Get Here: The closest airport to Turner Mountain is in Kalispell, Montana, about 90 miles away. Or fly into Bozeman (plan to ski a few days at Bridger, Big Sky, and Moonlight Basin while you’re there) and rent a car to drive the six and a half hours northwest to Libby, the town nearest to Turner.
Eat This: For breakfast, order huckleberry flapjacks at the Libby Café (411 Mineral Avenue). After skiing, hit up the Red Dog Saloon & Pizza (6788 Pipe Creek Road) for taco pizza—basically beef tacos on a pizza crust. For a full-on Montana steak dinner, head 14 miles south of Libby on Highway 2 to the MK Steakhouse, a log restaurant built in the 1950s.
Stay Here: There are a few decent cheap motels in Libby (try the Venture Motor Inn or the Sandman Motel), but we opted to rent a four-bedroom house on the shores of the Kootenay River one mile from Libby and about 20 miles from Turner. It’s got enough room for eight people and comes with wireless internet (from $400 a night; fishmontana.com).
Five Other Ski Areas You Can Rent
Can’t make it to northwest Montana? That’s OK. There’s a rental mountain somewhere near you.
Mountain Creek, Vernon, New Jersey
It’s only one hour from New York, and you can rent just the terrain park or the south peak. [Call for prices; 973-864-8110, mountaincreek.com]
Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg, Idaho
For $10,000, you could pay off your student loans or get Silver Mountain’s 2,200 vertical feet all to yourself for a day. Exclusive use of an indoor water park can be included for an additional cost. [866-344-3675, silvermt.com]
Wolf Creek, Eden, Utah
It has only three chairlifts, but for an additional price Wolf Creek offers everything from ice fishing to heli-skiing. [Call for prices; 801-745-3511, wolfcreekutah.com]
Bear Creek, Plymouth, Vermont
Bear Creek’s motto is “A Mountain You Can Call Your Own.” With 1,300 feet of vertical and 60 skiable acres, it can be yours Monday through Thursday. [Call for prices; 802-672-4242, bearcreekclub.com]
Song Mountain, Tully, New York
Just 15 minutes from Syracuse, the 700 feet of vertical and five lifts offer decent skiing. But the real attraction? Every night is college night. [Call for prices; 315-696-5711, songmountain.com]