Big Mountain Nordic Trails … “Where Winter Is”


12.7.16 We are open. We groom the Big Mountain trails every day unless we get a snowfall so big and/or wet that we are unable to get it accomplished with our equipment. For 2016-2017 our goal is to finish grooming by 9:30. We will try to let you know by 7 am via our grooming page that we are able to start grooming and will make our best effort  to update information following grooming.    We set classic track when conditions permit.  Here is the Big Mountain Nordic Trail Map.

Trail Work- A productive several days in late November, 2016 was spent clearing trails of Alder brush and downed trees. 

A big thanks to Jesco for the use of a brand new side by side 4 wheeler, and Don Armstrong for volunteering to help clear trails.

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 About Big Mountain Nordic Trails

Big Mountain Nordic Trails have advanced and expert terrain and snow conditions. Expect steep and curvy descents and challenging climbs back to the trail head.

Fat Bikes are not allowed on any of Glacier Nordic Club’s groomed trails at Whitefish Lake Golf Course and on Big Mountain on Whitefish Mountain Resort property. The large ruts made by fat bikes are hazardous to x-c skiers and are very difficult to remove.

Snow shoes are allowed – please stay to the side of the trail and take alternate trails where provided.

If you’re still reading, know that the trails are a complete blast up there. Lots of down, around, and up! Glacier Nordic Club grooms 12 k of trails on Big Mountain, which connect to groomed trails on the Iron Horse property for additional distance. Ski conditions are usually excellent throughout the ski season. When snow conditions at the Glacier Nordic Center (located in town at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course) are less than ideal, head up to Big Mountain for some great skiing.

Your day pass or annual membership dollars support grooming on Big Mountain but are not required to ski the course. Purchase your day pass or annual membership at the Glacier Nordic Shop located at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course. You can also purchase your annual membership online.

Ski Rentals: Classic and skate ski rentals (includes boots and poles) are available at the Glacier Nordic Shop.

The trailhead is to the left (east) of and before these gates that separate the two Willow lots.

The trail head is to the left (east) of and before these gates that separate the two Willow lots.

Trail Access: Access the trail from the far end of the first Willow Lot. To get there, follow signs to the Base Lodge, and then to the Willow Lot. The trail head is located in between the two Willow lots, right after the gate that separates the lots. The trail head will be on your left as you approach the gate.

Parking: Whitefish Mountain Resort asks that we park at the tail of the second Willow lot and walk back to the trail head.

Directions to the Trails from Downtown Whitefish: Head north out of Whitefish on Baker Ave. Once over the viaduct, the name of the road changes to Wisconsin Ave. Drive north on Wisconsin for 2.1 miles, then turn right onto Big Mountain Road. Drive for 4 miles. At Glades Drive, turn right towards the Base Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Go to the end of the first Willow Lot. The trail head is to your left.

Big Mountain Nordic Trail Map 

Dogs: Permitted on the course.  Whitefish Mountain Resort requires that dogs be on leash in the parking lot and on their property (all trails except the SE Badger trails and Moosehoof from Cedar to the end of grooming which is Stotlze property).  You will clean up after them, yes? Of course you will!

Snowshoes: Permitted on the course. Please walk along the edges of the course so skiers can also enjoy the groomed trails and use alternate trails were provided.