January 21, 2018

Riding the Gondola in the Summer at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana

I have written about things to do at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana, during the summer previously, but I wanted to write about it again.

Whitefish Mountain Resort is a ski and summer resort located in Whitefish, Montana.  Conveniently, where I live!  It is just a short drive up the mountain from Whitefish. Of course, I recommend skiing here if you visit during the winter.  But there are many summer activities offered at the resort, also.

View of Chair five from Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation BlogOne of the summer activities offered is a scenic lift ride on the front chairlift that runs all of the way to the top of the mountain.  You have the option of taking either the gondola or the chairlift up to the top.   (Note that the gondola is only available in the summer, not the winter.) Tickets are $6 one way, and kids six and under are free.  The chairlift fits 4 people, and has a bar you can put down.  Either way, you will have great views on your ride!

The top of Whitefish Mountain Resort offers an amazing panoramic view into Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park as viewed from the backside of Whitefish Mountain Resort

Glacier National Park as viewed from the backside of Whitefish Mountain Resort

And this view is offered — without any hiking required!! You do have the option of hiking if you so choose.  The Danny-On Trail is extremely popular during the summer, winding up the mountain around to the backside, traveling 3.8 miles one way.

The view from the Summit House Restaurant

The view from the Summit House Restaurant deck at the Resort

I love that Whitefish Mountain Resort offers one way tickets, so that you have the option of riding up and hiking down.  I used to like to hike up after work, (especially since the chairlift closes at 5:30 p.m.), but now that I am packing my baby, I like to ride up and hike down.  Hiking down is much easier on my back! 😉

My baby and I rode up the gondola in July 2013 to have a picnic lunch at the top.  There is food available in the Summit House Restaurant (located at the top) during the summer, but I packed ours. 

The wildflowers and the Bear Grass are incredible this year!!!


My baby in the Bear Grass

My baby in the Bear Grass

Whether you feel up to the hike or not, be sure to catch a ride to the top for the stunning views of the Flathead Valley and into Glacier National Park.

Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex M. Neill

Montana Vacation Blog


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