--Public beach on the lake
--New fitness facility with pool just a bit out of downtown
--If you live in town it's walkable, and there is the Snow Bus for skiing
--Mountain is about 15 minutes from town
--Famous for low crowds
--Season passes higher than in past, but still reasonable. If you buy now, it's $525 for next season.
--Town elevation is 3000 feet, summit of ski area a mere 6871.
--Summers are wonderful. Days CAN get hot, but nights are in the 50's. I don't have air conditioning and the humidity is low.
--We don't have Starbucks, we have a local roaster named Montana Coffee Traders, much better. We also have a health food/organic food store.
--At least nine golf courses within a 1/2 hour
--Local ice rink if anyone needs it
--Glacier National Park 45 minutes away.
--In-town playhouse for plays, etc.
--Airport a mere 20 minutes out of town
--15 miles to big box stores in Kalispell
--TONS of great restaurants
Access to a city? For what?
School system...Hmm...They are proud of it. However, we came from a top notch school system (Blue Ribbon and Gold Star awards) in NJ, so we weren't so impressed. How old is your daughter? Middle school newly renovated. High school definitely needs work and a second bond referendum just failed to pass. There is Flathead Christian, where a lot of people seem to send their kids. All the high schools seem to encourage high performing HS kids to do "Running Start" which has them taking college courses for HS credit. My daughter's friend (female) got into West Point and two others from the class ahead of that one also got in (males). The school must be doing something right or Whitefish has mucho political clout. There is an excellent writing teacher who does a good job preparing the kids for college writing. Possibly our experiences overall were colored not only by our experiences with a much LARGER school system prior to coming here, but also by the fact that my daughter had to travel a LOT for ski racing. The school is EXCELLENT when it comes to accommodating ski racing around the school schedule, I will say that.
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