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Skiers at Great Divide

Ten Day Ski Getaway: Montana's Local Gems

Total Distance

790 miles

Recommended Length

10 days


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Trip Details

Red Lodge Mountain > Discovery Ski Area > Great Divide > Teton Pass Ski Resort > Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

Find out where Montanans hit the slopes. These hometown ski hills offer an authentic glimpse of winter in Big Sky Country. Between ski days, get cozy in some of Montana’s friendliest mountain towns.

Day 1


Arrive in Red Lodge and check into The Pollard Hotel. Explore the local shops, galleries and eateries on Broadway Avenue. Also consider a tour at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary. Dinner options include PREROGATIvE Kitchen, Piccola Cucina at Ox Pasture, Black Canyon Bistro, Red Lodge Pizza Co., Carbon County Steakhouse, Bogart’s and more. Overnight at The Pollard Hotel.

Day 2

Ski Red Lodge Mountain

Grab breakfast at The Pollard, and don’t miss their house-made donuts. Hit the slopes at Red Lodge Mountain. Ski 1,635 acres with an impressive 2,400 vertical, not to mention views from the top of the Grizzly chair that stretch all the way from the Beartooth Mountains to Wyoming. Make sure to hit the Palisades lift to see the famed Palisades rocks. Grab lunch on the mountain. Enjoy dinner and another overnight in Red Lodge.

Day 3

Explore Anaconda

Awake early in Red Lodge and eat breakfast at The Pollard, The Wild Table, Prindy’s Place or Café Regis—you’ve got a four-hour drive to the Anaconda/Philipsburg area. Don’t miss a visit to the old Anaconda Copper Mining Company smelter stack, which is one of the tallest free-standing brick structures in the world. Warm up at Smelter City Brewing and enjoy dinner at Barclay II Supper Club, O’Bella!, The Haufbrau, or Firefly Café. Overnight in Anaconda at Sugar Loaf Lodge & Cabins, The Forge Hotel or Copperhead Lodge. Alternative Day 3 options include stops in Big Timber, Livingston, Bozeman, Three Forks and Butte.

Day 4


After breakfast in Anaconda at Donivan’s or The Hangout Café, head up the mountain for a day at Discovery, 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 5

Explore Helena

Fuel up on breakfast in Philipsburg at your hotel or at the Station Tavern before your two-hour drive to Montana’s capital city of Helena. Take a stroll through Reeder’s Alley and explore shops, galleries and eateries on Last Chance Gulch (including the Helena Walking Mall) and Great Northern Town Center. Then head to Broadwater Hot Springs for a relaxing soak. Back in town, enjoy brews and bites at Mt. Ascension Brewing or grab a casual dinner at The Hopper on the walking mall. Local-favorite eateries also include On Broadway and the Silver Star Steak Company. Overnight in Helena at Lamplighter Cabins & Suites, The Great Northern or at a local B&B, like The Carolina.

Day 6

Ski Great Divide

Eat breakfast in Helena before heading out to Great Divide, which boasts 1,500 acres across three peaks, with more than 100 runs that are mostly expert. Grab lunch on the mountain and stick around—when the night skiing lights turn on, tickets are a mere $15, and the slopes are a blast. Once again, enjoy dinner and an overnight in Helena.

Day 7

Explore the Rocky Mountain Front

Grab coffee and breakfast in Helena at General Mercantile, Montago Coffee Co., Fire Tower Coffee, No Sweat Café (bring cash) or the Creperie. You’ve got a three-hour drive to the stunning landscapes of the Rocky Mountain Front. Stop in Augusta for a bite to eat and then make your way to Choteau and explore this charming little community. Grab dinner at Wagon Wheel, the Antler Bar or the Livery Saloon and overnight at the Stage Stop Inn or one of two local guest ranches in the area.

Day 8

Ski Teton Pass

Fuel up with breakfast in Choteau at Log Cabin Café, Outpost Deli, Copper Creek Coffee or John Henry’s, and then head up the mountain to Teton Pass for a day on the slopes. This hidden gem has some of the most stunning views and diverse terrain of any ski hill around. Teton Pass covers 400 acres and has 43 downhill runs, with incredible access to backcountry skiing and boarding for those who like to shred the way back. Eat lunch on the mountain (the soup is excellent) and plan to enjoy dinner and a second overnight in Choteau.

Day 9


Get your fill of breakfast in Choteau before the four-hour drive to Flathead Lake. Once in the Flathead Lake area, explore the charming town of Lakeside, or head up to Kalispell and enjoy shops, galleries and eateries in this vibrant, historic downtown. Dinner options in Lakeside include Beargrass Bistro, Harbor Grille and Tamarack Brewing Company. Overnight in Lakeside at Whispering Pines Cabins or in Kalispell at the Kalispell Grand Hotel.

Day 10

Ski Blacktail Mountain

Grab breakfast in Lakeside or Kalispell before enjoying some family-friendly downhill skiing overlooking Flathead Lake. Blacktail is unique in these parts because the parking lot is at the top, with unparalleled views of Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park. Three chairlifts and a handle tow access 1,000 acres of tree skiing, along with beginner and intermediate terrain. Grab dinner in Lakeside at Beargrass Bistro, Harbor Grille or Tamarack Brewing Co. If you’re staying another night, book Mountain Lake Lodge, the Islander Inn or Whispering Pines Cabins.

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