Whitefish Mountain Posts Big Numbers

Season-pass holders at Whitefish Mountain Resort skied and snowboarded more than 1 billion vertical feet

By: By Kenneth Shapiro

Nearly 8,000 season-pass holders at Whitefish Mountain Resort surpassed 1 billion vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding on Tuesday, Feb. 24, according to the resort. “These kinds of really big numbers seem to be getting a lot of news coverage lately,” quipped resort spokesperson Donnie Clapp. “You know, billions, trillions, that sort of thing.”

Whitefish Mountain Resort has been tracking the number of vertical feet its season pass holders ski for several years. Pass holders can keep tabs on their totals, as well as those of their friends, on the resort’s Web site at no additional charge.

In 77 days of skiing between Dec. 10 and Feb. 24, Whitefish pass holders skied a total of 1,008,115,366 vertical feet.

“I mean, that’s simply a gargantuan number,” said Clapp. “Just look at all those commas.”

Whitefish season pass holders had to ski and snowboard more than 13,092,407 vertical feet per day to achieve the historic 1 billion vertical feet mark by Feb. 24.

“It’s a tough job we ask our local pass holders to take on,” said Clapp. “Every morning, the people who live in Whitefish wake up and know that they have to go hit the slopes to do their part. I’m sure that seems pretty horrible to all the city dwellers out there who only have to ski a few days a year, but Whitefish is very close-knit. It’s a team effort, and we all help each other through.”

Ski-and-stay packages as low as $70 per person, per day, for slopeside accommodations and unlimited skiing are available at the resort’s Web site.