Close

Member Login

Logging In
Invalid username or password.
Incorrect Login. Please try again.

not a member? sign-up now!

Signing up could earn you gear and it helps to keep offensive content off of our site.

PRINT DIGITAL

Big Hearts, Little Areas: Montana's Small Ski Areas

Big Hearts, Little Areas: Montana's Small Ski Areas

Features
By Jay Cowan
posted: 10/31/2002

Beyond Montana's two major resorts are another dozen or so wide-ranging ski areas, including the state's newest (Blacktail, near Kalispell, opened in 2000), and the country's most exclusive, The Yellowstone Club (got $250K to join?). Following are five of Montana's classic small areas, with the common DNA of a pure love of the sport.

  • Red Lodge, 60 miles southwest of Billings; 2,400 vertical feet and seven lifts, including two high-speed quads. Excellent tree-skiing and cruisers, with a wonderful town below. 406-446-2610; www.redlodgemountain.com.
  • Lost Trail Powder Mountain, 90 miles south of Missoula in the Bitteroot Range on the Idaho border. Three chairs, three ropetows (ropetows!), 1,200 vertical feet, unbelievable snow, with lots of ski-club charm. 406-821-3508; www.losttrail.com.
  • Discovery Basin, 20 miles northwest of Anaconda. A four-chairlift, 1,300-vertical-foot family mountain with a dark side (mostly double black) and some of Montana's best steeps. 888-678-7669; www.skidiscovery.com.
  • Montana Snowbowl, just 10 minutes north of Missoula and the University of Montana. Four lifts, 2,600 vertical feet, gnarly backcountry and one of the West's biggest gelande jumps. 406-549-9777; www.montanasnowbowl.com.
  • Bridger Bowl, 20 minutes north of Bozeman and owned by Montana State University, with five lifts and 2,000 vertical feet, featuring the famous Ridge and a young and devoted clientele. 800-223-9609; www.bridgerbowl.com.
  • reviews of Big Hearts, Little Areas: Montana's Small Ski Areas
    The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
    • No HTML tags allowed

    More information about formatting options

    Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
    Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.
    All submitted comments are subject to the license terms set forth in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use