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Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort

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Pro tip: Wide open spaces, big mountains, big snow. Getting here is a little tough, but the rewards for the ski trips that make it here are rich. There exists some excellent tree skiing in the mid-elevations here, with pines spaced just so. The Northern Rockies climate can cake snow on, so this place can resemble the moon after a good dump.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Whitefish Mountain Resort
Overall
79.9
Travel Ease
76.1
Snow Quality
63.8
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

26

Rank in
Region

19

Rank in
State

2

Best time for snow at
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
Wednesday
Day
1-2"
Night
0"
Thursday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Friday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Saturday
Day
0-1"
Night
1-2"
True Snow: 324" per year
Snow Quality Rank

58

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

51

Whitefish Mountain Resort is ranked No. 51 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

12.8%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

11.5%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

14.8%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

51

Whitefish Mountain Resort is ranked No. 51 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

58

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

2353 ft

6817 ft
Base Elevation: 4464 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Whitefish Mountain Resort

At Whitefish 13.6% of winter days see 6 inches or more of snow, 12% of winter months see 90 inches or more, and 14% of months see less than 30 inches. This is average snow frequency but above average drought resistance for destination resorts. Whitefish can get occasional rain, but tends to get less than other interior Northwest areas due its slightly higher elevation range of 4.500 - 6,800 feet. Whitefish has an excellent reputation for powder skiing due to expansive terrain, well-spaced trees and skier density about 1/3 that of typical destination resorts.

Accumulation and Preservation

Whitefish averages about 80% open at Christmas with about 15% of seasons being less than half open by Christmas. Despite the half south exposure, midwinter snow preservation is very good in the chronically overcast and foggy climate. Widespread melt/freeze conditions are likely in March if it is sunny. January and February are the most reliable months at Whitefish.