With runs upon runs of fresh snow, the powder hound should feel perfectly at home on the slopes here in northwestern Montana. Skiers and snowboarders have their pick of world class Whitefish Mountain Resort to the north and budget-friendly Blacktail Mountain to the south, without even getting into the boundless backcountry all around.
While lift ticket prices soar and the snow levels drop in recent years, it can seem difficult to find good snow on a budget. Not to worry: this handy guide can help you put down some fresh tracks without stretching your wallet. Pair it with a budget stay in one of our cozy Unit Cabins and you’re golden.
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Whitefish Mountain Resort
Just 25 miles away from the lodge, Whitefish Mountain Resort offers 105 marked trails over 3000 acres that stretch across three faces, enough to keep everyone from the most avid skiers to the greenest of green beginners occupied.
Costco members rejoice! The Kalispell Costco sells lift ticket specials for the mountain, with Whitefish Mountain Resort day passes going for 2 for $107, a savings of $20 per ticket.
Another perk: there’s no age cap on great skiing. If you’re still riding at 70+, ski for free. Armed forces, including active duty, retired, and dependents/spouses, enjoy half price lift tickets.
This mountain is a great place to learn, with day passes for the four-lift beginner area going for $21.
Blacktail may be smaller (it’s a 3-lift operation), but you can’t beat the laid back atmosphere and great lift ticket deals if you’re looking to save a bit. And fresh powder days are not to be missed! A 75 mile drive around scenic Flathead Lake makes the journey more than worth it, on top of the deals to be had.
Thrifty Thursdays let you ski for $25 all day. Winter birthdays seem even sweeter when you get to ski free (with proof!) on your birthday.
For families traveling with kids, bring proof of your child’s fifth-grade status (report card, student ID, or letter from a teacher) and they ski free, while 7 and under rides free as well.
Reserve your stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins and take advantage of unbeatable downhill ski deals!