Montana has always been known for its opportunities for adventure for as long as anyone can remember. The Flathead Valley is surrounded by miles of wilderness, forest and park land offering endless opportunities for exploration. Whether it is hiking up the millions of miles of trails, fishing in the clear blue rivers and lakes, rafting down the whitewater, skiing in the powdery snow, golfing at one of the many great courses, or just sitting back and taking in all of the sites, it won't take long for you to discover what makes Montana extraordinary. The Flathead Valley is a wonderful and diverse place, and there is truly something here for absolutely everyone, no matter what your needs, desires, or dreams area.



People have also found that the climate is much milder than many expect. The Valley offers 4 distinct seasons. Spring offers warm afternoons with wildflowers blooming in the meadows and mountainsides. The Flathead Valley has three scenic "wild" rivers which are at full pool during the spring season and offer a great opportunity for the adventurous whether it is by whitewater rafting or kayaking.

The summer offers warm temperatures with an average of 78 degrees and low humidity. It is a perfect time to take advantage of the many lakes and rivers. The lakes and rivers are a water enthusiasts dream and great for waterskiing, windsurfing, fishing and boating. There are many outdoor concerts, theatrical events and festivals held throughout the valley. The summer is a great time to take advantage of a number of activities. The Flathead Valley has been called one of the "50 Greatest Golf Destinations in the World" and the summer is the perfect time to take advantage of more than twelve stunning courses.

Autumn brings crisp cool mornings, and the magnificent changing colors of the birch, tamarack, maple and other trees. Wildlife is abundant. In Montana the four legged residents far outnumber the two-legged ones. Pack your binoculars and your camera and take a trip to one of the many national parks or wildernesses; you will almost always have a chance to sight the wildlife

Winter is the favorite season for many. While many think of cold Montana winters, the Flathead Valley has experienced mild winters due to its location on the western side of the continental divide and is often referred to as the "banana belt". The temperatures are usually in the mid 20s to 30s. The average snowfall is 55 inches. The Big Mountain in Whitefish offers over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. Blacktail Mountain in Lakeside is the Valley's newest ski area and offers great skiing, hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails as well as cross country skiing, dog sledding and sleigh rides.

Flathead County Climate

Average Annual Temperature 42.6°F
Winter Average 36°F
Summer Average 78°F
Average Annual Rainfall 16.51 in.
Average Annual Snowfall 55.2 in. (range of 16-100 in.)
Average Growing Season 104-129 days
Elevation 3,000-10,000ft.

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Corey Olofson, Broker
RE/MAX of Whitefish
509 E. 6th St.
Whitefish MT 59937
Office: 406.863.3400
Cell: 406.253.0531
Fax: 406.863.3400