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Skiers at Lost Trail Powder Mountain

Four Day Ski Getaway: Montana's Local Gems

Total Distance

372 miles

Recommended Length

4 days


Skiing and Snowboarding Skiing and Snowboarding
Hot Springs Hot Springs
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Trip Details

Lookout Pass > Discovery Ski Area > Lost Trail Powder Mountain > Maverick Mountain

Ski with the locals at these hometown treasures and soak up the allure of Montana’s most jaw-dropping landscapes and vibrant small towns.

Day 1


Go where the snow is and ski Lookout Pass. Straddling the Idaho/Montana border, Lookout Pass boasts the single distinction of being one of the snowiest resorts in both states. An expansion into the St. Regis Basin, mostly in Montana, has doubled the size of the mountain, increasing it to 1,660 feet vertical, 52 trails and 1,023 acres of skiable terrain, all served by a 2nd quad chairlift. Grab lunch on the mountain but save room for a huckleberry milkshake at St. Regis Travel Plaza—you’ll be glad you did, no matter how cold it is outside. Enjoy dinner and a cozy overnight in St. Regis, Haugan or Trout Creek.

Day 2

Ski Discovery Ski Area

Wake up early for breakfast and hit the road for a three-hour drive to Discovery Ski Area. This is the most expansive hometown mountain you’ll ever ski. With 2,200 acres, it has nearly as much swagger as a big ski resort, but local vibes prevail. Don’t miss the shortbread chocolate chip cookies at the base lodge. Après ski, grab some local flavor at Philipsburg Brewing Company and then grab dinner at Friday Night Pizza (takeout only), Sushi Shack or Bunkhouse Whiskey. Overnight at the Broadway Hotel, the Kaiser Hotel or the Inn at Philipsburg. Trip Tip: If your family’s in tow, visit the local gem shops to pan for sapphires and the candy store.

Day 3

Ski Lost Trail Ski Area

Open Thursday-Sunday

Grab breakfast in Philipsburg at your hotel or at the Station Tavern and fuel up on coffee and gas for the two-hour drive to Lost Trail in Sula, straddling the Bitterroot Mountains on the border of Montana and Idaho. Here you’ll find plenty of cliffs to jump in Hollywood Bowl, as well as wide-open terrain on South Face and Thunder. Après ski, soak in the soothing mineral waters at Lost Trail Hot Springs and make sure to look up—Montana’s star-studded night ski is clearest in winter. Enjoy dinner and local flavor at Bitter Root Brewing, 406 Saloon or Little Blue Joint. Overnight at Lost Trail Hot Springs, SkyWater Cabins (formerly Angler’s Lodge), Travellers Rest Cabins, Mountain Spirit Inn, Lil’ Bit of Heaven or Triple R Lodge.

Day 4

Ski Maverick Mountain

From the Bitterroot Valley, head up and over Chief Joseph Pass on the two hour drive to Maverick Mountain—authentic Montana skiing as it used to be. A double chair accesses 2,020 vertical feet of all kinds of exciting terrain. Elkhorn Hot Springs, a few miles away, offers ski-and-stay packages—soak up some Montana magic to close out your getaway. Overnight at the hot springs, Montana High Country or the Grasshopper Inn B&B. Trip Tip: Jackson Hot Springs is located between Lost Trail and Maverick Mountain, if you want to work that into your trip as well.

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