Whitefish Mountain Resort Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Morning Eagle Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort
If you like to stay on the mountain with ski in ski out convenience (who doesn’t?) then at Whitefish Mountain Resort look no further than the Morning Eagle Lodge. This grand condo style hotel is closest to the ski slopes and has beautiful rooms, one bedroom, and larger suites. The convenience begins as you arrive, check in at the central lodging office and park your car in the underground garage. An elevator takes you to your suite, with either a mountain slope view or a view of the Flathead Valley, or Whitefish Lake Mountain Resort view.
Our two bedroom condo unit had a spacious fully equipped kitchen with granite counters, a large tile bath with a full washer and dryer, private master bedroom and a bunk room for the kids, nice living area, TV with stereo and a wonderful balcony overlooking the ski village from the fourth floor, with Whitefish Lake and Flathead Lake - the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi, beyond. The entry was spacious and well designed for skiers too, with lots of hooks and ski boot dryers.
One of the best features of the Morning Eagle Lodge is the 5th-floor outdoor hot tub with views of the slopes, the lakes… a true treat after skiing – bring your own beer (plastic cups please) and enjoy a soaking after skiing laps all day on Whitefish’s famous long ski runs Toni Matt and Moe-Mentum (named for downhill Gold medalist and local Tommy Moe).
Your skis are perfectly poised at the Lodge’s main level ski lockers just steps to the slopes. From Morning Eagle you have no excuse not to get early morning tracks at Whitefish, and you can ski till the last chair, and drink till the last call at the Bierstube a snowball’s toss away in the Whitefish Mountain Resort’s village. Other dining options while staying at Morning Eagle include Hellroaring Saloon, a short walk across the snow, next to Ed & Mully’s, and the elegant Café Kandahar is a short walk away for some of the best ski resort dining in all of Montana. See our Top Places to Dining and Après Ski in Whitefish. There is grocery market at the lodging check in if you want to utilize your condo’s kitchen. There’s also a ski shop in the same condo complex. The drive down to the wonderful western town of Whitefish, 6 miles down an access road, provides lots more dining options, and great shopping.
There is a so much exploring to do around Whitefish besides skiing, like snowmobiling, dog-sledding, ice skating at the Stumptown Ice Den, or a winter visit to Glacier National Park on snow shoes or cross country skis – Glacier Park's West Entrance is only 23 miles from Whitefish. Kalispell is just 11 miles away from where you can fly into Glacier National Airport. If you visit during Whitefish Winter Carnival, be sure to see Whitefish's Ski Joring Championships.
The historic Grouse Mountain Lodge, just a mile out of Whitefish downtown, is a great place to stay during a ski trip to Whitefish's Big Mountain, on the beautiful snow covered grounds of the Whitefish Golf Club. In winter, this 1958 Lodge is a snowy wonderland with cross country skiing right on the Montana resort property, and sparkling white lights in the trees. Rooms at the Grouse Mountain Lodge are traditional, with attractive ski and stay packages including lift tickets to Whitefish Mountain Resort. Our room provided beautiful sunset over the snow covered grounds, a nice ending to our day skiing Big Mountain’s 3000 acres at Whitefish. Two outdoor heated pools and indoor pool are perfect for, après ski relaxing, and there is a Spa by appointment as well. You might be just as content to sit by the big stone fireplace in the beautiful lobby with a good book. The Bear, moose and big horn sheep that adorn the walls will keep an eye on you.
Dining at Grouse Mountain Lodge is at Logan’s restaurant and bar located to the right of Lodge’s Lobby. Logan’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can sit in the cozy bar area the magnificent two sided fireplace or move to the more formal dining room on the other side. Après ski drinks are a deal at Logan’s from 3 to 6 pm - $3 wine and local micro brews. Logan’s menu ranges from après ski munchies, burgers, sandwiches and salads to more complex entrees of local beef, game, and seafood. I thought the Pacific Northwest salmon salad was delicious, Greg loved the French Onion soup with crispy melted cheese en croute.
Take in the views and keep a keen eye for real live wildlife wandering about the grounds of the Grouse Mountain Lodge, deer and elk in particular.
Staying at Grouse Mountain Lodge you are just 7 miles to the slopes Whitefish Mountain Resort, or a mile to the cool western shops, art galleries, great breweries and cafes in downtown Whitefish. For a day off from alpine skiing, you can Nordic ski at the Lodge, or drive 30 miles to Glacier National Park for a snowshoe, Nordic or winter hiking adventure. If you visit during Whitefish Winter Carnival, be sure to see Whitefish's Ski Joring Championships.