Acres: 3,000 | Vertical: 2,353’ | Snowfall: 300” | skiwhitefish.com
If you’ve heard about Whitefish, you’ve probably heard of the snow ghosts: Winter fog blows in, crusting and bending its tall pines with thick snow and rime ice. Leaning out of the gloom, they don’t look like phantoms so much as golems coated in Cool Whip. You can thank that fog for keeping Whitefish gloriously off-radar: That this locals’ hill turned destination resort remains largely overlooked is a minor miracle. With zero lift lines, it’s a straight shot to the Big Mountain Express’s quiet corduroy groomers, and on powder days, the empty, speedy Chair 7 quad will have you lapping glades all day.
Can’t-Miss Run: With family or friends, local Will Coronett hops the Big Mountain Express to empty, wide groomers like Inspiration. When it is white-knuckle time, roll off Whitefish’s frozen shoulders to its backside for steeps and chutes of The Hellroaring area.
Resort Bite: Tupelo Grille offers legit upscale Creole food—try the shrimp and grits or étouffée. Stay an Extra Day: Pinched by Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake, it is worth touring this part of Western Montana before returning to Whitefish for a pint at the Bierstube or the Great Northern Brewery. —Ted Alvarez
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.