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Downhill Skiing An Epic Downhill of Discovery

An Epic Downhill of Discovery

There’s one winter pastime we can’t live without—downhill powder play. Discover a skier’s paradise in Glacier Country, with seven well-rounded, full-service downhill ski areas offering more than 23 acres of skiable terrain per rider, affordable lift tickets, virtually no lift lines and over 300 inches of yearly snowfall. Plus, our backcountry is epic and our ski towns will knock your ski socks right off with their charm. Also, the views are incredible.

Many downhill skiers wisely plan their trips to include both of our national parks: Glacier and Yellowstone. To help make the most of your time, we’ve put together several downhill skiing-based itineraries. For inspiration, visit Glaciers to Geysers.

Take the Ride of a Lifetime

Discover some of the West’s best highways, byways, backroads and small towns. Motorcycle Montana from Glacier Country to Yellowstone Country.

Whitefish Mountain Resort

The notable world-class Whitefish Mountain Resort has been one of America's favorite ski resorts since 1947. Located on Big Mountain above the historic railroad town of Whitefish, the resort has gained notoriety for its laidback vibe, excellent skiing and summer recreation. Each year, Whitefish Mountain Resort receives 300+ inches of snow on its 3,000+ acres of skiable terrain. The summit also offers breathtaking views of Glacier National Park and the expansive Flathead Valley. A full-service resort, it offers a wide range of amenities, including dining, lodging, shopping, entertainment and family-friendly activities. Plus, it’s only a short 20-minute drive from Glacier Park International Airport.

Getting Here:

Whitefish Mountain Resort is 8 miles north of Whitefish and 23 miles north of Kalispell. Glacier Park International Airport is served daily by flights from Salt Lake City (Delta), Minneapolis (Delta), Seattle (Alaska/Horizon) and Denver (United), as well as a seasonal winter direct flight from Chicago (United), Los Angeles (Delta) and twice-weekly non-stop service to Las Vegas. Shuttle service and car rentals are available at the airport. The historic Whitefish Depot is served daily by rail (Amtrak's Empire Builder) from Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis and Chicago, as well as points in between.

Whitefish Mountain Resort ranked No. 3 Top Ski Resort in the West by SKI magazine's annual reader survey. And, if you wake up in the middle of the night eager to know how much snow is dumping on the mountain, there’s a new “snow stake” at the summit featuring a camera and light so you can log onto the website and see the 24-hour new snow totals and base depths.

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Turner Mountain

Located in northwest Montana, Turner Mountain offers excellent snow conditions, wide-open slopes, beautiful scenery, no crowds and affordable lift tickets. Combine all that with a vertical drop of 2,110 feet and 25 named runs and you have a successful day on the slopes. Another bonus: you can be king of the hill. Turner Mountain is available for full-day (or more) rentals.

Getting Here:

Turner Mountain is located 22 miles north of Libby on State Highway 567 (Pipe Creek Road). Libby is serviced by Amtrak's Empire Builder and commercial flights are available into Glacier International Airport and Spokane, WA.

Turner Mountain was named "the ski area with the friendliest locals" in Skiing magazine's 2010 Resort Awards.



Blacktail Mountain

With 250 inches of snow each year, Blacktail Mountain is an ideal family-friendly ski destination. Ski its light, dry powder and take in the brilliant views of Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park and the Mission Mountains.

Getting Here:

Blacktail Mountain is 45 minutes from downtown Kalispell and two hours north of Missoula. When traveling from Highway 93 south, turn west at Blacktail Grocery in Lakeside. Then follow Blacktail Road 14 miles to the ski area. Commercial flights are available into Glacier Park International Airport and Missoula International Airport, while Amtrak's Empire Builder stops in Whitefish.

Blacktail Mountain is an upside-down hill, meaning you ski down to the bottom before riding the chair.

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Lookout Pass

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Located on the Montana/Idaho border, the snow comes early and in full force to Lookout Pass, dropping around 400 inches per year. In operation since 1935, Lookout Pass has 540 skiable acres and 34 named runs. It also has two terrain parks with huge banks, mounds, launches, rails and an 1,111-foot quarter pipe. The full-service lodge offers food, drinks, rentals and lessons.

Getting Here:

Lookout Pass is located 50 feet from Interstate 90 on the Idaho/Montana border at Exit 0 (zero), just 30 miles from St. Regis (101 miles from Missoula). From Missoula, head west on I-90 toward Idaho. There is a sign showing the off-ramp for Lookout Pass shortly before you get to the Idaho border. The parking lot is 200 yards from the I-90 off-ramp. It is 100 miles to Lookout from downtown Missoula.

Lookout Pass is open daily in January and February, providing skiers and snowboarders with more access to fresh snow.

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Lost Trail Powder Mountain

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Lost Trail Powder Mountain straddles the Montana/Idaho border on top of the Continental Divide. Well-known for its reliable 300 inches of snowfall each year, Lost Trail offers consistently good snow conditions in the breathtaking Bitterroot Range of the Northern Rockies. Lost Trail is family-owned and operated and offers ample room for all types of skiers and boarders, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

Getting Here:

Lost Trail Powder Mountain is located 90 miles south of Missoula on U.S. Highway 93. Commercial flights are available into Missoula International Airport. Car rentals are available at the airport.

Lost Trail has two terrain parks, ideal for tricks, jumps and big air.

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Montana Snowbowl

Located minutes from downtown Missoula, Snowbowl is a local favorite. With deep, powdery bowls and 2,600 feet of continuous vertical drop, it's an extremist's dream, while still offering plenty of runs for all skill levels. At the end of the day, skiers make their way to Snowbowl’s Last Run Inn for their famous bloody marys and wood-fired pizza.

Getting Here:

Montana Snowbowl is located 12 miles northwest of Missoula. From I-90, take Exit 101 (Reserve Street), turn north on Grant Creek Road, then left onto Snowbowl Road. Commercial flights are available into Missoula International Airport. Car rentals are available at the airport.

The new Snowpark chairlift is open, and it almost doubles the size of Snowbowl with the addition of just over 1,000 acres of skiable terrain. Snowpark carries riders to the summit of TV Mountain at 1,300 feet. Most of the new runs serviced by the chair are beginner and intermediate.

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Discovery Ski Area

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One of the area’s best-kept secrets, Discovery offers an expert's brand of thrills at a local's hangout. The north-facing Limelight lift offers some of the steepest lift-served terrain in the region, while the variety of beginner and intermediate runs on the Anaconda and north-facing Granite lifts provide great skiing for all abilities. Easily reached from Missoula, Butte and Helena, Discovery offers beautiful views and uncrowded slopes with enough tree skiing, powder bowls, groomed trails and mogul runs for all skill levels.

Getting Here:

Discovery Ski Area is located 90 miles east of Missoula and 23 miles west of Anaconda at Georgetown Lake on the Pintler Scenic Route. From Missoula, take I-90 to Drummond, then State Highway 1 through Philipsburg to Rumsey Road, all the way to the base area on the back side of the mountain.

National Geographic magazine featured Philipsburg in a write-up of the Best Secret Ski Towns of North America that “deliver some of the most unspoiled skiing North America has to offer.” (2013)

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Featured Listings

Discovery Ski Area in Western Montana.

Discovery Ski Area

180 Discovery Basin Road
Philipsburg, MT 59711


Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals in Western Montana.

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

20 Summit Ave.
Somers, Montana 59932


Glacier Adventure Guides in Western Montana.

Glacier Adventure Guides

729 Nucleus Ave., Suite G
Columbia Falls, Montana 59912


Glacier National Park in Western Montana.

Glacier National Park

64 Grinnell Drive, Glacier National Park Headquarters
West Glacier, Montana 59936


Glacier Nordic Club in Western Montana.

Glacier Nordic Club

1200 U.S. Highway 93 (Whitefish Lake Golf Course)
Whitefish, Montana 59937


Hidden Moose Lodge in Western Montana.

Hidden Moose Lodge

1735 E Lakeshore Dr.
Whitefish, Montana 59937


Homewood Suites by Hilton - Kalispell in Western Montana.

Homewood Suites by Hilton - Kalispell

195 Hutton Ranch Road
Kalispell, Montana 59901


Izaak Walton Inn in Western Montana.

Izaak Walton Inn

290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
Essex, Montana 59916


Kandahar Lodge in Western Montana.

Kandahar Lodge

3824 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, Montana 59937


Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area in Western Montana.

Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area

I-90, Exit 0
St Regis, Montana 59866


Lost Trail Powder Mountain in Western Montana.

Lost Trail Powder Mountain

PO Box 311
Conner, Montana 59827


Marina Cay Resort in Western Montana.

Marina Cay Resort

180 Vista Lane
Bigfork, Montana 59911


North Forty Resort in Western Montana.

North Forty Resort

3765 State Highway 40 W.
Columbia Falls, Montana 59912


Rich Ranch in Western Montana.

Rich Ranch

939 Cottonwood Lakes Road
Seeley Lake, Montana 59868


Snow Bear Chalets in Western Montana.

Snow Bear Chalets

3872 Winter Lane
Whitefish, Montana 59936


Snowbowl Ski & Summer Resort in Western Montana.

Snowbowl Ski & Summer Resort

1700 Snowbowl Road
Missoula, Montana 59808


The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Western Montana.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

1380 Wisconsin Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937


Triple Creek Ranch in Western Montana.

Triple Creek Ranch

5551 West Fork Road
Darby, Montana 59829


Whitefish Mountain Resort in Western Montana.

Whitefish Mountain Resort

3889 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, Montana 59937


Other Listings

7th Floor Missoula River Lofts

  • 4035 Foxfarm Road Missoula, Montana 59802
  • 406.239.6845
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A Li'l Bit of Heaven

  • 7987 US Highway 93 South Sula, Montana 59871
  • 406.821.3433
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Beautiful Ski & Summer Condo

  • 386 Three Mile Dr Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.253.1518
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Big Mountain Condo

  • 7565 Wheatley Drive Germantown, Montana 38138
  • 901.734.8222
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Bighorn Lodge

Bitterroot Fishing Loft

  • 502 Snowberry Lane Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.360.1549
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Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

Bobtail Lodge B&B

Bootjack Lake Lodge

  • PO Box 4606 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.863.9337
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Broad Axe Lodge

Brown's Cabin Home

  • PO Box 264 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.888.9073
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Camp Tuffit

  • 48629 Camp Tuffit Rd Proctor, Montana 59929
  • 406.849.5220
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Cardinal Properties

Condo on Whitefish Mountain

  • PO Box 4263 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.407.3471
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Coram Creek Cabin

  • 2610 Trumble Creek Road Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.261.3039
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Double Arrow Lodge

  • PO Box 747 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.2777
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Downing Mountain Backcountry Lodge

  • 536 Blodgett Camp Rd Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.531.1486
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Gaynor Ranch B&B

  • 32318 Bisson Ln Polson, Montana 59860
  • 406.883.3807

Glacier Park Inn B&B

  • PO Box 190753 Hungry Horse, Montana 59919
  • 406.387.5099
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Glacier Park River & Golf Getaway

  • 6614 Harvest Hill Rd Waunakee, Montana 53597
  • 608.576.7923
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Glacier Ridge

Glacier Wilderness Resort

  • PO Box 295 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.888.5664
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Great Northern Powder Guides

Harbor Mountain Properties

  • PO Box 4389 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.862.5511
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Kristianna Eight

  • 810 Paradise Way Sarasota, Montana 34242
  • 941.312.4806
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Lake Lodge

  • PO Box 897 Frenchtown, Montana 59834
  • 406.626.2493

Lakefront Hide Away in Somers Bay

Lakeshore Rentals

  • PO Box 4606 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.863.9337
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Loon Song Lodge

  • 432 East Idaho, C-437 Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.253.8445
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Lozeau Lodge

Montana Adventure Shuttle, LLC

  • 2819 S. 3rd St. W. Missoula, Montana 59804
  • 406.493.2345
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Montana Log Cabin

Morning Eagle Condo

  • 135 Wilderness Ln Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.261.3692
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North Fork Chalet

  • 5058 Whitefish Stage Road Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.862.2145
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North Shores Lodge

  • 8903 Southwest Lancelot Lane Portland, Montana 97219
  • 503.245.5504
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Olsoy Condo Rentals

  • 12362 Double Eagle Drive Mukilteo, Montana 98275
  • 425.349.1907

Osprey Cabin

  • 5225 West Broadway Suite 21 Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.721.5300
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Reeky Lum

  • PO Box 1438 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.253.8649
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River Edge Resort

Rugg's Outfitting LLC

  • 116 Black Bear Trail Superior, Montana 59872
  • 406.822.4240
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Sloway Cabin

  • 544 Blaine Street Missoula, Montana 59801
  • 406.544.7252
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Spoon Lake Camp

  • 3255 Summerset Drive Bozeman, Montana 59715
  • 406.599.9568

Stillwater River Lodge

  • PO Box 1396 Hollister, Montana 95024
  • 209.470.9000
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Tamaracks Resort

  • PO Box 812 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.2433
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The Essence of Whitefish

The Harlan Cabin

  • 556 Foley Lane Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.6265
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The Lodges on Seeley Lake

  • PO Box 568 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.2376
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The Whitefish Trail

  • PO Box 1895 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.862.3880
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Timber Wolf Resort Cabin Rentals

  • PO Box 190250 Hungry Horse, Montana 59919
  • 406.387.9653
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Turner Mountain

U of M Vacation Home

  • 5707 West Harrier Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.880.0152
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Water Buffalo

  • 405 North Ave W Missoula, Montana 59801
  • 406.531.0488

Whitetail Lodge

  • 1106 N Pittsburgh St Kennewick, Montana 99336
  • 509.783.3165
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Yaak River Lodge

  • 27744 Yaak River Rd Troy, Montana 59935
  • 406.295.5463
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