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Warm up this Holiday season at the Lodge

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Combine the family style vacations circa the 1950’s with the holiday spirit and you’ll find yourself at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake. While more people are plugging in and spending less time together here at the Lodge we’re doing just the opposite. Gather your family and friends and experience a White Christmas in Whitefish.

Family friendly activities abound at  the Lodge, especially during the holidays. Spend quality time with your children enjoying stories by the fire. Kick back and relax with popcorn and a classic on movie nights. Get your children’s pictures with an authentic Cowboy Santa; they can tell Santa what is at the top of their wish list and you’ll get to take home a photo to cherish for a lifetime. Enjoy the white glove service at High Tea with Santa. Stop by the lobby for a warm cookie in the afternoon, a special treat for everyone in the family.

The Lodge is also a perfect place for a couples winter escape. Centrally located you can enjoy the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort and excitement of downtown Whitefish. You’ll also enjoy many activities at the Lodge designed for the adult crowd. Before you even reach the door you’ll have an opportunity to stop by the Ice Bar and get a cocoa or something stronger. Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night you can enjoy live music in the Boat Club Lounge. Come on Saturday and you can enjoy the most popular man in town, John Dunnigan, performing popular acoustic covers. After a day on the slopes or a long day of relaxing stop by the Boat Club Lounge for Aprés Ski Specials daily served up by Chappy, everyone’s favorite bartender.

If you are looking for the perfect way to spend winter break with the entire family or an ultimate ski vacation the Lodge has what you’re looking for.

Visit our Holidays at the Lodge page for a complete list of event HERE.

Holiday Travel Itineraries

Holidays at the Lodge

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Our winter wonderland is well on its way! Every year around this time the town of Whitefish is buzzing with dreams of powdery days on the mountain. Volunteers put the classic Whitefish holiday decorations up throughout town. The dog sled guides are preparing their teams for all the trips to come. Whitefish Mountain Resort is gearing up for the 300,000 skiers and snowboarders who will grace its 3,000 acres over the season. And the Lodge at Whitefish Lake has planned a holiday season filled with activities for travelers and locals alike.

December will be a bustling month within the walls of the Lodge! We are bringing back our popular Afternoon Tea with Santa this year. Children of all ages can experience white glove service and get their photo taken with Santa to bring home that day. Over the week of Christmas there will be many activities taking place like storytelling by the fireplace, warm cookies and live music in the lobby, and new this year, an ICE BAR! After the Lodge shuttle brings you back to the Lodge you can warm up with a specialty cocktail for a perfect après ski the second you step off the shuttle. We will ring in the New Year with The Kayla Adams Band in the Boat Club and a special holiday menu created by Executive Chef Wes Coffel.

Here at the Lodge we specialize in creating memorable moments in people’s lives and we would be honored to help your family create a special experience to cherish for years to come. We are here to help plan activities, make dinner arrangements and even trim a tree for you. For ideas during your stay or more information please contact us at 406-863-4000 or

Whitefish Tops the Ski Charts Again!

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Ski Magazine readers have voted Whitefish the 11th for best destination! Enjoy this excerpt from The Daily Interlake:


Whitefish Mountain Resort has been named the No. 11 overall resort in the country in SKI magazine’s 2013 readers poll.

“This ranking is truly a reflection of our dedicated employees who consistently provide our customers with an experience that is personal and fun, as well as all the businesses throughout the community that deliver quality products and services to our visitors,” Whitefish Mountain Resort President Dan Graves said in a news release.

Of the top 30, Whitefish is the only resort with a lift ticket under $70. This year’s single-day lift ticket is $67, and drops to $61 per day for two or more days.

For more information visit Ski Magazine!

Click here to view the full Daily Interlake article!

Top 10 Winter Reasons to visit Whitefish

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Whitefish was named in Frommer’s top 10 coolest towns in America.  Here at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake, we have to agree.  What makes Whitefish so cool you ask?  There are so many cool things about Whitefish, we decided to divide it into a winter and a summer list.  Since we are in the middle of a spectacular ski season, here is our winter list:

1.)  Snow Ghosts…..I know, we just blogged about them, but the snow ghost is a phenomenon that makes skiing Whitefish Mountain Resort truly unique.  The view from the chairlift as you ride up to the top of the resort looking across a blanket of complete white is amazing.  On a sunny clear day, you can see the peaks of Glacier and into Canada.  Turn behind you and Whitefish Lake spreads out on the valley floor, small lakes spring up to the north, and Flathead Lake can be seen glistening in the distance.  Snow Ghosts frame it all with their white fluffy softness, begging you to hug them.  One warning, don’t hug them, they are very cold.

2.)  Amtrak….Whitefish is one of the original stops on the Amtrak route from East to West.   The Amtrak is an easy and inexpensive way to visit Whitefish.  A fun day trip is taking the Amtrak from Whitefish to Glacier Park at Essex and cross-country ski the day, or spend the night in an original train car.  Enjoy the views of Glacier Park from the windows of the train as you travel.  The Amtrak museum located downtown is also a great way to see the history of Whitefish as “stumptown.”

3.)  Ski Joring….this sport combines two of our favorite activities, fast horseback riding and out of control skiing.  Whitefish is host to the National Ski Joring Championships where cowboy and skier come together to create a speed filled rodeo on snow.  An unlikely couple, the cowboy and the extreme skier, the two put their differences aside with the need for speed and competing for cash and prizes.  The competition occurs during our Whitefish Winter Carnival which is an action packed weekend of parties, events, and a downtown parade.    A great weekend to visit Whitefish.

4.)  Whitefish Lake…..okay, so this may make the top 10 summer list as well, but the view across a frozen mountain lake is breathtaking.  Watching deer, coyotes, and the occasional elk or moose cross the frozen lake at all times of the day is special.  The lake freezes solid around the end of January, and the locals and tourists alike enjoy snow-shoeing, cross country skiing, or viewing the frozen lake.  Here at the Lodge, we hang lights and clean a section of the lake for ice skating which is open daily.   Telling friends you walked and / or ice skated on a frozen mountain lake in Northwest Montana…….priceless.

5.)  Cafe Kandahar…….we love our restaurant here at the Lodge, the Boat Club, but we have to toot our friend Andy’s horn as well.  Andy Blanton, executive chef of Cafe Kandahar, is a culinary genius.  Nominated for the prestigious James Beard award for “Best Chef” in the Northwest, a dining experience with Andy is not one to be missed.  Located on the Whitefish Mountain Resort, Cafe Kandahar is an intimate evening of dining on gourmet foods with local flavor.  Andy ages his own prosciutto for at least a year, and touches every dinner that comes out of his kitchen.  On top of that, he visits each table and asks how you enjoyed your meal.  His soft spoken, humbleness is almost as spectacular as his food.  The culinary delights of Cafe Kandahar is a must do when you come to Whitefish.

6.)  Great Northern Bar.…..another highlight to your trip to Whitefish.  The Northern as the locals call it, has been the local watering hole since 1919.  With sawdust on the floor, retired signs from local businesses, live music in the back and an attitude that anything goes, the Northern is a true Montana bar.  Order fries and burgers in the back, play a game of pool or shuffleboard, or stay late and dance until close, the Northern is a the anchor of Whitefish nightlife.

7.)  Cross Country Skiing / Skate Skiing…..okay, we get it, its winter and you could do this anywhere.  But, in Whitefish you have many choices.  Choose from a leisurely round across frozen Whitefish Lake, enjoy the groomed trails of Whitefish Golf Course or Stillwater Mountain Lodge, experience trails at Whitefish Mountain Resort, drive into Glacier National Park to enjoy the many trails, or ride the Amtrak to Essex and you could make a week just cross-country skiing.

8.)  Fata Morgana…..wondering what this is?  Fata Morgana occurs when the light bends across the top of a thermal inversion, and stacks objects upside down and on top of each other.  This occurs above the clouds of the valley and makes the distant mountain peaks look like high desert plateaus.  This occurs on a rare occasion when we have a heavy inversion in Whitefish and it is an amazing site to see.  As you look out across the cloud covered valley, it looks like large plateau’s coming out of the clouds where normally mountain peaks were.  The plateaus are so obvious you wonder if you are looking at the desert instead of clouds above the valley.  You truly cannot believe your eyes.

9.)  Whitefish Mountain Resort…..I suppose this is pretty obviously in the top 10 winter reasons to visit Whitefish, but the thing I appreciate so about the Whitefish Mountain Resort is the absence of lift lines.  There are only a few days a year at the resort where you have to wait longer than a couple of minutes to get on your favorite chair.  This leads to a lot of vertical in one day.  In addition, Whitefish Mountain Resort has many of the original bars and resteraunts that make the flavor so great.  It has not been developed so the old bars have been torn down to be replaced by new, more modern versions.  Instead you are in an old, rustic building that is cramped with low ceilings and great atmosphere.  The Whitefish Mountain Resort has the chair amenities of any good ski resort with the atmosphere and flavor Whitefish is famous for.

10.)  Still of the Morning……..The still quiet of a snowy Montana morning is our #10 top reason to visit Whitefish.  Take a stroll out onto Whitefish Lake or off the path on Whitefish Mountain Resort and you will be amazed how quiet the snow is.  The quiet has a life and quality all of its own and it is impossible to not feel it lift your spirit and quiet your thoughts.  The restorative nature of this place makes it fill its tag line of “the Last Best Place.”  Smell the air when you step off the plane, feel the winter sun on your face at the top of Whitefish Mountain Resort, or just take a moment to hear nothing at all, and you will feel that pull in your heart asking you to return to Montana.

Thanks for reading.

Winter Wonderland

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

It is said that a snow flake is made up of over 18,000 water molecules.  That is alot of molecules when you think about the amount of snow in Montana.  We  have a special type of snow here in Northwestern Montana called Cold SmokeCold Smoke is a very light dry snow that is special to Montana and parts of Colorado because of the low humidity in the air at the time the snow is formed.  This type of snow is almost dust like when you toss it into the air and does not make for good snow man building.  For those of you that have skied in lake effect areas, consider  Cold Smoke the opposite of the type of snow you ski when lake effect hits, the ‘leg breaker’ snow. 

Cold Smoke also makes for a phenomenon in the higher elevations which we call Snow Ghosts.  Snow Ghosts are when the pine trees are completely covered in snow so there isn’t a hint of green showing.

 Snow Ghost

These Snow Ghosts are every where you turn on Whitefish Mountain Resort and are a local favorite.  It is just one more unique item to a mountain that enjoys over 3,000 skiable acres and over 300 inches of snowfall.  Are we partial to our local mountain?  Why, yes we are.  On the very busiest day of the year, the lift lines are only minutes long, and with enough groomed and off pack to serve everyone’s needs, Whitefish Mountain Resort holds a special place in every local’s heart.  We welcome you to enjoy it with us.