If you’re looking for an undiscovered winter wonderland, Bigfork can’t be beat. With most of the ski-town vibe located at the north end of the valley, you’ll find a laid-back atmosphere and no shortage of powder for all of your winter adventures.
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Whitefish Mountain Resort is also called Big Mountain for good reason: 3,000 acres of winter fun. Just about an hour’s drive north of Bigfork, you’ll find all of the amenities you expect from a big ski resort with a small-town feel. And, if the clouds are low in the valley, you’ll likely find sunshine at the top of the mountain. Check the webcam to see if the sun is shining.
A little closer to town, on the west side of the lake, you’ll find the incredibly family-friendly Blacktail Mountain in Lakeside. Open Wednesday through Sunday and every day through the holiday season, Blacktail boasts 100% natural snow and views from Flathead Lake to Glacier Park. A terrain park, ski school and a cafeteria and restaurant are all available on site.
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
The North Shore Nordic Club offers 30k of groomed trails on two trail systems: Foothills Nordic Trails in Bigfork and Blacktail Mountain Nordic Trails above Lakeside. Bigfork Community Nordic Center is at the corner of Foothills Road and Jewel Basin Road with over 3.5 miles of flat to gently rolling terrain groomed five days per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December through March. Dogs are not allowed and a valid Montana Recreational Use License is required.
15.5 miles of trail is maintained at the Blacktail Mountain Nordic Trails. The varied terrain is located at 5,000-feet elevation and groomed seven days per week from December through March. Dogs on leashes are permitted.
If you’d rather just stretch your legs and take in the scenery, strap on some snowshoes and head out on the 2.5 mile Bigfork Nature Trails that starts right in downtown Bigfork and follows the famous Wild Mile. Dogs are also welcome to join you on this trail as long as they’re on leashes!
Rent cross country skis and snowshoes from Base Camp Bigfork.
The Jewel Basin, just a few miles from downtown Bigfork, offers 35 miles of marked ski trails over mountainous terrain for experienced backcountry skiers. Climbing skins and edge skis are necessary, along with the appropriate avalanche gear and familiarity with avalanche safety.
You can drive your own sled of Inuit sled dogs right here in Bigfork with Base Camp Bigfork! Choose half or full-day adventures, a group “Day with the Dogs” for five to eight people including touring with the dogs, a campfire, hot beverages and s’mores or a one or more night winter camping trip including travel by the dog team.
Discover pristine forests, breathtaking mountain ridges and powder-filled bowls from a snowmobile. You’ll find 38 miles of groomed trail, more than 100 miles of ungroomed logging roads and unlimited open terrain in mountain meadows and old logging clear cuts in the Crane Mountain Trail System. Reach the trails from Highway 209 (six miles south of Bigfork) or from Highway 83 (two miles south of Swan Lake).
Rent snowmobiles or book a guided tour with Swan Mountain Snowmobiling.
Before & After
In the evening, enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at Woods Bay Wine or a cocktail (with a view) at The Raven. Afterwards, grab a gourmet dinner at the historic Bigfork Inn or Grille 459. If you’ve still got energy to spare, head over to the Tall Pine Lounge & Liquor Store for a nightcap.