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Top 10 Reasons to Live in the Flathead Valley

  1. There are no known poisonous plants or snakes indigenous to the Flathead Valley.

  2. Kalispell, the county seat, was named the “Best Mountain Town in America” by Mountain Sports and Living magazine, Jan/Feb 1999.

  3. Golf – The Flathead Valley was listed in the “50 Greatest Golf Destinations in the World” by Golf Digest, September, 2000. For more information, check out

  4. The Valley is surrounded by the Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park, which when combined with other designated wilderness areas encompasses almost 10,000 square miles! Glacier National Park alone preserves over 1 million acres of forests, alpine meadows, and lakes.

  5. Airline access to the valley is provided by Glacier Park International Airport, with numerous daily flights provided by Delta, Northwest, Horizon, and Big Sky airlines. Direct flights are available to Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, Spokane, and Seattle.

  6. Skiiing – The Valley is home to two world-class ski resorts: the Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain in Whitefish, and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area just west of Lakeside.

  7. The area climate is relatively mild year-round – the average temperature during the coldest month of the year is in the 20’s.

  8. You don’t have to acclimate to extreme altitudes. The elevation in the valley is 3,000 feet, and the top of Big Mountain in Whitefish is only 7,000 feet.

  9. The Flathead Valley has among the finest medical facilities of any resort community in the country. The Kalispell Regional Medical Center was ranked in the “Top 100 Hospitals in the Country” by Newsweek, 1996.

  10. The Valley is surrounded by three mountain ranges: the Swan Range to the east, the Whitefish Range to the north, and the Salish Mountains to the west. Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, forms the southern boundary of the Valley.

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Tucked into the northwest corner of Montana, the Flathead Valley lies next to the rugged grandeur of Glacier National Park and the western edge of several million acres of designated wilderness. The centerpiece is Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The protection of the mountains and the moderation thermal effect of the lake produces a surprisingly mild climate for an area so far north.