Whitefish Mountain Resort opened for its 70th winter season on Thursday, Dec. 7, with more than $2.6 million in improvements including the newly relocated Chair 5 lift.
“During these early season conditions, we look forward to running Chair 5 in its new location because that area generally has better conditions due to its eastern profile," said Whitefish Mountain Resort CEO Dan Graves. "It is just another benefit of this lift to our guests along with providing badly needed lift access to the east side of the mountain. We look forward to the improvement of flow around the mountain with the chair in its new location.”
There will not be any terrain open to ski down to the Base Lodge, so the resort won't load uphill lifts after 2:30 p.m. and has reduced ticket prices to reflect the lessened opportunity. The resort will provide shuttles to transport guests between the Lift Plaza and Base Lodge as well as lower mountain parking lots.
Additional terrain may become available on Friday or by the weekend and will be determined by ski patrol.
Uphill skiing will be available, however, due to the front side closure, uphill traffic will remain on the East Route only during operating hours until the front side opens. Due to the inbounds closure of Moe Mentum, downhill access on the East Route is not available, therefore all uphill skiers must download on Chair 1. The Benny Up Route (formerly Toni Matt Route) will remain closed until the front side of the mountain is open.
Stay up-to-date on Whitefish Mountain Resort’s snow conditions and mountain operations by visiting the resort website www.skiwhitefish.com.