Montana, United States
Whitefish Mountain Resort is a ski resort located at The Big Mountain in northwestern Montana, located west of Glacier National Park in the Flathead National Forest. It is 4 miles (6.25 km) from the town of Whitefish and 21 miles (33.80 km) north of the city of Kalispell. The mountain is the second largest ski area in Montana, after Big Sky Resort.
The area currently has 10 chairlifts: 3 high-speed detachable quads and 7 fixed grip (2 quads, 4 triples, and 1 double). There are also three surface lifts: two T-bars and a magic carpet. Of these, 10 lifts operate regularly, including one T-bar which is normally only open on weekends.
The mountain is separated into three faces. The front side is primarily serviced by the Chair One high speed quad / gondola and has the most skiable terrain. Chair 2, which also runs on the front side was replaced with a high speed quad in 2007. The front side has 8 of the mountains 10 ski lifts. The back side of the mountain is serviced by Chair 7, also a high speed quad. The back side has more tree skiing terrain, and additional terrain can be accessed by T-Bar 2 on weekends and during select holiday periods. The western aspect of the mountain contains the Hell Roaring basin. Serviced by Chair 11, a fixed grip triple chair, Hell Roaring basin is the most advanced skiing on the mountain with cliffs, vertical chutes, and tight tree skiing. The intermediate Hellfire Trail also runs from the Big Mountain Summit to the base of Chair 11 making a run of nearly 3 miles in length.
The vertical drop of the ski area is 2353 feet (717 m), with a summit elevation of 6817 ft. (2078 m) and a base of 4464 ft. (1361 m). The average annual snowfall is 300 inches (762 cm).
The ski area is about 19 miles (30 km) north of Glacier Park International Airport and 35 miles (56 km) south of the Canadian border.