Big Mountain, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana, United States
One of the most popular spots at Whitefish Mountain Resort is the summit, which lies 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) above sea level. From here, the views of the jagged peaks of Glacier National Park are breathtaking.
But it's the snow-covered trees -- known locally as snow ghosts -- that really stand out.
When the weather's right, what's known as a cloud inversion can take place. The clouds below become locked within the valley and visitors on the summit can look down upon a sea of white.
"Winter in Whitefish is so magical probably because the mountain weather is so dynamic and extreme," says Brian Schott at Whitefish, Montanta Visitors' Bureau. "Winter storms race in from the west coast and bump up along the continental divide, sitting over us for days dumping snow. When at last there is a clearing and you ride the chairlift to the summit, it's as if you have been transported to another world."
I don't have a link yet, but my daughter just showed me there's an article in the most recent issue (Spring 2016, p.28) of SKI about Whitefish. I think they severely underestimated the snow ghost number... Say by a million. Otherwise, pretty accurate.