Just north of Kalispell is one of the top ski resort towns in America — Whitefish, Montana. Home to Whitefish Mountain Resort, this idyllic western town offers unique shops, galleries, coffee houses and bars along its postcard-picture Central Avenue. While the town is known for winter fun and big powder dumps, it’s definitely worth the short drive for a day trip in any season. Whitefish Lake, Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Zip Line, Walk in the Treetops and great mountain biking are all memorable family-friendly activities that should put Whitefish on your must-do list.
DAY-VENTURING IN WHITEFISH
ACTIVITIES YOU’LL LOVE
Whitefish Lake City Beach — Adults and kids will love the sandy beach with large roped swimming area and lawn for picnicking. Ideal swimming area for children and lifeguards are on duty. Canoe, kayak and motorsport rentals are also available.
Ski the Fish — Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the best in the U.S. It offers 3,000 skiable acres with an average annual snowfall of 300 inches. It’s routinely lauded by skiers for its varied terrain, wide-open runs, short lift lines and relaxed Montana feel.
Elevate Your Playground — In summer, Whitefish Mountain Resort offers tons of family-friendly and exhilarating activities — zip lines, an alpine slide, hiking, mountain biking, scenic lift rides and the ultimate experience — Walk in the Treetops, a nature hike through the forest canopy.
Whitefish Lake Golf Club — This Scottish links style club offers 36 holes of challenging golf. Selected among the Top 5 courses in Montana by Golf Digest, it offers great lake and mountain views.
Take in a Play — Founded by Broadway veterans, the Alpine Theatre Project has become a respected professional theater offering musicals, plays and concerts throughout the year.
Amtrak Depot — Visit the historic train depot in Whitefish where the Empire Builder arrives twice daily either originating in Chicago in the east or Portland or Seattle from the west.
Great Northern Brewing Company — Take a break from clothes shopping and gallery hopping downtown to grab a pint at Great Northern, where they brew twelve ales and lagers in a variety of year-round and seasonal styles including the popular Black Star.
ROUTE YOU’LL TAKE
Head north and east on Highway 93 for 15 miles to Whitefish. Drive time is about 20 minutes.