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Winter Wonderland in Whitefish

The great Northwestern state of Montana has it all—rivers, lakes, mountains and plains—which increases your chances for fun in every season, even if you aren't interested in traditional outdoor activities. From February 5–7, 2010, at the Whitefish Mountain Resort, the Winter Carnival ignites with a Torchlight Parade and elaborate fireworks displays—right on the icy slopes of the ski lodge.

Food is being served while activities abound for all folks ranging from ski bums to those hoping simply to enjoy the season from the cozy vantage point of a massive leather armchair beside the fireplace. There will be a Yeti Snow Skate, parade and dances, plus the "Penguin Plunge," a voluntary charitable dive into the icy depths of Whitefish Lake to benefit the Special Olympics. The festival is free and open to all ages—and for those snowmen and snowladies 21 years of age and older, there will be hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps served while you enjoy the festival.