Secret, little known ski town

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 19, 2009 8:10 am

There are tons of great places to ski in this country. Sure, you can again head out to a place you’re familiar with this season…but why not branch out and explore the unknown? I’m not saying all the places you normally go aren’t brilliantly awesome–Mammoth, Aspen, Breckenridge, Mt. Hood, they’re all gems. But sometimes you want to find a place that no one else has been to. You want the runs to be virtually empty and you want to feel like you’re claiming the mountain in the name of…well, yourself. 

Whitefish, Montana (pic right). Been there? Population 7,723. It recently made CNN’s “America’s coolest small towns” list. They call it ideal for ski bums. My ears perked up. Here’s what they had to say about it:

“After a frenzied stint on Broadway’s 42nd Street, actor Luke Walrath was ready for a quieter pace. His actress wife grew up in Whitefish, so the two decided to make it their new home. ‘It’s at once folksy and stylish,’ he says of the town, a 35-minute drive southwest of Glacier National Park. The couple cofounded the Alpine Theatre Project, which stages seven shows a year. At the foot of the Rockies, Whitefish has long drawn adventure seekers. Ski bums and urban refugees congregate over red malty Highlanders at The Great Northern Brewing Company (2 Central Ave., pints from $3.75). To live out a rustic Montana fantasy, book a cedar-walled room at Good Medicine Lodge, which feels like a set from “Legends of the Fall”.

Hmm…I may have to check this place out. Have you been there? Can you recommend some other little known ski towns?