You have to love it when a plan comes together. After a few fun, filled days of skiing powder at Great Northern Powder Guides near Whitefish, Montana it was time to move onto the next location. Thank goodness it wasn't to far just 25 miles down the road to Whitefish Mountain Resort which overlooks the beautiful Flathead Valley. When we finished up at Great Northern it was dumping. That snow continued through most of the evening leaving behind 6" of fresh at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Staying up on the mountain we woke to broken cloudy skies and a great view of the freshly covered mountain. We made our way up the Big Mountain Express to find a fog layer at the top of the mountain, not the best for shooting video and stills. We decided to slip back down the front where viz was good and we started skiing in the trees on the sides of the Ptarmigan Bowl.
Desi Blasting through the trees in Little Bavaria
On this day we had the father and son team of former National Freestyle Champion Dan Herby and his 16 year old son Cooper Herby as well as regulars Deseri Leipham, Tommy Frey, myself and Freeride Media Videographer Justin Miller.
We made some fun laps off the Big Mountain Express for most of the morning venturing over into a few little pockets like Good Medicine and Little Bavaria that seemed to be holding the goods and not getting the pressure from the other riders visiting the resort.
Coopy Herby going for the Face Shot!
Dan Herby playing in the Steep and Deep
There's plenty of choices of terrain with the 3000 feet of vert which can be had off the Big Mountain Express.
Justin Miller capturing the action of Tommy Frey
Throughout the morning the visibility was good on the lower mountain where we were able to see Whitefish Lake, the town of Whitefish and the impressive Flathead Valley.
Bob popping off a Shifty over Whitefish Lake
After a late lunch at the Base Lodge we checked out the groomers off The Swift Creek Express. Lots of race training and group ski instruction going on over at this portion of the mountain which sat directly above the village. By 3:00 pm it was dumping again, dropping some big fluffy flakes. We finished off the day with a non stopper from the Summit to the legendary Bierstube and a celebratory shot of Jaeger to cap off a fun day.
Getting in a little groomer action in the afternoon and heading for the Barn!
It had been over 10 years since my last visit, I can assure it wont' be that long for the next one.