Summit House at WhitefishWhitefish Mountain Resort plans to invest more than $1.2 million to renovate the Summit House and build a new ski patrol headquarters building; pending U.S. Forest Service approval. If approved, which the resort expects it to be, this marks the third consecutive summer for major construction at the resort. Past projects included the new Flower Point chairlift, new terrain, and renovation of the base lodge.

The renovation of the Summit House will include adding much needed seating in the restaurant, restrooms to the main floor and new façade for the exterior of the building. A new mezzanine level will add an additional 1,700 square feet, another 150 seats and new windows opening up the northwest view. All of the buildings windows will be replaced.

“I’m pleased that our owners continue to support the improvement of our resort infrastructure consider that we just finished two years of other large scale projects,” said Whitefish Mountain President Dan Graves. “Even after the roller coaster we’ve experienced, it’s nice to be able to tell our guests that more improvements are coming. There will be a noticeable improvement to the seating and ambiance in the Summit House, not to mention the convenience of main floor restrooms.”

Whitefish Mountain becomes home to a bevy of summertime activities including, zip line tours, Montana’s only alpine slide, an aerial adventure park, lift-accessed mountain biking, and the unique Walk in the Treetops. It also makes a great base camp for fly fishing, whitewater rafting, and, of course, visits to nearby Glacier National Park.

Photo: Summit House at Whitefish to be renovated this summer (Whitefish Mountain Resort)