You want to make the most of your hard-earned vacation days, and skiing Montana is a decision well-made. Next up: planning your powder play. That’s where we come in. Our expertly curated winter vacation itineraries leave no stone unturned, whether you’re here for one day, one weekend, or one whole week (lucky you). From where to ski, what to ski and how to après ski, let us locals show you how we shred some of the best slopes in the West and how we play off the mountain, too. Yellowstone Country lays claim to three of Montana’s four largest ski areas. This is where you ski the West.
Big Sky is known as “the little town that’s next to everything,” and couldn’t be more quintessential ski town if it tried. With 5,800 acres of terrain and 4,350 feet of vertical served by more than 30 lifts, runs up to 6 miles long, a 2,000 vertical foot, powder-filled bowl beneath Lone Mountain, challenging chutes and views of three states, two national parks and numerous mountain ranges, skiing Big Sky isn’t just big, it’s huge.
Just 16 miles from the exquisitely hip college town of Bozeman, Bridger offers 2,000 acres spanning 2,600 vertical feet, plus sought-after alpine ridge terrain, light dry powder, and the steep chutes craved by experts. Not to mention it was recently named one of the “world’s top 25 ski towns” by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Bridger is a true Montana gem—a big mountain experience with a friendly, local vibe, where you can enjoy some of the best skiing in the Rockies for a fraction of the price.
Dubbed the “Coolest ski town you’ve never heard of” idyllic Red Lodge takes you back to skiing pure and simple. This family-friendly mountain boasts a laid-back attitude and affordability, where you can bask in big mountain fun without big mountain crowds, prices or lift lines. Snowpack is king at Red Lodge, offering 1,600+ acres and 2,400 vertical feet, and the town itself will leave you smitten.