5 Winter Adventures in Whitefish, Montana

Located in Northwest Montana, Whitefish is a winter getaway paradise. Downhill skiing or snowboarding? Check. Snowshoe in Glacier National Park? Check. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride followed by a home-cooked chili dinner? Yummy check! Whatever your adventure style, Whitefish has you covered

Hit the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Consistently top-ranked in national magazines and top-ten lists as a must-ski destination, Whitefish Mountain Resort still keeps its hometown ski vibe while serving up an unparalleled experience. Strap on your skis or snowboards at the summit and gaze around 360 degrees to pick your line – 3000 acres of Rocky Mountain snow (read: fluffy) await.

Insider’s Tip: Ski under the lights! Night skiing happens Friday and Saturday nights through early March, and is a great way to extend the ski day. Restaurants on-hill are open later for some post skiing grub and hot drinks.

Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort - © Noah Couser
Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort – © Noah Couser

Snowshoe in Glacier National Park
Winter is the quiet season in Glacier National Park, but no less spectacular. Numerous snowshoe and cross-country trails are maintained for a scenic journey to take in the snow-capped peaks and peaceful forest floor.

Insider’s Tip: Glacier Adventure Guides leads customized snowshoe and cross-country ski trips through the park for a winter tour you’ll never forget.

Ride a Fat Bike
Fat bikes are becoming a popular winter sport for cycling enthusiasts wanting to extend the cycling season, but it’s not just for committed riders. If you know how to ride a bicycle, you can ride a fat bike.

Insider’s Tip: Rent a bike at Glacier Cyclery and pedal along the bike path to the Lion Mountain Trailhead of the Whitefish Trail, a well-used trail year-round perfect for getting your fat bike legs under you.

Fat Bike Riding on the Whitefish Trail - © Jessica Downing
Fat Bike Riding on the Whitefish Trail – © Jessica Downing

Cozy up on a Horse-Drawn Sleigh
Enjoy the magic of a sleigh drawn by gentle draft horses while snuggling up with friends and loved ones. Sit back and enjoy the fresh air on a sleigh ride at the Bar W Guest Ranch. Afterward, warm up with a hot chocolate and cookies.

Insider’s Tip: Get the full dude ranch treatment with a home-cooked chili dinner in the warm lodge after the ride.

Sleigh riding at Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish © Brian Schott
Sleigh riding at Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish © Brian Schott

Strap on Skinny Skis
The Glacier Nordic Club maintains two cross-country ski courses, one at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course, and the other at the base of Whitefish Mountain Resort. At the Golf Course location, the Glacier Nordic Center rents equipment and provides lessons.

Insider’s Tip: 4K of trails at the Glacier Nordic Center are lit for night skiing until 10 p.m. Finish your ski with dinner and drinks at either Logan’s Grill or the Whitefish Lake Restaurant, both adjacent to the Nordic Center.

About Whitefish
Whitefish, Montana, is an inviting, small town located in the northern Rockies next to Glacier National Park, home to some of the most beautiful mountains in the world that rise up above millions of acres of unspoiled nature. The walkable downtown area is host to dozens of award-winning restaurants, galleries, and lodging options. We welcome you to ExploreWhitefish.com

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