Saturday, July 29, 2017

Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana July 16, 2017

                          View from the top toward Glacier National Park

This post is one of six related to a Montana trip in July of 2017.

After spending some time in the town of Whitefish, Montana, we drove up to Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly Big Mountain). This resort is 17 minutes north of town. The drive itself is very beautiful. Whitefish Resort offers many activities during the winter and summer.  During the winter the resort has over 100 ski trails from black diamonds to easier beginner green trails with a 2,084 foot vertical drop. The summer brings many activities from zip lining to an alpine slide. Activities also include mountain bike riding and hiking. Recently Whitefish Mountain devoted certain trails for mountain bikes to lesson conflicts with hikers. A popular hiking trail on the mountain is the Danny On trail which is 7.2 miles long.

On this particular visit  we brought lift tickets to the top of Whitefish Mountain. Rides cost $15 per adult. Riders have the option of riding in a Gondola or on a chair. The top offers fantastic 360 degree views of Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake. It also has a restaurant where visitors can buy hamburgers and get a beer. on this particular day the top also had a phenomenal display of Bear grass as well as Indian paintbrush. In the future it would be nice to hike from the base of the mountain to top and then ride the chair lift down. If you go make sure to bring a sweatshirt because the mountain top can be chilly during the summer.

              Bear grass and mountains in western Montana

                    Bear grass with Flathead Valley

                     On the lift at Whitefish Resort

                      On the lift looking toward Whitefish Lake

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