In a Great Year, Whitefish Mountain Makes a Move to Get Even Better

The skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort is about to get better.

The resort will announce on Jan. 13 that it’s adding a chairlift to serve its excellent East Rim terrain. The $1.2 million project will relocate the unused front-side Chair 5 to the East Rim.

The chairlift will serve the upper-mountain eastern section of the resort and allow access to the back-side Flower Point and Big Creek Express chairlifts.

It has been a great year at Whitefish Mountain, with huge storms in December helping the resort score record crowds over the holidays. The chairlift relocation was approved by the resort’s board in early January, said Riley Polumbus, public relations manager.

The move will not open up new terrain, but will allow access to an upper-mountain chairlift and improve skier flow, Polumbus said.

The news is fantastic, if you ask the SkiZer. He learned of the chairlift move after arriving at Whitefish Mountain for a prearranged trip to the resort.

Whitefish Mountain is one of SkiZer’s favorites. The move will reduce pressure on the main Big Mountain Express that serves the front side and also make it easier to ski a great section of the mountain. Besides the advanced terrain of the East Rim, several intermediate runs will be served by the relocated chairlift.

As for the day: The skiing was great. SkiZer stepped off the plane and was skiing within two hours — you have to love that kind of access.

 Day 21: Whitefish Mountain Resort

  • Vertical for the day: 9,000
  • Vertical for the year: 314,000
A view of the East Rim from Inspiration, one of Whitefish Mountain’s front-side runs.
Riley Polumbus skis the soft snow on the front side of Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Brian Schott skis in the chutes on the East Rim at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

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