Montana has been a big secret amongst the majority of skiers. With resorts like Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, and Whitefish – the secret is out that Montana has incredible mountains, stunning scenery and unmistakable wildlife. As a bonus, Montana is the land of big mountains but far less skier traffic – that’s true of their two biggest Montana ski resorts- Big Sky and Whitefish.
Montana’s biggest ski resort is Big Sky – 5,800 acres and 34 lifts (bigger than Vail) of impressive western skiing and extraordinary scenery. While it takes a little longer to get to Montana than say Denver or Salt Lake city, you will also find less crowds, 2 acres per skier, and more reliable snow this far north – 400 inches annually.
During your Montana family ski trip, take a day off from the snowy slopes to visit Yellowstone National Park, The US’s first national park where you can snowmobile or ride a motorcoach and see bison, wolves, elk and thermal geysers – and of course, Old Faithful. If you are looking for the ultimate in private powder stashes – than check out our review of Yellowstone Club, where skiing icon Warren Miller and Scot Schmidt are the Directors of Skiing and Dan Quayle, Greg LeMonde and Bill Gates own huge high elevation homes. This is the most posh private ski and golf community in North America. You might expect to see Justin Timberlake, David Letterman or Ashton Kutcher in the lift tines, except that there are no lift lines.
We recommend discovering lesser known Montana too, including skiing Whitefish, on Big Mountain in beautiful northwest Montana bordering Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake. Whitefish has a panoramic ski mountains you can ski off all sides, and one of the best ski towns in the West. Nearby are smaller Montana ski mountains worth checking out for a day – Blacktail, Turner and Lookout Pass on the northern Idaho border.
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