Whitefish Mountain Resort opens for 72nd season

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  • Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    A young skier flexes his muscles on opening day at Whitefish Mountain Resort. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    The first four head up to the summit on opening day at Whitefish Mountain Resort. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    A snowboarder and a skier head up Chair 1 on opening day. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Top, skiers glide down Whitetail on the north side of Big Mountain on Friday for opening day at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Left, a snowboarder and a skier head up Chair 1 on opening day. The resort opened with limited terrain. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    A snowboarder makes a turn on Whitetail during opening day. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

  • Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    A young skier flexes his muscles on opening day at Whitefish Mountain Resort. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    The first four head up to the summit on opening day at Whitefish Mountain Resort. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Skiers young and old waited for the first lift rides of the season at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which opened today. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    A snowboarder and a skier head up Chair 1 on opening day. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    Top, skiers glide down Whitetail on the north side of Big Mountain on Friday for opening day at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Left, a snowboarder and a skier head up Chair 1 on opening day. The resort opened with limited terrain. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

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    A snowboarder makes a turn on Whitetail during opening day. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

Whitefish Mountain Resort opened for its 72nd season on Friday.

Skiers and snowboarders got the chance to get in some early season runs on the north side of the mountain and on the beginner terrain on the lower mountain.

The summit on Friday had a settled base of 31 inches and the village had 5 inches. Skier-wise, the mountain had a bigger opening day than last year, with 1,758 skiers hitting the slopes on Friday. Last season 1,649 skiers came out for opening day.

Chairs 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, T-Bar 2 and the Big Easy Carpet were open.

Whitefish Mountain Resort CEO Dan Graves said the resort was once again very excited for opening day.

“This season we will welcome more season pass holders than ever before,” he said in a release. “Their loyalty and support certainly enhance what makes this resort special and somewhat unique these days. In addition to our pass holders, we look forward to our many returning guests and getting acquainted with new ones.”

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