SKI - - RESORTS OF THE YEAR 2019 - —Greg Ditrinco

This quaint, old-school Montana skier’s moun­tain has been at­tract­ing at­ten­tion for all the right rea­sons. It’s not crowded. Not pre­ten­tious. Not pricey. In other words, not a mega-re­sort. So what’s the big deal? Quite sim­ply, White­fish’s loyal fans across the ski uni­verse pretty much just adore the place, giv­ing it the high­est praise for Over­all Sat­is­fac­tion. Lead­ing that buzz is its kick-butt/no lift-line ski­ing. North Side and Hell­roar­ing Basin keep it real. And mov­ing Chair 5 last sea­son to the east side of the moun­tain deleted the long tra­verse back to Chair 1, cre­at­ing a sweet pod of ex­pert ter­rain. (Look­ing to prove your­self? Drop in and test your tech­nique on NBC—North Bowl Chute—ac­ces­si­ble from the top of the East Rim run. En­joy lots of manda­tory jump turns and spec­ta­tors check­ing you out from Chair 5.) But at the end of the day, it’s the small-town Montana hos­pi­tal­ity—found shar­ing a lunch ta­ble at the Sum­mit House or in the fam­ily trail tips heard from a lo­cal par­ent on Chair 2—that should re­serve White­fish a spot on your must-vis­its. Yes, there’s fog. And you bet it’s cold here in Northern Montana. But no one can ar­gue that this re­sort must be do­ing some­thing right: For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son it has set a skier-visit record. That’s say­ing some­thing.

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