One of the reasons why Wilderness Club is becoming a very popular for vacation homes is because of the incredible weather. When we were getting ready to move to here from Southern Nevada, we kept hearing about Eureka's great weather. We laughed at the term "Montana's banana belt". I grew up in Canada and was more than concerned about moving back north after 12 years in the desert where I started wearing flip-flops in February.
My two youngest children, now 10 and 12, were born in the desert and never really experienced snow until we moved here. One year while still living in Nevada, we planned a family vacation to Southern Alberta at Christmastime. As we prepared, my husband and I told all the stories from our childhood about how our noses would freeze shut when we breathed in and our faces would get so cold that we would talk funny We tried to explain to our kids that they would have to dress a little differently. This was a group that wore shorts to school year round. One of my sons said "It's ok Mom, I'll just wear long socks!" They really had no concept of cold.
Fast forward to March 2012, we packed up the whole family plus one dog and made the 15 hour trek north. Of course there was a massive spring snowstorm in Eureka the day we pulled in which we heard, "hardly ever happens". My husband and I thought it wasn't very fair, what were we thinking? The kids, however, quickly got all their new snow gear on and ran out to make snowmen and have snowball fights. In fact they spent a week playing in the snow before we told them they were actually going to have to start at their new schools. It was then that I started to realize something.... I never enjoyed playing in the snow when I was a kid because we didn't get good snow very often and it was usually too cold to play outside anyway.
Gradually we began to notice that we did get incredibly good weather. Many days it would be raining and miserable in Whitefish but in Eureka it was sunny and warm. Our first summer here was amazing! I have never experienced such great weather. It got warm enough to play in the many lakes all day but cool enough to open your windows at night. Our first fall was amazingly warm and the colors were beautiful. We actually continued to golf until mid-December! Winter came and all six of us learned to ski. We took advantage of the Wilderness Club / Big Mountain Club agreement often. The kids were just as excited to see snow outside because that meant skiing and sledding and hot chocolate.
We have really enjoyed our time here so far and look forward to many more years. Although we really loved our years in Southern Nevada, I didn't realize that is was the seasons I missed the most. You are never bored in Eureka. Now if only I could get my kids to stop calling heat "warm AC"!
Shondi Bohne, Realtor & Wilderness Club Member
Lancaster & Co