Starting this Friday, Whitefish Mountain Resort will open its new and improved Zip Line Tours and the Alpine Slide. Also, Mountain Biking, Scenic Lift Rides, and Walk in the Treetops Tours open June 2 6. The ski and snowboard resort will operate seven day a week for these summer activities from June 18 to September 6, Labor Day.
Whitefish Mountain Resort is located near Glacier National Park in far northwestern Montana. Whitefish Resort’s well known Zip Line Tour and Alpine Slide were introduced summer 2009, now the resort looked to add some new features. The resort staff is putting together the finishing touches on two new zip lines for the tour, bringing the total to six and making an average tour about three hours long. Both new spans are higher and longer than any of the original four, with each new span being around a third of a mile long and more than 300 feet above the forest floor.
The kickoff for the Zip Lines and Alpine Slide is scheduled for this Saturday, June 19 at the Base Lodge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The kickoff will include, Bee Broadcasting who will be broadcasting live from the Base Lodge Patio on 103.1 The River, B98.5, KOOL105, 106.3 The Bear, and Hank 95.9. The Base Lodge Café will have food and drinks available.
Zip Line Tours will be discounted to $49 during early and late season from June 18-27 and Sept. 10-26, and will otherwise be $75. The two new spans are schedule to be open by June 25, but could be completed earlier. The discounts will be given for tours that go out before the new spans are opened. Tours are led by two guides, include a maximum of 14 guests, and are offered hourly from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Alpine Slide is also opening Friday, June 18 offering quick rides and fun for all ages. The Alpine Slide rides cost $8, but can also be purchased in packs of four for $20. Children under 48 inches tall ride free in an adult’s lap.
Starting June 26, the resort will include full swings with hiking on the Danny On Memorial hiking trail, Scenic Lift Rides, dining at the Summit House, Walk in the Treetops canopy tours, lift-served mountain biking, and cross country mountain biking.
Opening this year, the Easy Rider Lift will be outfitted to carry mountain bikes, providing rider’s access to the new beginner-friendly Gravy Train trail, as well as easy access for mountain bikers from the Base Lodge to the Lift Plaza and Upper Village.
At the resort, Cross Country Mountain biking is free. Mountain biking will cost $20 for two rides this season and $25 for unlimited riding for adults, and less for other age groups. Any lift-accessed mountain biking ticket includes unlimited rides on Easy Rider. You can purchase a Bike Trail Season Pass which is available for $149 for adults. 2009-2010 Winter Season Pass holders can purchase a discounted summer 2010 Bike Trail Season Pass for $129 until July 2.
Round-Trip Scenic Lift Rides will cost $10 for adults and teens, $5 for seniors and kids, and free for Seniors (70+) and small children (6 and under). One-Way Scenic Lift Rides, for those who would like to hike either uphill or downhill and take the lift for the other leg, will be $5 for everyone. 2009-2010 Winter Season Pass Holders are entitled to unlimited Scenic Lift Rides during summer 2010.
The price of a Walk in the Treetops canopy tour, a guided tour which takes guests on a boardwalk strung 70 feet above the forest floor, has been lowered for 2010 from $54 to $49.
For more information check out their website at www.skiwhitefish.com.