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Resort proposes putting powder days in spotlight

A skier near the summit of Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana glides by the signature snow ghosts with the peaks of Glacier National Park in the background.  (Brian Schott / Associated Press)
A skier near the summit of Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana glides by the signature snow ghosts with the peaks of Glacier National Park in the background. (Brian Schott / Associated Press)

SKIINGWhitefish Mountain Resort is proposing putting up beacons in downtown Whitefish to signal skiers when there are ideal conditions at Big Mountain.

The Missoulian reports resort marketing director Nick Polumbus presented the idea to the Whitefish City Council.

Under the proposal, a pair of beacons would be installed on the Great Northern Brewing Co., the tallest building in downtown Whitefish. A blue LED light would flash on days when the summit received at least 6 inches of snow overnight and an amber light would flash on inversion days, when the summit is above the clouds. The beacon would only be on between 8 a.m. and noon.

Polumbus says the resort had three inversion days last season and 18 days in which it received more than 6 inches of snow.




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