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Big Mountain Nordic Trails
23 k of challenging terrain with beautiful scenery


New at the Big Mountain Nordic Trails for 2017 - 2018 season, Glacier Nordic Club and the Whitefish Legacy Partners joined forces for a new, dedicated, 30-40 car parking lot, trailhead and access trail.  The 23 k of skiing is snowmobile groomed daily, conditions permitting, by the Glacier Nordic Club (11k) and Iron Horse Golf Club (12k) and accesses some of the most spectacular skiing in Montana.  Also new for this year GNC and IHGC have combined to produce a joint map and Iron Horse has added an additional 3k of grooming. A map and trail reports are at glaciernordicclub.com

The new trailhead is at 3315 Big Mountain Road. This is the only public parking access. After leaving the 1 k access trail and old growth cedar trees, skiers can either head up Big Mountain for some steep and challenging trails or drop down into Haskill Basin for some more moderate (but still not flat!) terrain. 

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More About this Trail

These trails are on lands owned by: Winter Sports Inc, both directly and through an easement to the City of Whitefish; F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; and private land owners. Please thank all of them for the use of their lands!

Please respect the use restrictions as signed. Fat Bikes are not allowed on Big Mountain on Winter Sports, Inc property, but are allowed on the other trails. The large ruts made by fat bikes are hazardous to x-c skiers and are very difficult to remove, please only ride when conditions allow without trail damage and stay to the side of the trail.

Dogs are welcome but MUST be on a leash on Winter Sports, Inc. lands and please clean up after your dogs! Other users are welcome but please stay to the side of the trail and do not use if you are damaging the trails.

Grooming reports for the entire network are at glaciernordicclub.com.

Ski rentals are available at Glacier Nordic Shop, Glacier Cyclery and Sportsman & Ski Haus.

There is a vault toilet at the trailhead.

Trail Highlights

Leave the trailhead and drop down to the creek level among a cedar forest and then climb up for views down into the Flathead Valley or drop down and try the Lake Loop for views of Whitefish Lake. Most of the land is in the Haskill Basin Conservation easement which preserved the watershed for the City of Whitefish's water supply and recreation for future generations. This is truly the Montana wilderness experience with many more trees than humans, gurgling streams and frequent animal tracks and sightings. The trails are a jewel for both the recreational skier on a leisurely outing or the serious Nordic skier in training for the Birkie and wanting to put in some kilometers.

Trail Distance

23 K of total trails with lots of possible out and back sections for an easy 30 k or more of skiing.

Vertical Gain - Loss

Lots - we will work on getting this - the upper trails are STEEP and challenging - lower trails are still challenging and keep in mind the climbing needed back to the trailhead.

Skill Level Required

Beginners have about a half k of easy skiing at the start and can get their ski legs under them out and back on the 20 foot wide trails. From there the skill level rises to intermediate to advanced with trails marked on the map signs as to difficulty.


Dogs must be on a leash on the Winter Sports, Inc. owned lands (easement and other trails). No bikes on WSI owned trails (but ok on the Easement). Please respect the signage.

Child Friendly
Pet Friendly
More Information

All hours, but please be cautious of grooming equipment in the morning hours. 


Head north out of Whitefish on Baker Ave. Once over the viaduct, the name of the road changes to Wisconsin Ave. Drive north on Wisconsin for 2.1 miles, then turn right onto Big Mountain Road. Drive for 3.3  miles and the trailhead will be on your right at 3315 Big Mountain Road. about 1/2 mile past the Ptarmigan Village sign.


PO Box 403, Whitefish 59937

Latitude: 48.469380000
Longitude: -114.348854000
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