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The Five Best Runs in Montana

The Five Best Runs in Montana

Wondering where to ski in Montana? Here are our picks.
posted: 09/21/2011
Skiing at Whitefish

Big Couloir, Big Sky
Head up the Lone Peak tram. Sign out at the patrol shack and drop into the couloir’s 45-degree funnel entrance. Fall before it doglegs, and you’re a smear on the rocks.

Broken Heart, Moonlight Basin
Rarely touched, Broken Heart, right off the Lone Tree lift, is a haven of pillows and perfectly-spaced trees.

Diagonal Chute, Bridger Bowl
Rip the Schlasman lift line until you reach a gate 350 feet down on skier’s left. Bang a left below a huge dead whitebark pine and look for the steep entrance marked by another pine tree. Diagonal Chute, which holds cold smoke on its northerly aspects, is narrow at the top and then fans out into a broad apron. 

Inspiration, Whitefish
Keep your eyes open on Inspiration, a cruisey top-to-bottom blue/green at Whitefish. The panoramic view if the Flathead Valley is unbeatable

Easy Money, Bridger Bowl
Easy Money is just what it sounds like: a 2,640-foot-long open, 30-degree bowl that’s often overlooked. It’s in North Bowl, off the Bridger lift.


Plus, there’s more. Big Sky is adding five new runs this year, including the 50-degree Shady Chute.

reviews of The Five Best Runs in Montana
I am currently boycotting Montana, though I would have loved to ski there this year. Instead we went to Utah, a state that has not caved to its local rednecks by taking wolves off the endangered species list and allowing them to be hunted. We went to Deer Valley, ate out every single night in Park City, at the St. Regis, had wonderful lunches and drinks on the mountain, shopped till we dropped, and spent a mint there. Montana needs to reevaluate its commitment to the environment and the ski industry needs to take a stand with the environmental scientists and conservationists. Should Utah or Colorado start hunting wolves we will visit Europe or Japan next year. Montana can kiss my rich ass..
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