Top three reasons to upgrade your skills in Whitefish
Get inspired to learn by Whitefish’s spectacular views
Improve your avalanche safety skills on superb deep powder
Try Big Mountain’s slopes, where the hike is big, but the payoff is bigger
Skiing in Whitefish has recently experienced a crazy upswing, and as anyone who’s ever skied there would say – it’s about time. The numbers certainly add up – 3,000 skiable acres of terrain with over 300 inches of snow annually and a vertical drop of 2,300 feet. These phenomenal conditions draw in skiers from around the world, who enjoy getting lost in the snow ghosts of Whitefish’s famous glades, carving through perfect corduroy, or – improving their avalanche safety skills. Whitefish’s unique flavor and hospitality create an outstanding learning atmosphere, while its world-class powder and unbeatable views serve as the perfect classroom. Take your avalanche safety knowledge to the next level on “the Fish” and learn first-hand why Ski Magazine recently rated Whitefish #1 in Overall Satisfaction.
December through January
Kalispell, MO is 20 minutes away
Beginner to intermediate
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AIARE Level 2 Course
Head to the beautiful Flathead Valley and take your avalanche safety skills to the next level with this AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course. Improve on the foundation you’ve built in your AIARE Level 1 course in an ideal learning environment and a one-of-a-kind venue. Learn from an expert instructor who will help you refine your avalanche safety knowledge and become a more confident backcountry skier.
This comprehensive 3-day course focuses on hazard evaluation, decision-making, and companion rescue in avalanche terrain. The course includes proper instruction for basic safety and protocols for safe backcountry travel. You will learn the skills and tools needed to navigate the winter mountains and evaluate the snowpack when traveling through avalanche terrain.
Meet your guide
The Mountain Guides
Always professional, always personable, always safe, always considerate. They take the time to develop a plan with the client that creates a fun and challenging experience; also, they provide valuable teaching moments along the way. I look forward to using their services again.
Very professional! Excellent instructors with a wealth of knowledge and most importantly, they know how to facilitate the growth of one’s mountain sense.
Things to know
Covid measures in Whitefish, Montana
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Whitefish, Montana, please refer to the Montana Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 3 days in the field
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
In order to get the most of this adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is highly recommended before taking the AIARE 2 course. AIARE or AAA-approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
- Alpine touring, telemark, or snowboarding boots (can be rented)
- Skis or splitboard with compatible binding for boots (can be rented)
- Climbing skins (can be rented)
- Ski poles (can be rented)
- Basic avalanche safety gear (can be rented)
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Helmet – optional
- Long sleeve synthetic — medium to expedition weight long underwear
- Softshell or fleece jacket
- Shell jacket with a hood
- Puffy jacket with a hood
- Synthetic or wool long underwear bottoms
- Shell pants — full side zips and built-in gaiters
- Socks — synthetic or wool, sized for your boots and blister protection
- Liners — optional, but recommended
- Gloves – 3 pairs: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair
- Medium weight ski hat
- Baseball hat or visor for sun
- Buff or a neck gaiter
- Backpack (30-40 liter ski pack)
- Thermos or insulated water bottle
- Food you can eat-on-the-go
- Ski goggles
- Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Lip balm
- Headlamp and extra batteries
- Laptop computer
- Camera — optional
Can I rent equipment?
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
- Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel, and probe can be rented from your guide
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from your guide
- Splitboards can be rented from your guide
Ski rental locations are in Whitefish and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and pricing:
- This course is not private. For the group courses, the usual guest-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Ski touring in Whitefish can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Whitefish, most people fly into Glacier Park International Airport 15 minutes away from Whitefish. From there, you can rent a car or take a train.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.