We finally found the snow in Whitefish, Montana. I had visited this town over the summer and it was blanketed in a thick layer of smoke to the point where I couldn't even see any mountain peaks. The town is a little touristy, but I have a few little spots I love.
Camping at Whitefish Mountain is free for guests – the parking lot is large and easy to navigate with the camper. The ski in/ski out was so essential here because we hit a pretty good powder day, getting first chair was way easier than driving the 25 minutes from downtown. After a few wet, snowy nights at the mountain, we decided to book a night at the Firebrand hotel downtown Whitefish. We all took long, hot showers (including Rico), enjoyed tasty dessert in the lobby and soaked in the gorgeous rooftop hot top under the stars.
Next, we spent a few nights off-the-grid at Glacier National Park. They have a few spots plowed for campers and winter camping was free with park admission. It was the beginning of a brutal cold snap, complete with blowing wind and blizzard conditions. Winter in the park is peaceful and beautiful but far from any civilization.