Hours & Dates
December 17, 2017 - April 2, 2018
10:30am and 1:30pm
Yes, Whitefish Mountain Resort is BIG. We ski and snowboard on all four sides of the mountain, which offers huge amounts of terrain for every level of skier or rider. At Whitefish Mountain Resort, our Ambassadors' primary goal is to orient you to the mountain. They can help you find your dream terrain and have the time of your life!
Ambassadors are 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. Please don't hesitate to approach an ambassador any time you need assistance.
- Tours are FREE, but do require a lift ticket.
- Tours leave daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm and are composed of very small groups.
- To take a tour, guests must be able to ski comfortably on Blue More Difficult runs.
- There is no need to register in advance - just show up!
- Meet your guide at the top or bottom of Chair 1.
- Large groups should call in advance so we can accommodate you with additional guides.
Call 406-862-1702 for more information.
Meet Your Mountain Ambassadors
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Van Horn
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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!!
Bio: My wife, Tracy, and I moved here in December of 2010. Within days we were skiing in what proved to be an excellent snow year. Having spent our first winter skiing and enjoying the out of doors, I realized that I wanted to learn more about the industry so I applied for a job at the mountain’s ski shop, Snow Ghost Outfitters. I was fortunate to get hired and additionally fortunate to work with really skilled people who were willing to show me the ropes. Now I have the opportunity to help others discover the magic that can happen on the slopes of our winter wonderland. When the lifts stop in April I will resume my work with the National Park Service as a park ranger and do more of the same, helping people get the most out of their time in the great outdoors.
Favorite Run: Around the World (as referred to by the locals). You won’t see it on the map because it is actually a few different runs linked together that on a clear day offers up some of the most spectacular views you will find anywhere. Ask an Ambassador to take you “Around the World”.
Mountain Wisdom: Montanans are some of the nicest people in the world. Don’t be afraid to ask strike up a conversation with a local or ask for help if you need it. Smiles are contagious, pass one on.
Bio: After learning to ski on Minnesota’s blue ice over forty years ago I decided to move to the
northern rocky mountains in 1978. My wife and I raised our three children here in Whitefish and
I had a very satisfying career as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service until 2008 when I retired.
Since then I’ve kept busy with a variety of recreational activities, local nonprofit boards and representing the Whitefish in the Montana State legislature.
Favorite Run: I’ve always liked Gray’s Golf Course but lately it’s been fun to find a line in the trees off Ridge Run around Flower Point.
Big Mountain Wisdom: When visibility becomes a challenge head for the trees.