Montana Ski Resorts Season Ending Lift And Lodging Offers

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The ski season is winding down across Montana, but the major ski areas are staying open into April. There’s plenty of time for Heartlanders to plan one more western trip to close out the season, and snow conditions are in excellent shape. After a slow start to winter the Treasure State has received copious amounts of snow. Ski areas in the southern portion of the state have received several feet of snow just this month alone.

Big Sky Resort is extending the season almost through most of next month to April 28, affording more time to enjoy great spring conditions. Get your last laps and take advantage of spring and experience some of the best conditions all season. They will be celebrating apre's ski every Friday through the month at Everett's 8800 and Friday-Sunday in the Mountain Village Plaza. When you book your lodging through Big Sky Resort you will save 10-percent on your lift tickets. They have received over three feet of snow so far this March.

Whitefish Mountain Resort conditions are prime spring skiing. They have received over 17 feet of snow so far this season with more expected before season end. Plans call for closing after skiing and riding Sunday, April 6. Lift tickets are currently $87 online through end of the season, and save 30- percent on lodging and lift ticket packages when you book through the resort. Come out and witness one of the best end of season pond skims in ski country on April 6. Ski or snowboard over a custom-built pond (costume mandatory) for a chance at a $1,500 cash purse. You must be 16 years old to participate. Online pre-registration is required and the cost is $50.

Red Lodge Mountain is staying open through April14, and it’s some of the best late season skiing and riding in recent years. The nearby Yodler Motel offers rooms in the mid-$80s per night for two adults.. Lift tickets in April for the last week of the season are running $77 per person. They added a new triple high-speed lift for this season, which has dramatically cut the time to access ski trails in the higher terrain.

Bridger Bowl with four large bowls within ski boundaries and lodging in nearby in Bozeman starts from $140 per night, double occupancy. Bridger is fully open and plans on closing April 7. Lift tickets are $77 and you can purchase a three day pass for $210.

Discovery, Showdown and Montana Snowbowl have tentatively scheduled April 7 as their closing date.

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Whitefish Mountain And Amtrak Make A Great Spring Ski Trip

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Midwestern skiers can climb aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder for an easy, scenic ride to Whitefish Mountain Resort and a great ski trip. March and early April offer some of the best spring conditions. They will close for the season April 7.

There are several places you can board the train along the line through the Midwest. It leaves Chicago’s Union Station with stops in Milwaukee, the Twin Cities and several other boarding locations across North Dakota and eastern Montana before arriving at Whitefish. When you book early, you can often save up to 15-percent on your fare.

I’ve done this three times over the last 30 years, and it’s an easy overnight train ride from the Windy City. It’s a great way to see the northern tier of the Heartland and Glacial National Park as you pass through. You arrive refreshed and ready to hit the slopes. Luggage transfer is much easier than flying. In addition to skiing, there is cross country skiing, snowshoe hikes, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and guided tours to nearby stunning Glacier NP.

Big Mountain lives up to its name with over a 2,300-foot vertical drop and 3,000-acres for skiing and riding. Slopes fall off the mountain in all directions. The ample terrain offers easy green boulevards from top to bottom. There are plenty of blue cruisers and molar-grinding glades, chutes, and even a few 50-foot cliffs. It’s all highlighted by supersized scenery. The snow-capped peaks of Glacier fill the far horizon and sparkling snow ghosts—powder shellacked trees—dot the top of the mountain.

The resort offers ski and stay packages and when you book your stay with the resort you can receive up to 30-percent off lodging and lift tickets. From hotel-style units to townhouses, we have a wide array of units to choose from, many offering ski-in/ski-out access.

The friendly, funky town of Whitefish offers lots of lodging choices, theater, classic neighborhood bars with live music, and a bevy of good restaurants to choose from. With public transportation it's easy to get up to the Mountain for a day on the slopes.

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Montana's Teton Pass Ski Area Closing For Season

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Teton Pass Ski Area on its Instagram account and on Facebook Friday announced they are closing for the remainder of the 2023/24 season citing the dismal winter and lack of snowfall.

It's located in a region of the state that is hurting for snow more than other areas of Montana. They also pointed out the financial repercussions of holding out for the possibility of more wintry weather to reopen as the ski season nears its end. They have only been able to open four days so far this season.

Owner Charles Hlavac posted that the ski area has been running in the red to cover early season payroll, insurance premiums, property tax, and start up costs for food, fuel, and explosives for avalanche mitigation. He went on say that even if the snow were to finally show up they couldn't recover financially for the season at this point.

“It's the correct decision from a truly non-emotional business perspective to 'cut off the limb to save the life,' in other words end this season now, so we can ensure more seasons in the future,” Hkavac posted.

The Sun-Teton-Marias basin, located just east of the Continental Divide on Montana's Rocky Mountain front, currently has less than half of it's normal snowpack for this time of year, which is a record low.

The Teton Pass Ski Area offers 400 skiable acres with three lifts and 43 runs. It has a 1,000-foot vertical that's lift served and an additional ,1300 vertical feet above the lifts that can be hiked for backcountry skiing. It's known for offering stunning mountain views, diverse terrain, short lift lines and plenty of access to backcountry skiing. It's located east of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and west of Choteau, Montana.

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Powder to the People at Lookout Pass

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MT ID border in the FoodcourtOn the border of Idaho and Montana is a powder haven with incredible snow, short lines, and lift ticket prices that will make you swear you’ve traveled back in time. Then again, a quick stroll through the historic lodge of Lookout Pass does indeed feel like walking into a snow globe time capsule. But keep going and you’ll see that Lookout Pass, while rooted in history, is a mountain with the future front and center.

An easy drive from western Montana and Spokane, it's surprising that Lookout Pass doesn't attract more crowds, especially considering its deep powder tree stashes in the new expansion terrain. The simple answer is that Lookout Pass is not part of any mega networks. But aHA! there’s an opportunity… bring your current season pass from anywhere in the world and enjoy a half price, full day, regular rate lift ticket Monday-Thursday. Speaking of Thursdays, bring a buddy and get 2 lift tickets for $75. Ski or ride for free on your birthday (Marketing Director Matt Sawyer might even sing for you) and the list of deals goes on.

Where Lookout Pass stands above the timberline from the rest, is by directly addressing two major quandaries of the snow sports world. With deals designed to make getting on the snow more affordable for you and your crew, and programs to make passing down the culture part of the experience. On both counts, look no further than Girls on Shred.

6 girls of the Lookout Pass Girls On Shred eventGirls on Shred is a project based in Missoula, MT that focuses on providing snowboarding and ski clinics to women, non-binary individuals, and trans people in Montana and Idaho. Through free clinics and meetups (like this one at Lookout Pass in early January), Girls on Shred creates a welcoming and supportive community for budding shredders. These meetups go beyond just lessons, as they provide an opportunity to form friendships and build confidence when facing new challenges. Girls on Shred cultivates a non-competitive and joyful atmosphere, where skiers and riders of all skill levels can come together. Partnered this year with the Mineral County Rec Club, Girls on Shred also offers action sports gear to those in need, making snowboarding more accessible and inclusive.

In a 2019 interview, event manager Sam Veysey Gibbons said about skating and riding “It’s kinda rare to run into another girl without coordinating meeting her” and says the typical rules– no friends on powder days, shredding to the max, go big or go home– don’t apply to Girls on Shred days. “It’s really freeing. It’s fun, and I always walk away with new friends and sore cheeks from smiling and giggling.” Girls on Shred is building community and making snowboarding accessible by offering an easy going introduction into an often intimidating landscape. Come for the fresh jams and stay for the hot cocoa at their next event at Lookout Pass on March 24th.

As if that wasn’t enough, Lookout Pass also just kicked off their 8 week free ski school for all skiers and snowboarders age 7-17. 77 years and counting, the non-profit FREE LESSONS program is the longest running free ski school in the country; providing a free lesson and a free lift ticket during the lesson. If Lookout Pass has been under your radar, you’re not alone. But now that you know, spread the word because the oldest ski area in Idaho is also the carving edge of the newest generation. On weekends, get there early because the lots fill up fast, or take advantage of another one of this hidden gem’s hidden gems: camping out in the lower lot.

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Montana Snowbowl Is Open For The Season

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The good news is that Montana Snowbowl, the popular ski area located near Missoula, is open for the season. They operate on Lolo National Forest land under a special Ski Area Term Permit. One of the terms under the permit requires Snowbowl to conduct an annual inspection of all lifts to ensure that all applicable engineering requirements are met, which has been done and approved.

The Forest Service tramway engineer and Lolo National Forest staff spent several days, independently, inspecting the lifts, reviewing Snowbowl's quality assurance program, training curriculum, and proctoring training sessions, which was in response to an incident regarding one of their chairlifts last winter.

Just a quick half-hour drive from Missoula the ski area offers area residents a nice collection of challenging slopes that appeal to all level of skiers and riders. They routinely receive around 300 inches of snow annually, which is spread over 1,200 skiable acres of terrain. It's known as one of the most visually stunning ski areas in the Treasure State offering striking mountain views.

It has a very respectable 2,600-foot vertical. A new triple chair was added last season offering additional capacity to move visitors more quickly to the popular challenging upper mountain trails and beginner terrain for the Snowpark runs. It also now allows for downloading, which is a great benefit at the end of day for tired skiers who have been hitting the upper terrain all day.

Starting in January Snowbowl offers For Women Only, which is designed for female skiers and riders and runs through mid-February. It takes place on Friday afternoons where you can take the afternoon off to ski and ride with female friends to become a better skier. It's a social meeting of like-minded women..

A couple of popular places to stay near the area for out of town skiers is the slopeside Galandesprung Lodge and nearby Missoula C'mon Inn. The European-style Galandesprung offers discounted lift tickets for guests. The C'mon Inn offers five hot tubs, a swimming pool, a baby pool and waterfalls set in a tropical courtyard to unwind after a day on the slopes.

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Montana Ski Resorts Season Ending Lift And Lodging Specials

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The ski season is winding down across Montana, but the major ski areas are staying open into April. There’s still time for Heartlanders to plan one more western trip to close out the season, and snow conditions are in excellent shape.

Big Sky Resort is extending the season through April 23 affording a little more time to enjoy some great spring conditions. Get your last laps and take advantage of spring and experience some of the best conditions all season. Stay slopeside with rates as low as $179/night between April 9 and closing day. She Jumps Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol, which takes place April 8, is a one-day camp where girls learn mountain safety and first aid. Topics include first aid, avalanche control, snow science, weather stations, toboggans, avalanche rescue techniques, radio communication, avalanche dogs, and more. This event is for female and non-binary identifying skiers and riders ages 8-17. Intermediate to advanced ability is required.

Whitefish Mountain Resort conditions are prime spring skiing. Plans call for closing after skiing and riding Sunday, April 9. Lift tickets are currently $87 online through end of the season, and lodging packages for as little as $168 per night for two adults can be found on the resort's lodging page. Come out and witness one of the best end of season pond skims around. Ski or snowboard over a custom-built pond (costume mandatory) for a chance at a $1,200 cash purse. You must be 16 years old to participate. Online pre-registration is required.

Red Lodge Mountain is staying open through April 9, and it’s some of the best late season skiing and riding in recent years. A lodging package at the historic Pollard Hotel in the nearby town of Red Lodge starts from $140, two people per night. Among western notables that have stayed here are Buffalo Bill Cody and Calamity Jane. Lift tickets in April for the last week of the season are running around $78 per person.

Bridger Bowl with four large bowls within ski boundaries has lift and lodging deals in nearby Bozeman that start from $140 per night, double occupancy. Bridger is fully open and plans on closing April 9. Lift tickets are $70 daily in April.

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Lost Trail Mountain Second Montana Resort To Join Powder Alliance

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Montana's Lost Trail Mountain has joined the Powder Alliance reciprocal lift pass program for the 2022/23 season, which allows for three free days of skiing and riding at 21 winter destinations spanning four countries on three different continents. The eighteen ski resorts in North America are located between New Mexico and Alberta, Canada. The three ski areas outside our continent are located, one in Japan and two in New Zealand.

Lost Trail passholders receive three days of free skiing and riding, Sunday through Friday, at any other Powder Alliance destination, and vice-versa, passholders from the other 20 ski resorts receive three free days at Lost Trail and all other resorts in the program. That adds up to 60 days of free skiing throughout the 2022/23 season, and many are within a days drive of each other. The other Montana ski resort that's a member of the Alliance is Blacktail Mountain, about a three hour drive from one to the other.

Typically you would go to the season pass office at each resort to get your free Powder Alliance passes, however each resort has specific redemption information on their page. Please check it prior to visiting.

Lost Trail is one of the Treasure State's oldest ski resorts operating for over 80 years. Located near the Montana-Idaho border overlooking the Bitterroot Mountains on the Continental Divide it offers an 1,800-foot vertical drop and 60 marked trails scattered over two mountains. There are restaurants and lodging located at the mountain.

Lost Trail is also a member of the Indy Ski Pass program that offers two days of free skiing and a third day's lift ticket at 25-percent off. The other two ski resorts in Montana that are part of the Indy Pass are Red Lodge Mountain and Blacktail Mountain, which is another great road trip reason to Montana for Midwestern skiers and riders located on the western side of the Great Lakes.

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Montana Ski Areas Make Good Trip Choice For Heartland Skiers

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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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SnoCast: A Stormy Finish to 2022

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As we say farewell to 2022, we also say hello to more storms and mountain snow across the West and a warm up in the East. Details on ski conditions ahead in this week's SnoCast. 

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Storm Update: Snow Falling in the Northeast, West

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There's new snow falling this Sunday (Dec. 11), so grab those skis and boards and get to your favorite mountain. Check out the live cams as snow falls across the Northeast and a powerful storm continues to dig across the West.

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Red Lodge Mountain Adding High Speed Chair

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Montana's Red Lodge Mountain, popular with snowsports enthusiasts on the western side of the Heartland, has announced they are beginning an improvement plan to upgrade the ski area's lift service to the lower mountain and improve the learning area terrain.

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Why Spring Is A Terrific Time To Visit Montana’s Big Sky Resort

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No wonder why skiers flock to Montana’s Big Sky Resort year after year. The snow is downright plentiful, as the resort sees an average annual snowfall of about 400 inches. And since Big Sky opens on Thanksgiving Day and closes the season mid-April, it’s easy to schedule in world-class skiing when your schedule permits.

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Whitefish Mountain April Events And Lodging Special

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It's been a good winter at Whitefish Mountain Resort. February visitations were up over previous years, which were also good.

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Blacktail Mountain Joins Powder Alliance

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Montana's Blacktail Mountain is joining the Powder Alliance reciprocal lift pass program for next winter's 2022/23 season, which allows for three free days of skiing and riding at 17 winter destinations spanning three countries on two different continents.

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Big Sky’s Big Grass Concert Late March And April Lodging Specials

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The Big Sky 14th annual Big Grass Concert takes place, March 31-April 3, and includes some of the top blue grass acts in the country; Travelin’ McCoury's, Keller Williams, Drew Emmit Band, Bill Monroe and Blue Grass Boys, Love Canon, Jon Strickley Trio and more.

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Indy Pass Road Trip Combining Montana, Wyoming

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Midwestern Indy Pass holders on the far west side of the Heartland don't have a lot of choices for using the pass on road trips. In other parts of the Midwest, it's fairly easy to combine ski areas for a road trip hitting two or three areas on a trip.

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Why Montana Is The Hottest Ski And Outdoor Vacation Spot This Winter

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For years the mantra of the ski industry has been “bigger is better.”

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Montana Ski Areas Prep For Season With Fewer Coronavirus Restrictions

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Like other outdoor industries, Montana ski areas suffered through two challenging seasons due to the pandemic. Yet skiers and snowboarders were still anxious to be on the mountains and outdoors despite masking requirements and some limitations on service and ticket sales.

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SnoCast: First Big Snow Blankets the Rockies

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This past week featured the first significant snow of the season. Many ski areas across the Rockies received 4”-10”, with locally near a foot and a half, of fresh snow.

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Midwest Well Represented Among Top 25 U.S. Ski/Golf Resorts

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Golf Pass, part of NBC Sports, recently released its list of the top 25 best U.S. golf and ski resorts, and the Midwest is well represented with four resorts making the list. Two were among the top four.

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