Summer in the Flathead is a time for hiking, biking, and being outside but there's one thing that folks say puts a damper on activities.
"Parking in the summer months," said Michele McDonald, who was visiting Whitefish, "I'm sure it gets a little crazy with parking because of the nice weather."
The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce may have found an answer to the chaos - a warm weather trolley that would mimic the operations of the winter SNOW bus.
"It's so hard to park downtown today," said Chamber member Jason Spring, "and because part of the parking lot at the O'Shaugnessy is now taken up by the BNSF that we were looking for ways to get people around the community to relieve parking."
The trolley would stay in Whitefish, stopping at locations like Grouse Mountain Lodge, Memorial Park, North Valley Hospital, and the Big Mountain. The idea has already been presented to the city council.
"We've proposed that the city buy the buses with TIF funds," said Spring, "and we would outsource the operation of it to one of the local transportation companies."
Though in the early stages, folks we spoke with said it'd be a welcome addition to the already popular winter shuttle.
"As a visitor I think it would be great," explained McDonald, "because not being familiar with the city even though you can get around kind of easily it'd be nice to have a way of transportation that's already familiar."
"One of the great things about the SNOW bus is that it's been a very reliable service," concluded Spring, "and if it's reliable and on time people will use it I think."
The Chamber is looking to roll out the trolleys in Summer 2013.