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Vital Stats: Turner Mountain, Montana

Vital Stats: Turner Mountain, Montana

By Andrew Slough
posted: 09/18/2000
  • Phone There's no phone on the mountain, so you'll need to call Dave Anderson's home at (406) 293-4317 (between 8 am and 4 pm, please).
  • Information Turner Mountain Ski Area, PO Box 210, Libby, MT 59923;
  • Lift Ticket Prices Adults $18, 1/2-day adult $12, juniors and seniors $14, children under 6 ski free
  • Vertical Drop 2,110 feet
  • Base/Summit Elevation Base 3,842 feet; summit 5,952 feet
  • Skiable Terrain 800 acres; 25 runs
  • Trail Classification 10 percent beginner; 20 percent more difficult; 70 percent expert
  • Lifts One T-bar, though a chairlift is scheduled to replace it this summer
  • Annual Snowfall 250 inches
  • When To Go The resort is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Dec. 15-April 1 (weather permitting). Private parties can also reserve the mountain for around $1,600 per day. Generally speaking, the best powder skiing is in January.
  • Getting There Turner Mountain Ski Area is located 22 miles north of Libby, Mont., on Pipe Creek Road. Libby is serviced by Amtrak, and commercial flights are available into Kalispell/Whitefish, Mont. (90 miles east) and Spokane, Wash. (165 miles west).
  • Lodging The Tamarac Lodge (406-295-4880) and the Yaak River Lodge (406-295-5463) are 12 and 15 miles north, respectively. Libby also has a number of motels.
  • Eats On-mountain options are limited to a small cafeteria. Stop for pizza and beer at the Red Dog Saloon, halfway between the mountain and town.
  • Drinks "We don't have lattes," Anderson says.
  • Good Karma Donations are accepted, so save your spare change to contribute to the new lift.
  • Locals' Advice Tickets are offered in exchange for a shift at the mid-mountain lift shack. Work two hours for a full-day, one for a half.
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