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March (and April) Madness in Whitefish.

March 18th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Pond Skimming at the Whitefish Mountain Resort is an end-of-ski-season highlight.  This year it takes place on April 6, 2013.

Pond Skimming at the Whitefish Mountain Resort is an end-of-ski-season highlight. This year it takes place on April 6, 2013.

This is NOT a post about basketball “March Madness” – so either you’re disappointed or breathing a sigh of relief.   This is a post about all the fun stuff is happening in the next few weeks in Whitefish.  We are an active bunch here and if you’ve got that same adventurous spirit, book a room at the Hidden Moose Lodge for a respite from the crazy adventures you too can get in on.  Here are just a few that take place in the next month:

Pole, Peddle & Paddle Triathlon – March 23, 2013

As we begin to look towards the changing seasons the Whitefish Mountain Resort is offering an event that caters to whatever your pleasure may be. This 3-leg multi sport relay race includes a Boating section, a Biking section and a Mountain section (which includes an uphill and downhill portion).  The event can be raced by individuals doing all 3 legs of the race, or with teams of 3 with one member completing one section each.


8-9am – Registration/Check In at Riverside Park (on Baker Ave.)
10am – Race Start
Paddle:  2.0 miles –From Riverside Park
Peddle:  Bike -8 miles / 1500’ vertical -From Riverside Park to the Base Lodge of Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Pole: Mountain Section – 3.4 miles / 2200’ vertical -From the Base Lodge to the Summit, and skiing back down to the Base Lodge.
Awards – 30 minutes after last finisher on the Base Lodge Deck. 1-2ish

Brewfest & Dummy Derby – March 30, 2013

1-4 pm: The 5th annual Brewfest is fundraising event for the S.N.O.W. Bus presented by the Big Mountain Commercial Association. Featuring over 12 regional microbreweries, it takes place in the Upper Village Area of the Whitefish Mountain Resort.  Tickets $20/advance [available at the Base Lodge Guest & Info Center or the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce – 307 Spokane #103] or $25/door, $5/kids and designated drivers. The S.N.O.W. bus is a great and FREE service that takes skiers & boarders up and down the mountain all winter long.

Then, catch the Dummy Derby right after Brewfest is over. Watch homemade “rafts” (dummies on skis) crash after soaring over an enormous custom built jump. Or better yet, build and enter your own Dummy! Free to enter and you could win $500!


12:00-1:30pm – Registration and Dummy drop off at Event Office in the Upper Village
1:30pm – Dummy Must be at Registration
2:00pm – Dummy Judging
4:00pm – All participants at start
4:30pm – Start
Awards – 30 minutes after final Dummy at the event venue.

8th Annual Pond Skim – April 6, 2013

The Pond Skim is open to all competitors 21 yrs and older, and everyone is welcome to come watch this great winter finale. The Pond Skim celebrates the wacky feeling of spring and the end of another great ski season. Participants must have skis or snowboards appropriately worn (normally mounted) as they attempt to cross an 80+ foot pond. Costumes are required and will be judged in a category by itself.

Skimming will be an individual competition based on longest skim ($1000 for first place!). Participants will advance to the next round after each successful skim. Each subsequent round will be started lower down the slope, making it more difficult to cross the pond with less speed…and you have to go over a jump in the later rounds… as well as some other ideas to make it harder for you to cross.

This event always sells out for competitors so register early, and there are upwards of 2000 spectators.  $30 to enter, t-shirt included.


1:45pm all participants at start
2:30pm Start
Awards 30 minutes after final skim

More info on all these events at:

Author: Sarah Stewart

Whitefish Winter Fun for Non-Skiers

February 24th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Happy Beer Tasters at the Great Northern Brewing Co.

Happy Beer Tasters at the Great Northern Brewing Co.

One of the challenges of planning a ski vacation is how to accommodate & entertain the non-skiers in the group. While curling up with a good book in front of the fire in our Great Room is always a welcome option, there are plenty of non-skiing activities to entertain those who don’t ski or board or those who want to take a day off from the mountain.

If you want to still enjoy a winter activity there are plenty of recreation options to get your heart pumping: snow shoeing on the nearby Whitefish Trail, ice skating at the Stumptown Ice Den (skate rentals available), snowmobiling and dog sledding with Dog Sled Adventures in nearby Olney,  just to name a few. If you still want to strap on skis, there are several Nordic options as well. Cross-country ski rentals and groomed trails await you at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course (they even have a lighted trail for night skiing.) For a more rustic cross country ski option try the Stillwater Nordic Center offering over 20 km of groomed trails. Area sporting good stores offer rental options for snowshoes, skis, etc. And, don’t forget, Glacier National Park is open all year round and the quiet solitude is a wonderful way to see this beautiful jewel from a whole new perspective.

Another fun way to spend the day is exploring the town of Whitefish and you don’t even need a car! The same shuttle system that takes skiers up the the mountain, can take you to downtown Whitefish and the shuttle stop is just a stone’s throw from our front door. We recommend making your first stop in town the Whitefish Visitor’s Center located at the offices of the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce [307 Spokane Ave.] The friendly folks there will provide you with all kinds of good information on activities, festivals, special events, restaurants, galleries, and museums. Some highlights we recommend:

  • Stumptown Historical Museum at the Whitefish Train Depot. Learn about the history of Whitefish (yes, you too can find out why Whitefish’s nickname is “Stumptown”) and for train enthusiasts it’s a “must see”;
  • *FREE* beer tasting at the Great Northern Brewery;
  • Whitefish boasts over 14 Art Galleries/Shops – perfect places to find that unique one-of-a-kind souvenirs of your trip to Montana;
  • If you have kids in tow or you want to torch some calories in heated comfort, head over to the The Wave, a state of the art fitness facility that has a lap pool and a kid’s pool, a place to drop off the little ones while you workout, a variety of cardio & weight training equipment, and classes including yoga, Zumba, spin & step;
  • Stop for lunch at one of many local restaurants offering menu items for all tastes – from the carnivore to the staunch vegan and everything in-between. Ask us for our favorites, [you might get a different answer from each one of our staff members, but they’ll all be good!];
  • Bowling at the Pin ‘n Cue;
  • Paint your own pottery at the Stumptown Art Studio;
  • Catch a movie matinee at the Mountain Cinema 4-Plex, located at the Mountain Mall;
  • Support our local economy by shopping at one of many of the shops offering a wide range of products and souvenirs from artisanal olive oils to t-shirts to knitting & quilt shops to pottery & books – (yes, we still have a fantastic brick-n-mortar bookstore!);
  • Take a coffee roasting tour at Montana Coffee Traders or see how our Hidden Moose Lodge mugs are made by taking a tour at Whitefish Pottery located just 5 miles from Whitefish.


So as you can see, Whitefish has many options for both the skier and non-skier alike – we are happy to help you make your plans for an off-the-mountain-day.

Author: Sarah Stewart