Skiiers, snowboarders and general winter sports aficionados already have their sights set on the upcoming season – with many having already planned out for their vacation.
However, those who are last minute planners and want to avoid the rush to secure accommodations at the major ski resorts might want to consider the quieter, lesser known spots.
One outstanding offering, located in the state of Montana, is the town of Whitefish, where getting on a slope costs a fraction of the price – and perhaps also time – then the most popular spots.
With a daily ski lift rate of $97 per adult, $83 per teen, and $49 per 7 to 12-year-old child, Whitefish Mountain Resort stands out thanks to its affordability.
Not only that, but the resort also boasts adult season passes starting at just $140 for uphill only sessions, and $1,100 for unlimited skiing.
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Situated at the border of Glacier National Park, Whitefish is a vibrant small town nestled in an untamed environment.
Established in the early 20th century, thanks in part to the Great Northern Railway, the town’s prosperity endures, bolstered by the presence of the expansive 3,000-acre Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Although the spotlight often shines on the extensive 5,800 acres of Big Sky Mountain Resort, Whitefish merits its own recognition as an unassuming yet outstanding destination for skiing and snowboarding.
Over nearly a decade, the resort has consistently enhanced its offerings, implementing various improvements such as new glading projects and new groomers.
Whitefish’s streets are adorned with an array of high-quality dining establishments, ski shops, cozy cafes, distilleries, and breweries.
To kickstart the day, adventure seekers can in a cup of coffee from one of the two famous Montana Coffee Traders branches in town.
For evening stay, the Grouse Mountain Lodge provides luxurious accommodations, conveniently located just a mile away from downtown, ensuring a comfortable and memorable experience.
And if all that wasn’t enough, the Glacier National Park, located only 27 miles from Whitefish, boasts 700 miles of well marked trails, which include a variety of mountain lakes, 25 named glaciers and 1,000 species of plant life.
In the winter months, the Going-to-the Sun Road becomes a perfect terrain for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
While, during the summer, numerous destinations along this iconic road can be accessed by eco-friendly passenger shuttle buses offered within the park.