SBCA Open Quarterly Meeting (OQM)

Wed, May 18 2016 12:00am to Thu, May 19 2016 11:45pm (CDT)

Whitefish Lodge, MontanaThe Lodge at Whitefish Lake
1380 Wisconsin Avenue
Whitefish, MT 59937

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VIDEO: Jess Lohse Gives Members a Tour of Montana

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Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, May 17
6:30-8 pm  - Group Dinner

Wednesday, May 18
8-11:30 am - Component Manufacturers Roundtable
12:30-4:30 pm - Focus Group Breakout Sessions
5:30-8:30 pm - Group Dinner

Thursday, May 19
8-11:30 am - SBCA Board Meeting

Hotel Reservations & Transportation: 

Access special room rates here (Group ID: SBCA2016, Password: WHITEFISH). For room reservations, rates on additional room types or extended dates, please contact the group reservations specialists at 877-887-4026, extension, 4013, or by email at  Please ask be sure to mention you are with the SBCA Group. 

The Lodge provides complimentary transportation for guests to/from Glacier Park International Airport (FCA). At the time of booking, please ask to schedule transportation, including arrival time, airline and flight number so we can track the flight for you. Our valet will greet you at baggage claim and assist you to our vehicle. We also provide complimentary transportation to and from downtown Whitefish. This service can be scheduled based on availability. Our concierge can help coordinate any activities to include rental car reservations. Concierge can be reached directly at 406-863-4022 or

About Whitefish, MT

The town of Whitefish is a ski town turned four season tourist mecca.  It is near Whitefish Lake which offers boating during warmer months and some fishing opportunities (river/fly fishing is much more popular in the area).  It has gorgeous views in all directions The downtown offers higher end shopping as well as many bars and restaurants.

Getting There: 

Whitefish is one of the closest mountain towns to a major airport. Once you arrive at Glacier Park International airport from convenient hubs you're only 15 minutes from town. Amtrak's Empire Builder® arrives twice-daily at the historic Whitefish train depot. Arriving by car is also easy — with roads that wind through some of the most beautiful landscapes in North America.

Things to Do:

Glacier National ParkGlacier National Park: Hiking, Camping, Biking, Boating, Going to the Sun Highway, Wildlife (bears, mountain goats, big horn sheep, elk, deer, moose, bald eagles, fox, etc.)

  • A note on hiking: Black bears and brown bears are plentiful and don’t pose much of a threat.  Grizzly Bears, however, are in these areas and pose the greatest threat if in close proximity, though a sighting is extremely rare. If you plan on hiking outside of the towns/cities, it is best to be on the safe side and carry bear spray.  It’ll be available at numerous shops and is meant to be used during a bear encounter, not as you would use bug spray.  "Bear bells" or hiking sticks with jingle bells on them are not effective bear deterrents, so you can save your money.    

Whitefish Mountain Resort: Mountain Biking, Zip Lining, Chair Lift Rides

River Rafting



Tourist Attractions/Entertainment:


Montana Micro Brews:


  • Kalispell: Regional hub, majority of shopping (Costco, Target, Walmart, etc) takes place here. The airport is between Whitefish/Kalispell and Columbia Falls.  Hotel rates will likely be cheaper here than in Whitefish if you extend your stay beyond the meeting, but the outdoor activities will be a bit of a drive.

  • Columbia FallsAn old logging town, this is the industrial area of the Flathead Valley.  There are some timeshares and a golf course nearby, but it is not the best choice for accommodations.  It is on the way to Glacier and is the best place to fuel before Glacier National Park.

  • West Glacier: On the border to Glacier National Park, this small town has a lot of tourist shops and a few restaurants, but not a lot of other amenities.

  • Big ForkOn the north side of Flathead Lake, this small town aslo has a lot of tourist activities and shopping. It is most noted for its 4th of July Celebration, but is fun during other times in the spring and summer.  Flathead Lake is primarily a boating lake ringed with lake houses that provides gorgeous views in all directions.

  • East Glacier: Another small town on the east side of Glacier National Park, this one borders the Blackfeet Nation Indian Reservation.

  • Browning: The main city for the Blackfeet Reservation, it has a couple of good museums for those interested in  Native American history, but does not have muchin the way of lodging or dining accomodations.

  • Polson: A beautiful small town on the southern portion of Flathead Lake, it too borders an Indian Reservation but includes a lot of overnight options.