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Whitefish, Montana

on February 17, 2013

Since this particular trip through Whitefish was in August, it was nice, sunny and warm. Whitefish is a beautiful little town, withSki Lift 1 beautiful scenery.

It’s so beautiful, ABC’s  The Bachelor 2013 even filmed an episode there.   (They spent their group date canoe racing, milking goats, and bucking hay*…because that’s what all Montana girls do…) (That being said, most Montana girls probably do know what “bucking hay” is… but if you don’t know, the dictionary defines it as: “is a type of manual labor where hay bales, usually 65 lb. to as much as 140 lb., are stacked by hand in a storage area such as a barn.”)

Whitefish is a very tourist-friendly town – and not just because it’s a world-renowned ski destination, but it also has so much to do in the summer.

Even the ski hill (Whitefish Mountain Resort – also known as Big Mountain) offers a full season of summer activities, including zip-lining, hiking, and mountain biking.  You can also take the ski-lift up to the summit to enjoy the summer view!

View of Whitefish LakeThere’s also Whitefish Lake, fishing tournaments, wine festivals, and a Huckleberry Arts Festival (this year is August 9-11), which includes a dessert back-off contest…hmmmm… I might need to plan a trip around that…)

The town itself is worth walking around (and is “pedestrian-friendly”), with it’s quirky shops with art galleries (generally local artists) and jewellery (mostly, if not all, hand crafted) stores.

So, summer in Whitefish is great, BUT it really is best known for it’s winter activities. Not only winter fishing, sleigh riding, the local dog-sledding activities and the Whitefish Winter Carnival (pay special attention – we’ve missed it this year, but it’s the 54th (?) annual, so you can plan to make it next year!), but, also!  cross country and downhill skiing and snowboarding at the Whitefish Mountain Resort!

Somehow, I had not previously gone down hill skiing, until I was about 15, when my friends, Shannan (previously mentioned) and her sister, Stacey, made me go. I was scared to death!! And, she said, “oh no – it’s really easy! You just have to point your skies down hill and then go like this” (snow-plow motion) “to slow down” and THEN! took me up a chair lift!! No, NOT the bunny hill, which is scary enough, but up a real hill!!! (Chair #3, which – ok, is called “Tenderfoot”, but don’t let that fool you!! It was SUPER STEEP AND REALLY SCARY!)Ski lift

Not to mention that the Chair lift is scary enough, your first couple of times …how to disembark, how to not fall disembarking …how to not fall off on the way up the hill!!

So, there I am, safely off the Lift, and staring straight down the hill, straight at the Lodge, waaaaaaaaaaaay down below…I’m not sure how long it took to get down the mountain. I crawled down the first 50 feet, and then skied from one side to the other side of the mountain, zigzagging the whole way down, and when I’d get to the tree line, I’d lay down on the snow, and flip over… it was a long process.

I can’t remember if I had fun or not…Snowboarding

Last year, I decided to try snowboarding.  But, I took official lessons at Big Mountain (they had a great deal – 2 lessons, equipment, and lift tickets, for around $70! The catch is: you are supposed to take those lessons within two days.)

I barely could walk the day after my first lesson.  I mean – not at all.   I did manage to get in my second lesson.  Barely.  The second day was better. It wasn’t good.  I am actually terrible at it.  Terrible.

Later, when in physio therapy, they asked “Did you at least have fun?” I actually can’t remember if I did or not.. BUT, I’m at least crossing it off my list of things I haven’t tried before…

Fun?One of my favorite things was listening to my snowboarding instructor talking to his co-workers. “Listen – this is what I’m thinking – we should climb up on that roof, and we should board off the end, and flip around in the air and land on that roof, and then hit that mound of snow, and then go off a jump over there, and then end in that mound, and that’s when someone should take a picture of all the powder flying” (or something like that – probably really cool words, though, instead of just the basic “flip” and “jump”.)  The best part, though, was the follow-up conversation: “DUDE!”  “YEAH duuuuude!” “Du-u-ude”.  (and all the “dude”-ing totally made sense. “TO-O-O-O-tally, Dude.”)

Peter, and the friends with us, had a wonderful time skiing. Best snow ever (today’s snow report has 85 inches (216 cms) of snow at the base) – they went through the snow ghosts, they went down the north side, they did jumps and moguls. They passed me on the bunny hill many, many times.

Snow ghosts
Oh! and don’t forget the Pond Skim! This year, it’s April 6.  Have you ever seen this?  It’s a bunch of crazy people who – well, actually, this is what the website says: “The pond skimming celebrates the wacky feeling of spring and the end of the ski season. Participants must have skis or snowboards appropriately worn (normally mounted) as they attempt to cross an 80+ foot pond…”

😀

Don’t forget to go to the Bierstube pub while you are there, and get your free souvenir ring!!!!!  I got mine when I was about 15, and I’ve since lost it. They keep track, too, so you can’t get another one… 😥

See you Wednesday!

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One response to “Whitefish, Montana

  1. Call me when you are there… I’ll be happy to hang with you at the Bierstube. I’m afraid of skies… and even more afraid of getting of the ski lift. But there isn’t a beer around that frightens me….

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