When the snow melts, Whitefish Mountain Resort becomes home to thrilling zipline tours, Montana’s only alpine slide, an aerial adventure park and more than 30 miles of lift-accessed downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails, which makes being in Montana in the mountains during the summertime quite spectacular.
In 1947 the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce supported the founders of Whitefish Mountain Resort to start the ski resort.
70 years later the ski resort has become known as one of the best and is helping the City of Whitefish build its economy by attracting visitors from across the country like Bill Schlott from Baltimore.
"[I have been here] many times. Twice a year. Summer and Winter," Schlott said. "[I love] the topography, the landscape, the geography and the people."
For Schlott, camera in tow, taking the Scenic Lift to the Summit overlooking Glacier and the Canadia Rockies makes the resort his favorite in the summertime.
"If I had to pick one or the other, I would come [during the] summer."
Whitefish Mountain Public relations manager Riley Polumbus says in the summertime they slow down the speed of the lifts and also offer gondolas for those afraid of heights.
"The Scenic Lift is just a fantastic ride in the summertime and it's nice to go nice and slow so you can take in all the scenery and enjoy yourself," Polumbus said. "And I think people who are afraid of heights, don't look down, look around. Enjoy the scenery, enjoy the view and the nice cool breeze you feel because you're up in the air."
While the Scenic Lift draws many, Polumbus says probably the most popular summer activity at the resort are the zipline tours where guests can reach speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour ziplining across the mountain.
Every week Whitefish Mountain Resort sees more than 1,000 visitors come to the mountain just to zipline down it.
"We get a lot of repeat guests who come to Whitefish every summer and part of their vacation is going ziplining every year," said Whitefish Mountain Resort zipline supervisor Mike Davies.
Anyone who weighs between 60 and 230 pounds can zipline, but for your little ones the resort also has more to offer including their Aline Slide and Ariel Park which is like an obstacle course in the trees.
And just this year the resort opened a new Strider Bike Park for 2 to 6 year-olds, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy at the resort.