The Best Skiing in Montana

Looking for the best skiing in Montana? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Montana. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top skiing spots in and near Montana

  • Big Timber, Montana

    Crazy Peak Scramble

    4.0
    Do you like high alpine scrambles? Climbing exposed spires? Partying on a mountain top?If you said yes to any of the above, head to Big Timber Montana and prepare for a great time. Crazy Peak is an epic highpoint within the Crazy Mountains, located in southwestern Montana. Although this hike can ...
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  • Gallatin Gateway, Montana

    Hike to Garnet Mountain Lookout

    5.0
    7.7 mi / 2800 ft gain
    Starting in Bozeman, travel south of Gallatin Gateway about 5 miles on Hwy 191 and turn left on to Storm Castle Creek Road. Follow this road for about 3.5 miles until the road ends. At this point, there is a decent sized parking area. The trail is open year round with ATV access and also snowmobi...
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  • Whitefish, Montana

    Ski and Snowboard Whitefish Mountain Resort

    5.0
    Whitefish Mountain Resort is located on Big Mountain, just a 10 minute drive from downtown Whitefish. The resort hasn't left it's mom and pop roots, even though it is up to date with state of the art equipment, the hometown local vibe prevails.Mountain Stats: Terrain: 3000 acres, 105 marked trai...
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  • Flathead National Forest, Montana

    Hike Montana's Swan Crest Trail

    47 mi
    Getting There: Coming from Seeley Lake, take the road towards Bigfork. Continue until you get to mile marker 27 and turn right into the Morrell/Clearwater turn off. Stay on the road most traveled until you dead end at the trail head roughly 7 miles up the road. Park here. The Trail: The trail ...
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  • Wilsall, Montana

    Summer Skiing "The Great One Couloir" in the Northern Bridgers

    The Great One Couloir in the Northern Bridgers is a classic summer ski adventure, perfect for a day trip.Walk up the trail towards Sacajewea Peak – it is marked on a sign and easy to find. Continue for about 2 miles to the top, where you will traverse south from Sacajewea Peak for roughly 1 mile,...
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  • Lolo, Montana

    Backcountry Snowshoe and Snowboard near Lolo Pass

    1.0
    3 mi / 1250 ft gain
    For this trip, you want to head towards Lolo Pass, which is the landmark of the Idaho/Montana border on Highway 12. This highway's two main towns that it begins and ends at are Lolo, Montana and Lewiston, Idaho. If you are on the Montana side, Crooked Fork Road is just a mere 100 yards from the L...
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  • Missoula County, Montana

    Cross-Country Ski at Lubrecht Experimental Forest

    12.6 mi / 50 ft gain
    Lubrecht Experimental forest is owned and managed by both the College of Forestry & Conservation and the State of Montana Department of Natural Resources. The forest spans over 28,000 acres in the Blackfoot River drainage.A local favorite, Lubrecht boasts 12.6 miles of cross country ski trai...
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  • Condon, Montana

    Snowshoe to Holland Falls

    3.3 mi / 725 ft gain
    Drive on 83 through the swan until you reach the turnoff for Holland Lake. The lake, campground, ranger station, and trails are all very well marked throughout this adventure. 4WD is suggested for getting to the parking lot for Holland Lake, as some of the roads may not be plowed, and there may b...
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  • Gallatin Gateway, Montana

    Cross-Country Ski at Bacon Rind Creek

    4 mi / 300 ft gain
    The trail down Bacon Rind Creek starts along HWY 191, between West Yellowstone and Big Sky. The trail starts at about 7,000 feet of elevation and the first two miles of trail are located inside Yellowstone National Park. The trail then continues through the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and will climb s...
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  • Essex, Montana

    Cross Country Ski at Izaak Walton Inn

    The Izaak Walton Inn was established in 1939 to accommodate workers and visitors from the rapid expansion of the Great Northern Railway. Conveniently built near Highway two, it is a short drive from both the West Glacier and East Glacier Entrances. If driving from West Glacier, continue on Highwa...
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  • White Sulphur Springs, Montana

    Kings Hill Pass Trail

    5.9 mi / 1800 ft gain
    The Kings Hill Pass Trail is located off Highway 89 in the Little Belt Mountains of the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest. Kings Hill is considered a scenic byway and climbs to an elevation just over 7,200 feet at the pass.  Kings Hill Pass Trail is considered a more difficult trail and se...
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  • Neihart, Montana

    Ski or Snowboard at Showdown Resort

    An easy day trip from Helena, Great Falls, and Bozeman, Showdown Resort is a great place to bring the family for a fun day crushing turns on the mountain. With 1400 vertical feet to ski down, this mountain may be small compared to other well-known resorts like Big Sky Resort, but there is plenty ...
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  • Anaconda, Montana

    Ski or Snowboard Discovery Mountain

    Discovery Ski Area is an alpine ski area in the small town of Anaconda, Montana. With over 2,200 acres of skiing and over 8,000 feet of elevation at the summit, you can find an adventure to fit any skill level.  After entering Anaconda take the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Hwy south towards G...
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  • Whitefish, Montana

    Gray Wolf Ski Trail

    18.71 mi / 3458 ft gain
    Gray Wolf Ski Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Whitefish, Montana.
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  • Whitefish, Montana

    Big Mountain via Summit Trail

    16.26 mi / 2356 ft gain
    Big Mountain via Summit Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Whitefish, Montana.
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  • Whitefish, Montana

    Swift Creek Loop

    1.5 mi / 207 ft gain
    Swift Creek Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Whitefish, Montana.
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