one of our Ambassadors.

Doug

Doug


BIO:A native Montanan, I was raised on the wind swept northern Montana prairies. After graduating from Montana State University I accepted a teaching position at Columbia Falls High School in 1975. I taught Chemistry for 27 years. When the school district proposed an early retirement buy out to the staff in 2002, I quickly accepted. Some of my students on learning I was retiring said, "Mr. Dye you're to young to retire". My reply was that I had another life to live and needed to get on with it. I have pursued nature and outdoor photography for over 35 years and felt retirement was the opportunity to delve more deeply. With that in mind I purchased two pack llamas and gear and use them to get myself and camera gear into the backcountry. I have been with Dee, who I can now call my wife, for over twenty years. We decided in the spring of 2008 to get married while on a trip to Hawaii. Dee (Delores) has been a nurse for about 30 years and has worked home health nursing for about 15 years. Lately she has been doing travel assignments and I travel and spend time with her at the assignments. I am one of only a couple of telemark skiers with the Ambassadors.

FAVORITE RUN:The one I just finished soon to be replaced by the one I'm about to do, but then Good Medicine with fresh powder is always tough to beat.

BIG MTN WISDOM: NBC chute ain't for the faint of heart and what happens in NBC stays in NBC.

Ross

Ross


Bio: Spent most of my life in Orlando, FL. After graduating from college, I went to OSC at Quantico, VA, compliments of the Marine Corp. I spent the next four years as a GIB (guy-in-back) in the F-4 and RF-4.After the service, I started my teaching career. The GI Bill helped me further my education and get certified in a number of additional teaching areas.  The next 21 years I spent teaching P.E. with an occasional English or Science class thrown in. My last 5 years was spent teaching Economics and Science at Universal Studios in Orlando.  Retirement in 2002 brought my wife, Marcy, and me to Big Mountain. We have loved every minute.

Favorite Run: Hands down that would be Evans Heaven. There's a poem called "The Green Cathedral." It mentions "a shadowed forest shrine." That's an apt description of Evans.

Big Mountain Wisdom: Helmets are cheaper than brain surgery. If you're not having fun, you are missing the point!

Fred

Fred


Bio: I moved to West Glacier in 1989 with my wife, Lynne, to work as a Ranger in Glacier National Park. In 1998, we moved to Columbia Falls. We had previously lived and worked in Crater Lake National Park, Mesa Verde National Park and Yellowstone National Park. We have two sons, Peter and Alex. Peter is a telemark skier and raced for several years on the Glacier Nordic Ski Team. Alex is an Alpine skier and snowboarder. He also skied on the Glacier Nordic Prep Team. Lynne is an avid cross-country skier. We also love to hike and camp. In the spring of 2008 I retired after more than 32 years with the National Park Service. I became an Ambassador to be able to spend more time on the Mountain and to meet new folks.

Favorite Run: One of the most underrated runs on the Mountain is Good Medicine. I am constantly amazed at how good the snow is, even on days when it's marginal in other areas.

Big Mtn. Wisdom: In all the years I've skied Big Mountain, I have always been able to find good runs and good snow somewhere on the mountain. Even when I have hesitated to go up because I think the weather or snow conditions may not be good, when I get there I have a good time and I'm glad I went.

Mike

Mike


 

Bio: A 2005 transplant from San Diego, CA, after a career in real estate and construction, my wife and I enjoy all of the beauty and majesty to be found every day and night in Northwest Montana.  

Favorite Run:  With the tremendous variety of terrain and challenging lines to be found on the mountain, picking a favorite run is like being asked to pick a favorite child. It can’t be done.  But pressed on that question, I will admit that I’ve had a whole lot of fun over the years skiing all of the lines in Hellroaring Basin, particularly on a deep powder day.   On the other hand, taking a quick spin with a friend or two down Cal’s into Elkweed can really get the heart rate and conversation going for the day.

Big Mountain Wisdom:  On a powder day don’t miss out on launching into one of the Stooges.  That’s a party!

Suzanne

Suzanne


Bio: I grew up skiing the mountains of Vermont and continued the family tradition with my three daughters. We enjoyed years of skiing and snowboarding as a family and now have grandchildren to add to the fun.  I began my winter career as a Mountain Guide on Stratton Mountain and joined the Whitefish Resort Ambassador program in 2012 when my husband and I moved to Whitefish full time.

Favorite Run:  My day begins on Chair 2 with a good morning wave to Jesus, then up Chair 1 to take in the view from the Summit into Glacier National Park, then onto the East Rim, for a healthy dose of powder, or Whitetail for some easy corduroy on the north side. It is a big mountain so enjoy it all.

 

 

Scott

Scott


BIO: I retired from my 31 year international hotel career, and my wife and I looked at each other and asked, "What's next?" Janet had fallen in love with Whitefish in the late 70's and had always wanted to live here. IN April 2006, we came to take a look, to see if I would like Whitefish too. By the end of our 3 day visit, I was hooked! Skiing, Golf, Boating, Glacier National Park..... Need I say more? IN August 2006, we picked up stakes and moved, just in time for our youngest son to start High School. I have been in the hospitality business all my life and so becoming an Ambassador was an easy choice. After all, I have been an Ambassador all my life, just never on Skis! I look forward to greeting you and showing you around the mountain.

Favorite Run: Now that is a tough one! First tracks on chair 2 coming down Ed's with smooth corduroy is tough to beat. Once chair 1 is open then I would choose Good Medicine or Heep Steep, especially if we had 6+ fresh the night before.

Big Mtn Wisdom: IF you find yourself skiing in fog (OK yes, we do have some from time to time) sing to yourself, it will take your mind off of worrying where the heck you are! Keep looking for those little orange fog balls.

Lee

Lee


Bio:  My wife, Jean, and I grew up in Great Falls, MT., attended the University of Montana, Missoula, MT then started our journey which ultimately lead us back to Montana and Whitefish. Like many of our generation we spent time in the military.  Thanks to Uncle Sam we got to visit Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado and other parts.  After the military it was on to civilian life and time in Dallas, TX. and Seattle, WA.  The mountains of western Montana kept calling and we purchased a condo at what was then called The Big Mountain in Whitefish.  At least once a year we’d journey here with our four children for a week or two of skiing.  Soon it became more times and now we residents of what is now called Winter Sports Resort, Whitefish, MT.  

Favorite Run:  Under the Flower Point Chair

 

Mountain Wisdom:  Ski like it is your last day.  Have Fun!!!!

Clif

Clif


Bio:  My luck never ceases to amaze me.  Having lived on three continents in five countries, seven states, a Canadian province, a Caribbean isle and more cities than I care to remember, I find myself blessed enough to be working and living in the mountains of northwest Montana.    I first skied Big Mountain in 1977, discovering Hellroaring Basin, snow ghosts, night skiing and lodging within walking distance of lifts.  In my teenage mind, I had found Shangri-La.  Forty years later, give or take, paradise is still found.

My active law practice prevents me from a complete immersion into ski hedonism.  But, I still manage to spend a good portion of the season on the mountain, usually in quiet admiration of the mountain, the snow conditions and the views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

Favorite Run:  My first run of the day is almost always Hogan’s East.  With or without fresh powder over the grooming, the rolling terrain causes big turns and even bigger grins.

Big Mountain Wisdom:  Look up.  Alpine skiing naturally causes your focus to be down the mountain.  Stop from time to time and check the views out from the mountain, especially on the Summit.  The views up the Whitefish Range, the North Fork of the Flathead River into Canada and into Glacier Park are  . . . well, you’ll see.

Paul

Paul


Bio:  I am an ex Griz, from Washington, who stayed in Missoula after graduation. Three kids and 30 years later, I quit my day job and combined two things on my bucket list; living in a motorhome and becoming a ski bum. What better place to do both than the Last Best Place, ...Montana...Whitefish.

Favorite Run: Langley, for the last run of the day, when the snow is knee deep, good friends are with you, the sun is out and the beer is waiting at Hell Roaring Saloon.

Mountain Wisdom:  When foggy ski near the tree line. No matter how foggy, trees help visibility when nothing else can. Get the fat boards out ... they make skiing way too easy... and that's a good thing.

Jim

Jim


Bio
I grew up in So Cal and learned to ski at Wrightwood, Big Bear and Mammoth - After attending San Diego State University, I unwittingly took a job as a boiler room stockbroker, then transfered to the bullpen at Shearson - after three years of misery I decided to trade in my golden handcuffs, let everyone else win, and run away and join the circus - I ended up at Jackson Hole Ski Resort in Marketing and have been in the ski industry ever since - I moved to Whitefish in 2000 - another great place to be a ski bum - I built a couple log houses in the woods and am enjoying the journey here in Montana with my family.
 
Favorite Run
My favorite run would have to be Big Mountain Jesus, down Hellroaring, and finishing in Heaven - not only is the skiing and view fantastic, it's one of the only ski runs I know of that I can a complete religious experience in 3 minutes.
 
Big Mountain Wisdom
Skiing Ptarmigan Bowl to Good Medicine allows one to ski the fall line without having to spend time traversing on Russ' Street - for me Good Medicine is a prescription for health without needing a doctor's visit
 
Kimberly

Kimberly


Bio:  My Skiing Adventures began when my dad moved us from Manhattan Beach, to  Sacramento California. I was not a happy camper as there was no beach and no surfing.  My dad moved us to what he coined as a Gentleman’s Ranch; under 5 acres. We now had Black Angus cattle to tend to, chickens and a 3-year-old gelding quarter horse, which was my job to break and train. Wow! What a culture shock.  Life did get better  when my mother loaded the family up and took us to Borreal Ridge for our first ski lessons. What a wonderful experience.  The skies were shorter and thinner than Dewey Weber Surf Boards, however I picked it up expediently.   I Wonder what my skiing would have been like if snow boards were around then. LOL! I moved to the Flathead in 1993 and just LOVE our Whitefish Mountain Resort.  I have enjoyed being a ski instructor, downhill racer, and Ambassador on this amazing Mountain.  When I am not Selling Real Estate I am Skiing or Kayaking just to mention a few of my favorite outdoor sports.

Favorite run: I love all the runs and hope to continue to push my limits.  Maybe someday I will do NBC Shute.

Mountain wisdom:  If you get totally fogged out, you can take Thousand Turns to Big Raven.  Always carry a Whitefish Mountain Resort Map with you.

Dodd

Dodd


Bio:  How fair was it to have my mom move us from Montana to be a teacher in the bairn, windy, hot summer, cold winter high desert town of Lancaster California?  Lucky for us, my Grandparents stayed here in Whitefish for us to come ski in the winter and hike in Glacier in the summer. After 45 years of being a kid, then an adult, a career and finish raising my kids, It was finally time for me to move here and be the "Ski Bum" I always wanted to be!

Favorite Run(s):  Well for me, there are two.  First thing in the morning, a groomed "Inspiration" especially if covered with a little powder!   Then, next is when there is a foot or more of fresh on "Gray's Golf Course": I am definitely there!!!

Mountain Wisdom:  If you are lucky enough to ski on Big Mountain.....You are lucky enough!

Grant

Grant


Bio:  I am a fourth generation Montanan, born in Whitefish and currently living in Bigfork.  I can honestly say that all the lumber that went into building the first ski lodge,  now the Hellroaring Saloon, came from my father's lumber yard.  Needless to say, Whitefish Mountain Resort is very special to me for many reasons.  I retired from the Lake County Sheriff's Office in 2005, specializing in Search and Rescue coordination with an emphasis in water rescue, recovery, boat accidents and investigations.

Favorite Run:  Inspiration!!!  Name says it all!!  Great views, many options and some of the best blue runs ever!!!  Voted as one of the top 50 ski runs in the world...You can't go wrong!

Mountain Wisdom:  A couple of things that I advocate, is carrying a whistle and ski with someone.  I fell into a tree well last year for the first time while skiing with my wife, Paula.  I used my whistle to alert Paula and she was able to dig me out. .  This incident is common with expert skiers, so don't let your ego make a bad decision!!

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Moonlight Dine & Ski

Jan 31st & Mar 7th 2015
Adult $49.95
Kids (5 – 12) $24.95
Children 4 & under Free

Call 877-SKI-FISH for more info & to reserve your spots.

*Prices subject to change*

Dine adventurously almost 7000 feet high in the moonlit sky while overlooking the snowcapped peaks of Glacier National Park and the sparkling lights of Flathead Valley. Start your voyage with a breathtaking ride up to the summit of Big Mountain on the Chair Lift, enjoy an unforgettable dining experience, then ride the lift down, or follow our experienced instructors for the run of your life… by moonlight!

Tips for a Fun-Filled Night

  • Advanced reservations required! No refunds for cancellations with less than 72 hours notice.
  • Meet at the base of Chair 1 at 5:30pm for the 6pm dining time
  • Bring a camera! This is an adventure you’ll want to document! (On clear nights, you’ll see the sparkling lights of Flathead Valley.)
  • Bring your ski or snowboard equipment if you plan to ski or ride down.
  • Dress warm for the open chair lift ride. Wear layers such as long underwear top & bottoms, sweater or fleece and water-proof coat & pants. Cotton clothing is not recommended!
  • Bring a hat, scarf or neck-gaiter, and mittens or gloves.
  • Don’t forget to wear warm socks and winter boots. Please, no high heels!
  • Bring cash or a credit card. There will be a full bar available.
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3rd Party Activities

SNOWCAT ADVENTURES

Do you like powder and plenty of it? Then spend a day with Great Northern Powder Guides cat skiing in the Whitefish Range backcountry. Choose from the standard Powder Cat day with meals included, or opt for the “Steep and Deep” day with non-stop skiing/riding in some new and more extreme terrain. Transportation available from WMR Village. Call for pricing and availability.

  • Reservations recommended at least 3 days in advance.
  • 100% deposit required at reservation.
  • Safety training & avalanche transceivers provided.
  • All groups will be accompanied by two professional guides.

Great Northern Powder Guides is a third party provider. The provider is solely responsible for all aspects of its business.

Deposit refund restrictions apply to cancellations. Call 877-SKI-FISH for details.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Winter in Glacier National Park is a time of quiet woods and soft snow fall. The crowds are gone and the wilderness is waiting for you. Come experience the winter wonderland and the adventures it provides with Glacier Adventure Guides. Guided snowshoe, cross country or backcountry skiing tours provided by skilled backcountry guides certified in Mountain Rescue, Avalanche and Outdoor Emergency Care. Tours are custom to your ability, interest and skill level. Call for pricing and availability.

  • Includes transportation, Park entry fees, equipment, guide & healthy lunch.
  • Additional equipment fee for backountry skiing.
  • Advanced snowshoe and ski tours are available upon request.

Glacier Adventure Guides is a third party provider. The provider is solely responsible for all aspects of its business. Call 877-SKI-FISH for details.

DOG SLED ADVENTURES

If you love dogs and like to see them work, here is your chance to pet, play and have fun with them! Travel at the speed of dog on an unforgettable hour and a half dog sled ride through the Stillwater State Forest. Dog Sled rides offered 7 days a week in Olney, north of Whitefish. Rides are at 10am, 1pm and 3:30pm. Call for pricing and availability.

  • Advanced reservations required.
  • FREE transportation from Whitefish Mountain Resort Tuesdays & Thursday for the 3:30pm ride only. Check in at the Base Lodge Info desk at 2:30pm.
  • Come PET THE DOGS! Available Mondays from 3:30-4pm at the Base Lodge starting in January.

Dog Sled Adventures is a third party provider. The provider is solely responsible for all aspects of its business. Call 877-SKI-FISH for details.

SLEIGH RIDES & SLEIGH RIDE DINNERS

Enjoy the magic of a sleigh gliding across a fresh blanket of snow while wrapped in warm blankets and surrounded by friendly smiles. After dashing through the snow, gather in the lodge for a cup of hot chocolate or prepare for a homemade Montana dinner. Call for pricing and availability.

  • Sleigh Rides also available with a Chili Dinner or Full Dinner. Call for details.
  • Available 7 Days a Week.
  • Alcohol is not provided but you are free to bring your own.
  • There is a six adult minimum charge for sleigh ride dinners.

Sleigh Rides and Sleigh Ride Dinners are provided by a third party. The provider is solely responsible for all aspects of its business. Call 877-SKI-FISH for details.

SNOWMOBILE TOURS

Explore hundreds of groomed snowmobile trails, great views and super photo opportunities. Trails wind through pristine alpine forests, along ridges with outstanding views and into deep powder bowls. Safety training and helmets are provided. All tours begin off mountain. Half and full day tours available.

  • Children 12 & under ride free with a paying adult driver.
  • Children 12 & under may be able to ride with a guide for a fee.

Snowmobile Tours are provided by a third party. The provider is solely responsible for all aspects of its business. Call 877-SKI-FISH for details.

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