As a blanket of snow covers the valley - the valley is alive with a crisp clear sense of beauty.
The place to be during the winter, Whitefish, Montana. Time will run a little slower – things will seem a little easier – and everyday will feel like Saturday.
You will find that this valley community have it all. Some have called it the next Aspen or Jackson Hole and while maybe that is true – right now it is a great deal and a great place to be. Ski magazine readers ranked Whitefish Mountain Resort as the top resort in the West for “Overall Satisfaction” in this year’s debut of the magazine’s “Resort of the Year” issue (September 2018).
Locally you can take advantage of dog sledding, sleigh rides at the Bar W Guest Ranch, fat tire biking, snow shoeing, ice skating, ice fishing and at the end of the day play pool, listen to music, read a book or just sit back relax and let Montana surround you.
For the skiers it doesn’t get any better than Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly known as Big Mountain). With 300 inches of snow a year you’ll find this ski area has it all - terrain for all levels. From beginners to over the top experts, there is plenty of terrain on the 3,500 plus acres and if you’re a night skier, you can take advantage of the 5 kilometers of lit trails. The only thing it lacks is lift lines.
You can ski back country at Whitefish Mountain Resort or with Great Northern Powder Guides on the Stryker Ridge territory. Deep untracked powder, no lift lines, and as much skiing as your legs can handle.
If you are a cross country skier – there is over 200 miles of groomed trails. There are 3 complete trail systems.
Spring is when Montana starts to wake up from the long slumber of winter. The flowers are abundant and the wildlife is celebrating the end of the cold days and nights. It seems that “green” is everywhere. Early spring, the end of March through the middle of May, the temperatures will get up to 50-60 degrees in the daytime and still 30-40 degrees at night. Late spring early summer mid May through the end of June days are about 60-70 degrees and nights are 40-50 degrees. This is prime time to experience Montana – warm long sleeve shirts during the day and jacket weather at night around a cozy campfire with marshmallows (still remember how to make Smores?) – what could be better? The feel of the Flathead Valley is a bit slower, nesting is going on and the air is fresh, crisp and clear.
Summer is when Montana is in high gear, the energy is contagious, the water of the lakes and streams take on a refreshing charm and invite you to surround yourself in the clean, cold, and invigorating essence. Days from the beginning of July through the end of September are a warm 70-90 degrees cloaked by the elevation and winds – be sure to bring your sunscreen – it will only feel 65 degrees. You can actually see the weather - storms rolling in or away – the big sky factor. Montana is alive and you can feel is everywhere – great time to be here.
Late summer through the fall, things are winding down and settling in for the winter. The heat of the summer has subsided and the temperature is just perfect to enjoy all that Montana has to offer. Days from the beginning of October through November are similar to the spring 60-70 degrees during the day with nights in the 40-50 degree range. Temperatures cool off the closer you get to winter which usually takes hold around the middle of December. November is still a wonderful time to explore beautiful big sky Montana.
The summer season is not to be missed in Montana. The fishing is as good as the sunsets! And then there is Riding, nothing like exploring on horseback to see what Montana has to offer.