Reviews & Testimonials

“Awesome visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2016

We stayed here for four nights and visited multiple places. Glacier, whitefish, rafting at glacier.

The room was great. Has a kitchen, comfortable queen size bed, down feather comforter, leather chair, sofa bed, tv and Internet and satellite tv

Internet was not strong.Lobby has a fireplace. Nice view of mountains and pretty gardens.There is no elevator but staff helps get bags upstairs.

Staff was very friendly and helpful

Free continental breakfast is included.

“A beautiful. peaceful lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2016

This is a really beautiful building inside and out that makes you feel instantly relaxed. Our room was gorgeous - very spacious, clean and with everything we wanted. A fantastic base from which to walk or cycle.

Stayed July 2016, traveled as a couple.


Dear Jim,

I was with the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers and Boarders group that stayed with you the first week of February this year. At their request and the request of Kelly Medler, I just completed the Ski Magazine Survey. I gave the Whitefish Resort high marks across the board and specifically mentioned what a great place Kandahar Lodge was to stay at and how much I enjoyed your facility. Yours is a true ski lodge resort. It was like staying in someone’s home. Your staff was incredibly nice and accommodating, especially the front desk personnel (the man with the gray pony tail, Ron, I believe and Robert the van driver and the middle aged man with the heavy beard)! I am sorry that I can’t be sure of their names but they made me feel very welcome. Your fireplace was the best I have ever experienced and gave the lodge a rustic, cozy, home like feel. You have a great facility and a wonderful staff. I look forward to staying with you again someday and will and have highly recommended you to other people.


Mark S. Poppell, CIC, CRM

Vice President
Phone: 813 752 4155 Ext: 1615
Fax: 813 752 7681

I concur with all that Mark said. Well said. I also completed the survey and gave Whitefish high marks.

I would like to add special mention of Jennifer Fisher. As the Trip Leader on this trip, I worked directly with her and she was very helpful, plus she put on one of the best welcome receptions I've experienced.

Mike Pearson
Vice President, Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders
Trip Leader, Whitefish 2016

“Ski-in Ski-Out could not have been better”
5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2016
I will keep it simple and to the point, Kandahar Lodge was epic.

We stayed here for 4 days and 5 nights of skiing in March. This place has that "lodge" feel you want, the staff was exceptional, the Snug bar was great, right by the large open sitting area and massive and warm fireplace, making the apres quite fun, and the fact that they have a heated boot room was an added bonus (no more cold boots in the morning). The rooms are warm and spacious. Very comfortable beds, and the in suite kitchen was perfect for storing food and meals versus going to town. The lodge is easy to get to from the airport. And not having a car was no problem, just take the free SNOW bus to town for dinner and and some fun. The in house restaurant Cafe Kandahar was also great food, from an exceptional chef and is a must do for couples and foodies alike.

When you choose to stay here, you will not be disappointed and makes the whole ski trip that much better. We can't wait to come back.

Stayed March 2016, traveled as a couple
February 24-26, 2015

I must tell you that we extremely enjoyed our stay there. We visited the Snug Bar nightly with your fabulous staff attending to our every needs. Your bartender is such a bright spot of the Bar making everyone feel special.

We also had dinner at the Cafe Kandahar, it was best dinner I have had in years which makes me ponder if I have had one that does compare to the variety and expertise in which our meal was prepared & delivered. Hats off to all!

The entire Lodge is what we always imagine what a ski lodge looks like but it has exceeded that image. The location could not have been more convenient.

Thank you again & hopefully we will see you in the near future,

Deb Bramschreiber, Advisor/Past President Sly Fox Ski Club Sam Fontaine, President Sly Fox Ski Club PO Box 1613 Appleton, Wi. 54912-1613
Very good value for price paid. Rooms were clean, staff was very friendly. Kandahar is a great facility. We all enjoyed our stay!


Very competent maid and accommodating general manager, friendly staff! I love the decor - not a piece of plastic in sight. Deep leather chairs and "old school" wood carvings. I live on a fixed income and am retired but I can appreciate good taste! Good value fo price paid.

Guest comment card in room - January 2014


Everything was very good to excellent. Thanks for the use of your meeting space. Resort lodging with a difference - excellent common areas and gathering places. Complimentary breakfast adds value to the stay.We will definitely return.

Guest comment card - January 2014

Good afternoon. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read this message. I hope it finds you well.
I wanted to personally thank you and your staff for the wonderful stay my fiance and I had this past week. As you may remember, we were with the Cincinnati Ski Club and I was unable to ski due to the leg injury I sustained in December.
Your staff was extremely hospitable and friendly. The service outstanding. My requests to be driven to the Snowbus stop and/or the Village was always met with a smile. Mark was simply stated -- the best.
I hope our paths cross again in the future. Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the week.
Suzy Hampton
Hi Jennifer
Just wanted to say Thank You. We loved Kandahar lodge. Our week was a perfect ski week. The lodge made our trip. It was great to come in from skiing and have cider and cookies waiting. The group enjoyed the fireplace and lounge area every night after dinner. Everyone at Kandahar lodge gets a A+ in service and friendly atmosphere. The stairs we got our exercise. I am really looking forward to our next trip to Whitefish.
Holly Wagner, Trip Coordinator
Clearwater / St Petersburg Ski & Sorts Club
Dear Jennifer and Kandahar Staff:
On behalf of the Nordseth Family, we want to Thank You for a wonderful time at Kandahar Lodge this past weekend, August 6-8. Everyone expressed their appreciation for the friendly staff, warm and inviting atmosphere, comfortable beds, clean rooms making for a pleasant and enjoyable time.
We also want to Thank You for the use of the conference room, the DVD player and TV. The room and the arrangement exceeded our expectations. We had comments that the room was an asset to our family time together. Thank You to your staff for meeting our every needs. It was a privilege to work with you in preparing for our family reunion.
Thank You!! We will recommend Kandahar Lodge to others!!
Sincerely, Joyce and Gordon Martin
Laurie and Kandahar Lodge Staff,
I wanted to extend my thanks for all your help in hosting our guests (Sierra Club). It was a lovely trip that was educational and relaxing. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful setting and of course the wonderful hospitality.
Thanks again!
Sierra Club
San Francisco, CA


Hi Chris or Russ,
I was recently in your lodge with the Clark Group. I was in room 308.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for an outstanding experience in your lodge. From the moment I arrived, the hospitality was 5 star. From my first experience with housekeeping, to the shuttle guy, to the front desk, to the restaurant, it was all superb.
Thank you so much for making my winter vacation to Big Mountain such a pleasure.


Belmont, CA
To: The Staff at Kandahar Lodge
Thank you for making our vacation so memorable. Your hotel was gorgeous, our room was perfect and your staff was very helpful and friendly. Thank you!
From: Krista & John (New Hampshire)
Hi Jennifer,
I hope all is well with you. I'm a little late with this, but I wanted to say thank you to you and your staff at the Kandahar Lodge for helping make our ski trip a wonderful experience. Everyone in our group said they enjoyed staying at the Kandahar, that it was a very nice and comfortable lodge. Many of them mentioned how accommodating you and your staff were with our group, stepping in to offer help whenever we asked for it. Your staff seemed to 'go the extra mile' in every way, even setting the breakfast out early on the morning of our departure. I know everyone in our group appreciated the great service we received during our stay there. Personally, I really appreciate all the help you and your staff gave me with making rooming arrangements, and especially making changes at the last minute, as I had to shuffle some roommates around. I had a great time on my trip to Whitefish, and I really enjoyed staying at the Kandahar. You have a wonderful place there, with a friendly and professional staff. I have already recommended the Kandahar to some friends of mine who are skiers.
Thanks again Jennifer, to you and your staff.
Mary Golden-Blair,
Cincinnati Ski Club
Whitefish Mountain Trip Leader
This was my first trip to Montana, and Kandahar Lodge couldn’t have been a better place to stay to get the feel & beauty of Montana. The staff was very accommodating, the rooms were very comfortable & attractive, and the kitchen was essential with leftovers and feeding our toddler. The workout room, locker rooms and whirlpool was also a treat! It was like staying at a “lodge” vs a hotel because of it’s warm, cozy feel. Also, we were able to drive to Glacier National Park in less than 40 minutes, and enjoy the city of White Fish, which was only 20 minutes away. We feel very lucky to have found Kandahar Lodge.
Erin Martin, St. Paul Minnesota

We have stayed with a big group from Washington state the last two years for the Presidents Day ski holiday. I just want to say that it is by far the best place to stay on a ski vacation. The staff is wonderful, the lodge is beautiful and everyone bends over backwards to accomidate their guests. The rooms are snug and comfy with down comforters and wonderful woodsey decor. The lodge is warm and inviting with that huge fireplace and the Snug Bar. Can't wait to stay there again. Thanks Kandahar for everything.
Dianne Whitten
To the Staff of the Kandahar,
We have had a wonderful time here thanks in no small part to your wonderful accommodations and personalized hospitality. The champagne was a wonderful surprise - Thank You.
We look forward to many more anniversaries spent here.
Jeffrey & Tori
Heidi, Christina and all employees at the Lodge,
We recently stayed with you over Christmas after being unable to go to Colorado for our "much needed" were so nice, helpful and accommodating! The skiing was wonderful, our room stylish and comfortable and everyone so welcoming. Thank You.
We will be back one day.
Adam & Diane - Gettysburg, PA
This experience has been wonderful. Everyone was so helpful & kind. Awesome staff & accommodations.
Greg & Vanessa - New Orleans, LA
It really was a fantastic visit. Everyone at the Kandahar is extremely friendly and attentive.
Annonymous Guest Comment

From: Richard & Sandra

Message to us: To All the Exceptional Staff at Kandahar


Thanks to ALL OF YOU for helping make our very First Ski Vacation a complete success!!!

Our stay at the Kandahar is one we'll never forget. The Lodge is absolutely beautiful, and offered everything we needed for a wonderful vacation. Our room was gorgeously decorated and so comfortable, we felt right at home.

We loved sitting by the fireplace in the Great Room to warm up a bit before heading to the Cafe Kandahar for dinner. All of the meals were EXCEPTIONAL, but the Special Valentine Dinner was SUPERB!!! Kudos to the Chef!!

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Kandahar Lodge to anyone looking for a wonderful place to stay and ski. Once you experience Kandahar Lodge, you'll never go anywhere else. Big Mountain is breathtaking and has something for everyone.

As for OUR skiing, it leaves much to be desired...lots of bumps and bruises...ha ha...but we proudly earned everyone!! We are thrilled to be among the ranks of "Big Mountain Skiers" now, and we CANNOT WAIT to come back!! We haven't conquered the mountain yet...but we'll try it again next year! ha!

We loved EVERYTHING about Kandahar Lodge and Big Mountain so much, that we're making our February Ski Trip an annual event...and we're bringing friends and family with us!!

THANKS AGAIN for making our stay so pleasurable and memorable. We will never forget the wonderful time we had or any of you who made it so.

God Bless You All! See You Next February!

Richard & Sandra

This is directed to the entire staff of the beautiful Kandahar Lodge.

My wife and I recently spent 4 days at the lodge. We honestly had no idea of what to expect. Being from Cincinnati, Ohio, and going out "west" you really have no idea of what you may encounter. I was stationed in 29 Palms California, but never had the opportunity to explore anything other than LA and that to me does not count as the "west."

My wife and I wanted to enjoy something different and see new things..........and that certainly happened. Our room was amazing, it was everything that we thought it would be. It was exactly how it was described to us. It was no bigger or smaller than we were told, and it was extremely cozy. The pictures of your lodge do not do it justice. It is much more gorgeous than what the pictures show. The staff at the lodge was absolutely perfect. Not one rude individual and everyone from the "Snug" to the morning waitresses in the cafe were amazing. We had an unbelievable time and we got to see things that we never thought we would see. WE WILL BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I only hope that I can send business your way, you have a unique and special place that everyone should experience. Thank you sooooo much for all that you did, and we can't wait to return next year!!!! Thank you again.


Kenyon and Monica
Cincinnati, OH

We had a wonderful Stay!

Everything and everyone there was so courteous, friendly and helpful. Chef Andy Rocks!

Mark and Donna - Melbourne, Florida