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I'm planning my 2017 ski trip to Whitefish Montana.  This will be my first visit to Whitefish.  I'll be there late Feb, early March.   I'm looking for any information about the mountain and the town.  What are your thoughts about skiing Whitefish ?  What are the best places for après at both the mountain village and in town.    Also recommendations for dinner too.   I would also be interested in a snowmobile tour of Glacier National Park.  Any recommendations for a company to use for that ?   Any information is greatly appreciated.  Thanks 

post #2 of 12
I've pretty well covered the mountain here:

If you mean bars by "apres", the Bierstube at the mountain is full of locals. In town, the "Northern" (actually Great Northern Bar and Grill) is the locals' hangout. I think we need more info about you, any family or friends in your group, etc. beyond that.

Dinner: Tupelo, Wasabi, Whitefish Lake Restaurant ("the golf course" in local parlance), Stillwater Fish House (assuming you've got a car for the last two). Actually, having a hard time thinking of places that are bad (but maybe throw out a name as I might have forgotten about them because I don't go to them). Cheaper than the last: Truby's, Haskill Station (but just bought by new owners and may have changed more than a name by 2017), the Buffalo. Boy, there's so many, just go to Yelp for a list and then ask me.

I'd have to Google snowmobile tours of Glacier, not sure they do that. There's ranger snowshoe tours occasionally. There used to be snowmobile tours at the mountain, but there was an accident and the mountain stays out of that business now (third party, but they helped book it). There's also dogsledding.

Lot of breweries in the general area, but some you would need a car.
Edited by sibhusky - 4/2/16 at 10:05am
post #3 of 12
I looked at some of your older posts. I think the restaurant at Grouse Mountain Lodge usually has wild game in the menu, but haven't been there recently. I'm sure there's a menu online. That's the kind of thing that usually a seasonal special. Once again, car needed to get there.
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Thanks for the info.  I have read the guide, so I was looking for general impressions of the mountain.  My group is made up of mostly restaurant people.  Bartenders, cooks, chefs and I have a couple of doctors thrown in too.  I've done snowmobile tours of Yellowstone, while in Jackson, so I have googled tours for Glacier.  There are a couple, so it seems.  We ski hard all day, so we look for a fun happy hour (or 2 or 3 hour) then a nice dinner so we can get some sleep and do it all over again. We don't go out for dinner every night, so its nice to go to the better places.   We go for 2 weeks every year, so that gives us plenty of time to check out as much as possible. 

post #5 of 12
For apres, slightly more upscale selections, geared a tad more to visitors maybe, would be Hellroaring at the mountain and Casey's in town. Casey's used to be were all the fights were, but that building was razed and new ownership by a billionaire created the current Casey's. Rooftop bar, although it would depend in the night whether that would be appealing. I still haven't been. My apres is my house, but I used to have a twenty-something living with us, which is where my apres knowledge comes from.
post #6 of 12
General impression of the mountain? Hmm. I've had two visitors refer to it as a "rounder" Jackson or Jackson without the vertical. I've never been to Jackson, so can't comment. This is an excellent place for intermediates, not so good for rank beginners. There are a few cliffy places for the testosterone crowd: Buckle Your Boots, East Rim Chutes, NBC, Picture Chutes. A LOT of trees of varying densities. One issue here is fog and in warmer years, like the last two, it's a huge issue. However, the long term forecast for next season is colder than average, and that usually means less fog. The key factor, in my unscientific analysis, is whether the lake has frozen.

Another frequently mentioned "con" is a cat track you have to use if you ski any of the North Bowl/East Rim area blacks. To get on the lift, you must use Russ's Street. Learn how to glide. I'm an excellent glider, anyone will tell you. And even I get sick of the darned thing. But truly, it reduces the traffic in those areas.

Sounds like you guys might want high end dining, but personally Kandahar, which has pretensions in that area, is good food until you get the bill. Then you realize you could have eaten just as well elsewhere for a lot less pretension and money. We're retired and would like to waste money in other ways. But it's very highly rated and the chef is sort of a celebrity.
post #7 of 12
On Wednesdays at the Stube, they give out the Frabert award, so that's a good day to hit the Bierstube. Frabert given to whoever really screwed up that week. You might find videos on You Tube. (You'll get the flavor of the place as well)
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We stayed at the Kandahar.  They have a really nice, relaxed, comfy lobby with big leather couches and chairs arranged around a generous stone hearth.  Charming  little cubby of a bar off that lobby with great historical skiing pice and excellent bloody marys.  We liked ordering food and eating it in the lobby more than the nouvelle cuisine of the dining room.  We had a 3 bedroom condo room with kitchen , dining area and living room just upstairs from the lobby.  Little bit of a skate to the first lift in the morning and easy ski home at days end.


Town is about a 15 minute free bus ride... If I remember though the last bus back is around 10ish.  This info is a few seasons old.  


We usually hit Hell Roaring Saloon for lunch.


Lots of fun places to go out in town.  Easy to walk around and barhop.


Great tree skiing!  Good mountain for advanced skiers.  Some steeps but not a true experts mountain.  Plenty of intermediate terrain as well.  Can be foggy.  Can be freezing.  Great views.  Layout can be a bit confusing at first.  

post #9 of 12
This year at least, the last bus was at 11.
post #10 of 12
Another item. If you have people who like back country, we have an open boundary policy. Naturally, don't do this unless you're equipped. But Canyon Creek and Hellroaring Peak are available (you're on your own). Canyon Creek is definitely avalanche terrain. Hellroaring is just nice open tree skiing, out of bounds, but fairly untracked with a mostly flat hike and return to a lift. Not serviced by ski patrol, though, so costs of recovery might be assessed by the sheriff.
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good trees, dont constrain yourself to the swath cut paths, explore. Just ignore the uptight telemark crowd when they are stuck up or rude. Plan for plenty of traversing, its worth it to get off the beaten track (sort of a one lift mountain) watch for bony low coverage in hellroaring chute/gully low angle rock pile thing. Don't go below the lift in that basin either... East rim has a few slots along the back that hold the gold, because they don't look skiable till you just follow some local through and it turns out no sweat. Glacier is actually quite far from whitefish and best viewed from the top of the ski area. Grouse mountain lodge has good steaks. there used to be a good sushi place in town (surprise). not sure if it is still there.

post #12 of 12
Wasabi is still here.

The entrance to Glacier is about 45 minutes. Not sure where the snowmobile business is, though. Beware of things that say they tour "Glacier Country". That's not necessarily Glacier National Park. That's a tourism term. I didn't find the tours of GNP you found. What was the business name? What I did find was this quote: "Snowmobiling is a popular Montana sport near Glacier National Park but is not permitted within GNP boundaries."
Edited by sibhusky - 4/11/16 at 12:24am
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