- Whitefish Mountain Resort
Infobox ski area
name=Whitefish Mountain Resort
location=The Big Mountain
liftsystem=10 chairs, 3 surface
external_link= [http://www.skiwhitefish.com/ skiwhitefish.com] |
Whitefish Mountain Resort is a is a
ski resortlocated at The Big Mountain in northwestern Montana, located west of Glacier National Parkin the Flathead National Forest. It is 4 miles (6.25 km) from the town of Whitefish and 21 miles (33.80 km) north of the city of Kalispell. The mountain is the second largest ski areain Montana, after Big Sky Resort.
The area currently has 10 chairlifts: 3 high-speed detachable quads and 7 fixed grip (2 quads, 4 triples, and 1 double). There are also three surface lifts: two T-bars and a magic carpet. Of these, 10 lifts operate regularly, including one T-bar which is normally only open on weekends. [cite web|url=http://www.skiwhitefish.com/hours_and_dates.php |title=Whitefish Mountain Resort Hours and Dates |publisher=Whitefish Mountain Resort |accessdate=2008-10-01]
The mountain is largely separated into three faces. The front side is primarily serviced by the Chair One high speed quad and has the most skiable terrain. The front side has 8 of the mountains 10 ski lifts. The back side of the mountain is serviced by Chair 7, a high speed quad. The back side has more tree skiing terrain, and additional terrain can be accessed by T-Bar 2. The western face of the mountain contains the Hell Roaring basin. Serviced by Chair 11, a triple chair. The Hell Roaring basin is the most advanced skiing on the mountain with cliffs, vertical chutes, and tight tree skiing.
The vertical drop of the
ski areais 2353 feet (717 m), with a summit elevation of 6817 ft. (2078 m) and a base of 4464 ft. (1361 m). The average annual snowfallis 300 inches (762 cm). [cite web|url=http://www.skiwhitefish.com/statistics.php |title=Whitefish Mountain Resort Statistics |publisher=Whitefish Mountain Resort |accessdate=2008-09-05]
The ski area is about 19 miles (30 km) north of
Glacier Park International Airportand 35 miles (56 km) south of the Canadian border.
The Big Mountain opened on
December 14, 1947, with a T-bar and soon after hosted the U.S. Alpine Championships in 1949.cite web|url=http://www.skiwhitefish.com/about.php#history |title=About Whitefish Mountain Resort |publisher=Whitefish Mountain Resort |accessdate=2008-09-05] The first chairliftwas installed in 1960 and a second in 1968, replacing the original T-bar. In June 2007, the resort was renamed "Whitefish Mountain Resort." By then the mountain had expanded to include 10 chair lifts, ranging from detachable high-speed quads to fixed-grip double chairs.
Tommy Moelearned to ski and race at the mountain, where his father was on the ski patrol; [cite web|url=http://classic.mountainzone.com/ski/moe/ |title=It's Time for Moe |publisher=MountainZone.com |author=Quigley, Michelle |accessdate=2008-09-05] they relocated to Alaskawhen he was a teenager and the mountain dismissed him from the team. Moe won the gold medal in the Downhill[cite web|url=http://www.oslo.net/historie/OL/13/7.html |title=OL: Downhill Men Sunday (Official List), The 1994 Winter Olympics |publisher= Oslonett|accessdate=2008-09-05] and silver in the Super-G[cite web|url=http://www.oslo.net/historie/OL/17/6.html |title=OL-Alpine: Super-G Men (Official list), The 1994 Winter Olympics |publisher= Oslonett|accessdate=2008-09-05] at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
In December 2006, Winter Sports, Inc. (a.k.a. WSI, the privately held company formed in 1947 to manage the resort) conducted a [http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/06/reversestocksplit.asp reverse stock split] , which had the effect of forcing some shareholders with small numbers of shares to cash out their positions in the company. WSI's handling of the reverse split was criticized by some in the local community. [cite web|url=http://missoulian.com/articles/2006/12/17/news/mtregional/news03.txt |title=Locals dismayed at Big Mountain ski area stock plan |publisher=
Missoulian|author=Jamison, Michael |accessdate=2008-09-05]
avalancheoccurred in the Flathead National Forest, within hiking distance of the back side of The Big Mountain and killed two skiers on Jan 13th, 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=7618662 |title=Trail at fatal Flathead avalanche site to reopen |publisher= Montana Television Network|date=2008-01-27 |accessdate=2008-09-05]
The new operators of Whitefish Mountain Resort received criticism [cite web|url=http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/resort_changes_draw_praise_resistance/3113/ |title=Resort Changes Draw Praise, Resistance |publisher=flatheadbeacon.com |author=Testa, Dan |date=2008-04-16 |accessdate=2008-09-05] in the winter of 2007-2008 when they closed several lower lifts each afternoon at 4pm, 30 minutes earlier than indicated by a printing mistake on their trail map. They also closed the backside of the mountain 30 minutes earlier than in previous years.
In 2008, the resort discontinued summer lift access for winter season pass holders. [cite web|url=http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/whitefish_mountain_resort_changes_summer_lift_policies/3675/ |title=Whitefish Mountain Resort Changes Summer Lift Policies |publisher=flatheadbeacon.com |author=Lomax, Becky |date=2008-05-28 |accessdate=2008-09-05] However, said season pass holders were granted several free lift tickets. [cite web|url=http://campaign-archive.com/?u=8bfee85ec43c6496c2d381e3f&id=ae192b4aaa |title=Lift policy change notification letter |publisher=Whitefish Mountain Resort |date=2008-06-13 |accessdate=2008-09-05] [cite web|url=http://campaign-archive.com/?u=8bfee85ec43c6496c2d381e3f&id=eb7b7d3dea |title=Follow-up notification letter |publisher=Whitefish Mountain Resort |date=2008-06-17 |accessdate=2008-09-05] In September of that same year, the resort reversed the decision and announced that 2008-2009 winter season passes would again convey unlimited foot-passenger lift access for summer 2009. [cite web|url=http://campaign-archive.com/?u=8bfee85ec43c6496c2d381e3f&id=cf64eadae5 |title=Whitefish Mountain Resort Newsletter: Winter Passes will Include Summer Lift Rides, Donnie is Sore, and Just What are Ski School Programs? |publisher=Whitefish Mountain Resort |author=Clapp, Donnie |date=2008-09-25 |accessdate=2008-10-01]
* [http://www.skiwhitefish.com Ski Whitefish.com] - official site
* [http://www.bigmtn.info Big Mtn.info] - unofficial site
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