Ski Resorts in the Flathead Valley

My son had a season pass at Big Mountain years ago and raved about the powder and small lift lines. He is one with some experience in this area since he lives in Utah and has traveled all over to snowboard at top resorts. There is now another resort in the Flathead Valley. The resort is named Blacktail Mountain and is located just West of Flathead Lake in Lakeside. Both resorts have awesome spring and summer activities. If you are a mountain biker, hiker, bird watcher, or just love to be outside, it is worth checking these resorts out. Years ago I remember seeing a concert at Big Mountain. Riding the chairlifts through the lush meadows is a treat. Be sure to bring your digital cameras since the views are spectacular.

You can see what events are happening by visiting both resorts at their respective websites:

Big Mountain resort in Whitefish:

Their videos can be seen at:

Blacktail Mountain in Lakeside:

Their video can be seen at:

Virtual tour of Lakeside from The Lakeside and Somers chamber of Commerce

Golfing in the Flathead Valley

Flathead Valley Golf Courses

Whitefish Lake Golf Montana's only 36 hole complex...
Village Greens Club, featuring Flathead's finest bent grass greens ......
Polson Bay Golf Club Great place to have some fun and get some shopping done afterward...
Big Mountain, ..... Great scenery combined with traditional Scottish links........
Mission Mountain, 18 holes.............. 14 miles south of Flathead Lake ...worth checking out
Meadow Lake Golf Course, Beautiful setting and great fairways
Glacier View Course, ..... Great views of Glacier National Park's peaks.......
Buffalo Hill Club This is the most popular course in the Flathead Valley....

All are first rate championship quality and are a minimum of 18 holes. Several are 27 holes and one 36 hole. You can't go wrong with your choices.
(Greg MidlandAssociate Editor, Golf Magazine)

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Videos of Flathead Lake rentals

Ultra Luxury Flathead Lake Lakefront Condo You Tube Video
Bigfork Spectacular Log Cabin View Apartment

Favorite Area Restaurants West Side of Flathead Lake

  • Montana Club 1301 Main St. (Hwy.93), Kalispell opened mid July '10 spectacular building..not eaten there yet.
  • Homestead Cafe, 7262 Hwy 93, Lakeside good breakfast and easy walk from Waterside
  • Dairy Queen 7170 Hwy.93, Lakeside...across the street from Waterside
  • Spinnaker, 7210 Hwy. 93, Lakeside (406) 844-3926 All you can eat tacos $5.50 & $1.50 Corona's on Thursday's..heap it on!
  • Scotty's Steak House 2205 Hwy. 93 (406) 257-8188 south end of Kalispell a local spot for terrific Montana steak..try their Bison burger or flat iron will be back.
  • Capers, 121 Main St., Kalispell,(on Hwy.93 center of town) fine dining & wood fired pizza 755- 7687 AAA Diamond rating
  • Short Branch Bar next door to Waterside on the north, Broasted Chicken..not for the calorie counters
  • Blue Canyon 1840 Hwy.93, south end of Kalispell (Hilton Hotel), Phone 758-2583 very good
  • Somers Bay Cafe 47 Somers Road, Somers homey cafe
  • Fazooli"s Family Italian 5480 Us Highway 93 Somers (406) 857-3880 classy log restaurant good views/food
  • The Docks Restaurant Bar 7135 Us Highway 93 S Lakeside walk north from condo one block..on the Lake . You can dock your boat for lunch or dinner, Nightly entertainment.
  • Buns by The Lake 5480 US Hwy.93 S Lakeside a must try! Below Fazooli's wi-fi Breakfast/Lunch only...very good.
  • Tiebuckers Pub & Eatery. 75 Somers Road, Somers, MT 59932. Phone: 406-857-3335 very good
  • , Alehouse and Grill,(406) 844-0244 ex 2 to order to go 105 Blacktail Road #2 Lakeside great food! tops! Best micro brew in the West. Craig the brewmaster has created fantastic brew.. south end of town just off Hwy 93 on road to Blacktail Mt. wi-fi behind Ace Hardware "hard to beat" try first and you may not go anywhere else.

Favorite Area Restaurants Bigfork & East Side

  • 459 Grill, 459 Electric Ave., Bigfork. upstairs in the back next to Saketome Sushi. If you want one of the finest burgers in the Valley..create it here!! You will thank me.
  • BearFood 475 Electric Ave (406) 837-0811 The best place for coffee. reasonable prices..outside seating. The owner's Sean & Melissa will take good care of you..a must for a cuppa joe or freshly quickly prepared panini sandwich http;// T-Shirts & Huckleberry products too....pie yumm!
  • Saketome Sushi 459 Electric Ave (upstairs in the back) (406) 270-4120 honestly the sushi is about as good as it gets..."in Montana yet"
  • Sun Mountain Pizza & Trattoria 8270 Hwy. 35, Bigfork next to Subway. If you like a thin healthy crust..this is the place. Absolutly fantastic pasta at very reasonable prices. Another one of those "in Montana?" Yes, we have the best in Bigfork!!
  • Mountain Lake Lodge "Terra Restaurant" 2 miles North on Hwy 35..very good fine dining. "Riley's Pub" & Sports Bar
  • East Shore Smoke House Hwy. 35 17.5 miles So. of the Apartment Cabin 887-2096 BBQ at it's best
  • Laughing Horse 71284 HWY 83, Swan Lake (406) 886-2080 "one of the best in the West" moderate +, call first - a must visit
  • Raven Brew Pub & Grill‎ 15321 Mt Highway 35, Bigfork, MT‎ - (406) 837-2836 closest to Apt. pretty good food on the Lake with incredible view of the Lake. Entertainment most nights/lively weekends
  • Echo Lake Cafe‎ 1195 Swan Hwy, Bigfork, MT‎ - (406) 837-4252 "a must for breakfast or lunch"
  • Grateful Bread‎ 8111 Mt Highway 35 # 5, Bigfork, MT‎ - (406) 837-2253 great sandwiches & breakfast
  • El Topo Cantina‎ 7987 Mt Highway 35, Bigfork, MT‎ - (406) 837-2114 popular Mexican
  • Rosa's Pizza - - (406) 837-5751 Hwy.35 just so. of Bigfork local favorite..nice people
  • Moroldo's Fine Italian Restaurant - (406) 837-2720 just no. of town off Hwy.35 don't hesitate...this is the real deal!
  • Bigfork Inn - - (406) 837-6680 old classic in town
  • La Provence Restaurant - - (406) 837-2923 very good French downtown Bigfork on Electric Ave.
  • A. Showthyme Restaurant - - (406) 837-0707 548 Electric Ave. Bigfork favorite downtown Trip Advisor rated #1

About Me

Mike - retired Los Angeles Co. Fire Capt 30 years. "Emergency" NBC Television Series 1971 - 1977 cast member;