Whitefish is THE ideal place for those who are into outdoor sports, getting their feet wet, going hiking in the summertime, and putting on their ski boots in the winter season. If you are an outdoor lover, you really can’t go wrong with spending your holiday at Whitefish — no matter if it is just one weekend or an entire month long! Luckily for you, there are dozens of Whitefish winter activities for you to do. Even if it is cold and there is just a snowstorm, you can still find ample things to do in Whitefish in winter that will keep you and all of your guests occupied and having fun. Let’s check out the top five things to do in Whitefish during the winter and why you should choose I Love Whitefish to find a spacious, modern, and cozy accommodation option that can suit your unique needs.
Cross Country Skiing – One of the Best Whitefish Winter Activities
No trip to whitefish is complete without hitting the skiing and snowboarding paths. You don’t have to whizz down the Black Diamond runs to have fun using the fresh powder and get some wind on your face. The good thing about Whitefish is there is an expansive trail network, including cross-country trails, skiing paths, and snowboarding trails down the mountain.
We recommend going to Glacier Nordic Club to rent a pair of cross-country skis, learn the basics, and head out on one of the trails at the center. This center is located less than one mile from downtown, meaning you can easily walk here from any one of the rentals from I Love Whitefish. There are over 12 kilometers of freshly groomed trails that range in skill level from beginner to advanced user.
You can test your luck at the center, and then when you feel confident, continue at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course. Once you are confident with your own skills, there is no better place to go cross country skiing and become one with nature than the infamous Glacier National Park. Head here to view wildlife, get lost in nature, and explore all that this picturesque natural area has to offer.
Check Out Glacier National Park
Another perk of heading to the national park is that you can have your pick of trials during the winter. You will never have to share the trails with snowboarders or hikers — the rails are solely meant for cross country skiers who are interested in doing this free and fun-filled cardio activity. Plus, you can use the Whitefish Tours and Shuttle business to easily get to Glacier Park and use the network of trails.
Go Fat Tire Biking
Another fun winter activity you can do during the winter months after a fresh snowfall is going fat tire biking. Similar to regular cycling during the summer but requiring a little bit more leg power and patience, fat tire biking is a fun way to zip around the snow without using skis or a snowboard.
Head to one of the nearby trailheads to get started with this fun winter sport. We recommend starting at Big Mountain Trailhead near Ptarmigan Village. Connect this trail with the Whitefish Trail and the Nordic Trail trailhead to hone your biking skills.
After mastering the Whitefish Trail, you can head to the Bitterroot corridor. We like the Lolo Pass and Skalkaho Pass for fat biking, including reliable snow, well-groomed trails, visitor centers for amenities, and incredible views looking out over the Sapphire Mountains and Glade Creek area.
Plus, you’ll never have to worry about wading through deep snow. The WBR trails are always well-groomed, meaning you can use over 6 miles of trail that are specifically designed for fat bike tires. The Whitefish Bike Retreat trails allow access to the Lower Beaver Lake Loop, Upper Beaver Lake Loop, Swift Creek Trailhead, Lion Mountain Trailhead, and much more!
Go on a Brewery Cruise
Are you in the mood to have a beer after a long day of biting or sizing? We don’t blame you! Go on a brewery cruise with the Big Sky Brews Cruise in Whitefish to have a few sips, or pints, of craft beer. This far-reaching tour will take you to the best of the best for beer in whitefish, including the Bonsai Brewing Project, Spotted Bear Spirits, and Big Sky. Big Sy Brews Cruise will take you to the best bars for craft beers, distilleries for strong whiskey pours, and vineyards for glasses of red or white wine.
Walk Around the Downtown Area
No trip to Whitefish is complete without taking a trip to the downtown area! You can walk around the main street to check out shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars. There is no shortage of things to do in Whitefish in winter while you are here, including going out to breakfast, getting an espresso-filled coffee in the afternoon, picking up souvenirs for your friends, and going for drinks at night.