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Known for its dramatic snowghosts (and persistent fog), Whitefish Mountain gets fairly average snow (about 300 inches yearly), but the mountain wears it well. Powder stashes in the bowls and glades present even the most accomplished skiers with ample thrills, while intermediate terrain provides plenty of opportunity to carve up a storm.
Drop off the kids for a lesson and head up the Big Mountain Express to explore the chutes and forests of Hellroaring. Or take the whole family out to slay corduroy on the mountain’s extensive—and worthy—front side.
As far as Montana resorts go, Whitefish is big, with 98 runs scattered across about 3,000 acres, hence the vintage moniker “Big Mountain.” Size-wise, it’s on par with Colorado resorts like Copper Mountain and Crested Butte, and unlike most of Montana’s ski areas, it has a base “village.”
Fortunately, the development hasn’t turned Whitefish pretentious. Tourists still blend in easily with locals while grabbing coffee in town before hitting the slopes. Apres-ski means grabbing a beer at The Great Northern or The Craggy Range. For the most part, skiing in Whitefish is still about skiing. But be wary: Now that Ski Magazine readers have ranked Whitefish Mountain Resort the 11th-best resort in the nation, there might be more competition for first tracks.
The Blackfeet call it the backbone of the world. White explorers dubbed it the crown of the continent. Now named for the spectacular, glacially carved topography and remnant ice clinging to the high-elevations, Glacier National Park encompasses over 1 million acres of rugged alpine terrain.
The park is widely regarded as one of the best hiking and backpacking destinations in the United States, but most people stick closely to the 50-mile long Going-to-the-Sun road, which transects the park from West Glacier to St. Mary, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Popular day hiking destinations for first-time visitors include Avalanche Lake, Haystack Butte, Hidden Pass, and Grinnell Lake. But you don't have to look very hard to find countless possibilities for adventure. Be advised that Glacier National Park is grizzly bear country, and all the familiar cautionary notes apply.
In 1932 Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, across the border in Canada, were designated Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, celebrating the longstanding peace and friendship between the two neighboring countries. Both parks have since been designated as an International Biosphere Reserves and together were recognized in 1995 as a World Heritage Site.