Big Mountain Nordic Trails … “Where Winter Is”

11.1.17  As some of you have seen the bridge has been removed at the bottom of the Cedar trail (it was rotting).  WMR’s plan is to replace it for this season.  

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.  We will try to let you know by 8 am via our grooming page the grooming status for the day 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 from last season – a new map incorporating the trails groomed by Iron Horse is in the works.


 About the Big Mountain Nordic Trails

This year we have a new trail head and access trail  at 3315 Big Mountain Road, about 1/2 mile past Ptarmigan Village.  This trail head and a new access trail is part of the Whitefish Trail and Glacier Nordic (through memberships and Great Fish Challenge monies) contributed about half of the $100,000 cost.  the trail head has space for 30 cars, a vault toilet and trash cans.

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.  There is some easier terrain at the start to get your ski legs under you.

These trails are on lands owned by Winter Sports Inc, both directly and through an easement to the City of Whitefish, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and private land owners.  Please respect the use restrictions as signed.  Fat Bikes are not allowed on Big Mountain on Whitefish Mountain Resort property, but are allowed on the other trails.  The large ruts made by fat bikes are hazardous to x-c skiers and are very difficult to remove, please only ride when conditions allow without trail damage and stay to the side of the trail. 

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

Dogs – yes but must be on a leash on Whitefish Mountain Resort land (new trail head and easement too)

If you’re still reading, know that the trails are a complete blast up there.  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, annual membership or a donation at the trail head 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.  Or drop some $ in the Glacier Nordic/Whitefish Trails donation box at the trail head.  thank you.T

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.