Big Sky Skiing: Where to Ski Montana
With a vast and seemingly endless terrain, snowcapped mountains and an adventurous outdoor spirit, Montana is a skier’s paradise. It’s the fourth largest state in the US and is home to 64 different mountain ranges, all receiving a healthy dose of snow each year.
Best Ski Resorts in Montana
Resident skiers and visitors alike agree that Montana has some of the best mountain slopes and skiing you’ll find in the states. Here are the ski resorts that top our best in Montana list.
Big Sky Resort
Big Sky, MT
Big Sky Resort, with more 5,800 acres of terrain and a 4,300-foot vertical drop, is one of North America’s largest ski resorts. 300 runs span three mountains with terrain ranging from beginner slopes and easy groomers to heart-pounding chutes and massive bowls. Despite its size, mass appeal and slope-side accommodations, the trails remain relatively uncrowded.
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Located near Glacier National Park atop Big Mountain, Whitefish Mountain Resort combines world-class skiing with the intimate feel of a local’s hill. The resort boasts more than 3,000 acres, a 2,000-foot vertical and spectacular views of Glacier National Park and Whitefish Lake from the summit. However, low light and limited visibility is sometimes problematic as the area sees about 25 feet of snow annually brought in by storms.
A bit on the small side, at least by Montana standards, Montana Snowbowl measures up at just 950 acres of skiable terrain. However, its proximity to Missoula as well as 2,600 feet of vertical and trails as long as three miles more than make up for it. The resort has limited trails for beginners but plenty to keep intermediate and advanced skiers busy with its big mountain terrain.
Red Lodge Mountain
Red Lodge, MT
One of Montana’s best kept secrets, Red Lodge provides an authentic Montana skiing experience. The resort has a good mix of terrain for all abilities with 71 runs on over 1,600 acres of skiable terrain and a 2,400-foot vertical drop. A few miles away, you’ll find the authentic old west town of Red Lodge filled with historic saloons and hotels as well as modern shops and dining.
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area
Located in Lakeside, Montana overlooking the western shore of Flathead Lake you’ll find winding, tree-lined trails with fresh, untouched powder. Blacktail Mountain Resort offers more than 1,000 acres of prime ski terrain located within the Flathead National Forest. It has a natural and open feel with impressive views and a fair mix of trails, catering slightly to the more advanced skier.
Montana Ski Racks
When your Big Sky Country ski adventure is over, make sure you’ve got a nice place to store your skis. Both beautiful and functional, Log Ski Rack offers high-quality ski and snowboard storage racks that are handcrafted from northern white cedar. They make storage easy for homes and lodges. Shop our ski and snowboard racks online now or contact us for a custom ski rack to meet your unique needs.