Top 10 Reasons to Live in the
There are no
known poisonous plants or snakes indigenous to the Flathead Valley.
Kalispell, the county seat, was
named the “Best Mountain Town in America” by Mountain Sports and Living
magazine, Jan/Feb 1999.
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
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.
Airline access to the valley is
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.
Skiiing – The Valley is home to two
world-class ski resorts: the
Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain in Whitefish,
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area just west of Lakeside.
The area climate is relatively mild
year-round – the average temperature during the coldest month of the year is
in the 20’s.
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.
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.
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