WHY: Because it is one honking test piece of a mountain complex (5,800 skiable acres with the two resorts combined) that never gets crowded. There are enough steeps here to launch your careers in ski-porn, and the mountain has added even more glades where you can seek out Montana’s finest stashes.
WHAT: The Big Couloir is mandatory—steep enough to scare the crap out of you on entry, but wide open and beautifully soft once you make it in. Quell your jitters there, then head to the North Summit Snowfield.
WHERE: There are no crowds here for a reason, but if you want to wrangle with cowgirls and cowboys (and maybe get your asses kicked), head up to Stacey’s in Gallatin Gateway.