id you know Montana has more acres per skier than anywhere in the lower 48? Montana's ski hills offer short lines, deep powder, groomed trails and exhilarating runs for skiers and snowboarders of all levels! Written By Kevin Michael Connolly
>⃝● GREAT DIVIDE Touting itself as Montana’s sunniest ski area, Great Divide provides a wide range of alpine terrain at an affordable price. One of the first hills to open each season, Great Divide also features night skiing and a sizeable terrain park. Snowsports school and ski rental available. >⃝● LOST TRAIL Small, family-friendly hill featuring 69 runs spread over 1000 acres of skiable terrain. While Lost Trail might not be one of the largest resorts in the State, it offers awesome intermediate skiing (nearly half the mountain’s terrain) for anyone in Southwest Montana. >⃝● DISCOVERY SKI AREA Located just outside Philipsburg, MT, Discovery Ski Area offers three mountain faces – all with their own unique terrain. The front face provides gentle runs for beginners and people looking for some easy groomed trails. The Granite Ski lift provides access to steeper mogul runs and more intermediate terrain. And for the pros – Discovery has the north-facing “backside”, which offers some of the steepest skiable terrain in Montana. >⃝● MAVERICK MOUNTAIN Located in the BeaverheadDeerlodge National Forest, Maverick Mountain offers beautiful views, uncrowded trails and a wide range of terrain at an affordable price. If you are looking for quiet, authentic Montana ski getaway – Maverick Mountain should fit the bill.
>⃝● SHOWDOWN Looking for a little history to go along with your ski trip? Opened in 1936, Showdown is Montana’s oldest ski area and has grown from its humble rope-tow days to feature four lifts that provide access to some of the best tree skiing in Montana. And with an annual average snowfall of 240 inches, Showdown has plenty of powder for those that prefer their skiing soft and fluffy. >⃝● RED LODGE MOUNTAIN Located just north of Yellowstone Park, Red Lodge Mountain is a great option for those looking for a family-friendly getaway without the crowds of a larger resort. With 1600 skiable acres and two terrain parks to choose from, there’s plenty of challenge to be had. >⃝● BRIDGER BOWL Located just 20 minutes from Bozeman, Bridger Bowl is the local hill for the Gallatin Valley and offers a wide range of ski school, rental, and child care services. Running along nearly two-miles of Bridger Mountain ridgeline, Bridger Bowl ski area is known for its steep chutes, “cold smoke” powder, and “The Ridge” – a hiking-access part of the mountain that will test even the most extreme skiers. >⃝● MONTANA SNOWBOWL Just fifteen miles north of Missoula is Montana Snowbowl. Spread across two peaks and 950 acres, Snowbowl offers up plenty of cruisers and steep terrain for anyone looking to make some quick turns close to town. Snowbowl also offers an on-site
cafeteria, ski shop, and an awardwinning restaurant/saloon. >⃝● WHITEFISH MOUNTAIN RESORT Formerly known as “Big Mountain”, Whitefish Mountain Resort overlooks Glacier Park and Flathead National Forest while providing over 3000 acres of epic skiable terrain. With four terrain parks, 300 inches of annual snowfall, and 105 trails ranging from beginner to expert – Whitefish Mountain has something for every level of skier. If après ski is more your thing, the base features plenty of on-mountain shops and even more options in the town of Whitefish – located only fifteen minutes away. >⃝● BIG SKY RESORT With 36 lifts servicing 5800 skiable acres across four connected mountains, it’s no wonder people call Big Sky the “biggest skiing in America.” Big Sky also features the gargantuan 11,166 ft tall Lone Peak - accessible via the Lone Peak Tram - which offers some of the most extreme in-bounds skiing in the country. The base of the mountain also offers resort-quality amenities with numerous shops, restaurants and on-mountain lodging options. For more information on these ski hills and others in Montana, go to www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/skiareas-and-resorts.html