Last Minute Gift Ideas (While Skiing)

Mother Nature dropped off an early gift for all of us late last week with a powder day that opened most of the front side of the mountain. This was no blower storm, it was snow of the creamy kind, a perfect layer for building our base and opening more of the mountain. So if you have yet to ski, it’s high time you give yourself an early present and come up for a few runs.

What? No time? Too many gifts and stocking stuffers still to find? Well friend, let me help you with a few ideas for the winter-loving mountain junkies on your list that you can purchase while you come up and enjoy a day on the slopes.

If you have a good friend or a member of the family who wants to ski or ride this winter but didn’t get a pass then the best gift ever would be a Frequent Skier Card. The card gives its holder the gift of discounted tickets all season long. The card is $50 and the holder of the card can purchase adult day tickets for just $54, junior tickets (ages 7-12) for $27, teen and senior (ages 65-69) tickets for $49. A credit card can be attached to the Frequent Skier Card so that the holder can go directly to the lifts like a season pass (a credit card can be added after the gift is given so the recipient can buy their own tickets, unless you want to play Santa all winter, then you can attach your own). These cards are only available through December 24th so it’s perfect timing for the last minute gift.

For the beginner skier or snowboarder on your list, or someone you love who has told you that they would love to improve their skiing and riding, give the gift that keeps on giving—a lesson! We offer a range of lessons for all levels from the never-ever to someone wanting to learn how to ski in the powder. Book a lesson for a passholder and it’s 20% off the regular price! Purchase at Guest Services on the second floor of the Base Lodge (or call 406-862-2900 or online at

If the loved ones on your list do not need a lesson, and they spend a lot of time on the mountain, how about a gift card? Cards can be loaded in any amount, and they are good at all retail and rental shops and restaurants owned by Whitefish Mountain Resort. Plus there’s no expiration date and the cards can be reloaded. They are available at Guest Services on the second floor of the Base Lodge. (They fit easily into a stocking!)

Take a breather from the runs and pop into one of our retail locations on the mountain Snow Ghost and Village Rentals in the village, Base Lodge Traders on the second floor of the Base Lodge or even the Summit Shop in the Summit House.

Base Lodge Traders has the best selection of kid’s gear, plus they have some fun items for the dog and cat lovers in your life—beautiful tea towels, ornaments and really awesome hand-knit dog stockings.

At Snow Ghost Outfitters you can find fun gifts in addition to a selection of soft goods (last year’s jackets and pants are on sale!) and other stocking stuffers. For the LEGO fan in your life—their collection is not complete until they receive the LEGO groomer! Seriously, a snowcat complete with a snowgun that shoots snowballs and a freestyle skier to shoot them at! I expect this item to sell out. 

You may find this hard to believe but trust me when I tell you this… remember when socks were a bad gift? Not anymore! In fact skiers and snowboarders appreciate a quality pair of socks. We have lots of those! Find a great selection at Base Lodge Traders, or at Snow Ghost Outfitters.

The hottest selling items so far this winter are goggles, and there’s a wide selection of gloves and mittens too. Helmets definitely say, “I love you” and a beanie is nice for after skiing helmet hair. We’ve got a great selection of both. Also warm and cozy are the buffs, necktubes, balaklavas and facemasks.

Now, let’s talk stocking stuffers… Another popular item that fits in a stocking (and your jacket pocket) is a retractable season pass lanyard, also great for any outdoorsy person wearing jackets and pants that sometimes get abused, we sell “No So” patches—these come in fun shapes and colors. Another one that’s easy to transport home while skiing–even when skiing with the person who is going to receive it!

Remember if you are a passholder keep in mind that everything you see in our shops will cost less once you get to the register and flash that pass.

Since we’re talking gift giving… Santa is coming here Christmas Eve and he will be giving out gifts to good girls and boys. If you have kids who are big fans of Santa and early presents then you may want to be here on Christmas Eve! The fun begins at 6 p.m. with a Torchlight Parade down Ed’s Run led by the jolly St. Nick himself. Afterward, Santa will hand out gifts to kids at Ed & Mully’s from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Parents: you can arrange for Santa to give your child, or children, one gift. Please leave the more valuable gifts for Christmas morning. You must include the name, age, and hometown of the child on the package written clearly and legibly in large print so Santa can read it. If you have more than one child, please wrap all gifts in the same type of paper and drop off your gift or gifts at Base Lodge Tickets and Information (second level) or Whitefish Mountain Resort Lodging Check-In (located in Kintla Lodge in the Upper Village) any time before 4 p.m. on December 24.