Purple gold is what they call it. Huckleberries, the Northwest’s pride and joy. As the gondola climbs the mountainside the fragrance grows. As one takes the first step at the top, it’s almost possible to taste the tangy sweetness of the berry in the alpine air. It smells like Christmas, but better. The slopes are covered in purple and the eye can see a panorama of blue mountains for miles on end in any direction.
Whitefish Mountain Resort is about as dreamy as it gets for the outdoor enthusiast. From wintertime sports to summertime activities, this little village, resting atop one of Montana’s most beautiful mountain ranges, has all of it.
Built upon what is known as “Big Mountain”, Whitefish Mountain Resort lies on a grand total of 3,000 acres. As a “ski” resort it is best known for its epic snow sports. Ranging from beginner to expert, Whitefish Mountain showcases 14 different lifts and 105 runs, the longest run being over 3 miles long. Head out into the snow for ski or snowboarding lessons, proceed on over to the Heritage T-Bar for some competitive action, or simply spend your day exploring all the runs. The resort even has a free “Snow Bus” that does daily shuttle runs from the city of Whitefish to the official resort.
Winter fun isn’t all that Whitefish Mountain Resort offers, however. Adventure waits in the summertime as well. Zip Line Tours are held 5-7 times a day. The Bike Park offers a total of 30 miles of cross-country mountain biking. It doesn’t matter if you’re fairly new to the sport or if you’ve done it for years, with trails from beginner to expert, you’re covered. If you have kids and want to find a memorable way to spend your day, you should check out the Alpine Slide. Or, head on over to the Aerial Adventure Park and challenge yourself to the course. Don’t forget, you can pick huckleberries at the Whitefish Mountain summit. Hike a trail to the top or catch a ride on the gondolas.
When you are ready to come down off the mountain, area pastimes include: fly-fishing, river rafting, horseback rides, hiking, dogsled races, you name it.
Because of the La Nina weather systems, Whitefish Mountain Resort gets an average of 300 inches of snow each winter. That’s 25 feet. There’s a reason it’s been turned into a ski mountain!
With over 200 options for housing from a choice of condominiums, mountain homes, or hotel rooms, this little village provides a variety of options for the outdoor fanatic, the retiree looking for quaint mountainous splendor, or those simply searching for a change of pace.
Come test the recreation, mountain vistas, and huckleberries for yourself. You might just find a new place to consider home.
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