60th Anniversary Celebrations Begin

By Beacon Staff

Whitefish Mountain Resort will kick off 60th Anniversary celebrations starting on Friday, Dec. 14 with a ceremonial rope dropping, a monument unveiling, as well as the presentation of lifetime season pass privileges to six individuals from the resort’s storied past.

“A lot has changed over the past 60 years, but a lot of things have also stayed the same,” said Daniel Graves, president of the resort. “While more people are discovering this amazing destination, we’re dedicated to keeping it a place known for a loyal local ski population who are excited to show visitors around our vast and varied Big Mountain.”

The resort first opened for business on Dec. 14, 1947, making it one of the oldest destination ski resorts in the nation. A ceremonial rope dropping will usher in the 60th anniversary season in the skier plaza on Friday morning.

At 2 p.m., the Founder’s Monument will be unveiled in the lift plaza that will be dedicated to all the individuals who have given their time and effort over the years to make the resort a success. From 2:30 to 5 p.m., the grand opening of Ed and Mully’s Smokehouse, a new restaurant named after resort pioneers Ed Schenck and Lloyd “Mully” Muldown will host live music by John Dunnigan, food specials, birthday cake, and a champagne toast when Whitefish Mayor Mike Jenson will bestow lifetime pass honors on 6 deserving individuals at 3 p.m.

Additional 60th anniversary celebrations throughout the winter include a 60th Anniversary New Years Party on Dec. 31, an informal ‘Old Timers’ Get-Together on Feb. 1, the Winter Carnival 60th Anniversary Banquet on Feb. 2, President’s Weekend 60th Anniversary Celebration on Feb. 16th.