Whitefish Mountain Resort opens for the summer season on Saturday, June 20, weather permitting. The mountain will be open daily through Labor Day, and Friday-Sunday in September.
Activities on the mountain include Montana’s only alpine slide, Montana’s largest Aerial Adventure Park, over a mile of zip lines, Walk in the Treetops tours, 30 miles of lift-served and cross-country mountain biking, kid-favorite Spider Monkey Mountain, scenic lift rides, hiking trails, and the hands-on nature center at the Summit House.
For a limited time, visitors can take advantage of early season pricing on zip line tours and the Aerial Adventure Park. Visit www.skiwhitefish.com for details.
Trails are in great shape already, says resort spokeswoman Riley Polumbus said, with the recent hot weather melting out areas typically covered with snow in June.
“It’s going to be a great opening for bikers and hikers,” she said.
The Summit House will be open all summer, despite a planned $1 million remodel that will add more seating space and a new facade.
The resort also plans to rebuild the summit ski patrol headquarters and drill a new water well, pending final approval from the Forest Service.
Visitors will still have access to the Summit House food court, bar, gift shop and restrooms during construction.
“Everything will be available,” Polumbus said.
The Summit House deck will be closed to public access, but a balcony on the north east face will remain open.
Polumbus warns that the summit will somewhat resemble a construction zone with all of the work. A drill for the well is expected to be on the summit for 3-4 weeks.
“It will be exciting to watch the transformation up there,” she said.
New this summer is a free bus that will shuttle passengers between Whitefish and the resort. Four round-trips are planned daily.
The service is funded by the Big Mountain Commercial Association, the same group that backs the SNOW Bus during winter.