White­fish Moun­tain Re­sort

SKI - - WEST - — G.D.

Two key mile­stones have hit this mod­est, but grow­ing Montana re­sort. It’s cel­e­brat­ing its 70th an­niver­sary this sea­son, and the re­sort set a record last win­ter with up­wards of 346,000 skier vis­its. Lo­cals cel­e­brate the first and lament the sec­ond. But they were buoyed by a third mile­stone: The re­sort was buried in more than 400 inches last sea­son, the sec­ond-high­est snow­pack in nearly 20 years. It’s clear that White­fish is in a re­sort’s sweet spot: still small enough to of­fer the in­ti­macy that nur­tures ski­ing’s most en­dur­ing traits, yet also grow­ing at a pace that brings in enough cash and cre­ative en­ergy to up­grade the place just about ev­ery sea­son. Yes, unas­sum­ing White­fish does land at No. 10, bump­ing ski poles with the big brands, sand­wiched be­tween Beaver Creek and Steam­boat. But Top 10 fin­ishes in Ser­vice, Char­ac­ter, and Kid Friend­li­ness res­onate with skiers, and are tes­ta­ment to the re­sort’s small-town at­ti­tude—both on the moun­tain and in a down-to-earth, au­then­tic ski town that re­mains as real as any­where. And there is lots of ski­ing. Hell­roar­ing Basin and North Side would feel right at home in Jack­son. No need to quote lo­cals, they know why they moved here. Here’s a vis­i­tor, who gives the ul­ti­mate vis­i­tor com­pli­ment. “This is NOT a mega-re­sort. No foo-foo frills, with real peo­ple. Re­fresh­ing,” says one reader. “Will def­i­nitely re­turn.”

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