Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort

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Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort is a premier ski destination located in Montana. It features a wide variety of terrain, including five terrain parks that cater to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The resort receives an average of over 300 inches of snowfall each year, which allows for a long ski season from mid-December to mid-April. The mountain's elevation extends well past 6,800 feet, and a vertical drop over 2,300 ft.

Whitefish Mountain also offers night skiing on select days during the ski season. The resort is known for its stunning views of the surrounding mountains and its laid-back, friendly atmosphere. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, you'll find something to love at Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.

We recently ranked all of Montana's ski resorts, so you can see where Whitefish Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Whitefish Mountain is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Whitefish Mountain's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Whitefish Mountain around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Whitefish Mountain Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Whitefish Mountain has a total of 98 ski trails, which are serviced by 13 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 3,000 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,214 hectares, 5 square miles, or 12 square kilometers.

Whitefish Mountain's slopes see on average 333 inches (101 m) of snowfall a year. That is almost 27 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
3,000(12 km2)
Annual Snowfall
333"(10,150 cm)

Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 6,817 feet, or 2,078 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 4,464 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,353 feet (717 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Whitefish Mountain's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
6,817'(2,078 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,353'(717 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
4,464'(1,361 m)

Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
65.3out of 100
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Whitefish Mountain's difficulty level of 65.3 is above average. 85% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Whitefish Mountain has 3,000 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Whitefish Mountain's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 35% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 50% as expert.
Green Circle
15%(450 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
35%(1,050 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
50%(1,500 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Whitefish Mountain is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 50% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort Location

Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Montana, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Whitefish, MT.

Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
48.76000, -114.59000

Getting to Whitefish Mountain Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 48.76000, -114.59000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Whitefish, MT to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.

Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB164 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Whitefish Mountain.

Glacier Park International AirportFCAKalispell, MT35 mi
Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International AirportYXCCranbrook, BC80 mi
Lethbridge County AirportYQLLethbridge, AB101 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Castle MountainPincher Creek, AB7,463 ft79%47 mi
Fernie Alpine ResortFernie, BC7,050 ft66%53 mi
Blacktail MountainLakeside, MT6,780 ft42%54 mi
Pass PowderkegBlairmore, AB5,183 ft31%58 mi
Turner MountainLibby, MT5,952 ft68%65 mi
KimberleyKimberly, BC6,500 ft60%90 mi
Teton PassChoteau, MT7,200 ft32%95 mi
Schweitzer MountainSandpoint, ID6,400 ft67%96 mi
Silver MountainKellogg, ID6,300 ft58%99 mi

Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation6,817 ft
Base Elevation4,464 ft
Vertical Drop2,353 ft
(15% Beginner,  35% Intermediate,  50% Expert)
Skiable Acres3,000
Avg. Annual Snowfall333 inches
Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats
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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.