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post #1 of 18
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Thinking about going to Big Mt. with 4 people for 2 days of skiing - lodging was pretty expensive for just a little 2 day ski trip. Anyone know a good deal on lodging for 3 nights. Prefer a condo but really don't want to spend a fortune for just 2 days of skiing. Anysuggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Pete
post #2 of 18
We're going up their Feb 24th thru March 4th and will stay at a place in Columbia Falls called Meadowlake ... good place to stay. You might check these out
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Dorm57
We're going up their Feb 24th thru March 4th and will stay at a place in Columbia Falls called Meadowlake ... good place to stay. You might check these out
It may be a good place, but you'll have some driving to do to get to the mountain each day you ski.
post #4 of 18
I haven't been there in a few years, but they used to run a free Snowbus between Big Mountain, and the nearby town of Whitefish, which is about 7 miles away from the hill proper. Those on budget stay in Whitefish, and use the free shuttle. Many lower cost lodging, and food, options in town.

Dave
post #5 of 18
The website lists the best deals ON the mountain supposedly. They stopped listing off mountain lodging this year, so you may need to go to the Whitefish merchants site. I've never been in the hunt for the "cheapest" myself, preferring B&B's to chains. Recommended B&B's -- Hidden Moose Lodge, Good Medicine Lodge, Garden Wall Inn. I've only stayed at the first one (I credit them with my decision to abandon corporate America and move to Whitefish), but I hear the other two are nice as well. The Hidden Moose is totally booked for the NorAms going on right now (US Ski Team and the Rocky/Central division racers), booked to overflowing, so I'd wait a bit for them to get their act back together before staying there. That is, I wouldn't recommend a trip there this weekend.
post #6 of 18

ccccccold this weekend anyway

agree with sibhusky about the nonchain hotels/bbs but if you are inclined, there is a super 8 (406) 862-8255 and Holiday Inn (406)862-4020, which are located just s of whitefish on the main drag (93) coming into town and yes, there is a snow bus which I think does go to hte super 8. STaying in town is probably cheaper but have never stayedon the mountain (www.big-mountain.com) so don't know what their rates are. The town is about 8 miles from the mountain, staying on the mountain is pretty self-contained, little grocery, bar, entertainment, ski rentals and so on. The town is a nice little "real people"town with fun bars, places to dance, restaurants, some shopping, some SERIOUS bars, AA meetings, tourist trinkets, ski shops...I really love whitefish but just had a friend in town who said staying on the mountain was great, didn't find out what he paid.
this weekend is supposed to be very very cold (I think friday's hi in town will be 12 or something)
The main quad has not been working for the past few days, check to see if it is back in business, other wise can still ski the mountain but slowly, on old, slow, creaky, LONG lifts...
have fun in montana,sure is pretty even if cold! but did I mention the fog??
post #7 of 18
The website says that Chair 1 is back up and working. I'd heard some guy was DRIVING up from Denver to fix it.

I can't WAIT to gatekeep tomorrow in the single digits, plus 20 mph winds....
post #8 of 18

God bless the engineers from CO

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Originally Posted by sibhusky
The website says that Chair 1 is back up and working. I'd heard some guy was DRIVING up from Denver to fix it.

I can't WAIT to gatekeep tomorrow in the single digits, plus 20 mph winds....
yeah, better you than me! and i guess better tomorrow than friday. I think I'd skip the bikini just this once tho...
and even if you can't actually FEEL it, you might SEE the sun (which I hope to do from my office, big sigh, hunched over the sad, wheezy little heater)
post #9 of 18
My wife and I stayed at the Pine Lodge 2 years ago and liked it very much. We seemed to have the place to our selves. They handled our lift tickets and the free shuttle to the mountain stopped right out front. Also, there was a great Mexican restaurant right next door.

Pretty much the whole week we were there it snowed and we enjoyed lots of fresh powder. You will have the mountain all to yourselves. It was the best trip for me so far.
post #10 of 18

good choice

and the pine lodge is right on 93 S heading into whitefish, number is 406-862-7600. snow bus right in front. and you might have it to yourselves, not this weekend but generally. probably cheaper thanthe mountain.
post #11 of 18
Right now we are having a bit of a cold snap. The last day of NorAms was canceled due to high winds and below zero conditions. (I was given a free lift voucher anyway for showing up to gatekeep in my total Arctic conditions outfit, consisting of two layers of long underwear on the bottom four on top, covered by ski pants and ski jacket, covered by Eddie Bauer down jacket rated to minus 50 degrees. Mittens with warmer things in them, wristies, helmet, neoprene face mask and additional knit face mask, fanny flap.... Heck, I was ready.)

No fog today, though.
post #12 of 18
I didn't think it was a bad price when you consider they give you a discount if you have a session pass from any other resort. Both lodging and lift tickets. So, we stayed at the Kandahar Lodge and absolutely LOVED it! But, that was 3 years ago and I don't know what the rates are this year.

Cold? It was -23F actual / -46F windchill. Lifties would not let you on if you had any skin exposed.
post #13 of 18
Kandahar is very nice. The restaurant was great as well.
We stayed at the Kristianna (a condo) which was a good price back in '00. It was ski in/walk out (about 15 paces) to the lifts. We loved it. http://www.kristianna.com/inns/31.html . It slept 7 people.
We loved the mtn. too. A ton of terrain and very diverse.
The fog can be killer(and the wind wicked) but methinks it give you more confidence.
Hibernation house is very inexpensive (according to friends) as well.
Here is a description:
The Hibernation House (800-858-4152; $$) is touted as the "friendliest lodge on the mountain." Big Mountain's best hotel lodging value, it is complete with a large indoor hot tub, inside ski storage, laundry room and buffet breakfast. Rooms have a queen bed, twin bunks and a private bath. Groomed run leads to the door by the ski room and it's a short walk to gliding down Home Again to Chair 6.
post #14 of 18
When the fog is bad and you have vertigo on the open slopes, ski in the trees and you will have a great time. You should ski in the trees a lot anyway.
post #15 of 18
On a trip to Fernie a few years ago we stayed at the Best Western in Whitefish on the tail end (flying out of Kalispell early). It was decent and clean for about $75 a night. I'd stay again if we were going back. We also stayed at the BW up in the town of Fernie - it was fantastic. It had been completely remodeled within the past couple of years, and the room even had a gas fireplace.
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Originally Posted by tumbler
On a trip to Fernie a few years ago we stayed at the Best Western in Whitefish on the tail end (flying out of Kalispell early). It was decent and clean for about $75 a night. I'd stay again if we were going back. We also stayed at the BW up in the town of Fernie - it was fantastic. It had been completely remodeled within the past couple of years, and the room even had a gas fireplace.
Hey--I've stayed in both of those hotels! When we lived in Calgary we drove back and forth to Denver a few times, always on the route through Fernie because I liked driving past Flathead Lake and through Jackson instead of across the high plains. What a drive. So gorgeous!

Oh, and right, those are clean hotels. One in Fernie is very remodeled and suprisingly nice for a hotel/motel. BW in Whitefish is basic, but very clean and friendly. If skiing all day is the focus, then I think this place would be find for crashing.

Mollmeister
post #17 of 18

and for breakfast

you should try the buffalo cafe in whitefish, go real early,
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by montana mags
you should try the buffalo cafe in whitefish, go real early,
Amen to this !! Good food, lot's of it and good price
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