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Whitefish…from stumptown to stunning!


Whitefish, Montana has a proud timber and railroad history. From the earliest indigenous residents who fished for whitefish in the lake, the name “Whitefish” evolved. But it was a stumptown first. Rich in forest land, the timber industry boomed in the late 1880s, leaving behind large stumps, some in the middle of the roads, thus the nickname Stumptown!

 The town site became official in 1903 when the Great Northern Railway found it provided an easier route to British Columbia. But according to the old timers, the stumps remained in the middle of town clear into the 1930’s. In the years that followed, a few adventurous folk came for a new activity...skiing. The upper reaches of Hellroaring Mountain, just north of town, were ideal for skiing down the open slopes into the Hellroaring Basin. The first ski lift was built in 1947 and now Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort offers more than 3000 skiable acres and 85 marked runs that include snowboarding, Nordic trails, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. 

 From this northern town of 5000 people, stunning views of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountains and the pristine waters of Whitefish Lake are a daily delight for residents and visitors. A myriad of winter and summer activities abound for every age and ability. Whether skiing, skating, boating or shopping, Whitefish is a place where life slows down to the speed of a paddle and the Rocky Mountain lifestyle provides enduring inspiration. With natural surroundings as part of the décor, Whitefish offers a lifestyle with a view!


Let us bring you home to Montana…visit Trails West Real Estate at two locations in Whitefish, in the Lodge at Whitefish Lake and  at 492 E 2nd Street, downtown Whitefish.



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For luxurious accommodations, visit the Lodge at Whitefish Lake

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