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Old 11-27-2009, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone been to Whitefish?

I posted this a couple of weeks ago but never got an answer.

I am planning a 4 day trip to Whitefish from Banff and am wanting to know the best time. I can go anytime in Jan or Feb. It will be over a weekend if that matters. Is there anytime with good snow and less crowds? I heard that sometimes if its quiet they will close areas. Any truth to this?

Also anyone know how long the drive would be from Banff in the Winter?
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well if you have your mind set on Whitefish-you're making no mistake buddy. It's amazing boarding there with literally no lines. (save Family Day week in Feb. and New Years)

Now to roads-it depends where you are planning on crossing the boarder- Coutts is probably the largest and most congested boarder crossing through Alberta-Montana (took us 2 hours of waiting in a kilometer long line ) so i suggest veering away from there, especially on holidays or Fridays (think Del Bonita crossing) .

Yes, specific parts of Big Mountain can be closed from time to time. They have a special chair (chair #4?)that is used only to relieve congestion of the main chairs when lines get busy. However, even on a holiday you are only looking at a 3 minute wait in line. At anytime you can expect maybe 5 runs of the hills 90 some runs to be closed off-mainly around chair 4 and the backside Hell-roaring.

As for the snow, anytime within January-March is perfect. If you stay a couple days expect a couple inches every night-however two years ago when I visited we received close to 2 feet in 4 days .

Wolfram-Alpha says the distance is 194 miles only but it seems a lot longer than that. After you reach the boarder crossing it is a 3 hour drive.

Hope you play with all of the big's 4000 acres-it truly is a fun mountain, especially when the fog is so thick you cant see 15 feet in front of you and the snow is piling down.
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Check this out.. Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana - Winter Season '09-10 It came in an email offer this morning.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks heaps for the information. We are planning on coming in Via highway 93 at Roosville so hopefully the crossing is easy. I heard that when its snows it snow proper so I'm hoping we get lucky on that front!

Thanks again for the info.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh i see, you're heading down the Fernie way. Once you reach the boarder your only looking at a 45 minute drive then
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Whitefish is a hidden Montanan gem. Most people in Montana go to Showdown, a 60 mile drive from Great Falls. Whitefish is dominated by Canadian tourists and a good percentage of the real estate is also owned by Albertans. I am not a skier or boarder yet, but during Family Day my 8 year old daughter had a blast and returned with some good basic skills. We usually hang out in Whitefish during the Summer as it is more inviting and the drive across the Going to the Sun road is just something out of this world. I hope you enjoyed your stay, I just realized that you posted a while back... Also, lodging is usually not a problem either as there are plenty of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts just minutes away from the slopes.
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