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Montana Ski Areas Make Good Trip Choice For Heartland Skiers

Red-Lodge-Mountain-cruising-Facebook Cruising down Red Lodge Mountain.

Montana ski areas like the rest of the west have plenty of snow, and you can plan a trip to these three ski areas—Red Lodge Mountain, Bridger Bowl, and Showdown—without breaking the bank to pay for the trip and lift tickets. There is nearby lodging available with some lodging facilities offering nice deals.

A nice plus for Heartland skiers and riders on the western side of the Great Lakes is that it's an easy two-day drive, and the three of the ski areas mentioned in this post are near each other for possible combination visits.

Red Lodge with a 2,400-foot vertical has 70 runs spread across two summits that appeals to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Nestled within the Beartooth mountains, just outside of Yellowstone National Park, it delivers big mountain fun without big crowds. It's the closest Treasure Sate ski area for Heatland skiers and riders, and the ski area is also on the Indy Pass program. Four pack lift tickets are available for $279, and a daily pass is $89. The nearby Yodler Motel offers rooms in the mid-$80s per night for two adults.

Showdown, a couple of hundred miles north of Red Lodge, is Montana's oldest ski area with a 1,400-foot vertical and over 600-acres of skiing terrain. It's a local favorite for Montana skiers and riders. Lift tickets are $60, and the nearby Edith Hotel offers a mid-week getaway for $300 that's good for an overnight stay and two days of skiing for two adults.

Bridger Bowl, located less than 150 miles to the west of Red Lodge, is also one of the state's larger ski areas offering a 2,600 vertical with over 75 named runs, eight chairlifts and three surface tows. Daily lift tickets are $70 bought online and $85 at the window. Three day passes are $200 and a five day pass is $325, which can be purchased online. A one time fee of $5 for a Bridger Bowl card is required to access the lifts when purchasing a lift pass. A wide variety of lodging options are available in nearby Bozeman only 15 miles from the ski area.

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