Blacktail Mountain


Although it's only been around since the 1997-98 season, Blacktail has carved out a niche on the northwestern edge of Flathead Lake. It doesn't have the terrain to compete with Big Mountain, about a two-hour drive north, but it doesn't have to. Blacktail caters to a dedicated local clientele, who appreciate the area's easy pace and spectacular views of Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park, and the mountains: the Cabinets to the west, the Swan Range and the Mission Mountains to the east and southeast. The ski area itself is surrounded by the Flathead National Forest, so there's no development to interfere with the scenery.