Vital Stats: Turner Mountain, Montana

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Phone There's no phone on the mountain, so you'll need to call Dave Anderson's home at (406) 293-4317 (between 8 am and 4 pm, please).

Information Turner Mountain Ski Area, PO Box 210, Libby, MT 59923;

Lift Ticket Prices Adults $18, 1/2-day adult $12, juniors and seniors $14, children under 6 ski free

Vertical Drop 2,110 feet

Base/Summit Elevation Base 3,842 feet; summit 5,952 feet

Skiable Terrain 800 acres; 25 runs

Trail Classification 10 percent beginner; 20 percent more difficult; 70 percent expert

Lifts One T-bar, though a chairlift is scheduled to replace it this summer

Annual Snowfall 250 inches

When To Go The resort is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Dec. 15-April 1 (weather permitting). Private parties can also reserve the mountain for around $1,600 per day. Generally speaking, the best powder skiing is in January.

Getting There Turner Mountain Ski Area is located 22 miles north of Libby, Mont., on Pipe Creek Road. Libby is serviced by Amtrak, and commercial flights are available into Kalispell/Whitefish, Mont. (90 miles east) and Spokane, Wash. (165 miles west).

Lodging The Tamarac Lodge (406-295-4880) and the Yaak River Lodge (406-295-5463) are 12 and 15 miles north, respectively. Libby also has a number of motels.

Eats On-mountain options are limited to a small cafeteria. Stop for pizza and beer at the Red Dog Saloon, halfway between the mountain and town.

Drinks "We don't have lattes," Anderson says.

Good Karma Donations are accepted, so save your spare change to contribute to the new lift.

Locals' Advice Tickets are offered in exchange for a shift at the mid-mountain lift shack. Work two hours for a full-day, one for a half.