Pete has lived in the Flathead Valley for over 17 years. After living in Colorado and Utah, his passion for the outdoors finally drew him to Montana. It didn’t take him long to realize this was a special place, and he settled down to make this area his home. Years of experience in the service industry has given Pete the ability to work well with clients and connect with people quickly. An avid skier, mountain biker, and fly fisherman, Pete’s enthusiasm for outdoor recreating has taken him all over the valley and has given him a unique and expert knowledge of the area. Whatever your passion is, Pete would love to show you what makes this area special and help you find your piece of it. To contact Pete call: 406.270.5908.
A Powder-Full Winter
Photo by Greg Lindstrom, story by Tristan Scott, Flathead Beacon.
Powder hounds whose snow-sensors have been twitching lately are probably channeling last winter’s bodacious bounty, which delivered 9 1/2 feet of white gold on Big Mountain in February alone, followed by another walloping of 8 1/2 feet in March, rounding out the most epic winter in recent memory.
Or maybe that tingling feeling is reminiscent of the 2007-2008 season, when a record 426 inches of powder (35 feet) graced Big Mountain during a season that saw the resort’s name officially change to Whitefish Mountain Resort, a move that rankled some locals who simply cooled their heels in the deep snowpack and groused to their friends between face shots.
Whatever’s giving you the powder fever, it’s working, with this winter stepping up to consistently deliver the goods.
As of Feb. 12, Whitefish Mountain Resort’s 125-inch settle base ranked the mountain third for the deepest snow among all ski areas in the nation, as well as the deepest in the Rocky Mountains and seventh-deepest in North America.
More than 21 feet of powder has fallen on the slopes since Nov. 1 — compared to more than 25 feet by this time a decade ago — and a recent streak of 22 days of snowfall deposited more than 100 inches on Big Mountain, according to Riley Polumbus, Whitefish Mountain Resort’s public relations manager.
“We’re on a good streak,” Polumbus said, noting that Big Mountain has already accumulated 84 percent of its 10-year average of 305 inches. “We have one of the best snowpacks that we’ve had here in a while, historically speaking.”
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Gorgeous new subdivision located conveniently off Highway 40 between Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Lot 22 is perched on a bench overlooking the Swan Mountain Range and Badrock Canyon. Timber Ridge features mountain views, larger lots, community water and a forested building site. Timber Ridge offers walking trails and a country feel. Homeowners RV/storage area to be built to allow homeowners a place to park the toys. Click here for more photos and information. Call Pete Francisco at 406.270.5908 for more information.
Whitefish Trail Users Spend $6.1 Million Locally Every Year
A yearlong study to quantify outdoor recreation reveals that playing outside is a major boon to the local economy, with Whitefish Trail users contributing $6.1 million annually.
Relying on intercept surveys, infrared counters, manual verification, Strava accounts, and statewide tourism data, Whitefish Legacy Partners and the Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with Headwaters Economics to better understand the economic ripple effects of outdoor recreation.
EPISODE TEN: OPEN ROAD
Billy O’Donnell, founder of RIDGE Mountain Academy, strives to inspire others to live life to their fullest potential. See how his students embrace it and you can too.
The Untrammeled Observatory: Lessons from Wilderness Fire
March 7, 2018 Flathead Valley Community College
7:00 PM Free Admission
Speaker Andrew J. Larson, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, Department of Forest Management, University of Montana, will present results of several years of fire and forest ecology field research in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Topics include the scientific and educational value of wilderness, the fire ecology of the Northern Rocky forests, and the importance of wilderness areas as a source of information to help society sustainably manage non-wilderness lands.
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