For some skiers and snowboarders, winter trips are about more than simply, ahem, scratching the surface. Montana tends to draw deep snow zealots who not only want to shred pow, rail corduroy, boost natural features, sesh the park, straight-line pillows and pack in the vertical, but also want to mix-it-up with a real local culture. This more intrepid, snow-centric genus is looking for legit travel experiences (complete with blower faceshots), not another homogenized winter vacation package.
15 SKI AREAS
Bet you didn’t know Montana has 15 ski areas. Fire up a ski/shred safari road trip to connect the dots between our best‐known resorts and our never‐heard‐of‐’em, day‐use areas. Each offers that unique Montana charm.
For those wishing to “go deeper,” both figuratively and literally, Montana is home to over a half-dozen yurts, huts, and lodges that cater to backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Your refuge in the storm.
BIG PARKS WITH MORE WILDLIFE THAN PEOPLE
By the time the snow starts to fly, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks have calmed down considerably from the summer mayhem. Frost-crusted bison wander past bubbling mud pots, wolverines stake their high-country claim. It’s an ideal season to go deeper into these wintry sanctuaries.
LOCAL COLOR (craft beer)
No bars on your phone but, hey, five dive bars in stumbling distance. Welcome to Montana. In your quest to go deeper, consider connecting a Whitman’s sampler of Montana ski areas with its finest, local craft brewer(s); surely you can come up with a creative infographic that puts powder and pilsners into perspective. Browse our Montana Ale Trail Guide to get started.
FIRE & ICE
When the flakes are flying, one sure way to warm up is in a natural hot springs. It just so happens that Montana abounds in these heaven-sent hot tubs. After a day on the mountain, soak away the lactic burn so you can do it all over again tomorrow. Soak deeper.
MOM & POP PROFILES
In this age where many (most?) ski areas are owned by mega‐corps, step into a northern Rockies time machine and get to know some of our family owners. Some classic, codger personality profiles await.
Let’s be honest, skiing and snowboarding are elitist sports in many places...but not in Montana. The average cost of a lift ticket in Montana is still sub-$50. Affordability is a story...powder to the people, right on.
NONPROFIT SKI AREAS
Skiing is as close to religion as many independent, gun‐toting, calf‐wrangling Montanans get. We like to keep our skiing affordable and honest...ski areas owned by skiers and run by skiers. Community ski areas like Turner Mountain and Bridger Bowl.
TICKET TO PARADISE
Lost Trail Powder Mountain and Lookout Pass offer single ride lift tickets for those wishing to more efficiently access the adjacent backcountry terrain lurking on the other side of the ropes. If you’re wearing an avy beacon, and know how to use it, go deeper.
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