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big mountain: Snow Alert! - 02/24/13 05:50 AM
Big Mountain has received 2 FEET of snow in the last 2 days, wow! The sky is clear and the moon is out early this morning, should be a good ski day. Heading to church and then to get an offer signed, hopefully still sunny for skiing this afternoon. skiwhitefish.com for the web cams and snow report
Today's Deep Thoughts:
6:00am Since Friday we have received two feet of new snow!! We have now officially reached the settled-base century mark! Over 100" settled base at the Summit! And the skiing has been unreal! With over 200" of snowfall this season so far, (1 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Update: February 22, 2013 - 02/22/13 06:12 AM
Some snow has finally fallen this week on the Big Mountain in Whitefish. The valley still has the remnants of the USA and Canadian holiday weekend. I was surprised how many families on vacation were on the mountain yesterday when I was skiing. Like skiwhitefish.com said this week, "2 weeks of lines and 15 weeks of no lines". Christmas week and Presidents weekend week are the busy 2. It is all relative though. Compared to other areas, our lines are nothing. High school basketball playoffs are picking up steam. We may go watch the Glacier High Wolfpack play Helena tonight. Always (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Update: January 20, 2013 - 01/19/13 01:37 PM
Sun, and more sun!! While the valley has had a smattering of fog and clouds, Big Mountain has been in the sun. It is great to head up to ski and watch the car thermometer rise as we drive up higher in elevation. The valley can be 10 degrees and the summit of Whitefish Resort will be 23 degrees. Nice to sit on a high speed chair and get warmer instead of colder as you climb the hill. See the video below of the happenings from today on the mountain. Those telemark skiers skinning up the mountain are incredible athletes in (1 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Real Estate Update January 3, 2013 - 01/03/13 12:10 PM
It is all about skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort on a day like today. The photos below say it all. Music playing when we loaded on the first lift was "I can see for miles and miles and miles" - so appropriate. The visibility sign at the chair said "awesome". We rode up with a guy from New Zealand and who was taking photos the whole way. He moved to the Flathead Valley 6 years ago after searching all over the Northwest for a place to call home. He said where else can you find a ski hill, a national park, (1 comments)
big mountain: Whitefish Mountain Resort #11 - 10/16/12 12:18 PM
Out of the top 30 ski resorts in Ski Magazine, Whitefish is #11, AND has the lowest priced lift tickets in the group. Skiers are polled for this ranking. Big Mountain went up 11 spots from last year. Pretty cool. This has been my home mountain for over 25 years. Long before we moved to the Flathead Valley 17 years ago, we would drive or take the train yearly from Seattle to ski in Whitefish. Our kids learned to ski on this hill. I always feel like I am on vacation when I am sitting on the chair riding up to (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley News and Notes June 7, 2012 - 06/07/12 07:33 AM
Yep, in my gmail box this a.m. was a snow report! Big Mountain got 22" in the last 24 hours. Of course ski season is over but I bet there were a few hiking up and skiing what they could yesterday. The Flathead Valley received 1.5" of rain as of noon on Wed. in a 24 hr period. No small feat when you consider the annual rainfall is just 16". Full day of sun today after the storm. Glad the primaries are over. Biggest contests in the valley were for Republican runners for 2 Flathead County Commissioner races. 7 ran for (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: April 26, 2011 - 04/26/12 10:32 AM
We experienced 2 days of 80+ degrees early this week! Those warm days followed an exceptionally nice weekend to get all the outdoor chores started for the spring. Today it is cooler and a little wetter but it sure is nice and green around here. Trees are leafing out, Flathead lake is slowly rising to full pool and valley residents can be seen making every effort to get outside and enjoy our activities.
Here is a photo that was posted by Glacier National Park of the plowing in Two Medicine camp ground. Just a "little" snow!! Speaking of snow, Whitefish Resort (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: December 30, 2011 - 12/30/11 08:34 AM
Weather: for some reason this is the first thing that comes to mind this week. After many sunny and warm (for winter) days, it is snowing this morning. Still warm and may end up raining in the valley but the ski hills should benefit. It has been a slow start to skiing this year. Big Mtn received 7" the other night which led to avalanche control measures. This weekend should see the start to more stable snow fall and better conditions. Blacktail faces north and has had a better base thus far. Big winds and rain off and on the last (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: December 10, 2011 - 12/10/11 08:16 AM
A beautiful sight yesterday afternoon: full moon rising over Glacier National Park! Blue sky, snow on the Swan Range of the Rockies, incredible. I never tire of looking at the view that surrounds me in the Flathead Valley. It was a week of sunny days which did not help either Blacktail or Whitefish Mountain Resort to add to their snow base for skiing. Never the less, both areas are opening today. Big Mountain will have reduced lift tickets and limited terrain open for skiing. They have been making snow on the mountain to add to the snow nature has been rather (1 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: November 1, 2011 - 11/01/11 07:22 AM
November! Snow is on Big Mtn, some valley snow possible the end of the week. Unlike the NE part of the country, we had no snow in October in the Flathead Valley. Kalispell restaurant update: 1) Applebees in front of Costco will be opening soon to add to the choices at the north end of Kalispell 2) Doug and Vonnie Day are changing their restaurant format over to more casual pub type of eatery on Main Street called Hops Restaurant and Grill. Always on the lookout for a great burger, I'll let you know how it is., 3) We have had (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Weekly Update: October 6, 2011 - 10/06/11 08:27 AM
The trees - Aspen and Birch - are changing colors. It is getting dark earlier and we had a heavy rain last night. Sometimes fall is a welcome relief from all the things to do in the Flathead Valley in the summer. It is okay to stay inside at night and relax, without packing the long daylight hours in the summer full of fun and necessary things to do. Saturday and Sunday the 8-9th, the Kalispell Ski Club does their ski swap at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. Time to buy and sell used and new ski equipment and pick up that (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: March 10, 2011 - 03/10/11 08:34 AM
After a little trip to relax and refresh, I am back and happy to announce it is still ski season! So much snow on Big Mountain this year. Kalispell has had only 49" which is below normal. You would never guess that though with so much still on the ground. The Daily Interlake had articles this week about how the Flathead Valley benefits from our Canadian neighbors. With only 2 hrs between us and the border and the exchange rate being beneficial, Canadians continue to shop, ski, golf, use our medical facilities and purchase homes. Kalispell Regional Hospital has a concierge (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: December 23, 2010 - 12/23/10 08:43 AM
Local government updates: Residents in the "donut" area of Whitefish are making an effort to get an initiative on ballot regarding who - county, or city - should be able to rule on their planning and zoning issues. Whitefish ice cream shop owners of Mrs. Spoonovers have fought hard for their sign rights on the building in court and won but now will be closing due to financial reasons. Very sad ending to the little guy finally getting justice. Flathead County Planning is approving a special zoning area in Lakeside near Flathead Lake. City of Kalispell is proposing increased sewer rates (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: December 17, 2010 - 12/17/10 05:24 PM
1) I have skied Big Mountain - now called Whitefish Mountain Resort - for 27 years and never tire of being on the hill. I was up there today in the sun and here is the mountain's daily video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yI1dj7f5A 2) Friendly people even in the holiday hussle and bussle 3) 4 seasons - I love the summer and winter, different outdoor activities abound 4) Views of the Rockies and into Glacier National Park 5) Only 15% of the land her is privately owned so millions of acres of wilderness to enjoy with horses, x-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, etc. (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: July 8, 2010 - 07/08/10 01:26 PM
Should have had a camera, but didn't, so will try and describe the amazing view this morning. I took my horse to Herron Park in Kalispell early to beat the heat. We rode up and up to the overlook. The Foys to Blacktail trail workers have been hard at it and the horse trail is much improved from previous years. Anyway, at the lookout this is what I could see, Big Mountain, Glacier National Park, blue/green Foys Lake, Swan range of the Rockies, and down to Flathead Lake. Of course the whole valley was there also. Incredible! Just me and (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: April 8, 2010 - 04/08/10 06:57 PM
Questions: Why does it want to snow the week AFTER Big Mountain closes for the season? Why do I need long underwear this week to ride my horse in a lesson? Why did I need to dig out my wool hat and gloves to do chores tonight? Why? Because we live in Montana where anything is possible! After a warm sunny, and balmy March, April has made us switch gears again. Easter weekend wasn't too bad, just chilly. Oh well, spring will return any day now. Attended an awesome Good Friday and Easter service (7am may I add) at (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: January 28, 2010 - 01/28/10 07:56 AM
Big weekend in the Flathead Valley coming up: Whitefish Carnival: Skijoring takes place all weekend. Horses and riders towing skiers/snowboarders through a course for prizes. Alpine Theater Project and Glacier Symphony collaboration on South Pacific, performances in Whitefish and Kalispell. Thursday night concert in Whitefish by the International Guitarists, brought into town by the Whitefish Theater Co. Why I live here: Thursday morning skiing hard for 2 hours in the sun on Big Mountain, then heading to work meeting with some great clients. Outstanding view of all the mountain peaks into Canada from the summit yesterday, wish I had brought (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Weekly Update: December 31, 2009 - 12/31/09 07:51 AM
Christmas happenings: ice skating in Whitefish, Christmas Eve torch light parade on Big Mountain, nachos at Hellroaring Saloon on the mountain, my 4 horses escaping on Christmas morning and a made chase to catch them with much help from the neighbors. Christmas day movie and a big turkey dinner afterwards followed by a Rummicube tournament at our house. Thought about skiing this a.m. but with 14" of powder over night and still snowing heavily at Whitefish Mountain Resort, think we'll wait for it to be groomed and packed. Another big storm tonight, so maybe Saturday will be good skiing. (0 comments)
big mountain: Flathead Valley Update: December 11, 2009 - 12/11/09 08:31 AM
It is snowing finally! Not a lot, but this weekend expect a quite a bit more. Big Mtn opened last weekend but opted not to ski since only a few runs were open and it was bitterly cold. This last week we had some frigid days but boy were the Rocky Mountains our shining against the clear blueskies. I overheard someone say yesterday those mountains are "food for the soul". Whitefish Christimas Stroll is tonight, Friday. Always fun. Galleries and shops open and a Christmas parade. Snow will be falling, very Christmas like. Bigfork is open late on the Saturdays before (0 comments)
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