Originally Posted by sibhusky
I've been ignoring this thread because of the list of places in the title, then fatbob practically summoned me by referring to Whitefish.
Now that I see you don't need a major air hub and there's no price issue on air, it certainly makes a lot of sense to use that to go where others don't because of the air issue. Lift tickets here are relatively cheap compared to other "destination resorts". There is on mountain lodging, including a hostel-level place called Hibernation House that has packages** including lift tickets.
Then, downtown, there is the Whitefish Hostel, walk to the Snow Bus (free).
Benefits of being downtown are more restaurants and shops. Downside is worrying about bus schedules.**Current Hibernation House promo
Ski and Stay for $86
At the Hibernation House.
Offer Valid Sunday – Thursday nights for lodging and Monday – Friday for lift ticket portion. Valid on lift tickets and lodging. $86 per person per day/night, breakfast included – that’s less than a lift ticket alone at most of our competitors. Just sayin’.*
*Two night minimum stay required. Excludes the nights of 12/18/15 – 1/2/16 and 2/12/16 – 2/18/15. Price is per person, per day/night and based on double occupancy at the Hibernation House only. Taxes and fees not included. Based on availability and not valid with other promotions, offers or specials. Other restrictions may apply. Promo Code: HH86