Tips for a Successful Season Opener at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Dec 04, 2015

It's here! The Resort is opening and it's time to come out of the shoulder-season slump and hit the hill for the first time. Plan a getaway to Whitefish and use these helpful hints and tips for a succesful season opener at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Condition your body for a pain-free first day back on the slopes. Get fit at the Wave Fitness Center or check out the Yoga Hive in downtown Whitefish for yoga classes focused on ski conditioning. Your body will thank you.

If you are really motivated and have the right equipment, try skinning the hill before riding the lifts. It’s a great way to “earn your turns.” No pain, no gain, right? Whitefish Mountain Resort is on a short list of great resorts that allow uphill traffic but please see their policy on the subject before heading out.

Go through your gear. Your gear has probably been collecting dust in the back of your closet all summer. It’s time to bust it out and make sure everything still works properly. Oh, and make sure you can still find both mittens!

Wax your skis or boards. It’s never a bad idea. Use a local shop so they can select the best wax for current conditions. The Sportsman Ski Haus, The Whiteroom, Tamarack Ski Shop and Stumptown Snowboards in Whitefish will all get you tuned up and ready to ride.

Get your crew together. Round up the posse because skiing is better with a fun group (you don’t have to dress up in tutus, although it is encouraged).

Enjoy a hearty breakfast. You’re going to need energy to keep you going from bell-to-bell. Grab a bagel sandwich to go from Central Avenue Bakery and a piping hot coffee from Montana Coffee Traders downtown Whitefish before heading up to the hill.

Use a shuttle to avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot up top. If you are a guest at Grouse Mountain Lodge, utilize the Grouse shuttle for lodge to lift service and pickup. Contact the front desk for details. Whitefish also offers the Snow Bus which is free to ride and picks up at multiple locations around town. 

Get in line to ride early, maybe even make first chair. Enjoy the view from the lift and the opportunity to strike up conversation with a mountain savvy local who may let you in on the best powder stashes.

Ride hard. This is your task for the day. Enjoy it to the fullest.

After the lifts stop spinning, après ski is a must. Head to Logan’s Bar at Grouse Mountain Lodge for the best après in town. Happy hour specials from 4-7 including $2-$3 domestic drafts and local microbrews. Enjoy specials on our fantastic wings, towering nachos and tasty tacos for your post-riding nourishment.

After the sun goes down, if you still have the energy head downtown to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Whitefish. If you’re staying at Grouse, take advantage of the shuttle which will drop you off and pick you up when you’re ready all the way up until the bars close. Some favorite spots are the Great Northern Bar, Crush Lounge and The Craggy Range. Whitefish plays hard all day and backs it up by playing hard into the night as well, an evening downtown will not disappoint. 

Make sure you have a good spot to retire at days end. Rest your tired ski legs at Grouse Mountain Lodge. Truly relax at the Spa, by the fireplace or at Logan’s Grill for a delicious Montana inspired meal. Ski & Stay packages start at just $100/person/night! Book now!

Rx: Rest & repeat. See ya on the hill!

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