Whitefish Mountain Hellroaring Basin Project Couple Months Away
Whitefish Mountain Resort will begin a two-phase operation geared towards improving access to Hellroaring Basin terrain for all ability levels and moving Chair 8 to allow for earlier seasonal access to the Basin trails.
Phase one will begin this spring include constructing a new service road from the top of Swift Creek Express/Chair 2 to the Grand Junction area to aid in the clearing of timber for new runs and lift line, and it will serve as a new green run when the area is opened next winter. It will also provide an evacuation route for injured skiers.
The resort will clear for six runs including portions of existing runs; Glory Hole, Connie's Coulee, Gray's Golf Course and The Back 9. Also included are two additional runs that will be added to the northwest-facing slope. Trail ratings and names have yet to be determined. New glade areas will also be added. Some re-sloping will be done on Hell Fire to eliminate negative grades. Phase 1 is expected to be completed by this fall.
In 2021 the resort will move the existing Hellroaring chairlift, Chair 8, from its current location up the slope. The bottom terminal will be located at Grand Junction and top terminal at the intersection of Toni Matt and Big Ravine runs. Guests will be able to access more areas on the mountain's front side including Big Ravine, Toni Matt and Good Medicine and better access to Hellroaring Basin.
Future phases include an additional chairlift from Grand Junction to the top of Hellroaring Peak as well as two runs on the west and east ridges. Additionally, a cat track will be constructed to provide access from the Peak to Gray Wolf ski run on the north side of the mountain. No timeline has yet been set.
The resort recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. It just keeps improving. With easy access from across the Heartland via Amtrak into Whitefish, it rates high among Midwestern snowsports enthusiasts for a winter ski trip.