Whitefish Mountain Resort Installs a Strategic New Lift

Visitors to Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana will rejoice over the new fixed-grip triple chairlift debuting this winter at Flower Point. Flower Point offers awesome views of the Montana’s Glacier National Park on the north side of the mountain.

Photo: Dillon Tabish | Flathead Beacon
Photo: Dillon Tabish | Flathead Beacon

Flower Point Lift
Two years and $1.3M already invested in the making, the Flower Point Lift will provide access to about 200 acres of terrain via four newer runs. The runs expand access to glade skiing and introduce new intermediate options on the north side. Plans are set for a fifth run called Ridge Run that will circumvent the resort around the northeast side, along with a sixth run on the south side.

The new high capacity lift will sit on 17 towers and have the power to move 1,500 people to the summit hourly, ascending approximately 3,480 feet with a vertical rise of 970 ft. The north facing terrain will be easily accessed and offer more consistent snow during the early and late season at the resort. The top shack will serve as an outpost for ski patrol.

Base Lodge Upgrades
Along with the new chair, several other projects are in the works at the resort that’ll improve skiers’ dining experience come season opening. The food court has been expanded with another cashier station, additional food stations, and a new seating area to accommodate more diners and to improve the flow during peak meal times. This season, the Coffee Bar will be accessible to guests from the outside patio through a service window. Renovation is underway and will continue through the fall.

Even More Lifts
Future projects include new lifts to reduce the wait times on their existing chairs, and that will spread skiers across the territory. Plans to move a chair to the East Rim in order to reduce congestion of their main chair and to help provide easier access on the east rim and the north side are underway .

A pristine winter playground, Whitefish Mountain Resort is already famously known for its glade skiing among “snow ghosts” – Conifer trees that get completely covered with snow. With just a few weeks left in construction and until the ski season opens, the new lift is great news for intermediate skiers who want to push themselves and for expert skiers and riders who can’t get enough of Montana’s white fluffy stuff.