The folks at Montana's Whitefish Resort were busy this summer with $1.5 million in improvements for the upcoming ski season. The major project was a remodel of the Summit House lodge, a mountaintop lodge with dramatic views of Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley. The remodel adds a new mezzanine level with expansive northwest views from the 6,817‐foot summit. The mezzanine level also adds 135 additional seats to the lodge.
Additional upgrades include a new ski patrol headquarters, allowing patrollers to treat minor injuries on site. The resort also improved the beginner area at the base of the mountain, widening the glades and improving congestion. What else? Big Mountain Jesus (that oft-contested Whitefish oddity) stays put. Also, check out the new coffee shop in the base area between the shuttle drop off and the lifts. This new amenity combined with improved WiFi access across the resort are welcome upgrades for those tasked with combining business and pleasure on the hill.
These remodels are on the heels of the previous year's expansion of the base lodge and addition of the new Flower Point chairlift on the north aspect of the mountain. Opening day at Whitefish Mountain is scheduled for Dec. 6.
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