Summers in northwest Montana offer visitors a bountiful collection of activities and adventures for those who seek to explore its natural wonders. Whitefish Mountain Resort is no exception offering a range of activities from high-flying adventure on Zip line Tours to soaking in scenic vistas from the summit, all a 15 minute drive or bus ride from downtown Whitefish. Whitefish Mountain Resort has been consistently investing in its summer activities offering its guests multiple ways to experience the mountain in the summertime. Additionally the resort offers a variety of lodging options for a summer base camp on every budget.
2019 Summer Dates
>Saturday-Sunday & Holidays May 25-June 9
Daily June 15-September 2
Friday-Sunday through September 22
New Alpine Slides!
Due to overwhelming popularity, Whitefish Mountain Resort will add a second Alpine Slide and redesign the original slide (installed in 2009) for Summer 2019. The resort will invest $675,000 to engineer, design and build two new slide paths as well as purchase additional sleds for the wildly popular summer activity. The new alpine slides will be located in the same vicinity as the current slide and will be on unique paths to provide two distinct experiences to summer guests. Chair 6 will be used to transport guests and sleds from the bottom of both slides to the top of the hill where both slides will begin. There is no extra charge for riding the lift.
The Mountain is Calling…
Whitefish Mountain Resort offers visitors looking for mountain and forest adventures near Glacier National Park a bounty of activities to connect with nature and bond with family or friends. From soaring above the forest on a zip line to hiking the mountain in search of huckleberries, we cater to everyone’s sense of adventure with memorable mountain experiences.
When it comes to families, Whitefish Mountain Resort aims to cover all the bases and make spending time together on the mountain fun for all ages. New for summer 2019, our wildly popular Alpine Slide will be redesigned and get a sibling! Our Alpine Slides are fun for kids of all ages—grab a sled and choose from two slides—both are a 1/3 mile long fiberglass half pipe and snake their way down 282 feet of vertical on one of our ski slopes guaranteeing big smiles. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall to drive a sled solo, all other sliders must ride with someone taller than 48 inches. Summer Tubing is fun for the whole family. Ride up the Big Easy Conveyor Carpet and race side-by-side down the hill on a slippery surface and then do it again (minimum height 34 inches). The Strider Bike Park is for aspiring mountain bikers ages 2-6 who can practice their balance and riding skills on pedal-less bikes through the Strider Bike Park located next to the Base Lodge patio (maximum height 44 inches). Spider Monkey Mountain so-named by the first 4-year-old to summit its two-story peak, stands colorfully next to the Base Lodge patio. Kids 4 and up love scaling the eight levels of the tower and then sliding down the giant inflatable slide over and over and over again. After reaching the ripe age of seven, kids head into the Aerial Adventure Park where climbing trees takes on a new meaning. This obstacle course in the trees features five courses with challenges at various ability levels giving all who try a rewarding sense of accomplishment.
All this fun means you and your kids will get hungry. Join us for lunch at the Base Lodge Café where patio seating is available and choose from a variety of summer selections off the kid or adult menu. Parents note: the Base Lodge Bar and the Base Lodge Coffee Bar are conveniently located steps away from Spider Monkey Mountain and the Strider Bike Park.
More Kid Fun at the Summit
A must do while at the mountain is to travel to the summit on a Scenic Lift Ride. Choose from an enclosed gondola car or an open chairlift and sit back and enjoy the view. Once at the summit, after taking in the views of course, head to the Summit Nature Center located on the lower level of the Summit House. Operated and staffed by U.S. Forest Rangers, families love to visit and learn about the flora and fauna found in our forest. Interactive games and exhibits make it fun to learn how to identify plants, trees and animal tracks and scat. Children ages 7-12 are invited to become Junior Forest Rangers – it’s free, it’s fun and includes an official badge and certificate. There’s also a coloring station for the little ones. The Scenic Lift Ride is free for passengers 6 & under, however a ticket is required.
Lunch with a View
The Summit House, Montana’s only mountaintop restaurant, offers 360-degree views including Glacier National Park, the Flathead Valley, Whitefish Lake and the Canadian Rockies. The restaurant’s menu offers a variety of lunch options from burgers, fries and shakes to lite and fresh choices plus a full bar. Take the Scenic Lift to and from the summit or hike one way before or after your meal.
Whitefish Mountain Resort offers adventurous ways to get into the natural world. Nature lovers, families with kids can learn about the mountain’s forest at the Summit Nature Center. Located on the lower level of the Summit House at the top of the mountain, the Summit Nature Center is a cooperative project between Flathead National Forest and Whitefish Mountain Resort. Forest rangers staff the center daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are on hand to answer questions, and provide daily discovery walks from July 7-August 18 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (meet in the Nature Center). The center and walks are both free.
For families who want to continue learning out on the trail, check out an “Adventure Pack” filled with field guides and materials. Take the pack hiking on the East Rim trail (1 mile round trip), or to Flower Point (2.8 miles), or with more time, hike down the 3.8 miles of the Danny On Memorial Trail using the Adventure Pack.
There is an obsession with huckleberries in northwest Montana. That is because this small berry only grows in the wilds of northwestern US and western Canada. Additionally, they are delicious. You can purchase a bin of locally picked hucks or pick them for yourself. Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the most ideal destinations for huckleberry picking due to the fact that our mountain meets the perfect requirements for growing huckleberries: significant winter snowpack, acidic soil, elevation and warm summer weather. On top what we offer easy access to picking with our hiking trails and Scenic Lift rides.
Huckleberry bushes are low-growing shrubs (usually 1-3 feet in height) with small green to reddish oval shaped leaves. The leaves change to red in the autumn. Although they can grow in full sun, they are most ofen found in an open canopy of trees with both sun and shade. Both elevation and aspect can affect when the berries ripen (northeast facing will be last). Berries will reach maturity at lower elevations first. They can grow as low as 3,000 feet, but around here are more common above 4,000 feet (the Base Lodge is 4,464 feet).
What to bring:
- Water & snacks (you will be out there longer than you think and at altitude it’s important to be well hydrated and fed)
- Sunscreen & rain gear (again, plan on being out in the sun awhile and you know what they say about the weather, “Wait 15 minutes it will change”)
- Bear spray (if you are picking hucks you are by definition in bear country, and because of the nature of the activity you may be hard to see or hear)
- A friend (someone you can chat with and help keep the bears aware of your presence)
- Containers (Ziploc baggies work but can squish in a backpack, better to have a hard container with a lid)
Ski areas offer ideal terrain for zip lines. Just as chairlifts span across slopes to carry skiers up the mountain, zip lines cross ski runs, slopes and ravines and carry “flyers” from point A to point B. Built by our mountain longtime mountain lift mechanic, our home grown Zip Line Tour is one of the most popular adventures on the mountain with six zip lines spanning more than a mile and a half of flying fun as high as 300 feet above the forest floor.
As our Zip Line Tour offered a thrill for our adventure-seeking guests, we searched for other ways to have fun on the mountain. We learned that European ski resorts looked up into the trees for summer fun. Our Aerial Adventure Park is wildly popular for all ages 7 and up. This obstacle course in the trees features five courses classified by degree of difficulty starting with the beginner yellow course, two green courses, a blue and a black. Each course features 10 to 15 “elements” both easy and hard including cable bridges, rope ladders and zip lines. The most challenging elements often lead to a zip line, a reward for completing the challenge. Although the activity is self-guided, very often the most exciting takeaway from our aerial park is the bonding. Parents encouraging young ones, teens encouraging parents, friends and loved ones leave a little closer than they were before they entered.
The Whitefish Bike Park: Commitment to Dirt, Rock, & Rolling with the Flow
Our Bike Park is highly acclaimed as one of the top in the region. The popular online biking site Singletracks.com named Whitefish the “mountain biking capital of Montana” and one of our most popular trails, Kashmir was named a “Model Flow Trail” by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Riders can access more than 30 miles of trail including a 9-mile cross-country (XC) network and 26 downhill trails serviced by two chairlifts. In fact, gravity lovers gain more than 2,300 feet of vertical per lap.
The Whitefish Bike Park features both freeride and technical downhill trails along with XC trails broken down into four zones: Bad Rock, Summit, Overflow and Multi-use. If new to the park, follow the progression chart found on trail maps and signs which rank the order of difficulty of each trail in the bike park.
The Bad Rock Zone is the best area for learning downhill biking and progressing a rider’s freeride skills. This area offers riders trails that help develop freeride biking skills and enable riders to progress in the sport while having fun. These purpose-built trails are designed to be less intimidating, yet also provide room to build on skills lap after lap.
The Multi-Use Zone features a network of trails for hiking and XC mountain biking and includes a connection to the Whitefish Trail. The Whitefish Trail features 42 miles of trails surrounding the town of Whitefish and Whitefish Lake. The resort’s “Bob Cedar” trail connects to the Whitefish Trail a half-mile from the Big Mountain Trailhead on Big Mountain Road. The trail descends 5 miles from the connection through Haskill Basin to the Reservoir Road Trailhead.
Summer S.N.O.W. Bus The S.N.O.W. (Shuttle Network of Whitefish) Bus runs from the town of Whitefish to Whitefish Mountain Resort and is equipped with bike racks. The bus is FREE to ride for passengers and bikes. Shuttle to the mountain, lift to the summit and ride trails all the way back to town.
Learn to Bike Downhill
In its third season our “Learn to Bike Downhill” program continues to provide new downhill bikers a place to start. This introduction to downhill mountain biking aims to provide riders with the basic fundamentals of the sport on the Bike Park’s novice trails in the Bad Rock Zone. For just $114, riders receive a 2-hour downhill mountain bike rental, protective gear including a full-face helmet, a Bad Rock Zone lift ticket, and a 2-hour downhill mountain bike lesson. Lessons are offered daily at 11 a.m. June 29 through September 2. More mountain bike lesson options are available. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Village Rentals at 406-862-1995. Lessons begin and end at Village Rentals.
Grip it and Rip it – 2019 Bike Park Events
June 29 – FAMB Group Ride
Flathead Area Mountain Bikers (FAMB) hosted group ride. FAMB membership is not required but highly encouraged. A discounted Bike Park Ticket will be offered to members for this day only.
July 10-August 7 – Ten Dollar Downhill
A five week downhill race series. Race some or race them all.
July 11-August 8 – Thursday Night Race League
This five week race series (race one, race them all or anything in between) features a kids’ race and cross-country racing at all levels. Compete against other riders at your preferred level then celebrate your finish at the post-race party.
July 13 – Montana Enduro Series
The Montana Enduro Series returns to Whitefish Bike Park. One of the biggest events of the year this race series brings riders from across the state and region.
August 23-25 – Northwest Cup
Back by popular demand—one of the country’s premier downhill race series returns to the Whitefish Bike Park. Celebrating its 11th year of racing the NW Cup attracts hundreds of riders from around the country for world-class racing with a grassroots vibe.
September 15 – Double Dip Downhill
This competition features two runs down two distinctly different trails in the Whitefish Bike Park, Runaway Train and Kashmir.
Make it a Mountain Day: Activity Packages
Kids Adventure Package
$25 includes all day access to Spider Monkey Mountain and Strider Bike Park plus two summer tubing rides.
Zip Tour Activity Package
Includes Zip Line Tour, Round-Trip Scenic Lift Ticket and “three rides” on either the Alpine Slides, Summer Tubing or both.
$95 6-Zip Tour Activity Package
Aerial Adventure Park Packages
Includes Aerial Adventure Park, Round-Trip Scenic Lift Ticket and “three rides” on either the Alpine Slides, Summer Tubing or both.
$70 Adult Aerial Adventure Park Package
$60 Junior Aerial Adventure Park Package
Stay & Play: Summer Lodging & Activity Packages
Bike & Stay
From $87* per person includes 1 night lodging at the Hibernation House, Full-Day Bike Park Pass and a full breakfast!
Zip & Stay
$120* per person includes a night at the Hibernation House and a 6-Zip Tour. Full breakfast included.
Family Adventure Package
Choose your own adventure. Get 10% OFF lodging, plus up to 20% OFF activities like our Zip Line, Aerial Adventure Park, the Whitefish Bike Park and more. Sample package includes one Alpine Slides ride per person and one Scenic Lift ride per person.
*Subject to availability. Taxes and fees not included. Rate is per person, per night, based on double occupancy in a Hibernation House room. Some restrictions may apply. Not valid with other offers.
**Sample rate is per person and based on four people in a two-bedroom deluxe condominium for two nights. The rate includes one Alpine Slide ride per person and one Scenic Lift ride per person. A two night minimum stay is required. Taxes and fees not included. Based on availability and not valid with other promotions, offers or specials. Additional lodging and activity options are available at varying prices.
2019 Summer Military Discounts
50% OFF Alpine Slides, Spider Monkey Mountain, Strider Bike Park, Summer Tubing, Scenic Lift Rides and Bike Park tickets
25% OFF Lodging, Zip Line Tours and the Aerial Adventure Park