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Whitefish Mountain And Amtrak Make A Great Spring Ski Trip

Whittefish-Mountain-view-Whitefish-Mountain-Facebook-2024 View from the top of Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Midwestern skiers can climb aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder for an easy, scenic ride to Whitefish Mountain Resort and a great ski trip. March and early April offer some of the best spring conditions. They will close for the season April 7.

There are several places you can board the train along the line through the Midwest. It leaves Chicago’s Union Station with stops in Milwaukee, the Twin Cities and several other boarding locations across North Dakota and eastern Montana before arriving at Whitefish. When you book early, you can often save up to 15-percent on your fare.

I’ve done this three times over the last 30 years, and it’s an easy overnight train ride from the Windy City. It’s a great way to see the northern tier of the Heartland and Glacial National Park as you pass through. You arrive refreshed and ready to hit the slopes. Luggage transfer is much easier than flying. In addition to skiing, there is cross country skiing, snowshoe hikes, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and guided tours to nearby stunning Glacier NP.

Big Mountain lives up to its name with over a 2,300-foot vertical drop and 3,000-acres for skiing and riding. Slopes fall off the mountain in all directions. The ample terrain offers easy green boulevards from top to bottom. There are plenty of blue cruisers and molar-grinding glades, chutes, and even a few 50-foot cliffs. It’s all highlighted by supersized scenery. The snow-capped peaks of Glacier fill the far horizon and sparkling snow ghosts—powder shellacked trees—dot the top of the mountain.

The resort offers ski and stay packages and when you book your stay with the resort you can receive up to 30-percent off lodging and lift tickets. From hotel-style units to townhouses, we have a wide array of units to choose from, many offering ski-in/ski-out access.

The friendly, funky town of Whitefish offers lots of lodging choices, theater, classic neighborhood bars with live music, and a bevy of good restaurants to choose from. With public transportation it's easy to get up to the Mountain for a day on the slopes.

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