Summer at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Whitefish Mountain Resort, located just 10 minutes from downtown Whitefish, is a hub of summer adventure. From mountain biking and zip lines to hiking and scenic lift rides, there is something for everyone.
The resort officially opens for summer on June 18, 2016, weather permitting. For more information, call 406-862-2900 or visit online at www.skiwhitefish.com.
A high-speed chair lift takes visitors to the summit of Big Mountain at 6,817 feet. From the Summit House deck, visitors can take in expansive views of the Flathead Valley, Whitefish Lake and Glacier National Park. Lift rides run daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The zip line attraction is perfect for thrill-seekers. Side-by-side cables zoom guests up to 300 feet above the forest floor. Each rider is outfitted with a paragliding harness and zip line trolley to make the ride smooth and comfortable. The seven-line tour lasts about 2 1/2 hours and involves a moderate amount of hiking. Reservations are highly recommended by calling 406-862-2900.
The aerial adventure park is a system of ropes, ladders, bridges and nets suspended between trees up to 50 feet off the ground. Five courses with varying levels of difficulty challenge guests to climb, swing, crawl and zip from platform to platform. Nearly anyone seven years and older can successfully complete the easiest course.
For the kid in everyone, check out the alpine slide beneath Chair 6. The slide is a serpentine, U-shaped track that riders descend aboard a wheeled sled, similar to a luge. Speed is controlled with a hand brake, and the track has high walls on fast corners that let the sleds take advantage of the physics of high-speed gravity-fed downhill rolling.
Big Mountain’s famous Walk in the Tree Tops adventure activity takes visitors on a short nature walk through a sub-alpine forest east of the resort. After a brief safety course, participants climb into a harness and then walk on a suspended boardwalk through old-growth trees, including Western larch, spruce and grand fir. Spans reach as high as 70 feet off the ground, offering a unique look at the forest floor below. The 2 1/2-hour tour is offered daily.
Hikers can enjoy the natural beauty of the 3.8-mile long Danny On Trail. Starting at the Whitefish Mountain Resort Village, the trail meanders up the slopes of Big Mountain through blooming wildflowers to the summit. There are four different loops and routes on the trail, with the longest being 5.6 miles from base to summit.
Explore almost 30 miles of downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails on the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort. From the gravity-defying Runaway Train, to the intermediate Summit Trail that provides sweeping views of Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley. Find the trail map at www.skiwhitefish.com.