The Five Best Runs in Montana

Wondering where to ski in Montana? Here are our picks.
Skiing at Whitefish

Big Couloir, Big Sky
Head up the Lone Peak tram. Sign out at the patrol shack and drop into the couloir’s 45-degree funnel entrance. Fall before it doglegs, and you’re a smear on the rocks.

Broken Heart, Moonlight Basin
Rarely touched, Broken Heart, right off the Lone Tree lift, is a haven of pillows and perfectly-spaced trees.

Diagonal Chute, Bridger Bowl
Rip the Schlasman lift line until you reach a gate 350 feet down on skier’s left. Bang a left below a huge dead whitebark pine and look for the steep entrance marked by another pine tree. Diagonal Chute, which holds cold smoke on its northerly aspects, is narrow at the top and then fans out into a broad apron. 

Inspiration, Whitefish
Keep your eyes open on Inspiration, a cruisey top-to-bottom blue/green at Whitefish. The panoramic view if the Flathead Valley is unbeatable

Easy Money, Bridger Bowl
Easy Money is just what it sounds like: a 2,640-foot-long open, 30-degree bowl that’s often overlooked. It’s in North Bowl, off the Bridger lift.

Plus, there’s more. Big Sky is adding five new runs this year, including the 50-degree Shady Chute.


This old signpost stands at the top of the North and South bowls.

Backcountry Skiing in Montana

Montana offers backcountry skiing for everyone: from snowmobiling to skinning, there’s a world to explore. As always, don’t forget your beacon, shovel, and probe, and the know-how to use them.


Best Breakfast Joints

Lunch at the resorts is often expensive, unsatisfying and crowded. And it eats into your slope time. Go big before the lifts open at these must-try breakfast joints.