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December 16, 1957
More and more Midwesterners in search of an inexpensive family winter vacation have been turning each year to Big Mountain outside Whitefish, Mont. A medium-size area with a reputation for spontaneous hospitality, Big Mountain offers uncrowded skiing and a relaxed atmosphere for kids and grownups alike. The electric Constam T bar easily handles the crowd, even on weekends, and takes skiers 3,000 feet to the top of the main spur in fast time. Widest of the network of trails leading down to the base is the open-slope Hell Roaring run for intermediates. Experts can take six Sno-Cat rides a day up to Big Mountain summit to run the two miles of ingenious problems on the Toni Matt or take the speedy schusses of the three-mile Langley Run. The ski school is informal and classes are held to small groups. Dope Slope is an ideal beginners' hill, with just enough rise to keep classes moving. After-ski life at the Big Mountain Chalet consists mainly of a late afternoon drink at the bar, a family-style dinner and then singing and other homemade entertainment in the game room. The thriftiest ski week in the Northwest is the Chalet's $88 package that takes care of lift tickets, food and lodging for a week. The nearby Big Mountain Lodge has dormitory rooms, and there are plenty of motels in nearby Whitefish. The Great Northern Railway runs from Chicago in 28 hours, costs $77.45 for coach round trip. Northwest Orient Airlines flies there and back for $186.
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December 16, 1957

Spot To Ski: Big Mountain

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Mt. Rose Summit, Calif.: Two rope tows operating last weekend.

Big Bear Lake, Calif.: Skiing fair. Family lift ticket lets three ride all day for $10, $1 each additional member. LO 12, UP 10.

Mammoth Mt., Calif.: Skiing going into seventh week here. Conditions excellent. Reservations available at Bishop. SN 16.

Other Spots: Mt. Temple, Alta.: Fair cover, scheduled to open Dec. 15-20. Mt. Norquay, Alta.: Skiing on practice slope only. Mt. Baldy, Calif.: Skiing poor. Some skiing on Emile's Run. CR 300.


Telemark, Wis.: Skiing fair, Holiday reservations filling fast. Strong emphasis on Wedeln noted among instructors at Telemark teaching clinic. UP 2, LO 6, CR 125.

Sheltered Valley, Wis.: More snow needed. UP 10, LO 10, CR 116.

Boyne Mt., Mich.: Skiing good on machine-made snow. New double chair operating. UP 24, LO 24.

Brule Mt., Mich.: Skiing good on all slopes last weekend. Iron Inn drawing big crowds for after-ski bar. Italian meals and dancing. UP 8, LO 6, CR 225.


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