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Whitefish, Montana

Date: February 1-8, 2009
Trip Leader: John Kelly
Trip Assistant: Laura Gugliotta
 

The Whitefish trip started very early Sunday morning with 33 of our 34 participants leaving from New Jersey.  We originally booked a flight that left Newark at 8:00AM and connected in Minneapolis with a direct flight to The ski babes relax in the loungeGlacier National Airport in Kalispell, Montana.  After 3 beers each.....But thanks to the airlines dropping flights we were placed on a 6:15AM flight from Newark and our connecting flight from Minneapolis had a short stop in Great Falls Montana.  But the good news was that all our flights were early and we arrived in Montana around noon with no lost luggage.   We had a short bus ride to our lodging at the Kandahar Lodge and were very pleased when we arrive. 


 

large fireplace with happy skierThe Kandahar had beautiful rooms, a fantastic central area with a 24X7 fire in the fireplace, a bar with friendly, interesting bartenders, and a hot tub that felt great after a full day on the slopes.  The common area around the lobby was huge and included a massive stone fireplace.  Our entire group could easily hang out in that area.  There was even a small bar adjoining the area that helped to generate a lot of laughs and silly smiles.

 

Kandahar LodgeSince we arrived around 1pm, people had the option of arranging for rental equipment or walking to the nearby store to purchase beer, wine, and other necessities before our welcome reception at 3:00PM.   Our lift tickets and group rental forms were waiting for us when we checked-in.  At the reception representatives from the Lodge and from Whitefish Mountain Resort provided info about the area while we enjoyed snacks and drinks. 

After the reception it was time for the Super Bowl which we started watching in the lobby.  Some of us moved to different locations such as Ed & Mully’s to watch the remainder of the game during dinner.

backside snow festMonday morning showed us the weather that Whitefish is known for, almost zero visibility.  A surprise snowfall gave us fresh powder that we were not expecting and it continued all day.  Most of us took advantage of the complimentary mountain tours so that we would have someone to show us the mountain.   We still did not see the mountain but with the guide we had someone to follow.  The mountain was huge with varied terrain all 360 degrees from the top. 

fernieThe sun appeared on Tuesday and we were able to see the mountain and enjoyed it even more.  Wednesday was Fernie day and another sunny day.  We boarded our bus early in the morning for the scenic drive to Fernie across the border in British Columbia.  The snow at Fernie was not quite as good as at Whitefish but the views and the terrain were impressive.
 

Lake McDonald - dead calmOn Thursday 13 of us took advantage of our location to take a guided tour into Glacier National Park on cross-country skis.  Some people were experienced while others of us were complete novices.   13  brave souls took off on an 8 hour tour thru Glacier ParkWe had the good fortune to have yet another sunny day which gave us fantastic views of the mountains reflected in the lake.


 

hellroaring basinhellroaring basinFriday was very good after getting another 5-6 inches of fresh snow.  And Saturday capped off the week with another good day, followed by a torchlight parade down the mountain and fireworks.  The week went by very fast and presented lots of opportunities for skiing or riding.  Some days it seemed like we were the only group on the entire mountain.  But on Sunday we had to pack up and leave.
 

 

front slopesOh yeah - lots of powder

After 5 beers....A hidden jewel - Good Medicine run

steep and deepx-country in Glacier Park

 

 

 

 

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